You may or may not do regular maintenance tinkering with your blog, but have you ever done a major refresh? It’s certainly not something you have to do or even consider doing, but it can be a way to liven things up a bit.
A basic reason to give things an overhaul would be if you start feeling bored with your blog, whether that’s the look or the overall approach or what have you. A little variety could be just what’s needed to get your blogging mojo back.
Another situation where a refresh might be a good idea is if you’re changing the direction or purpose for your blog. I know some people would delete their old site and start a new on in this situation, but I think there’s something to be said for keeping the same site unless you’re doing a complete 180º. Starting over, you’re starting with nothing. No followers, no momentum, nothing. Why not keep what you’ve got and do a refresh? Change the look, delete your old posts that aren’t relevant, get a different domain name, and boom, you’ve got yourself a new blog without losing all of what you’ve built up.
A refresh can also be a good idea if you’ve accumulated older content that just isn’t serving your site any longer. Paula at Light Motifs II took a blogging time out recently to clean house, accompanied by narrowing her focus moving forward. I’ve done a more gradual cleaning house over the last six months, deleting a few hundred older posts that were no longer contributing anything to the site overall. It wasn’t that there was necessarily anything wrong with the posts I deleted, but some things just don’t stay relevant for all that long after they’re posted. I also went back and changed up the graphics for most of my old posts to give things a facelift.
One of the things I like about having done a mostly behind the scenes refresh is the pared down aspect. Fewer posts, fewer images, fewer tags, fewer categories… Simpler is better in my world.
Changing themes makes for a more overt refresh, either for visual or functional purposes. Caramel did a theme change for functional reasons to be able to display the books she’s written. I sort of considered a theme change recently, but then decided I couldn’t be bothered trying to fuss around and find one I wanted.
So, there are some of my thoughts. Have you either done or considered doing a refresh? What did/might that involve?