Check Yourself // 8 Weeks To #ImproveYourBlog

Welcome to 8 weeks To #ImproveYourBlog, the first edition. During this 8 week course, we’ll be focusing on one thing per week. Every Tuesday, they’ll be…



Welcome to 8 weeks To #ImproveYourBlog, the first edition.

During this 8 week course, we’ll be focusing on one thing per week. Every Tuesday, they’ll be a new post for you to read, go away and do some tasks that will hopefully enable you to improve your blog.

If you want to see what’s coming up in future posts, then check out the introduction post where I go through each weeks topic.

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  • Week 1: Check Yourself an audit of your blog and social media accounts to make sure everything is up to date and ready for the new year.
  • Week 2: Learning From Othersanalysing other peoples blogs to see how you can improve your own.
  • Week 3: Figuring Out What You Wantbeing clear about your blog goals and what actions you need to take to achieve them.
  • Week 4: Improve Your Images how to improve your blog images, use props, make graphics and where to grab free stock photos. 
  • Week 5: Improve Your Contenttips and tricks on how to improve your writing.
  • Week 6: Blog Consistentlycreating a schedule that works for you and sticking to it.
  • Week 7: Socialiseusing comments and social media to get involved in the community and grow your traffic and social proof. 

Let’s get started, shall we?


Week 1: Check Yourself.

Today, we’re going to be going back to basis by making sure our blogs are ready and where we want them to be for the new year. We will do this by checking our pages are up to date, our information is correct and we’re making the most of the space we have.

Read and Update Your About Page.

It wasn’t until someone pointed out that my age was wrong on my About Page that I realised I hadn’t updated it in over a year! Not only was it displaying my age wrong, but I had changed jobs since I last updated my about page too.

So read your about section, make sure it has an updated photo, updated information and is relevant to your current lifestyle and what you’re blogging about.

Most new readers are probably going to visit your about page – so make sure you use this space well. You might want to show off some of your favourite photos, or even link to some of the posts you’re most proud of to direct new readers to your best work.

In my About Page, I link to a post where I spoke about the story behind my blog name and it’s a post that people often Tweet me about today.

Treat your About page as a cover letter for a job – you want to use it to convince people to come back again and again.

Review your Description

Similar to your About page, but not as long – your description can be equally important for keeping people on your blog.

There are many ways you can have a description:

  • A tagline – a sentence usually under your blog header to describe what your blog is about.
  • A description in your sidebar – this is a couple of sentences long that can be used along side a photo to let your readers know a bit more about your blog and your interests.
  • An author description – not all blogs use this – but this is another chance to let your readers learn more about you and is displayed at the bottom of each post.

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Whether you opt to have one, two or all three of these things is up to you – but I would recommend you have a description of yourself and your blog in your sidebar at the very least!

I always enjoy funny descriptions, so if you can be clever and witty in it, it’s always a plus!

Review your pages.

Just like your About Page – review any other pages in your sidebar or tabs, such as a blogroll, PR info or most popular posts – are they up to date? Do they reflect your current situation and can they be improved?

Is your side bar slick?

Sidebars are a great opportunity to direct your readers to social media, your favourite posts, or even other sites.

The thing is – sidebars can get messy really quickly if you keep adding stuff in without taking time to review them. Especially if you keep adding badges and social media widgets in there!

I’ve wrote a whole post on how to keep your sidebar slick, so I won’t go into too much detail on this one, just head over to the post!

Review your social media accounts. 

Check in with your social media accounts to make sure they’re all consistent and up to date.

It’s best practice to have the same profile picture and header across all social media accounts but unless you review this, you might update one and forget about the others! I recently went through a theme change where my blog header changed, but took a while to update my headers on my Facebook and Twitter accounts!

The reason for doing this is to make you more recognisable. People might not remember your blog name or real name – but they’ll likely remember a picture of you or your logo if it keeps popping up!

The tasks:

So to quickly recap, your tasks this week are to:

  • Ensure your About Page is up to date.
  • Review any taglines and descriptions.
  • Check in with any other pages or tabs on your blog.
  • Audit your sidebar, keeping only the essential things in there.
  • Review your social media accounts to make sure it’s consistent.


I hope you found the first week useful, please do come back and let me know what things you’ve learnt, what you’ve changed and link back to any blog posts so the rest of us can get involved and engaged with you.

Don’t forget to join in the conversation on Twitter using #ImproveYourBlog!

Next Tuesday we’ll be delving into the blogs of other people to see how we can grow from watching what other people are doing well.

See you then!


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  1. Really helpful, Corinne. I’ve been thinking about adding an author description but as I already have similar posts displayed below each post, it might be a bit much?

