Saturday, March 16, 2013

Blog Housekeeping! [6]

It's that time again! Time to polish up your blog until it shines!

Remember: All of these items won't apply to everybody. If you already have a system in place for handling certain things (review requests, updating your archive, etc), great. Don't feel the urge to change it. This is more of a reminder to do the little things than anything else.

  • review archive - are you responsible for sites other than your own? Don't forget about those
  • sidebar - check for buttons or links for events that have ended. Have any new events coming up? Now's the time to add them.
  • reading challenges - update your progress, add links to challenges where you can link up. If you're a challenge host, do you try to comment on linked reviews? Now's your chance!
  • blogrolls -  clean 'em up!
  • crosspost - do you crosspost to Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, Library Thing? Don't forget to add your reviews to Netgalley or Edelwiess for those ARCs.
  • check your subscription and social media links - if this isn't something that you normally check, now's an excellent time to make sure it's doing what it should be doing. (check out Felicia's Tech Tips for ideas on what to do if you're getting errors on your subscription link)
  • check your static pages (About, Review Policy, etc) for outdated information, broken links, etc.
  • review your profiles - when was the last time you updated your Goodreads or Facebook profiles? Is everything up to date?

Get ahead:
  • March is halfway over! Now's the time to draft up any month-end or beginning of the month posts. Think creatively. What can you do to get ahead and make the end of the month easier on you?

  • respond to review requests and other bloggy emails
  • check your spam folder - legitimate emails can sometimes slip through, catch them now.
  • check the spam filter on the blog - get rid of the spam! save the legits!
  • make the rounds - check back on blogs where you left comments, maybe spread a few new comments around like candy.
Did you do everything that applies to you? YOU ROCK. Now...


Leave a comment letting us know what you're working on this time around. If you have any ideas about items you'd like to see in the next post (scheduled for 3/30), shout them out. I'm trying to keep a running update on my FB page on what I am working on. Feel free to join me there or on Twitter. I WILL CHEER YOU ON IN (almost) REAL TIME!


  1. Hehe ... Love this post! It totally reminds me what I have to do ... Like.. the Review Archive.. I suck at updating it. Also, cleaning up sidebars is something I neglect so often ..

    1. That exactly what this post is meant to do so... YAY! Glad it's helping!

  2. LOVE these posts. I've been doing blog updates all day, so I'm printing this off so I can check things off the list! :)

  3. So my blog housekeeping SUCKED this weekend. I may or may not have been killing Zerg in Starcraft 2. I mean I was totally sitting at my computer writing reviews (notice no posts today LOL)

    1. HAHA! Oh, Felicia. Don't make me come over there with Mr. Whip. He doesn't like it when you're not productive.

      (although the point could be made that you were very productive at Starcraft so... yeah.)