HOW TO REFRESH YOUR BLOG IN EASY, SIMPLE STEPS

 

Whether your blog is 5 years old or 6 months, a time is gonna come when you probably want to give it a little upgrade. Make things feel fresh, new and exciting again.

Our hobbies, interests and life can change every year, so why not our online space too?

Firstly, lets take stock.

Log onto your internet browser and view your website as a visitor. See if there are any little bugs that need fixing, and take a note of the things you like, and what you want to change. Is your font easy to read? Are you missing any social media links?

Now we’ve got the basics down, it’s time to research.

Think about what kind of blog lay-out could benefit you the most, what topics sets your soul on fire, and any other passions you have that you could incorporate into your online space. If you’re a fashion blogger, do you have a shopping page where people can buy your outfits? Is having a newsletter something that excites you, or does it feel like jumping on a bandwagon? Remember that there’s no rush, take your time.

At this point, we should have a plan of where we would like to improve our blog, and how we can go about it. You may have already made some of the small changes, and hopefully it’s making you feel even more excited about a fresh, new look.

Always scope out further afield than you might think, whether that’s blog designs, a handy bit of googling to make sure things look as sharp as possible, or checking out different web-designers if you fancy going the full hog. I think especially when making important decisions that can be costly, you want to be certain that you’re going with your gut.

Other things to consider:

  • Think about how your ‘ideal’ blog would look, what images would you feature on there, and would it affect your writing style?
  • Try not to compare to other blogs. Getting inspiration is fine, but don’t copy. Be yourself!
  • Are you happy with your blogging schedule? Would you rather post more or less than you do now?
  • Do you need to inform your readers that you’re undergoing a re-brand? You might want to do this if your website will be unavailable for a few days.

 

Have you ever refreshed your blog? How did you do it?

 

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  • These are some great tips!

    Candice | Natalya Amour

    • NatalieLeanne

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  • Such great tips Natalie! I particularly love your tip of viewing your blog as a potential reader would. It’s so easy to think that only fellow bloggers read blogs, when that’s not the case at all. Totally going to take some hours out of my Bank Holiday Monday to refresh my layout a little (:

    • NatalieLeanne

      Ooh that’s fab, I find it really helps my motivation when I have a layout I love too!

  • This came at the right time, I’m in the middle of sprucing things up on my blog. Thanks for the suggestions! xx
    Coco Bella Blog

    • NatalieLeanne

      Oh wonderful! Thank you so much for reading 🙂

  • These are some really great tips! I love having a blog refresh every now and then 🙂

    Kayleigh | http://www.anenthusiasmfor.co.uk

    • NatalieLeanne

      It’s so needed! I only really changed my ‘colours’ recently and I felt so refreshed after! x

  • I haven’t refreshed my blog in so long but I’m definitely going to consider these tips.

    Eleanor May | http://www.eleaanormay.com

    • NatalieLeanne

      Thank you for reading Eleanor 🙂

  • so useful indeed! from time to time I change the images from my main landing page!! it helps me (:

    xx from italy
    Cate ღ 35mm in Style

    • NatalieLeanne

      Ooh that’s a great idea 🙂 Thank you for reading Cate xx

  • I think it’s good to consistently do a bunch of small changes- easier to tackle and it’ll make your blog always looking good and fresh

    https://thedianaedition.com

    • NatalieLeanne

      Yes totally! I think I’d get fed up if I had to dedicate the whole day to it!

  • Amy Eade

    I’m guilty for leaving my blog for too long without even looking at it sometimes, but I’m also bad at picking it apart when I’m actually happy with how it is! So many times I’ve gone to refresh it and realsied I like how it is!
    Amy xx
    callmeamy.co.uk

    • NatalieLeanne

      Yeah that sounds familiar to me actually! I was thinking about a different layout but realised I actually really like the one I have already 🙂

  • I quite recently started my blog and the whole first month I was switching between themes and trying to find a style that works both on a desktop screen and on the smart phone. I actually had to do a bit of coding as well, which was just brilliant: I learned something new and seriously useful 🙂 Finally I’m happy with the layout so hopefully don’t need to change it any time soon.

    • NatalieLeanne

      Coding sounds so fascinating! x