Saturday, May 11, 2013

Blog Housekeeping [10]

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

**Since Bout of Books begins on Monday, I wanted to make sure I was ready to review all the books I was planning on reading without having to cut into my reading time. My solution: I spent a few hours one day readying templates for the books on my goal list. I might have given myself tendonitis doing it but, by gum, I'll be able to review them as soon as they're read! I also want to get all my pending reviews written so that I can go into the week with a clean slate. That's what I'll be working on today.

  • 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  • check your static pages (About, Review Policy, etc) for outdated information, broken links, etc.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:
  • May is nearly half 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? Well done! Now...


The next post is scheduled for 5/25 and I expect to see YOU here!


  1. Great ideas! Ill be working on these this weekend :)

  2. Updated my challenge page somewhat. Added many many series I need to get around to. :|

    1. Oh, Hannah. I UNDERSTAND! My Seriously Series list doesn't get any smaller no matter how many books I read!