To-Do List For My Blog
I moved my blog from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress blog on 19th June 2013. Since then it has been a roller-coaster ride with extensive traveling and everyday blogging challenge to exigencies of daily life. Though the move to this new home for the blog has been a smooth one and almost all the major things are in place. However, I feel that there are many things that can be categorized under work-in-progress on this blog.
After this challenge is over, there are a few things that I need to take it up on priority.
My To-Do list for my blog is:
- Due to paucity of time, between the two ie reading and connecting with fellow fest participants & responding to the comments on my blog…. I chose the former. So almost all the posts of the Write Tribe Festival of Words and a few other posts have zero interaction from my side and this is something that I am not liking one bit. I have to do this on a war-footing ASAP.
- During the transfer from Blogger to WordPress, the categories of some of the posts went missing. So that needs to be rectified soon.
- While I never thought about SEO on Blogger, WordPress has a SEO Plugin. I need to add the focus keywords, SEO Title and meta-description for all the posts which would help in better visibility of the blog in natural or un-paid (organic) search results.
- Before I add the focus keywords, SEO Title and meta-description on all the posts, I need to read and learn about this techy thing.
- My OCD for cleanliness, some time back made me delete a folder of pictures on Picasa which had pictures uploaded on the blog. I thought since these picture were already on the blog, there wasn’t any need for duplication. It took me a week to realize that pictures I deleted on Picasa were linked to the blog so they got deleted from the blog as well. So, there are many Wordless Wednesdays posts which have no pictures now. I have an herculean task to search and insert those pictures on these posts again. While I may get most of the pictures on my system, there might be some pics which would have been cleaned from my laptop too. Wondering what I’d do about that situation…
- A friend suggested that I must have an ‘About Me’ page on the blog. I have been ignoring that for a while now. Guess, it needs to be worked on too.
- I guess, I can do with some beautification of my blog too, while I am at it.
Are there some things on your blog that are also in the category of work-in-progress?
I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words 1st – 7th September 2013.
Images courtesy : Google Images
September 6, 2013 12:42 am|
My biggest to-do is to import the travel posts to my travel blog and then delete those and the old book reviews from my main blog. I need to free space on the blog. Apart from that I am very unambitious when it comes to my blog:)
September 12, 2013 3:50 pm|
You have a travel blog, Smitha?? Was not aware of that… must check it out 🙂
September 6, 2013 1:39 am|
My husband recently got a brand new truck to drive for his job so he thinks my blog header needs a new redesign to reflect the change. Like you, at the moment I am busy posting for the Festival of Words and visiting and commenting on everyone’s blogs I can. With normal life going around me, I kind of have my hands full at the moment. When things die down a bit, I make look at tweaking some things. Definitely on the back burner now because there is only so many hours in the day!!
September 12, 2013 3:55 pm|
Wow… yes, you must certainly have the new truck on the blog. Looking forward to the new look of your blog. Agree, blogging, commenting takes a lot of time… but I must find time to do these things on my list soon 🙂
September 6, 2013 5:57 am|
Oops…about the Picassa pictures, Shilpa. I like how this post is acting as a reminder! 😉
September 12, 2013 3:57 pm|
Aaah! That Picasa thing was such a dumb thing to do! 😐
September 6, 2013 7:34 am|
Glad to see your to do list which will make this one even more better.
September 12, 2013 4:00 pm|
Hope I implement all in the list soon 🙂
September 6, 2013 7:43 am|
Shilpa, since you are a very organised blogger,you have aptly pin pointed what more needs to be done for your blogs.
September 12, 2013 4:05 pm|
Hope I am able to put a tick against all in the list soon 🙂
September 6, 2013 7:49 am|
My to-do-list is going to exceed yours 🙂 Lots of changes to be done…
well your post is a lot guiding….so sorry about your pictures…
September 12, 2013 4:15 pm|
Hope you are able to do all the things that needs attention on your blog, soon, Sheela 🙂
September 6, 2013 8:04 am|
We are on the same boat! Let’s connect to help each other. I have to work on the SEO too and loads of other things. Writetribe took away all my time! 😛
September 12, 2013 4:16 pm|
You too!! Sure, let’s share our experiences and learnings, Pratibha 🙂
September 6, 2013 8:07 am|
A good list of to do for your blog. My philosophy with blogging is that if you invest time in my blog (as in dropping by and commenting) then you get first dibs on my blogging time.
September 12, 2013 4:18 pm|
I believe in the same philosophy too, Suzy 🙂
September 6, 2013 8:18 am|
About page is a must – You can create one in no time, so do it fast. And don’t worry too much about SEO and stuff like that – just download the Google SEO guide (search, you’ll get a pdf) and follow what’s said in there. There is too much noise in the SEO world and you’ll most probably end up wasting time or worse, hurting your sites reputation!
September 12, 2013 4:19 pm|
Yes, About Me is on my mind… Thanks for the info… will do the needful ASAP.
September 6, 2013 8:59 am|
My To do for blog is just to write more..I feel I loose focus if I am not following any blogging challenge 🙂
September 12, 2013 4:21 pm|
I guess you have your hands full. But it was good to read you for the May Photo Challenge and then UBC, Rashmi. Are you joining the October UBC?
September 6, 2013 9:57 am|
Hmmm that’s loads of work!!! That Wordlless Wednesday thing spunds daunting and replying to all comments!! that too!
As far as beautification is concerned expand the blog….I mean the readable area…I think told this to you before also 🙂
September 12, 2013 4:25 pm|
While I have added a few pics for WWs, some have been wiped away from the laptop too. Dont know what to do about those missing pics!
And yes, replying to all comments at one go is tough. A lesson learnt from this… will be prompt in replying to comments from now on.
