4 Easy Ways To Refresh Your Blog in Under 20 Minutes


I look at my blog multiple times a day every single day, which could go one of two ways: I get used to, and maybe even a bit bored with the way things look or it's an impetus to make small changes to constantly make it better. I sheepishly admit that I fall under the former camp, and as much as I'd like to make small tweaks here and there, I usually just end up focusing on trying to pump out the posts instead.

I recently took a minimal amount of time to make some small aesthetic changes, and boy does it make the site look better, and I feel significantly better about my small effort.  If you want to make some tiny improvements too that you can easily do yourself, here's a few that you may want to consider:

Redo (or Create) a Tagline

Your tagline may be feeling a bit stale, or you may not even have one. Take a few minutes to scroll through your content and glance over your “about” section, contemplating what your site may be saying it's all about, and jot down some key words and phrases that may quickly define it. Your tagline is an instant mission statement, and it really should reflect what your site provides in a nutshell, just like what an “elevator pitch” is supposed to do. If  you are pretty content with your current one, consider trying a different font, font size, color, or even alignment to give it a slightly updated feel.

Clean Up Your Sidebar

It's kind of amazing how stuff can kind of just…accumulate there!  On a recent sidebar cleanup job, I had some lousy ads that were so far down that they weren't garnering many clicks that I got rid of, as well as badges, links, and associations that I was no longer belonging to. You can also make sure that the alignment, border color, and size of the widgets in your sidebar are uniform to brush up the look.

Search for Broken Links & Highlight Content

Depending on how much content you have, it could take an eternity if you went through ALL of your content looking for broken links, so I'd recommend starting with the “periphery” links, such as everything on your homepage in posts, the sidebar, and anywhere else you may have text or images prominently on display and going to a link, followed by your “about,” “press,” or any other tabs/pages you have. Products discontinue, sites go out of business, things happen! Whatever is in your control to update or change, depending on how much time you have, may make your site a better experience for your reader.

Also, there may be some call outs that you may want to draw attention to, such as subscribing to your newsletter, so you may want to make sure the text is bold for that entity, and you may decide that your posts will be easier to follow if you bold key words within the posts as well. Give it a try and preview it, and see if it works for you. You can also give it a twist by making the bold color something other than black, perhaps one of colors found in your blog name or design. Just give it a good test to make sure that the writing is legible in that hue against your background.

Update Your Icons

From your social media buttons to your gravatar it may be time to put up a new image, or try a different style of buttons to pique some interest. When was the last time you added these items or updated them? For me, I tend to let it go way too long, so updating my gravatar photo was loooong over due. If you have a bar somewhere on your site of your social media buttons, chances are that it's there via a plugin, which most likely has other style options for it. You could also customize your social share buttons within your posts, editing which ones are shown or changing the orientation or size.


 What small, easy tweaks have you made to give your blog an updated look and feel?

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Blogging at her site Fashion Pulse Daily since 2008 and working on fashion's editorial side since 2003 has lent Julia the acumen to think creatively and endure in the colliding worlds of blogging, fashion and beauty. New York City is her backdrop for inspiration (and many a outfit photo), where she is often found on her couch, feverishly typing away at her latest post, with her trusty feline at her side. Follow her on Instagram , Twitter, and Pinterest.

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13 Responses

  1. Suzy Baker

    Firstly, thank you for making me smile every morning! I always check what you have to say first thing! I am in the process of creating a blog as we speak. There are many many details that need to be attended to and maintained through the life of a blog. It is very easy to become stale and possibly feel it’s good enough. New readers won’t notice so much but a veteran reader if your site might become a little board with visuals and layout. Sometimes it may be a good idea to change things up! I plan to refresh my site coinciding with spring and fall! Seems a good place to start. Thank you again for a wonderful 15 minutes every morning!

    • Julia

      Thank you so much Suzy! That means so much to me, and yes, switching it up with the seasons/marking to try new things then is a GREAT idea! 🙂

  2. Onianwah

    Tagline! I do have a tagline but have never ever included it anywhere on my site. Been saying I will update the header and fix it but have not yet gotten round to it. Will start work on it this week for sure.

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  3. Jennifer Josleyn

    I’m working on a newsletter right now. For some reason, I always want to tweak the design on my blog itself because it never feels right lol

  4. Michael

    It’s good idea to clean up sidebar, there is no need to clean up on my blog, but i have seen so many blogs with messed up sidebars.

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  5. Jamie

    I definitely agree with all of these tips, especially searching for broken links and cleaning up your sidebar. Really easy to do and immediately makes you feel so much better about your site! 🙂

  6. Anastasia

    What I love to do is to scroll through the old posts – one year ago or so, in order to find doe grammar mistakes..))) And broken links is also a great deal – as I see that at my Reward Style analytics there are many click on already expired links