Saturday, July 5, 2014

Blog Housekeeping [40]

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

*This weekend is my wee boy's birthday (yeah, he's not so wee. He's 15 and taller than me!), so it's unlikely I'll be around. Does that mean I'm neglecting my housekeeping? Heck no! I planned for this and worked in a few tasks during the week! My boy is happy, my blog is happy, I'm happy.

  • 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  • check your static pages (About, Review Policy, etc) for outdated information, broken links, etc.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:
  • July has arrived! The second half of the year wants you to schedule it! Prepare drafts of upcoming reads now so that you can write up the review as soon as you're finished! Do you accept review requests? Do the same with those.
  • 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 Blog Housekeeping is scheduled for July 19th! I hope to see you there!

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