Back to the topic at hand…
You have probably noticed over the last couple of weeks that this little blog of mine has been getting a makeover. Why? Somehow, I stumbled upon Ruth’s book “How to Blog for Profit without Selling your Soul.”
At the moment, the book is only available on Kindle, but I went ahead and purchased the book (for $4.99) and downloaded the Kindle app. I am hoping there is a way for me to print out the highlighted portions that I have been marking. If anyone has any tips on that, please let me know.
Now, is that my goal with this blog? No! I started this blog to satisfy my organizing mind, but it has quickly become my hobby. Everything I do in my spare time revolves around this blog. I LOVE it!!! Recently, I started feeling like I was hitting a wall with my blog and I needed some tips on how to get it to the next level. And, that is why I decided to pick up this book and read it.
Ruth did an amazing job writing this book. She puts everything in simple terms and lays out every step that you need to take. I have slowly been using her advice. I will read a little bit, do what she says, then go back to reading again. So far, I have:
1) Switched from Blogger to WordPress (look for a post about this in the near future)
Thank you for bearing with me while I reformat all of my older posts. Making the switch really messed up my layout and design of every… single… post.
2) Created a logo
I did not create this logo myself. I purchased it from Mandy through Style Me Sweet on Etsy.
She had many different logo templates that I looked through. I chose one that I felt reflected my blog and she changed it up a bit to match the colors and style I wanted. I must say, I am very happy with it. It is simple, but matches this little blog of mine perfectly.
This will be the logo that you will see from here on out. I do not think it is wise to change up a logo frequently. I know when I start recognizing a company or blog’s logo and they change things up on me, it confuses me. Then, I have to go through the whole association process again. It is all about branding and switching things up often doesn’t help with your brand. Granted, I am not trying to sell anything, but I am still trying to create an image that you all know and love.
3. Created a new facebook header design
This is the part that may get a little makeover from time to time, but you will continue to see my logo… no matter what the design may be.
4. Started reworking my Pinterest Boards
I am gradually getting this step finished. I have changed all of my cover pictures and now I am trying to create better boards. For example, I have all of my recipes in one board, which makes it very hard to find a recipe I am looking for. I actually use my recipe board a lot. I have made a lot of the foods and plan on making a lot more.
Plus, for y’all, it might be a little chaotic if you look at my Pinterest page. So, I am trying to make it easier for y’all to locate links too.
5. Created an overall theme
Yes, my theme is organizing, creating, and decorating, but I wanted a little bit more than that. You know, a catchy sentence that explains everything… And, I think I found it.
When I am creating posts or deciding what project will get accomplished next, I usually do a scan of my home. Do I have something randomly sitting around that doesn’t have a place to go? When I find that thing, it goes on my blog ideas list and I start thinking of storage solutions.
Let me say that cleaning up in the evening is a lot easier if everything has a home. It is the random things that do not have a home that create clutter. I know it doesn’t entail EVERY aspect of this blog, but it does cover a majority of things.
Over the next couple of months, I will explain why I moved to WordPress, how I made the switch, and other important details that are pushing this little blog forward. I hope y’all will tune in.