Making time to write or work on the blog each day
This year I made my blog a priority again, and committed to working on the blog everyday. And working on the blog isn’t just writing, it includes many of the things listed below, as well as blog maintenance. If you want to see your blog grow and improve, you have to be willing to put in the time and effort. It’s worth it.
Adding pictures to each post and making those pictures pinnable
I told myself to work on this a long time ago, and finally I’m following my own advice. Now I always make sure that I add a picture to each post. It takes a little more time, but it’s worth it because it will make the blog more appealing to readers. I also make sure to give that picture the same title as the post it goes with which is good for SEO.
I’m also working on adding text to each picture to make it more Pinnable. I still need improvement and consistency in this area, but I’m getting there. And I know I need to use vertical images instead. It’s a work in progress, people!
Working on SEO
I downloaded the Yoast SEO plugin, which makes it easy to optimize each post. But I’m not just using it on new posts, I’m going back and updating my old posts as well. This is a long process, but one that I know will be worth it. I’m already seeing my visitor count go up!
Making an effort to connect with other bloggers
This is the hardest part of blogging for me. I read a lot of blogs, but I wasn’t taking the time to connect with the person who wrote that blog. Now I am. I’m commenting on posts, Tweeting them, and Pinning them.
I’m also making an effort to follow more people on social media, but I don’t follow just to get a follow back. I hate when people do that. If I follow someone it’s because I enjoy their work.
Added a search bar
This was a tip by Alyssa from her post on how to make your site more user friendly. I use the search bar myself when I want to look up old posts to link to.
Keeping the Best of page updated
My Best of page was anything but my best work. It was so outdated. I’ve since updated it, and I will continue to add to it.
Changed my layout
I’ve always coded my own layout. Always. But I wanted a responsive layout. That means that my blog will adjust to whatever size screen a viewer is using, including smart phones and tablets. My skills just weren’t up to that task, so I’m using Twenty Fifteen from WordPress. I love it! I also made the choice to give up my pink background for a white one. It was hard, people! But I believe that this change made my blog easier to read.
So, what are you doing to improve your blog? Do you have any tips for me? Let me know in the comments!