Even when I’m not actively writing and publishing blog posts I can always find something blog related to work on.
In the last few weeks I have signed up to Ko-fi which is a page for people who love what I do to help support me and the growth of my blog. I would love to be able to upgrade my blog plan and be able to offer products for sale – I am currently looking at designing my own range of printed and printable blog diaries and planners and any support would help towards the cost of upgrading so I could add a store element to this blog in which to sell from. I have added a handy little button into the sidebar.
I have also gotten myself an account with Pinterest so I can share my blog posts on there and find other interesting people to follow too. The sign up process was really quick and easy and I thought it would be fairly easy to add my images and blog posts to the site too. However, between starting this blog and now, I have upgraded my phone and lost a load of my blog photos which were taken on my old phone and don’t seem to have been saved anywhere. I was going to make the photos into pins and have the pin link back to the relevant blog post. I have spent a few hours going back and forth between my blog and the photos I have still got and attempted to create some kind of order to them. In the end I decided it would be easier to go through all my blog posts and save the images to folders titled with the post they are associated with. Hopefully, by the end of the weekend I will have most, if not all, past posts pinned and linked back to the blog!
I also added a widget to the sidebar for visitors to easily find and follow me on Pinterest and updated my “Follow Me” information in my drop down menu on my blog home page.
Other tweaks I have made include adding metadata for Google, Pinterest and Bing into my settings, updating the Categories so all of the titles start with capital letters and creating logos for some of my blog posts (like the one found in my Top 10 Thursday posts). I have added a new link to my drop down menu (Blog Toolkit) which is a list of all the items I use to help me create my blog posts. And, finally, when checking that the menu and widgets worked I decided that I didn’t like the tag cloud and the way the categories were displayed so I removed the tag cloud and have added the categories as a drop down menu. I’m still undecided on the Archive menu widget and think I may remove the Twitter and Instagram feed from the sidebar as it feels a bit cluttered and too busy for my liking.
Away from the actual blog site I have been doing some background work on my schedule and content plan. I have scheduled the bulk of my posts into my calendar up until April so I know what I am needing to work on over the next month or so!
What sort of things have you been working on blog wise, either on the blog itself or in the background?