Help Wanted: Apply Within

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I need some advice from my fellow bloggers.

I have been thinking for a few months now about revamping my blog.  When I started this little endeavor a little over a year ago, I was eager to get started so I just selected a random theme and all the defaults.  After all, I didn’t want to waste precious time figuring out what all those settings were for.  Anyway, WP assured me that I could change everything later on.

So I just jumped in with both feet and got busy writing blog posts.  I wasn’t exactly sure how tags worked, so I sprinkled them liberally over everything I wrote.  I got lazy with my categories and so 95% of everything I’ve written is in one category.  My posts were all over the place, with no real common theme.

But a year has gone by.  I have a couple hundred blog posts under my belt.  I’ve developed something of a “voice” or theme.   And now I look back over my blog and it is like looking into a messy basement with everything piled up haphazardly, some of it damp, some of it moldy, all of it completely disorganized.

So, I’d like to spruce up my site a little and do a little house cleaning.  For instance, I’d like to pick a different theme (i.e. layout).  I’d like to re-categorize some posts. I’d like things to just be a little … well … cleaner.  Mostly, I’d like it to be a lot easier to find things for people who visit my site.

Have any of you done a “do-over” on your blogs?  How painful was it?  Are there any lessons you learned that you’d like to pass along?   Are there any good how-to articles or YouTube videos out there that might help?

Thanks in advance!

Biff

 

33 comments

  1. I’ve changed themes many times and I finally found one that works for me. Some of my images got messed up with all of the changes but, I was able to fix them. I like to change background colors, etc. to give my blogs a fresh look (I run two blogs). I also like a theme that is flexible, which can also give a blog a new look. The theme I currently use offers 3 layouts, which I can change the appearance without opting for a new theme.

    Your posts are fun and well-written. You may want to just tweak your blog with a different theme.

    PS I decided to reorganize my tags and menus and it took forever because I have over 300 posts too. I audit my blogs 3 or 4 times a year.

    Good luck!

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    • Thanks, Eugenia! I always appreciate good advice. I vastly reduced the number of categories I had last weekend and tried to bring some sort of order to them. I’m still not 100% happy with them, but it’s a start. The idea of revamping my tags seems a bit daunting, but I shall give that some thought. Thanks again!

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      • Revamping the tags can be a real undertaking. When I took on this task, My main intent was to be sure none of my posts were tagged as “Uncategorized”. Other than that, I let the rest remain as is.

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  2. I wish I could have helped here, but I am the worst adviser in the room when it comes to rebranding your blog. The Cove is exactly the same since its debuts, more that 2 years ago. I felt “wild” adding a page to my page-top menu this week, and I am working on a little update on my “About” page this morning (what is wrong with me????) but that’s about it.

    I guess I play in the conservative team 😛

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  3. I just completely rebranded my editing blog (www.easyreaderediting.com) and I could have done it myself but the person who designed my branding offered to set it all up, so I said SURE. However, that blog is in Blogger and is MUCH easier to navigate than my personal blog (Life As Only I Know It, the one you visit), which is a WP blog.

    I have found WordPress to have beautiful blogs that are a nightmare to configure. They’re not intuitive at all, and everything I’ve done to my blog to change ANYTHING has required a bunch of searching online for tutorials. I can manage the most basic things on that blog, and it’s good enough for its purpose. My main blog is the editing one, since it’s the site that actually supports my business, and though I’ve thought over the years about moving it over to WP, I just can’t imagine trying to make a WP design do all I’ve managed to already figure out on Blogger.

    That said, I’m sure you’ll do fine, lol. Mostly because you already have a WP account and are accustomed to frustration.

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    • Thanks, Lynda! I had a blog on Blogger years ago. I’m not even sure if I can remember what it was called (let alone my password). But I do remember it being a lot easier to use than WordPress.

      And thanks for commiserating about what a pain it’s going to be to update my WP blog! At least now, as I’m struggling through the process, I’ll know I’m not alone.

      Have a great weekend!

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  4. I ATTEMPTED to give myself a theme, change the theme, make a theme, all that really cool jazz, NUMEROUS time. I ended up locking myself out of my own blog and having to start ALL over again. Then again, I cant even program my own VCR. I think they are up to something called a Blu-Ray now, but I still have a very useless VCR in my living room. Thank gosh for Netflix! Back to your Blog..I LOVE your blog..I would read it if it came in the mail on pieces of (new) toilet paper. I am old(ish) so I believe it is the WORDS and not the way they are displayed that matters. I hope my 4 or 5 followers feel the same about MY blog!

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    • Thanks, jbrbsmom! You’re exactly right. It’s much more about the content than the looks. In fact, my main motivation for revamping my page is to make it easier to find the stuff I’ve written. I mean, the colors and doo-dads are nice and all … but mostly I just want my page to not look like a train wreck. 🙂

      And, for the record, I still have a DVD player in my living room, too, though I haven’t used it in 4 or 5 years. I don’t have Blu-Ray yet because I didn’t want to have to re-buy my video collection.

      And thank you for your kind compliments! I really appreciate it! And I look forward to reading more of your work soon!

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  5. Well, I see I am not alone in my attempts to ‘clean house’ and organize my blog! I too, just jumped in when I first started, as it was a daunting task trying to figure out WP and site lay out. I recently revamped mine as well, ans I found it just as daunting! So I’m of no help, really. I see some great tips from other bloggers, though. I found a visual lay out and archives by the month helped me seem a bit more streamlined but other than that, I’m still wandering around WP aimlessly. I do enjoy your blog, no matter what it looks like!

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  6. Changing is fairly easy – in theory. But I found that once I had chosen a theme it was quite a challenge to make it look exactly like it did in the preview. And of course the preview was the reason I chose it. Even with the tutorial videos it never turned out quite the way I wanted it to.

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    • Thanks for the heads up, Eva! I was a little worried about exactly what you described. I am a little doubtful I’ll be able to get my page looking exactly the way I want. But I guess there’s only one way to find out. Thanks for the feedback! 🙂

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  7. U have wp? Easy peasy. Pick another theme and hit the button. I’ve been thinking of redoing mine too, so much white space, but I rather like the layout otherwise. Wp theme change shouldn’t b a problem for u. Now ur categories…I’ll stay out if that one.

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    • Yes … I’m using WP. I am going to give it a whirl this weekend. I sure hope it is as painless as everyone says it is!

      I actually like your blog. I like a lot of white space, because I like my posts to be well separated from each other.

      As for categories and tags … they are the bane of my existence. I struggle with them every time I post something!

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  8. Ah, no biggie. I’m probably far better at the techie stuff than I am at writing, but it wasn’t a biggie. It will probably take you less time than cleaning out your basement…

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  9. I changed my theme last year, and then duplicated it for my second, photo blog. It was a little time consuming, but not difficult at all. It was the decision-making that took the time: what background color, what font, and so on.

    You don’t need videos or how to articles from the web. Everything you need is right on WordPress, in the support sections. And you can experiment with how things look before committing. Find a theme, and decide how you want it laid out. Then, once it looks perfect to you, you can make the change.

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    • Thanks, Linda! I will play around with some of the themes this weekend. I was kind of poking around some of them last weekend. I just didn’t want to commit because I don’t see my current theme out there any more, so I think there’s no going back once I select a new theme.

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