Spring Cleaning Blogging Challenge – Getting the Dirt Out of my Posts

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Spring Cleaning Blogging Challenge

Time to Get the Dirt Out of my Posts

 

Ah, spring cleaning. It conjures up all sorts of thoughts to different people, not all of them pleasant. We all have a general sense of what spring cleaning means in our homes, right?!

 

spring cleaning productsWith traditional spring cleaning you sometimes don’t know what you are in for until you get down and dirty in the cleaning process. So often one thing leads to another, and it’s easy to get distracted from one task at hand because you find another issue to address in your cleaning – or discover something you really ought to tackle even though it was not part of the original plan.

 

Typically it’s unpleasant. But it feel good once it's been addressed.

 

All this was certainly true in the challenge issued by Debe Maxwell, where our posts were the focus of our spring cleaning, and what that entails. If you haven't finished, keep in mind your entry is due at the end of the day on June 30th.

 

No doubt others who participated in this challenge found out how much spring cleaning there was to do…I certainly did.

 

It was an ominous task to tackle. And with many of us writing tons of posts over a number of years, how does one decide where to begin? The attic? The garage? The closets?

 

I didn’t put a formal limit on the time frame – and went back to 2007 in a couple cases. I also decided to narrow it down to several strategies since I couldn’t do it all. I chose a couple of types of post, community and informational, plus others that had lots of clicks, views and comments suggesting…in my humble opinion…that they were popular.

 

It felt like selecting the best stuff for the garage sale, or to donate!

 

bloggingI even took on a couple of posts that I knew were going to be a bear because of all the links and formatting issues…sorta like tackling that part of the garage you haven’t explored in years! Or those especially hard to reach places for cleaning.

 

It came as no surprise that there were all sorts of cleaning activities, some more tolerable than others.

 

And lots of similar issues over and over.

 

I corrected links; deleted outdated text; deleted non-working videos and corrected when I could; added or deleted (in some cases) photos; corrected typos; added content; corrected font size; added and corrected tags; edited SEO titles and descriptions where needed; corrected broken links (those certainly get tiresome!); and changed links to open in a new window rather than the same window.

 

Here are the 10 posts I edited (actually there were more, since so often one post linked to another where I discovered additional cleaning issues and couldn't just ignore them):

 

https://activerain.com/blogsview/1040861/a-visual-tour-of-cardiff-by-the-sea--ca

 

https://activerain.com/blogsview/745787/best-places-to-sunset-watch-in-carlsbad-california-and-nearby

 

https://activerain.com/blogsview/532248/moonlight-beach-in-encinitas---something-for-everyone-in-encinitas-ca

 

https://activerain.com/blogsview/306648/encinitas-things-to-do---visit-the-meditation-gardens

 

https://activerain.com/blogsview/4928096/5-top-reasons-to-live-in-carlsbad-california

 

https://activerain.com/blogsview/4938543/8-things-sellers-should-expect-from-you-as-their-listing-agent

 

https://activerain.com/blogsview/2452913/sellers---is-your-listing-agent-a-liability-

 

https://activerain.com/blogsview/2220026/the-ultimate-pre-listing-kit-for-carlsbad-home-sellers

 

https://activerain.com/blogsview/4997553/6-reasons-sellers-should-think-like-buyers

 

https://activerain.com/blogsview/4596651/listing-agents---are-you-preparing-your-sellers-appropriately-

 

So what did I learn from all this, other than wishing I had not just ignored some of these issues originally?

 

It was certainly disappointing to find I could not always alter photos (size), so I replaced them where needed which is probably a good thing – some of the photos in my early days were not all that great.

 

I also found that a number of slideshows and videos in old posts simply did not work, in particular when going back to older posts. No doubt some of this is due to changes in the photo editor functionality as well as the video embedding function since that time. Who knew?!

 

But it’s a reminder these issues need to be monitored periodically, as least for those popular posts getting lots of traffic, and those all-important evergreen posts (e.g., community profiles).

 

Reading some of these old posts while deciding which ones to clean gave me ideas of other posts to write, and perhaps some summary articles focusing on sellers and buyers with a list of key posts that I haven’t used to the best advantage will emerge. Nothing like repurposing posts when you can when the content is good!

