Continuing with the positivity that has seen me through February, I decided to do a bit of Spring cleaning. No, not my house, although it could do with it. I’m talking about this little ‘ol blog here.
I like to give it a spruce up every couple of years or so and it felt well overdue. So, finding myself with a couple of hours to myself this weekend (rare enough in itself), I thought I’d give it a go.
Anyone who knows about these things will understand that when it comes to the technical side of websites and blogs, there is a part of you that, once you start messing about, wonders why you bothered. You change the theme of your blog and everything goes a bit pear shaped, meaning you have to spend way longer than you originally intended to get it back to a normal state again.
I’m no techy, but I do have a few years of WordPress experience behind me now, so I was able to work through any issues, using a bit of common sense and a lot of Googling. The result, I feel, is clean and fresh and a bit more streamlined.
What do you think?
Do you spring clean your blog?
I regularly work with WordPress, plus a couple of other bespoke CMS (content management systems), so I’m not nearly as frightened of the technical side of websites and blogging as I was when I first started out a few years ago. It helps as a writer, to understand this side of things. It also adds to the satisfaction when you not only see your writing in print, but you know that the published article or web page was of your creation.
As writers, we don’t just produce words. We’re designers in our own right, using creativity to make our own contribution to this virtual world in which we have all come to rely on so much for information. Perhaps some of us are less comfortable using the technical side of our brain than others. These are the writers who will struggle more because of the way we now communicate. It’s so important to understand the many ways in which you can now reach your readers, not only via social media, but through the various on-line channels where you can access the written word.
Which brings me back to blogging, where it all started. Having my own little outlet for creativity, opened the door to the world that is on-line publishing. As I look back over the early blogs I produced, I can see how much I’ve developed. From improved images, to SEO, this little place of mine has helped me in so many ways.
For anyone who wants to be a writer, I would say go create a blog. Yes, it’s an outlet for venting all your thoughts and frustrations, achievements and dreams, but it’s also more than that. It’s your practice arena for your writing and the place where you will earn your technical stripes.
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