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Forum Roundup: Spring Fling

By May 18, 2012 21 Comments

Thanks for joining us for the past two weeks of Spring Fling! We hope you’ve learned a little about facebook, twitter, pinterest, and google +.  This week, in our forums, we talked about what we can do to improve our blogs. Decluttering our blogs, updating our about me and best of pages, and trying something new were our focus for the second week of Spring Fling.

The SITS Girls

Declutter Your Blog

On Day 6 of Spring Fling, Ashley reminded us we need to watch how many “extras” we add to our blog sidebars and footers. We don’t want to have so much on there that new readers can’t figure out what our blogs are about.

Allyson of Southern Momma at Home says “I’m OCD in real life and clutter makes me crazy. Blog clutter makes me crazier.”

Delilah of Confessions of a Semi-Domesticated Mama just had a blog makeover and shares “It’s a constant issue for me to de-clutter my blog. I recently did a full blog makeover and I’m still trying to get my sidebars right. I took my blogroll off completely and installed a recent post widget under my header. I also added a box gadget that consolidates 4 seperate widgets into 1. The drop down nav bar menu helped too, it cut down on clutter on the sidebar.”

Add your thoughts about decluttering your blog.

Wowing on Your “About Me” Page

Ashley told us the three must-haves for our about me pages on day Day 7 of Spring Fling.

Laina of Laina Turner learned “After reading everyone else’s About me page I know I need to update mine and make it more me. I have struggle for a long time with finding my voice as I do so many things. I have realized I can be all I want as one person/one blog but it seems difficult, to me at least:)”

Join in the discussion in our forums on about me pages and get feedback on your page!

Updating Your “Best Of” Page

This is where I ‘fessed up that my own “Best of” page is out of date! While I do still love those posts, a new reader would check those out and think I haven’t written anything good in a year or even two, based on my page. Time for me to update mine and you to do it, too!

One of our forum leads, Tracie of From Tracie, made me feel better when she admitted “I have a few of my favorites linked on my sidebar (and I do get clicks on those), but I haven’t updated them in over a year. ouch. I like the idea of having a dedicated page and breaking it up into three categories.”

I really like this idea from Rina of K-6 Art, for those of you who write “pin-worthy” posts: “I don’t have a ‘best of’ page…..however, I have some posts that are very popular on pinterest. Maybe I could have a ‘I’ve been Pinned’ page.”

Head over to the forums to join the discussion about Best of pages.

Try Something New

For yesterday’s Spring Fling task, we challenged you to try something new on your blog. Head over to the forum discussion and see what other SITStas have planned!

Thanks for being a part of Spring Fling! You can keep the conversation going by joining in our forums!

21 Comments

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  • Great ideas! I really enjoyed Spring Fling. But, I also loved stopping by your blogs and commenting as well. It’s so important that we support each other in the blogosphere. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and offering ideas. Hope to see you again soon! Will anyone be attending the upcoming webinar?

  • krystle says:

    Thank you so much for all the ideas! The workshop was awesome!!

  • Ferly says:

    Had a great spring fling with you all! Thanks for connecting me with awesome bloggers, and for the discussion forums on ways to improve my blog. My favorite part was getting to give and get feedback on one another’s blogs. I gained encouragement and inspiration from participating these last two weeks and I really feel like I’m part of the blogosphere now thanks to The SITS Girls and Spring Fling. Thanks for all the hard work you did on Spring Fling!

    ~ Ferly
    Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}

  • Really enjoyed the Spring Fling and ready to do a 31DBB next!

  • As a new blogger I walked away with two important tips: One – Creating an About Page and Two – making it me, and just like my home, keeping my blog clutter free.
    This week I got my About Page done. I’m sure that it needs tweaking….it’s really a bit long…but it’s a good start. As far as the clutter. Starting out with that intention is probably going to help me stay the course. So much better than having to correct later.
    Thanks SITS ladies! You are THE BEST!!!

  • Paloma says:

    I just “un-cluttered” my blog big time! and I am making a Recipe Index for “easy finding” Great tips! Thank you!

  • Shirley says:

    I had a great time during the spring fling, I have a lot of things that I want to change to my blog. All I need now is the time to do it.
    One thing I was bummed out about was I had to way to figure out if anyone ever got around to critique my blog and my about me page 🙁

  • Thanks for the fabulous Spring Fling… I’m loving the new connections!!

  • As always SITS…great info! Now I just need to find the time to dive in deeper and make it all way better! You all are awesome! Can’t wait for more!

  • Diane Roark says:

    I made so many changes to my blog over the past two weeks. Check out my signature. I am so thrilled. I cleaned up my ugly links. I added a popular posts page. I am working on a video to put on my About Me page. I am on Google plus and on and on. Thanks to everyone.

  • Raquel says:

    Thank you SITS for all the wonderful direction and support! I learned SO much in the last two weeks! I can’t wait to see you all at the BBC in October. As a newbie, I have so much to learn. Happy Weekend! 🙂

  • Michelle says:

    What an overwhelming experience these past two weeks were! As a new blogger, these tips proved to be incredibly valuable to me. Before this week, I neglected my Facebook, had no idea how to use my Google+ page and didn’t have a twitter account. While I’m not certain all social media tools will be in the best interest for my blog, it was great exploring the possibilities, AND it’s increased viewership to my blog. Until next time SITS…thanks!

  • Been so busy lately that I haven’t even had time to get on SITS. I am gonna try a Best of page.. sounds like a great idea!

  • I haven’t been able to stay on top of this S.F. this week, but I’m hoping to catch up soon. Sure hope people will keep looking over things, but if not at least we have ideas! Thanks for doing this :).

  • Laura says:

    I learned a lot this week & did some “cleaning up”. I probably still need to do some more 🙂

  • Thank you for hosting the Spring Fling, it was a good time, and I learned many new things. So much to do…so little time. 🙂

  • This week let me know what I didn’t have which is good. I didn’t consider a “best of” page. I am trying to figure out what kind of linky would be good for my blog, and on which day. That would be something new for me. Even though I have participated in MEME’s I have not hosted one.

    Anyway, the Spring Fling has been Great so far. I am ready for next week.

  • Melissa says:

    I have really enjoyed examining the pieces of my blog and finding lots of great ones to start reading! Thanks so much!

  • Tanya says:

    I think I’m going to redo my about me page. I also really need to make the move to wordpress but am afraid of the cost and complications.

  • Oh lord… I haven’t had time to look at my blog with a critical eye all year… I have to update my Best of Page as well…I’d love to do the switch to WordPress and a makeover/declutter with it, but I haven’t been able to find the time… *SIGH* 🙂