I don’t know what it is about the year coming to a close that makes me suddenly want to finish everything on my long-term to-do list before December 31. Some of these things have been on my list for months, and I am feeling the urge to enter 2016 with a fresh slate, a renewed plan, and a brand new set of goals and tasks to accomplish. I’m certainly not complaining, though, because the last couple of weeks, my motivated has been crazy high. I want to take my blog and business to the next level in 2016, so starting strong is a great way to do it! If you’re looking so make some improvements, I totally recommend it! It’s a great way to prepare your blog for a new year. Here’s how I’m preparing my blog for the new year!
I did a visual audit of my blog.
When it came time to get my blog ready for the new year, I knew the first thing I wanted to do was a visual audit of my page to determine what would stay, what should be updated, and what had to go. Here are the biggest changes I made:
- I updated my About Me and New? Start Here pages. I didn’t make a ton of changes, but I updated the copy to fit more closely with my current blog mission.
- I updated my sidebar. I took quite a few things off and added something. The only thing I added was a direct link to get the free wedding planning checklist I offer. I removed my archives, categories (I moved those to my main navigation bar), and I deleted all ads! I wasn’t making a ton of money Google Adsense, and I hated that they were diluting my brand. So I got rid of them!
I updated old blog content and images.
I started blogging in September 2014. Up until recently I still had all of my old blog posts as I originally wrote them. Some of them were in desperate need of updating. There were also many where the images didn’t fit my current style guide. So I went through each post and my those changes. And I love that now someone can look at my blog’s Pinterest board and clearly tell that each post came from the same blog!
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I deleted irrelevant blog posts.
There was no way around it, some (or a lot) or those posts just had to go. I changed almost all of my posts from 2014 to private, with the exception of a few. Why? They simply didn’t fit with what my blog is today. I’m sure not many of your were around at Very Erin when I first started blogging. I wrote a lot about fashion. And when I say I wrote about fashion, I mean I through together a collage of clothes I liked, added 100 words, and called it a blog post. And you’ll notice that I don’t blog about fashion at all today, so they just didn’t belong on my blog anymore.
I brainstormed a fresh list of content ideas.
I’ve had a running list of 100+ blog post ideas for the last 6 months. But since some of them were added so long ago, I wasn’t really interested in writing about them and the ideas just felt stale to me. So I did a major brainstorm session and came up with tons of new ideas! I’ll be doing a post in the future about my brainstorm strategy so you can try it out yourself!
I reevaluated my goals.
I was in a completely different state of mind about blogging one year ago. And this was a completely different blog. Since my blog has blossomed so much, it was fun to look back and see what goals I totally kicked ass one, and which ones I totally fell flat on. But that’s okay! Because I found that those goals I just didn’t get around to don’t seem as important now, and are things my blog and I can live without. Reevaluating last year’s goals really helped me to create new goals for 2016 as well, and I’m excited to share those with you in a few weeks!