Does Your Blog Need a Refresh? Seven Ideas to Try This Spring

By Ali Luke

If you’re in the Northern hemisphere, it’s spring right now. Here in the UK, the sun has been shining almost all week — which feels like a wonderful change from a long, grey, rainy winter!

Spring (and particularly Easter) is a great time to celebrate new or renewed life. And maybe your blog could do with getting in on the action there.

If you’ve been blogging for a while, it’s easy for things to get a little stale. Here are a few ways to kick off a refresh:

#1: Get Outside with a Notebook

I do some of my best thinking when I’m not at the computer … and you might find the same. Grab a notebook (the paper kind, not the small-laptop kind) and head out for a walk. Find somewhere pleasant to sit outside, and start to brainstorm about what might be next for your blog.

#2: Start Budgeting for Changes

Although it’s not an immediate priority, I’m beginning to think about a complete redesign for my blog Aliventures. It’s a good idea to consider this kind of refresh well in advance, as you’ll probably need to put some money aside … or you could save the money you make from #3.

#3: Plan a Product to Make and Launch

Is there something you could sell on your blog? If you normally offer services (perhaps on a “hire me” page), you might find a product helps you (a) reach an audience who can’t afford to hire you and (b) get a source of income that isn’t dependent on the hours you spend.

#4: Dust Off the Cobwebs

Are any parts of your blog looking a little cobwebby? I know my blogs sometimes end up a bit like my shed … full of junk that really needs to be trashed! Maybe you need to fix some broken links, update some old posts, or clear out some spam comments.

#5: Get Out and About

This time, I’m not talking about getting physically outside: instead, I mean you should get outside your own blog (or perhaps your own blogging clique). How about writing a guest post for the first time, or if you’re already an avid guest poster, finding a new blog to write for?

#6: Try a New Type of Content

Do all your posts follow the same formula? While a standard approach can work well for both you and your readers, it’s often fun to shake things up a little. You might try a different type of content altogether (e.g. an infographic or a video), or you might simply write a different kind of post.

#7: Reconsider Your Topic

I’ve put this last because it’s quite a drastic step (probably the equivalent of giving up on spring-cleaning your house and moving to a new one instead)! If you feel like you’ve lost all enthusiasm for your blog, it might well be time to move on. Many successful bloggers have one (or more) “failed” blogs behind them, so don’t feel bad if this happens to you too.

 

Which of these will you be trying? Do you have an eight idea to add? Let us know in the comments!

 




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9 Responses to “Does Your Blog Need a Refresh? Seven Ideas to Try This Spring”

  • Abhineet Shukla

    A blog need to be fresh always. We have to add fresh ideas and content. The readers need to get updated everytime you feel like there is a change or any kind of update in the organisation or in any thing on which you write your blog. Thanks for writing such a nice blog!

  • Enstine Muki

    Hi Ali,
    I think what I should do now is try a new type of content – That will certainly bring some freshness 😉

  • Ron N. Sullivan

    Thanks for the eye opening post, Ali.

    Even though my blog is only two weeks old, I’m already thinking change. Cobwebs form fast and furious.

    Your Get Out and About suggestion especially interests me. I’ll be pursuing that one immediately. It’s wise to keep a watchful eye on your website right from the get go. It’s akin to keeping your vehicle well tuned up.

    Your good advice has been well spent with me.

    Thanks again.

  • Antoine

    Hi Ali;

    Thank you for motivating me…How about completing your design…My website has two sections at the bottom that have been sitting unfinished for the past 3 months…I know If I finish up the design/idea for this area my site will offer more for the reader..so after reading your post Ali I have been motivated to do something about it…

    Thank you much Ali

    realworldlive.com

  • Ron N. Sullivan

    Not sure if this was sent the first time.

    Thanks for the eye opening post, Ali.

    Even though my blog is only two weeks old, I’m already thinking change. Cobwebs form fast and furious.

    Your Get Out and About suggestion interests me. I’ll be pursuing that one immediately. It’s wise to keep a watchful eye on your website right from the get go. It’s akin to keeping your vehicle well tuned.

    Your good advice has been well spent with me.

    Thanks again, Ali.

  • Aryan

    Hey Ali, I really appreciate your blog posts as I too follow the tip #1 mostly as you always get better ideas when you are sitting alone at a pleasant place where you can run your mind all the ways.

    So, thanks for this writeup and keep up the good work.

  • Arun Kallarackal

    Launching a new product is very much on my cards. Right now, I’m short on time to maintain my blogs and see to all other commitments. So, I’m thinking about devoting my time and efforts towards creating an E Book. Sure, it’ll be a brand new product. Something different, in my case! Based on the feedback I get from the product launch, I also plan up to come with some advanced E books!

    Cleaning up my blog, emptying spam section, removing useless stuff and widgets, cleaning up the layout also seems to be constructive activities to clean up and freshen up my blog! Will sure devote some time and efforts in that direction also.

    I found the link to this article on Kingged. I’ll be Kingging it there too! 🙂

    Arun

  • Sean

    Yeah i totally agree with you. Sometimes blogging can be frustrating and you need a break. Thanks for the post.

  • ELAINE YEE

    Dear Daniel/Ali, I think I need your advice on my website which I hv abandoned it quite sometime. How do I revive my website or what are the steps I should take after I have chosen a new domain name as previously Daniel told me to niche further into a shorter domain name.

    Thanks.
    ELAINE

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