Saturday, March 2, 2013

Blog Housekeeping! - It's laundry day!

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.

*I have successfully crossposted reviews to Amazon back through the beginning of November. YAY! My February monthly task was a WIN!

**Task I'd like to complete by the next Housekeeping post: I... I don't know. What do I need to complete? More crossposting to Amazon? Perhaps I'll make that my perpetual fallback task.

  • 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  • check your static pages (About, Review Policy, etc) for outdated information, broken links, etc.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 HERE! Have you drafted your weekly wrap-up posts?Are your meme posts drafted or scheduled for the month? What can YOU do to get ahead?
  • 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? RIGHT ON. 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 3/16), 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!

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