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9 Ways to Update Your Online Presence

This week, I’ll post updated suggestions to get your computers and technology ready for the blitz of writing you’ll swear to accomplish in New Year resolutions. Here’s what you’ll get (links won’t be active until the post goes live):

  1. 9 Ways to Update Your Online Presence — December 14th
  2. 8+ Ways to Speed Up Your Computer — December 15th
  3. Backup and Image your computer — December 16th

Regular readers of WordDreams know these tips are posted each December with updates. New readers: Consider these body armor in the tech battle so you can jubilantly overcome rather than dramatically succumb.

Today: 9 Ways to Update Your Online Presence

For most writers I know, life zooms by, filled with research, writing, editing, critique groups, reading, promotions (of our books and others), people watching (to build characters), and thinking. There are few breaks to update/fix/maintain the tech tools that allow us to pursue our trade.

That includes our online presence and all those personal profiles. But, that must happen or they no longer accomplish what we need. If they aren’t updated, we are left wondering why our blog doe visitors, why our social media Tweeple don’t generate activity, and why we aren’t being contacted for networking. Here’s a short list of  items that won’t take long to accomplish:

  1. Update your online profile–on your blog, your gravatar, FB, Twitter, professional groups, your PLN. Have you changed focus? Switched jobs? Adding new publications or items efriends would like to know about? Is your contact information current? This, btw, should be done once a quarter, but at least at the new year.
  2. Clean up your social media stream–delete pictures and comments you no longer find as funny as when you first posted them or make them private. If you have active social media, employers will check it out. Make sure it represents you.
  3. Update old posts–start with the most-visited articles (under Site Stats) and work your way down (in case you run out of time). Consider freshening them with new images or banners.
  4. Check individual post tags and categories–reorganize options so they authentically group your writing.
  5. Check the sidebar–for out-of-date and no-longer-relevant widgets and links. Include new pieces that add utility. Move pieces around to give a fresh look. Current thinking is ‘less is more’. Consider putting awards, PLN groups, memberships on separate pages noted in the menu bar.
  6. Check your ‘pages‘–are they still relevant? Could some be nested under other pages to save room and/or make them easier to find? While you’re at it, be sure less-visited pages are up to date.
  7. Check the appearance of your blog on a smartphone and iPad. Does it display properly? If not, consider switching to a responsive theme that auto-adjusts for a variety of digital devices.
  8. Unsubscribe from lists you no longer have an interest in. This also frees up your time!
  9. Update where you sell books like your Amazon Author page, Teachers Pay Teachers, BarnesandNoble.com, Google Play, and any others–prices, descriptions, categories, freebies. I need to do this more often.

Do you have any maintenance issues to suggest for the new year? I’d love to hear them. Here’s one last year from Hugh (who has a great blog with useful blogging tips):

“Hi Jacqui, as well as unsubscribing from lists you no longer are interested in, I’d add to unsubscribe from blogs that no longer publish content you’re interested in or haven’t posted any new content in the last 9-12 months. This will also free up a lot of time.

I also take the time to go through old blog posts and delete those I know I have no use for anymore.”

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Savage Land, Winter 2024.


80 thoughts on “9 Ways to Update Your Online Presence

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  2. Thank you for sharing ideas!!.. while I am not a writer and I do not make New Years resolutions, I will definitely browse your suggestions…. 🙂

    Have a wonderful holiday and until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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    • I wanted to like Gettr and Truth Social, but their content is all political. I tried to find writers or teachers and every post was tainted with political stuff. Despite how toxic Twitter had become (Musk has his work cut out for him!), I did find corners of sanity away from the political vile.


  3. Always a good list! I’ve been doing something slight different. Since I’ve retired from high tech I don’t want all those old job related contacts because I don’t wan that work anymore so I’ve been rewriting my on-line presence to remove some of that older stuff and refocus on what I want to do now. At first I just updated Linked-in to say, “retired” and now have been removing high tech skills and experience and replacing it with my woodworking a poetry stuff. I’m always amazed at where all that stuff shows up.

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  4. Excellent reminders, Jacqui! Your advice mirrors Hugh’s for blogging, but your ideas for updating SM and all things blogging–like the gravatar, tags, and other things are so valuable. After my facebook blog page got hacked, I went through and re-did passwords, and made some major adjustments. Then someone in Latin America bought a two-nights stay in a hotel on my debit card so I have made major changes to how I pay online too (hint–don’t use debit online for ANYTHING). Thanks for your wise words!

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  5. Good timing for your post! Look what I was working on in Evernote last night:

    Annual Writing Goals Template

    – [ ] Update all social media profiles.
    – [ ] Update all organization member profiles.
    – [ ] Update all versions of my bio.
    – [ ] Update book listings for all book promotion sites.
    – [ ] Update book listings on author website and Paul Stream Press site.
    – [ ] Create WTP critique group schedule for the upcoming year.
    – [ ] Enter WTP Roundtable meetings for 2023 in Google calendar.
    – [ ] Enter WTP Roundtable meeting Zoom invites and reminders in Evernote for 2023.
    – [ ] Create WTP Critique Group schedule for 2023 and post in WPT Prose Group forum.
    – [ ] Enter WTP Critique Group meetings for 2023 in Google calendar.
    – [ ] Enter WTP Critique Group meeting Zoom invites and reminders in Evernote.
    – [ ] Create weekly writing goals notes for the year.

    I’ll add the action items from your list that I’ve missed.

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  6. Impressive list, Jacqui! Regarding the freshening of most visited posts, I suggest looking at Googles changed criteria for the best search-engine ranking. For those unfamiliar with Search Engine Optimization (SEO), the free and paid Yoast Plugin comes with tons of how-to articles, each designed to take you from novice to quasi-expert in the shortest possible time. If someone is tired of social media (me!), learning and focusing on SEO can have stellar results and frees up even more time.

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