Yeah, you told me about that… will look into that! Thanks for your inputs, Smita 🙂
September 6, 2013 9:59 am|
I wish you all the best and that you soon tick off everything in this list. And add that ‘About Me’ soonest. Big hugs and lots of love.
September 12, 2013 4:26 pm|
Thanks a lot, Susan 🙂
September 6, 2013 10:24 am|
Maintaining a blog is always a work in progress. You blog looks really professional and pretty 🙂
I too have lost some pictures from my posts..have never gone around to putting them back 🙁
Good luck with all the tasks.
September 12, 2013 4:27 pm|
true, there’s always so much to do!! Thanks a lot V. 🙂
September 6, 2013 11:04 am|
I have a lot of things to do from that list as well, Shilpa! And guess what I did the same thing with picasa pics. So I’ve to find the posts and remove the missing pics from those posts. When will I find the time?
September 12, 2013 4:31 pm|
Good Lord, the Picasa thing happened with you too!!
I have deleted the missing pics from most of the posts but Wordless Wednesdays have to have pics and that’s a tough one! Time… sigh… wish we get more of it!
September 6, 2013 11:05 am|
I’ll need to learn how to convert my blog into a self-hosted one. 🙂
September 12, 2013 4:33 pm|
There are a lot of tutorials on the web for this changeover. And of course, a lot of blog buddies who are tech savvy can help too 🙂
September 6, 2013 12:09 pm|
OMG! So many things need doing on blogs? 🙂 Here I am just typing in things and posting and hoping for readers 🙂
September 12, 2013 4:40 pm|
Ah! You are the lucky one and need not bother about such things, Suresh as your writings make the readers flock to your blog like ants to sugar!! 🙂
September 6, 2013 12:15 pm|
Like you even I need to learn about SEO and how it functions. I’ve never thought about that before. I’m also planning to change the look of the blog.
September 12, 2013 4:41 pm|
Happy learning Diana and looking forward to the new look of your blog 🙂
September 6, 2013 1:20 pm|
Err dono abt the beautification part.. I think this tempplate is soo u
September 12, 2013 4:43 pm|
Glad you like this template, Meena. Thanks 🙂
September 6, 2013 1:27 pm|
even i deleted some of the photo folders while cleaning thankfully i had the backup. Hope you retrieve your photos and put them back on the blog.
My blog too has to get a cosmetic makeover. though i would like to widen the blog space for writing and work on my label classification. Worried about expanding the template what if i get into some other problem.I want to change my header title too and add byline…. though i am on two minds about this.
September 12, 2013 4:46 pm|
You must go for all these changes, Asha. Since you are on Blogger, the interface to change header, template size etc is so easy. Go for it!! 🙂
September 6, 2013 2:14 pm|
When I moved to WordPress, I was exhausted as there were some problems occurring in the process again and again, so I left many things undone and thought that I’d do it gradually. One was choosing a template. But I have started to like the one that I randomly chose and I am thinking of sticking to it. Then I have to increase the text size and also, I need to add a label cloud. I have category list but I want a tag/label cloud too. That’s all I guess.
September 12, 2013 4:48 pm|
I like the new look of your blog, Shilpa! Hope you are able to make the desired changes soon 🙂
September 6, 2013 5:58 pm|
Hi Shilpa, that’s an interesting list. I am so bad at tech, though I wanna adore my blogs:)
September 12, 2013 5:00 pm|
Thank you Vishal. I remember, it took me a long long time to change the template on Blogger!! 😀 We all learn these techy things here, sooner or later 🙂
September 6, 2013 6:15 pm|
Shilpa, when you get to do all those things, tell me !!! Will join you 🙂 I’ve been running with the same theme from WP for years now…
September 12, 2013 5:09 pm|
Try changing the template of your blog, Uma… it gives a nice feeling… just like when we redecorate our home or even change the curtains or have a new bedspread in a room. 🙂
September 6, 2013 7:27 pm|
Your being organised is itself visible.
Yes,even I would recommend About Me
September 12, 2013 5:10 pm|
Yes, I will work on About Me soon 🙂
Thank you Mr Chowla 🙂
September 6, 2013 7:35 pm|
Forget the work in progress, I have been meaning to get into a self hosted blog myself for 2 months now and I just can’t get myself to do it…too techy for me 🙁
I still have to gather myself for that!
September 12, 2013 5:11 pm|
I guess, once you get into it, you understand it better and also there are so many tutorials and help on the web. So the changeover should be easy! Go for it, Kajal 🙂
September 6, 2013 8:00 pm|
Shilpa i get bored of my blog background. I keep changing the background/layout/font.
Plus I keep learning something or other from others blog and keep introducing them to myself.
September 12, 2013 5:13 pm|
Wow! That’s such a cool thing to do! Thanks for inspiring 🙂
September 6, 2013 10:19 pm|
Great pointers, Shilpa.
Since I love to write…I am not focussing on marketing/beautifying my page…gotta pay attention to that.
thanks for some useful pointers 🙂
btw…I like your site with those beautiful red plants on the side.
September 12, 2013 5:14 pm|
Thanks Ruchira! Glad you like it here! 🙂
September 7, 2013 12:39 am|
The post is going to be bookmarked by me. When I make the switch I need to remember these points 🙂 and shilpa about the pictures part I am sorry but I laughed 😀 😀
September 12, 2013 5:16 pm|
Aaah! You laughing at my plight… not fair, Richa 😀
September 8, 2013 11:25 am|
Haven’t changed much in my blog since I started it. Guess m too lazy for that. But m gonna bookmark this. Might be useful in future. 😉
September 12, 2013 5:17 pm|
September 16, 2013 4:31 pm|
Wow that is some list… I have one most important item on my list. Post more regularly and I am not able to do that too 🙁