As mentioned thoroughly and multiple times earlier this month, I am in the process of refurbishing Ordinary Adventures this summer. I have created a great foundation for my blog so far, but that is just the beginning. There are still quite a few things I want to practice, implement, and change for Ordinary Adventures. Blogging has become my favorite hobby, and every day I challenge myself to have my posts, stats, and reviews better than the last. It is exciting to me to keep learning and daring myself to make OA the best it can be. So to keep myself on track and figure out what I can do now, here is a list of six ways I have and will improve Ordinary Adventures.
1. Upgrade pictures. This is OA’s biggest to-do this summer. When I look at websites or through my Wordpress reader, there is one thing that catches my eye and intrigues me the most: fabulous photos. Phone camera pictures, bad lighting, or low quality resolution, are all things that will deter me from a post and even a blog all together. True photography skills make a blog seem professional and tasteful, while drawing in a larger audience with beautiful and lovely scenes. The blogs I stalk and adore all share the common trait of having interesting and fun and pretty pictures. I even know many people who will look through blogs and posts just for photos and will only skim the writing. Photos (good photos especially) are the backbone to any lifestyle blog and legitimate site. This is where I am failing the most when it comes to blogging and this will be my biggest challenge when it comes to renovating OA.
2. Pick the right theme. Since the start of this month, I have already sat down and finished this task. My original theme, while simple, wasn’t a modern outline like many of today’s blogs. I chose a theme that had a substantial side bar, clean color samples, a menu bar, and a perfect mix of text/pictures. There were a few other happy coincidences that I love about my blog’s set up, but those were the main things on my checklist. The right professional theme can take your blog from a online diary, to real lifestyle website.
3. Become an author / take time. For OA, I have a list of over one hundred post ideas in a document. I have not gotten around to almost any one of them because I want to do them justice. I either can’t match the idea’s photography skill or writing skill that is needed. And I’ve already talked about Ordinary Adventure’s photo revamp, but that still leaves my need for writing to be addressed. Many of my post ideas require me to sit down for a few hours, or days and just write. Lately, I’ll sit down and shoot out a post in less than an hour and go about my day. For my blog to really blossom, I will need to invest in time and in writing. It won’t be as easy, but it’ll be so worth it.
4. Plan ahead. This ties right into point #3. If you don’t have a schedule for your blog, you will find yourself day after day scrambling to write a decent post. Most days I realize I have no idea what to write about and what I can post in the twenty minutes I have before I have to leave for work/make dinner/go to bed/etc. is usually unneeded or uninteresting fluff. One way that has helped me write any post that is truly worthwhile and creative has been to generate a blogging schedule for myself. I usually go week by week, but it seems like maybe go month by month might give me more time to accomplish this and all my other blogging goals. Having a set date to prepare for, will help me sit down and produce quality work I can enjoy and be proud of.
5. Get a domain. This is another step I have already accomplished for Ordinary Adventures. Anyone can create a free WordPress site. Anyone. However, it takes thought, money, and competence to take the next step to make your site official. If you ever want to be considered professional to readers, advertisers, and yourself, splurge on having your own name and space on the internet.
6. Connect with social media. This is the spot I’m lagging the most in. It’s not as important as pictures (to me), but I am definitely falling much shorter in this area lately and have done nothing so far to remedy it. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Bloglovin, etc. all are amazing resources that bloggers and entrepreneur need to take advantage of. Personally I only have a Instagram, and I still have not connected OA to it. And OA’s Facebook account only as a little over a dozen followers. All these services can easily be connected with each post, and yet I haven’t taken any steps to put OA out there. This will definitely have to change.
Ordinary Adventures has quite the make over to go through and I have quite the challenge to tackle. When it comes to renovating and sprucing up OA, I know a lot more ideas and advice than just these six, that I need to implement. I need to start somewhere though and I shouldn’t overwhelm myself too much. This month I’ve already addressed two challenges, I have two more months to figure out four more.