How To Maintain A Blog

Although I am still very much learning about blogging, I have now established my little blog and am enjoying it. This post is designed to pass on some handy hints for daily maintenance of a newish blog.

  1. Check for Spam Comments

    This sounds really odd but every day I like to read all the comments and try and respond to every one. However, after a while I realised that some comments were not coming through. They were hiding in my spam folder and so I was missing some lovely comments and seeming to not value these contributions. Now I check the Spam comments every single day. Not one of them has so far been actual spam. I am glad that I have discovered this and engaged with more readers too.

  2. Optimise Images

    You need to find a way to condense new images or they will slow down your page loading speeds. I have started using the free version of Smush, which I discovered as a WordPress plugin and have found very easy to apply. I simply press ‘Bulk Smush’ after I have created a new post and it does all of the hard work, making my pictures much quicker to load.

  3. Check readability

    Make sure you use the ‘preview’ option to check through a post as you write it. Looking in preview gives you a fresh pair of eyes as the text will look different and you will find it much easier to tune into what is being written. By doing this I often spot simple grammatical mistakes that I may not have seen whilst reading in ‘draft’.

  4. Provide Built-In Links

    Search engines like blogs which have plenty of internal links. To begin with I didn’t do this but soon learned just how important it is to include links to previous posts in every article. When I add a link, it gives me the chance to write a word to replace the messy link itself. So I can say click here instead of

  5. Read Plenty Of Blogs

    You cannot write without reading and, similarly, you benefit from checking out other blogs before writing your own content. I have grown to love reading other blogs and am learning a lot from the factual content and lifestyle suggestions. When you check out a blog that you like, drop them a comment to show some support and engage with the blogging community. You never know, you may come up with some inspiration from other blogs and even make those bloggers intrigued by your own posts.

  6. Enjoy Blogging

    If you start to love blogging then carry on and create plenty of content. Engage with the community and learn from others. If, after a few months, it gives you no joy at all then it may not be the type of hobby that suits you. I am absolutely loving the process and will definitely continue to do my best to improve my content and develop my blog.

14 thoughts on “How To Maintain A Blog

  1. All good points. You’re luck with the spam ones. I get them all the time; only once in a blue moon does one that isn’t truly spam end up in there.

  2. I had no idea about optimizing images! I thought wordpress did that automatically but now I might have to look into that plugin…
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Spot on about reading other blogs. I have learnt a lot about blogging from seeing what other bloggers do well. You’ve been unlucky with the spam filter – mine are always genuine spam!

  4. You are so right about optimising your images it really does slow down your website if you don’t. About the comments going to the spam inbox I was not aware of I’m scared 😟 to look now but I will 😂 Thanks for letting me know.

  5. Fab tips! The same thing happened to me with the spam comments, I didn’t realise it was a thing but I stumbled upon it and found a load of genuine ones too! I didn’t know about the image thing either, will have to look into that plug-in. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Good tips! I recently started optimizing my images and learning about all that. Makes such a difference!

  7. I love this!! I do all of these except for the optimize image. I will have to check that bulksmash plugin out

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