I haven't been around P@H much in 2014, but I find myself with a quiet few days at home and the desire to spruce things up here a bit. I've committed to spending one hour per day for the next six days to rejuvenate this space and to bring it back into my personal writing priorities.
The reasons for this are many. I began blogging about personal productivity because I desired a great sense of order and organization in my life. While my familial circumstances have changed, my disorganized tendencies haven't. I have fewer household duties now as an empty nester, but a greater professional load on my shoulders. And I still work from home, but am now frequently traveling and subject to an irregular work schedule as a result. So I've identified that in these more quiet summer months, I would like to again assess how best to use my time.
With this determined, I have decided today to list six steps that I'll be taking to bring P@H up to date:
- Assess whether or not the blog still has personal relevancy. I blog here primarily for my own education. As noted above, whether or not anyone reads this blog my work here is fruitful in my personal and professional life.
- Determine if a "new look" is needed. Web design continues to evolve at a hectic pace. Although I'm not a design expert, I want this space to look clean and current. If you have a blog that needs rejuvenating, a new theme or layout might be just the ticket to kickstart your energy for writing.
- Streamline. Does your blog look too busy or cluttered? Determine which sidebar and footer components are critical to your mission. Kick the rest to the curb.
- Promote, or don't. Make a decision as to your readiness to let the world know that you're "back in business" and resuming your writing. If you have a tendency to "blog-fade", you might want to see if you can maintain your commitment prior to announcing your triumphant return.
- Have fun. Remember that for most of us, blogging is a hobby. Recommit yourself to the mission that caused you to hang your virtual shingle in the first place. Consider what has changed about yourself, your goals and your topic. Enjoy the ride!
Your turn: Have you ever "blog-faded"? What made you decide to return or to quit permanently?