Reflect 03| Blog Maintenance + How To tips

Reflect 03| Blog Maintenance + How To tips

 

We have arrived on the last day of January, and also the last day of the Reflect series. First, I want to thank everyone who downloaded the PDF and gave me helpful tips on how to move forward. Be on the lookout later on today, I’ll be releasing the PDF for February. In today’s post though, I’m going to be discussing the importance of blog maintenance. At the end of this post, you will find a checklist that I hope will make it easier to keep track.


 

Oops!

I realized very quickly that owning my domain would be a bit more responsibility compared to before. But it wasn’t until recently that it actually clicked in my head. I have learned that it’s somewhat important to share old posts. Since Spoonie Tips for Surviving Fall/Winter is still relevant that was my pick. Imagine my surprise to find all the pictures missing.

After my small freak out, I learned that the transition between blogs wasn’t as smooth as I thought it was. I was still at fault though, because I had not been doing maintenance on my blog as I should have. If I was, I would have found the problem sooner and I could have fixed it. But then I maybe I wouldn’t have the inspiration for this post so I guess it works out.

 

Time to Fix it

I was left with a blank canvas, all the pictures were gone and all of the subheadings were oddly shifted to the left. Instead of pouting, it hit me that this gave me the opportunity to refresh the post from when it was originally written. I have learned more in my blogging journey since then and I could incorporate these things in.

 

Add the Pictures

This would be a great time to update the pictures in your old posts if they are no longer relevant. The pictures I use in my post still work so that’s what I used but do keep this in mind.

 

Organize Files & Pictures

The picture above may be hard to see but it is a snapshot of all of the files on my blog. I try to keep it organized my topic. My computer is older so I have all of my files saved on an external hard drive also. This mess up was easy to fix since I already had the pictures and files saved, but I can imagine the opposite happening if they weren’t available.

What Else Should You Do?

Here is where the Checklist will come in handy. You can download it below or from the Resource Library.


Let me know if this checklist helps you and if you have ever encountered problems like this before.

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16 Comments

  • Reply Oddball Content

    You’re so organised with your files! I need to be more like you, my desktop is shocking!

    February 1, 2018 at 2:35 PM
    • Reply PAE

      Thank you 😊, it’s out of necessity I suppose. It used to be a bit of a mess but then I couldn’t find anything

      February 1, 2018 at 4:01 PM
  • Reply sgmart187

    Great post! I’m working on really getting organized with my blog too, so this was very helpful!

    February 2, 2018 at 1:24 PM
    • Reply PAE

      Thank you, I’m really glad you found it helpful

      February 2, 2018 at 1:49 PM
  • Reply yourplatewithcait

    I second what Oddball Content said above! Keeping organized is SO hard with a blog and a million different things going on. You don’t even want to see the state my house is in right now… Haha, we win some and we lose some, I guess 😉

    February 2, 2018 at 1:40 PM
    • Reply PAE

      That’s totally true!

      February 2, 2018 at 1:50 PM
  • Reply Renee

    Did not know I could get so organized!!! Thanks for sharing!

    February 2, 2018 at 5:20 PM
    • Reply PAE

      My life is a bit like organized chaos but I’ve been trying to lean more towards the organized side lately lol

      February 2, 2018 at 6:10 PM
  • Reply Christine (@Chrissy4sfsn)

    Great reminders! So scary to find all your pictures missing. I think I need to catch up on some of this!

    February 2, 2018 at 6:40 PM
    • Reply PAE

      It was definitely a little bit of a shock. Thank you for reading!

      February 2, 2018 at 7:06 PM
  • Reply Sweet Coralice

    I used to think blogging would be a breeze and so when I got more serious and got my .com domain, I was thrown back with all the issues I had to fix (missing pix, etc) too. That’s when I realized it was gonna be lots of hard work and learning new things/terms. My house is not as tidy as I’d like it to be and that’s because my kids aren’t toddlers lol! I can relate to so much in this post 💕

    February 5, 2018 at 7:57 AM
    • Reply PAE

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one! When I first went self-hosted I was so overwhelmed by how much responsibility came with it. I still find myself learning things each day

      February 5, 2018 at 11:19 AM
  • Reply sunshineandmunchkins

    I’m still using Blogger as my platform, but would like to move to WP some time this year. I think I’m going to have someone do it for me so I don’t accidentally mess anything up, haha.

    February 5, 2018 at 1:17 PM
    • Reply PAE

      That’s a great idea! I didn’t know what I was doing lol

      February 5, 2018 at 1:53 PM
  • Reply Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy

    Great ideas! I remember how scary it was when I transferred to my own domain. I’m glad that you were able to figure a way to make the mistake work for you!

    February 20, 2018 at 6:53 AM
    • Reply PAE

      It was trial and error but I’m learning as I go lol

      February 20, 2018 at 8:44 AM

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