5 Spring Cleaning Tasks for Bloggers
These 5 Spring Cleaning Tasks for Bloggers will help you tidy up your blogging so you can be more productive as the year continues.
With the warm weather comes Spring Cleaning in most households. While you are tackling your house this season, remember to take some time to do these 5 tasks to Spring Clean your Blogging.
Task One: Email Accounts
It’s probably safe to say that every bloggers has at least one email account. I know many bloggers who have more than one, including me. Email accounts can get cluttered quickly and many bloggers find keeping their email under control, to be overwhelming.
There are many suggestions out there for how to keep your inbox under control and it may be a good idea to look into them and pick an idea to try out. For now though, just focus on decluttering your inboxes and other email folders to you can find what you need and stop wading through what you don’t need.
- Sort your folders by sender and subject to mass delete certain emails you know you don’t need.
- Unsubscribe from newsletters you receive that you haven’t been reading.
- Go through each email and do what needs to be done with it NOW instead of putting it off. If it needs a reply, reply to it. If you need to keep it to refer to, file it appropriately.
Task Two: Paperwork/Digital Paperwork
Different bloggers organize themselves in different ways. Some have planners they bought, some print off or hand write planning type papers and some keep track of blogging information digitally. Even if you don’t use a planner or blogging binder of any kind, you probably have some sort of paperwork or digital documents that could use cleaning.
Take some time to evaluate your system and purge old papers/files and create new ones that fill needs you might have. A cluttered “organizing system” is not very helpful.
Task Three: Media Kit/Contact Page
Now is a good time to look at your contact page and make sure it’s up to date. Depending on what type of blogger you are will depend what you have on your contact page or related pages (media kit, advertising page, PR page etc.)
Evaluate the pages/files you have and see what needs to be updated. Is the correct email listed? Are your policies or prices correct? Are your stats and what you offer correct? Is your contact form working?
If you don’t have a contact page, now is the time to make one. Not everyone needs a media kit, advertising/PR page or services page but EVERYONE needs a contact page.
Task Four: About Page
Along the same lines as the last task, your about page probably needs updating and it should be done at least once a year. Do you need a more up to date photo? Is the information about yourself still accurate (job, information about family members, age etc.) Does the page look as neat as it could? Is the design the way you want it? Does it list some information about your blog too?
If you don’t have an about page, now is the time to create one. Those who visit your blog want to know more about you!
Task Five: Work Space/Office
How can you be productive with a messy work space? Whether you have your own home office or work at your laptop in the living room, make sure this space is on your Spring Cleaning schedule. Declutter the area and then give everything a thorough cleaning.
Don’t forget to clean your computer itself too! Take the vacuum or can of air to your keyboard and finish with a wipe from a cleaning wipe. Use the vacuum on the CPU tower as well paying special attention to the holes where the fan is. When it gets clogged up with dust and hair it doesn’t work as well and is in danger of overheating and frying. Wipe down the mouse too and use some window cleaning or just water on a damp cloth on your monitor. Remember not to get your electronics too wet. Spray a dry cloth with some Static Guard spray and wipe your electronics down to cut down on static.
Now isn’t that better?
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