We all have those days when we stare at the wall behind the TV. Not just because there’s nothing worth watching, but because the paint is flaking and you have that nagging feeling that the entire room needs a makeover.
I had that feeling with my blog. It had been up and running (well, limping along, wheezing and in desperate need of oxygen) for a year. It was definitely time to redecorate.
Here’s how I knew that my blog SERIOUSLY needed a makeover:
1. No subscribers. Not one. Not even my mother or my best friend. That’s a Big Red Flag!
2. Accidentally hitting the ‘reset’ button in the Header menu and removing all the great design work. ’Default WordPress’ is not a great look for a blog.
3. Dwindling post frequency. How can you run out of stuff to say on a blog? Does that ever happen in real life – like at work, at parties, meeting friends? No? They call it ‘lack of focus’, and it’s a big problem.
4. Writing about events rather than insights or feelings. A blog isn’t a timesheet where you have to justify what you got up to – it’s a living, growing body of work showing the best of what you do. Or at least, it should be! I know this blog wasn’t.
Yes, guilty as charged. This blog managed to incorporate ALL of the above, and was in SERIOUS need of a makeover. That process begins today, with a smart new About page (still a work in progress, but it’s a beginning!)
We all know that redecorating can be messy too. There’s all that dust, spilled paint, coffee stains, chocolate wrappers, brushes, dust sheets…you name it. But despite the hard work ahead, you know it’ll be worth it in the end when you sit back on your virtual sofa and admire your handiwork.
Anyways, I have purchased the virtual paint, donned the overalls and lifted the brush, and am hoping to transform this blog from Zzzzzzz-List to A-List over the next few weeks. Please drop by – I really won’t mind if you point out ‘Hey, you’ve missed a spot!’
In the meantime, please excuse the mess while this blog undergoes its very own transformation, and see you when the chaos is over!