This week we’re going to focus on blog basics — when a new reader gets to your site, how easy is it for them to find out basic information about you and what your blog is about? In retrospect, this is something that should have happened a lot earlier in the project. However, I got so excited about other ideas that something like blog basics slipped aside.
It was harder to find resources for this week than I expected. The best article I found was “What is a Blog?” by Darren Rose at Problogger.com. In it, Darren talks about some of the definitions of a blog and what are the basic parts of a blog. Using that, along with some of my own developed knowledge, the activity this week is to update the basic parts of your blog.
Over the next two weeks, take on as many of these tasks as you like. I know they are pretty general, but every blog is different and so what you might want to do with these particular pieces is up to you.
- Write (or update) your “About Me” Page — Make sure you can see your About Me from the main page of your blog because someone just arriving at the site should be able to easily see a little information about you
- Update your contact information
- Add some sort of picture of yourself (if you’re comfortable with that)
- Update your Blogroll — Blogging Startup has a good series on blogrolls starting with “Does My Blog Need A Blogroll?” — check out some of the other entries, they’re pretty short and interesting
- Create a link to your Archives on your front page (there are a lot of widgets for this, or you can find other ways to do it — either way, it’s important to do so people who want your archives can find them to get a sense of what they can expect from your blog)
- Add a link (or make sure a link is there) so readers can subscribe to your blog via RSS
- Get to work on other basic blog maintenance you’ve been meaning to do
Clearly, these aren’t all the blog basic things we could talk about, I didn’t do a ton of searching and would welcome more suggestions. If you have ideas for other maintenance activities that could be considered blog basics, leave a comment explaining, and I’ll do an update post sometime in the next couple weeks adding to our group consideration of what is a blog basic.
At the beginning or end of the next few weeks, sign the Mr. Linky below with a post about what maintenance you plan to do OR what maintenance you have done (or both, if you like to write posts and sign Mr. Linkys 🙂 )
Good luck! And, just a heads up — March is going to be Social Media Month for the Blog Improvement Project, so start looking forward to that!