- Back up your blog and blog template.
- Back up your password manager.
- Update your About Page on your blog and on your social media channels.
- Review your side bar and remove anything that is effecting your page loading speed or isn't necessary.
- Review and update your landing pages.
- Review your navigation bar. Is it cluttered? Can your readers find what they want?
- Review your categories. Are they in line with your current blogging topics?
- Check webmaster tools for broken links.
- Set goals for the coming year.
- Complete any outstanding tasks.
A lot of what I'm doing to prepare my blog for next year is addressing several 'behind the scenes' things that have been niggling at me this year because I didn't have the time, the skills or a clear vision of how to fix them.
Landing PagesLanding page design and layout has been an issue for me.
After trying to use tables — which aren't dynamic and therefore won't look their best on all platforms— and horizontal rules — which behave differently on different internet browsers and therefore my pages looked a mess in some browsers — I have found another approach to getting the layout I wanted. I had to learn a bit more about HTML and CSS to implement them but I am much happier with my landing pages now.
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I've made my social media buttons more visible in my side bar which might sound simple but I wanted to learn how to do it with CSS which meant I had to learn a bit about how CSS worked first.
I've finally joined Instagram!
I now have the tools to build image galleries.
Learning how to build galleries was really important so I can implement some of the plans I have for this year.
Site NavigationI had been using the built in blogger navigation menu and while it was functional it wasn't right for what I wanted for the Purfylle blog. I customised the look and then customised the way it behaves. After working on it for a couple of months I think I may finally have it right.
There are few other little features here and there I've tweaked too. I've got some big plans for 2016 and I don't want to be spending my time on design issues so I am addressing all the little things that 'I'll get around to it sometime' NOW and they won't be niggling at me later.
What are you doing to get your blog ready for an awesome blogging year?