  2. Great tips and is true about the profile some people do not change and age is wrong sometimes location because they move.

  3. I swear you have the best blogging tips haha! I’m so going to be following this 8 week plan and get a start with week 1’s tasks. Thanks for sharing x

  4. Hahahaha LOL my about me says I’m 25 when really I’m 26 and I’ll be 27 soon. Definitely going to update that this week

  5. I found this really helpful! I recently did an audit of my about pages etc., but I should probably check my taglines on social media and make sure they’re okay! I can’t wait for week 2! 🙂

  6. Great tips so far! I also just went to your About page and read about the story behind your blog name – so funny! As a new reader of your blog I was wondering where you got the name from!
    Looking forward to the next seven weeks of this course 🙂
    Nicola x

  7. Thanks for these tips! I’ve tweaked my about page a bit but hadn’t thought about adding in favourite posts – I will do that, what a fab idea! 🙂

    I really need to update all my social media profile pics too – I don’t think I have any the same, ha!

  8. This was really helpful! I need to update everything properly after my exams are over. Just realised my about me is still blank!

  9. Crap, you just reminded me that I really need to update my ‘About Page’, it’s more than one year old. Eek! Also great tips on the changing my profile picture to all the same, that is a super helpful tip. Thank you, Corinne!

  10. I’m going to do everything you said on this list, every page needs checking once in a while. I will have to update my pictures too, they are a few months old.

  11. This is such a good idea, I’ll definitely be joining in! I’ve been meaning to update my ‘About Me’ page for ages so this is perfect timing.

    Liz x

  12. I’ll be doing my homework, probably over the weekend! I know I haven’t looked at my about me or contact page in months, if not longer! Eek! I love the idea of an author bio too, I used to have to have one for another site I used and I got a fair amount of traffic back through it – so people DO read them!

    Sarah 🙂

  13. Thanks for these helpful tips. I really to need to audit my blog and refresh some of the elements.

  14. I’m totally going to enjoy reading this course and thank you so much for sharing all your knowledge with us! <3

  15. Some great tips here! Will definitely be taking them into account as I’m a newbie in the blogging world.

  16. Really great post I keep forgetting simple things like updating my about page. Think I’m going to love this series. 🙂 x

  17. So, basically, I have done nothing from this list and I suck. Haha. I’m definitely doing all of those over the weekend. Only on the first week and I already know I’ll learn so much from this free course of yours. Thank you so much, Corinne!

  18. Great tips thankyou, i’m in the process of changing my blog layout so it’s abit all over the place at the moment. I don’t blog about a specific subject. Its usually about craft, craft makes and my life with a disability x

  19. About Me page is one of the thing I haven’t paid attention to. I just wrote a short one and now I really need to update it. “Cover Letter for a job” that’s a good way of thinking, however I was really bad at writing cover letters *sigh* xx

  20. I just recently updated my About Me page because I felt like it wasn’t a great reflection of me. When I first started my blog I kinda rushed it just so I could have something there. So glad I updated it though, even if it can still be improved upon in the future! I’m going to go through all my media accounts and see if all my headers are the same because I have a feeling they aren’t haha! So thank you for reminding me with post. 🙂

    Mollie Victoria Beauty | Blog

  21. I noticed my about page was still listing me as a teacher – oops – gave that up 7 months ago haha!

  22. So wonderful useful!
    I love it. A big THANK YOU.
    I have now a new about me page and a tagline!

    Greetings & Love

  23. Thanks so much for this great post! I’ve been blogging for over three years but only recently have I been making a real effort when it comes to outreach and consistency, so I’m really looking forward to following this series and picking up all your tips and advice. I also wanted to wish your luck with your line-a-day diary – I’ve had the blue one for three years now and although I’ve not written in it every day, it’s still an amazing keepsake to look back on!

  24. Thanks so much for these tips! I have literally been working around the clock on my sit and finally got to a place where I could slow down. And then I read this…lol…back to work I go.

  25. As always really useful looking forward to this series of posts. My about me definitely needs to be updated Lucy x

  26. Ahh, how am I a week behind!
    My about page is something I need to work on, I never even thought about putting links to my best posts within the about me description. Great idea! Off to read week 2’s post 🙂

    Ami x

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  29. Sounds really dumb, but I have no idea how to put an about me in the side bar! I’m going to have to give up on this!

  30. I have only recently found this series, after stumbling across you on twitter, but I love it and as a new blogger find it so helpful!

  31. I am excited to join on the challenge even though I think it’s already officially ended. I am the absolute worst at updating things. My pages and social media are in need of serious love.

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