Keeping a blog that’s alive with new entries was the in-thing to do seven or so years ago. Just about everyone had an active blog or journal of some sort, and for a while, it was looking like people were fond of writing stuff longer than a list of groceries…
Then, the “microblogging” sites emerged and gained sweeping popularity. Suddenly, it was no longer fashionable to write entire paragraphs of text to get your point across. Apps like Twitter and Plurk are built to take only 140+ characters per entry, and Facebook Wall posts tend not to be that much longer as it has to fight for your attention with all the entries from different people scrolling in.
Now, to the present. Microblogging isn’t dead; in fact, it’s here to stay. Still, some people (like you, perhaps) are itching to write longer entries once more, and are ready to revivel your very un-updated blog. Then, you realize a few things about it, like the old and dinky layout or theme, some buttons and links are broken, maybe even some spammers vandalizing your old posts with their affiliate porno links…
You need to roll up your sleeves and get your blog back up to speed. Here are a few tips to help you out with that.
Update Your Apps/Plugins/Widgets/etc.
In your blog’s hayday, you definitely went overboard with all the doohickeys attached to it, letting you tell the time, check your site’s metrics, remotely control your coffeemaker from work, and a host of other semi-useless functionalities. Now, you’re staring at an archaic mess of expired and defunct apps.
It is time to do some blog housecleaning. Uninstall the non-essentials, if you have to. You still have to get back to speed and remember where you left off. It’s also time for you to look around for new applications and plugins that will prove useful to your blog administration and content management.
Put On a New Layout/Theme
To celebrate the resurrection of your online journal, it would also be great to make some changes to its appearance. If you are not a web developer, and don’t really have as much time to mess with the layouts, consider actually paying for one (they’re not that pricey, honest). You already saved money by putting it on a cheap WordPress hosting service, so ponying up for a decent artist-made layout shouldn’t hurt.
Content, Content, Content!
It’s time to break through the 140-character barrier that you have boxed yourself into from too much Twitter use. Everyone’s got a lot of stories and sentiments to share, so you have absolutely no excuse. You shouldn’t even rely on paragraphs of text alone, there is an entire world of multimedia available for you to browse through.
YouTube and the other video sharing sites have made it extremely easy to embed their content into your posts; Pinterest and other image sharing sites are also there for you to raid. Just don’t be an offensive phallus about it and make sure credit goes where it’s supposed to go with the use of some links for attribution purposes.
Don’t cram your “I’m back” sentiments into just one post, as well. There should be enough content to span a whole buttload of posts, so pace your content and write at an unhurried pace. You’re still stretching those near-atrophied writing muscles, so don’t overstrain yourself!
Sharing yourself to others via blogging is supposed to be a great experience for all parties concerned. Revel in the fact that you are once again filling out your digital diary full of thoughts and experiences that will enrich not only yourself, but other people. Happy blogging!
About the Author
Stacey Thompson is a professional writer, marketer, entrepreneur, and a lover of weird little animals. She is based in San Diego, California, and is working hand-in-hand with her gal pals in keeping their blog alive, Word Baristas.