The Writers Circle: Remodeling Your Blog

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One of our goals here at Today’s Author is to help all of the writers among us to do what we love to do: write. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by talking to each other and learning from each other.  Our Writers Circle series is designed to do just that – provide a chance for us to discuss writing, editing and publishing questions.

This week’s topic is:

How often do you change the look-and-feel of your writing blog? What happens to make you think or know it’s time to update the look, or do you just do so every so often whether it needs it or not? How much time and effort do you put into maintaining the way your blog looks versus how much time you put into providing content for it?

 

Discuss this topic here in the comments or head on over to the forums to start or engage in a more thorough discussion.

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6 thoughts on “The Writers Circle: Remodeling Your Blog

  1. In the four years I had my blog I’ve changed the look once. My blog is a vehicle for my writing so I don’t spend much time on the look and feel. I did the last change because I felt the theme I was using was a bit dated and I wanted a cleaner look on the page. I suppose if I did more photos or art work on my blog, I might change the appearance more often.

  2. The last time I changed my blog was to adopt a responsive theme–one that views as well on mobile devices as computers. I don’t want to do that again. They make it sound simple, but all my tabs end up in the wrong place.

  3. My poor blog has been sorely neglected. I like the look of it just fine. I need to write more in it.

  4. I have changed the look of my blog once, fairly early on in the > two years I have been working on it. Like ^ I use my blog as a vehicle for my writing rather than it being image heavy but I have been feeling for a while that it could do with a makeover/refresh. The thought makes me nervous. I’m not to techy & as I almost exclusively blog from my phone, I don’t really want to get bogged down with bugs and user learning curve. If I find the time in the next few months though I’m definitely going to revisit the WordPress templates again! I say this quite often! Any feedback on what you think might improve my layout & navigation much appreciated! Thanks x

  5. I’ve changed my blog once, I put months into it and I doubt I’d like to do it again any time soon. I suppose I’m lucky in the fact that my husband is a ‘techie’ and anything I struggle with, he’ll help (or do it for me if I’m tearing my hair out).
    I also use my ‘blog’ as a vehicle for my writing but I split it for easier navigation; articles/fiction/blog.
    It took a lot of time to find a really good, responsive theme that worked well on mobile phones, and different tablet sizes.
    I would suggest finding a friendly techie to help with some of the harder bits, changing themes can really mess about with formatting.

  6. I’ve changed the look once, and only recently. It was by accident rather than intent, as I was browsing wordpress themes and unintentionally clicked ‘apply.’ It resulted in 48hrs of stress fixing everything towork with the new theme, but was worth it for a much fresher and updated look. As far as content goes, I’m more focused on background material relevant in some way to the fiction rather than actual blogging. There so many writers writing about writing, I feel like I’d be just another teeny voice in the crowd, but we’ll see how things develop over time.

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