Blog Improvement Project Week #12: Mid-Year Review

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We’re now halfway through the Blog Improvement Project! This is a great time to reflect on what we have achieved and decide which things need more attention in the coming months.

Since starting the BIP 6 months ago my blog has come a long way:

I now have 5x more comments on each post and 5x more unique visitors per day. 

Thank you to everyone who has read or commented on my blog!

Kim asked the following questions:

What BIP task have you liked most?

My favourite task was blog post bingo! The idea was write ten different types of blog post within a two week period. It was really hard work, but I realised that my blog really benefited from the diversity it created. One of the posts I wrote for that challenge is still one of my most popular posts today: How to put boxes around your text – an idiot’s guide!

What BIP task have you liked least (including ones you have skipped)?

My least favourite was Blog Improvement Project Week #10: Linking with Anchor Text. There wasn’t anything wrong with it, but it didn’t require any of the fun challenge or community building aspects of the other tasks. 

What are the top three things you still would like to work on this year?

I need to improve on the technical aspects of my blog.

  • I’d like to work out how to have my reviews displayed A-Z by author, as well as title. It would also be good to display reviews by rating as well.
  • I need to find a new template for my blog, as this one doesn’t allow threaded comments.
  • I’m going to try to create a brand for my blog. If anyone knows where I can find a great little illustration of a farm lane – let me know!

Are there any blogging-related topics you feel like you know a lot about and would be willing to write a BIP guest task on?

I can’t think of any, but I’m happy to research a topic and write about it. If there is anything you’d like to know – just ask and I’ll do my best to find the answer!

Any other comments about the BIP?

The Blog Improvement Project has been really useful for me. I have learnt a lot, and it has really helped my blog to become what it is today. Thank you Kim!

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  1. Violet says:

    I’ts awesome that you have been able to achieve so much because of this project. 5X increase is very good indeed :)

    Threaded comments is a cool thing, isn’t it?

  2. Jackie says:

    Violet – I love threaded comments. I tried for ages to get them on here before I realised that my template doesn’t support them. It is first on the list for when I next have a bit of free time!

  3. CoversGirl says:

    Five times – wow! That’s fantastic. And I loved Blog Post Bingo, too.

  4. Jenners says:

    Wow … that is a wonderful improvement in comments and visitors. Bravo!

    And I’m always looking for the best possible template. My concept changes the more I blog. And there are so many technical things that just elude me!

  5. Jackie says:

    Coversgirl – Thank you!

    Jenners – Finding a good template is so hard to do. It is difficult to know which features they have before you begin. Hopefully I’ll find a good one soon.

  6. Trish says:

    Congrats on all of the improvements and progress! There are so many things I’d like to do with my blog, but I have trouble finding the time and patience. Sometimes I think I’d like to just hire someone to do it all for me. :P Really, what I DO need is an “about me” page, but it just seems so daunting.

    Good luck with the next six months!

  7. Sherrie says:

    I think your doing a great job with your goals! Just keep going and you’ll get there! Have a great day!


  8. Wow, I had no idea you’d gotten so many more comments and visitors — that is awesome! Congrats!

    Thanks for answering all my questions, your answers will be a big help as I brainstorm my next BIP topics. I’d love to have you write a guest post sometime, even if you don’t feel like an expert on a topic. I’m not usually an expert, I’m just pretty good at searching for an answer and assessing how credible I think the source is.

    I’m glad you liked Blog Post Bingo — that is one I am definitely going to repeat sometime soon because I liked it a lot too.

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