This is Day 16 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, a group project we are doing together in an attempt to improve our blogs and help each other become better bloggers. You can read more about it and still sign-up to participate here. Please subscribe to our RSS Feed to stay updated on the project.
- Week 1: Read about the first week of 31DBBB
- Week 2: The second week of 31DBBB
- Week 3: Our third week of 31DBBB
- Day 16 (Monday): Breathe Life into an Old Post
- Day 17 (Tuesday): Call your Readers to Action
- Day 18 (Wednesday): How to use a Magazine to Improve your Blog
- Day 19 (Thursday): Ask a Question
- Day 20 (Friday): Develop a Plan to Boost your Blog’s Profile and Readership
- Day 21 (Monday): 17 Statistics to Monitor on your Blog
- Day 22 (Tuesday): Plan the next step for your blog
Believe it or not, we are nearing the home stretch here with only 7 more lessons before the end of this project! Let’s keep up the effort and finish on a good note everyone.
Today, we are going to spend a little time breathing life back into an older post. More than likely, there is some post that aren’t up-to-par with what you would expect from yourself in terms of quality. Maybe, that old post was rushed to publication, or you know more today about the topic than you did when you wrote it. In any case, today is a chance for you to update it.
Personally, I often go back and revise older posts especially my movie reviews. More often than not, I can find a way to express my opinions better after some time has gone by. I actually have never felt fully satisfied with something I have published on this blog the first few times around and it takes numerous revisits for me to even come close to some level of satisfaction. To be honest, I could probably count on the fingers of my hands the reviews I actually feel somewhat proud of.
Ways to Update an Old Post
Darren elaborates on several aspects you should focus on to improve an old blog post.
- The post title: Simply changing the post title to something new and better can breathe life into the post.
- The opening line: A great hook is usually all it takes to make people read your post.
- Call to Action: What do you want your reader to do after they’ve read your post? Comment? Share on Twitter? You need to tell them!
- Add depth: Adding more content and new knowledge to an existing post is a great way of making it feel fresh again. It can be new examples, pictures, videos, links etc…
- Proof reading: This is one of the great way of improving an old post. Simply re-reading it immediately gives you some perspective on what could be improved.
- Polishing posts: Making your post look appealing might be the difference between it being read by many or left in the ether of the blogosphere
- Update at least one older post today!
- Come back and tell us what you learned from today’s lesson and post a link to that updated post
- Does this assignment feel productive or counterproductive to you? Why?
- Have you or your opinions changed much since you started blogging?
- If you’ve ever updated an old post, what sort of response did you receive?