3 Things You Should Know Before Revamping Your Blog
Ready to revamp your blog? Great idea! Read this first: three things you should know before revamping your blog. I learned them the hard way. Here’s your easy way out.
1. Revamping your blog comes with headaches. And it will take longer than you budget for.
Think that you’ll choose a new theme, click install, and be golden? Not quite. I learned this one the hard way.
Granted, I happened to be switching between two vastly different themes. My first theme, Dyad 2, was actually designed to build restaurant websites, but I’d been using it for Voyage of the Mind (mostly as Laura Schmidt Books) for over a year and a half! To be honest, it worked just dandy. What did it lack? That little bit of extra polish and those special features that would bring my work to the next level.
I did my research and discovered Divi, an editor which looked super powerful. Plus, I could buy it for a single lifetime fee! Before I discovered Divi, I’d been bemoaning the fact that I hadn’t started my blog on Wix, whose powerful visual editor allows users to mix up stunning posts in a snap. As soon as I saw Divi, I was hooked. I clicked purchase. And…
Deciding when to make the big switch is a challenge in and of itself.
Turns out, this is a tough decision! Especially when your blog traffic has been booming and you really, really don’t want to pull the plug. But I knew I had to, so I pulled it on the day when I historically had the lowest traffic. That would be a Sunday. I planned to have it back up and running by Sunday evening.
But here’s where the headaches come in. First, I discovered that the Divi editor is just as powerful as it looks — which means, among other things, that it comes with a steep learning curve. The thing I’m liking most about it so far? The fact that it doesn’t freeze beneath my typing speed like the block editor did. But back to the point. I had to figure out how to use the Divi builder — yeah, I should’ve played around with the test version ahead of the morning of the big switch — and create several pages.
Thanks to Divi’s premade layouts, that went fairly smoothly, after a few bumps. But then I noticed some formatting issues in my old posts, which had been converted from the block editor to Divi. Eek! A whole day of additional work loomed before me. Dylan and I worked our butts off all of Monday to fix the formatting issues. Next up are revamping all the posts themselves, which will take weeks, and fixing SEO, which is a headache in itself. But rest assured that we’re still hard at work, and will have everything running perfectly in no time at all.
If you’re looking for a powerful visual editor that pairs with WordPress, I do recommend Divi. You can check it out on the Elegant Themes website (that’s not an affiliate link of any kind).
2. Revamping your blog will make you emotional.
Yes, even if you’re normally the most stoic, dry-eyed person in the world (like me), you may find yourself spilling a few tears in this process. For me, it happened the first day, when I was taking a breather and listening to some music. The emotions came out nowhere and literally blindsided me! I didn’t know what was going on, until I realized I’d been thinking about my new theme, the new look for my blog, and all its potential.
But also, when you switch blog themes and give your blog a new look, you’re getting rid of something you’ve put a lot of time into. Blogging is a journey, which means that sometimes blogs need new looks for that little extra bit of sharpness and appeal. Even if that means writing over past hard work and past successes. When I first started blogging, I received a lot of great comments about my theme — the theme I replaced.
It’s a big deal. It shouldn’t be taken lightly. And it can’t be taken lightly, on an emotional level at least. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself a little teary-eyed at some point in the process.
3. Revamping your blog is worth it!
And here’s the good news you’ve been waiting for. I can say that I am totally and completely blown away by the results of my revamp. Voyage of the Mind looks beautiful. I mean, really beautiful. I hope you agree!
Even if you don’t, that’s okay. It’s enough for me. Of course, I still have to go through the whole process of reworking all the posts, as I already talked about, but that’s just part of the work you’ve got to put in if you’re going to revamp your blog successfully. I promise you that every tear, every drop of sweat, and every muttered frustration will be worth it, because the end result will shine.
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