the Intro with links to all the other posts in the series.) I hope that a few of you are finding encouragement through this series - I have noticed some of you stopping by each others' blogs and encouraging. I LOVE that! :) I'm just writing what I feel led to write on this subject and have at least a couple more in the series I think.
When our houses are full of clutter or seem disorganized or the decor starts feeling stagnant to us - it affects our attitude and outlook on home life. I think that the same goes for our blogs! If our blogs are cluttered, not updated, or have lost some of that spark for us - it contributes to our discouraged feelings. When we freshen up, organize, simplify and update our homes - it lifts our spirits and we feel like we have a fresh start. I encourage you to do a little freshening up, organizing, simplifying and updating on your blog to get that same clean, shiny fresh-start feeling!
When is the last time you: Changed something in your blog design? Checked to make sure all your links on your main page were working? Deleted old information? Updated your profile photo? Made sure your feeds and stats were working properly? Organized posts by categories? Prayed about your role in the blogosphere?
When our surroundings are uncluttered and open, our minds are more uncluttered and open which may lead to new writing inspirations and/or more focused blog posts. Let's dust off our blogs, clear out the cobwebs, organize that clutter and see what happens (remember, I'm speaking to myself here too!)!
Here are some posts/articles that you might find helpful as you declutter and organize:
5 Ways to Improve Your Blog For Free ~ Mom Blog Magazine
Decorating Your Blog ~ Savvy Blogging
Bloggy Basics: Learn From Other Blogs ~ Rediscovering Domesticity
Declutter Your Blog ~ Blogging Your Way
15 Basic Blogging Dos and Don'ts ~ Blogging With Amy
Do you feel better when your blog is fresh and decluttered? Have you made any recent changes that improved your blog "mood?" Are you happy when you click over to your blog and look at it as a reader? Do you prefer simplicity or are you happier with a little creative clutter? Do you non-blogging readers have any thoughts on what makes a blog feel most user-friendly to you?
Be encouraged and hang in there bloggers! Stop by your own blog a few times this week and see what might need tweaking. May you feel inspired and refreshed by the Lord this week friends!
Have an encouraging day!
P.S. The winner of the $5 Starbucks card from last week is Lisa from The Cozy Nook! Congrats Lisa (and sorry Kim - LOL)! Thanks to all of you who were hopping around leaving encouraging comments! :)