Is Your Blog Cluttered?
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When’s the last time you took a good, hard look at your blog? Was it a month ago? 6 months ago? Either way, it’s important to evaluate your blog on a regular basis.
If you don’t analyze your blog on a regular basis, it can easily become cluttered. It’s a common occurrence to constantly add new plugins, widgets, and other features as you discover them.
The problem is that you usually don’t remove other features when you add new ones. This leads to things piling up, which can cause blog clutter. This is bad, very bad. You’re readers want to read your content, not sort through your garage looking for things that might sell for 10 bucks on eBay.
The Dreaded Sidebar
A perfect example of this is on blog sidebars. One day you find an awesome new widget that shows your recent posts, the next day you find a cool badge to show off your backlinks.
Here’s just a few of the hundreds of widgets available:
Before you know it, you’re sidebar looks like your attic and it has stuff piled up everywhere. It actually distracts you’re readers more than anything. Do your blog readers really need to know your Alexa rank in the sidebar? If they want to know it, they can check themselves. Same goes for Technorati, PageRank, or how many spam comments you’ve blocked.
Do your readers (and yourself) a favor and take a long look at your sidebar. See what readers might find useful and what does nothing but distract them from your content.
The Plugin Wasteland
Another great example is the manage plugin page. When’s the last time you actually went in there and took a look at which plugins you were using and which ones your not?
I’m not going to lie and admit that I do this as well. I find a great blog post about a new plugin, install it, and play around with it for a bit. A week goes by and I decide I don’t like it anymore, so I remove it from my sidebar or theme.
Then a new plugin comes along and I do the exact same thing. Before I know it, I have a bunch of plugins that need to be deactivated (better yet removed entirely). So go in and take a good look at what you’re using and what you can do without. It actually feels good to delete stuff you don’t want anymore. You feel lighter and faster than ever before (just like when you buy new shoes).
Schedule A Blog Cleaning Time
So make it a goal to schedule a cleaning time for your blog. It could be weekly, monthly, even bi-monthly depending on how often you use your blog.
This will ensure that you keep your blog up to date and that you don’t have any unused cluttering taking up space. Remember, it’s always easier to clean a little every day than it is to clean everything at once.