 

It’s clear that as an active blogger there is much more to do from the past, and it’s important do a good job of writing and formatting in the first place. That’s a good lesson there for our blogging, just like avoiding clutter and dirt in our homes!

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Good luck Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

I went through a long phase of this process before...probably due to a contest...and while I accomplished alot I knew there was so much more to do. Some of it is out of our control...when websites change links, or go away, etc.  I try not to worry too much and do what I can.

There have been no many system changes on AR and that makes it tough over the years!

Jeff

Jun 28, 2018 08:40 PM #14
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Ha ha Patricia Feager 

30 would have been far too many but as it was I think I fixed at least 20. It was very tedious but it pointed out clearly there are things to watch for, plus posts with good traffic need to be looked at from time to time.

Jeff

Jun 28, 2018 08:44 PM #15
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Definitely worth the effort Lisa Von Domek  but I know so much remains undone.

I need to add this to my list to do here and there so it does not feel so overwhelming!

Jeff

Jun 28, 2018 08:45 PM #16
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Hi George Souto 

Thanks for stopping by. Some of mine were in bad shape and I know there is so much more to do!

Jeff

Jun 28, 2018 10:15 PM #17
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Hi Kathy Streib

The photos were a big problem, and you couldn't revise them or even easily delete. The editor has clearly changed significantly. So much more to do, too!

Jeff

Jun 28, 2018 10:16 PM #18
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I am sure all your hard work will pay off. You did a great job of spring cleaning.

Jun 29, 2018 03:27 AM #19
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Jeff, this project was painful, especially since the editor has so many issues right now.  Hope the fixes helps your SEO.

Jun 29, 2018 06:20 AM #20
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Being on this site for many years, I too went back in time. I cringed when I looked at some of the old ones. Glad you were able to fix some of yours! 

Jun 29, 2018 09:51 AM #21
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Thank you Gita Bantwal  I got a lot done, but still so much more to do.

I couldn't agree more Joan Cox It was very time consuming, and for old posts getting alot of traffic it's important the posts look their best. At least photos were all there - not so for videos, though.

Jeff

Jun 29, 2018 10:06 AM #22
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 

Cringe is the right word I think. I was pretty happy with some posts, with minimal changes, but some others really needed a lot of help. I almost wanted to delete them!

Jeff

Jun 29, 2018 10:10 AM #23
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Keeping things clean and working well is a good way to go, good work with your spring cleaning!

Jun 29, 2018 10:59 AM #24
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Hi Jeff, Good for you doing this bit of housecleaning and making those needed changes. I hope it will yield great results for you.

Jun 29, 2018 08:16 PM #25
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Hello Jeff- - -whew. I imagine you're glad that you have conquered this task. It seems to be an ongoing "challenge" in some regards.

Jul 01, 2018 10:16 AM #26
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I love how you always find the silver lining, Jeff - that's exactly the way I operate! There were so many benefits from this exercise and one that no one had previously mentioned was that you found food for fodder (for future posts)!

Thanks for participating and cleaning house!

Jul 01, 2018 12:13 PM #27
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Jeff, spring cleaning our blog posts is harder than cleaning our house :)

Jul 01, 2018 12:45 PM #28
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In my case Brian England I think it needs to be year-round cleaning. This was just a good start.

Jeff

Jul 01, 2018 01:06 PM #29
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Hi Debbie Reynolds 

Thanks for stopping by! This was a good start but it was obvious there is more to do. Some posts were easy fixes, but a couple took quite a bit of work.

Jeff

Jul 01, 2018 01:07 PM #30
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Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS ,

Great job.  It's a big job, isn't it?  Always more to do.

Jul 02, 2018 08:17 AM #31
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Thanks Carol Williams 

Yep it WAS a big job but important. It's an ongoing project.

Jeff

Jul 02, 2018 12:56 PM #32
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Hi Jeff... you hit the nail on the head with this statement: it’s important do a good job of writing and formatting in the first place. 

Jul 03, 2018 11:45 AM #33
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