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Once a Year Blog Maintenance–Are You Up to Date?

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Keep your blog up to date–photo credit: Nemo

This week, I’m providing tips for end-of-year technology maintenance. Sure, you should do it once a month if you’re active on your computer, but AT LEAST do it yearly.

Like today.

For most writers I know, life zooms by with few breaks to pause, glance around at the surroundings and clean up the clutter and confusion that grows like mold from our everyday authorial life. The end of the calendar year is a good time to do that, when many of us are blogging less, posting almost nothing, and have less commitments and obligations to fill our usual week.

Here’s my short list–one I hope is do-able during the Holidays:

  • Update my profile. Have I changed my focus? Changed jobs? Adding new pieces readers would like to know about? This, btw, should be done regularly, but at the new year–it’s critical.
  • Check old posts for grammar and spelling. I start with the most-visited articles (under Site Stats) and work my way down (in case I run out of time). I’m always  surprised what I catch with a fresh eye.
  • Check individual post tags and categories to see if I can whittle down the options while still clearly cataloging my writing. Sometimes, I haven’t even added a category–fix all those, too.
  • Check sidebar for out-of-date and no-longer-relevant widgets and links. Add new pieces (like awards and links) that add to the blog’s utility. Move pieces around to give a fresh look.
  • Check list of ‘pages’. Sure, I’m on top of the Home page, but are the others still relevant? Up to date? Like my WIP page? Hmm…
  • Check appearance on a smart phone and iPad to see if they require adjustments to display better. I recently switched my blog theme (you probably noticed) to respond to the fact that so many people read blogs on iPads and smartphones now, rather than desktops and laptops.
  • Check blog in different browsers to see if I should recommend one over the other for best-viewing.

That’s it from my end. Do you have any maintenance issues you suggest for the new year? I’d love to hear them.



Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, a freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a monthly contributor to Today’s Author. In her free time, she is  editor of a K-8 technology curriculum and technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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33 thoughts on “Once a Year Blog Maintenance–Are You Up to Date?

  1. You are a very busy lady! Wow. My step nephew just just graduated from the Naval Academy (I’m secretly trying to marry him off to my daughter. :) They look so cute together! I’m excited to read more of your posts over the holidays. My novels always have some US military men (19th century) in them and two of my main characters get into a lot of trouble at West Point. My husband was a Navy man. Go Navy!

    • He has a fun few years in front of him (your nephew). Where’s he stationed? My daughter’s in her final few years of her commitment and in DC–shore duty. She’s loved everything about her time with the Navy.

      Your book sounds wonderful.

      • Actually two nephews graduated. One quickly got married before being shipped off somewhere (they’re both in Florida). The other I think went for the academy because his brother did. he’s more laid back and says he’d probably have been an English major at a normal college. He wants to fly.

  2. very good advice but I don’t know if I’ve got the energy or time right now, to check all of these. ;)
    Wishing you a magical Christmas season and all the good things in 2014! :)

  3. Wonderful and helpful ideas. I’m pooped out already and I’ve only read your practical suggestions. This time of year (2013 for me especially) is the biggest time thief I’ve crossed paths with. Wait until the new year to read all about it. Now is not the time for it. ;-)

  4. This is wonderful. Found your blog via Sharon Bonin-Platt. Thank you so much for these tips!I hate trawling through my old posts but like your tip for checking out the most popular posts via site stats and working from there.

    • Ah, Shari is wonderful. We chat regularly. My husband is 100% Irish, though very Americanized, so I love reading about his roots.

      About the trawling old posts–I hate that too. Partly because I always find problems.

      • Poor Shari… I never knew… Just kidding! Anyway, you`ve mapped out a nice bit of work for me. thank you! Looking forward to reading more of your wise posts as soon as I can!

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