I’m finally following a writing and design (learning Dreamweaver) schedule, but I’ve become so focused on the big things that I’ve ignored the bits and pieces that will really bring it all together. Since I have a horrible habit of writing things down here, saving them there, starting a draft post so I don’t forget type of habit, I collected and organized them in a more manageable way.
Below is my list of little to-do’s:
- SEO Yoast WordPress Plugin – very easy for blog and post optimization. If you don’t know basic SEO, start with the Beginner’s Guide to SEO
- RSS and email subscription
- Social sharing for each post (Like, Tweet, G+)
- Create my own social media buttons. I don’t much care for the generic ones. Add a step before this if you haven’t created profiles on various platforms, yet.
- Post comment system through Disqus
- Re-categorize uncategorized blog posts
- Create a blog style guide.
- Organize my post ideas journal – I
- Flesh out my design inspiration sources – to avoid looking like a replica of your competition, they should not come from the same industry
- Refine my blog’s purpose statement (tag line, core message, whatever you call it)
- Google+ authorship
- Upload favicon
- Study the competition and follow
- Play with new content formats (shorter posts, video, scan-able content)
- Finish my rant and then ask for an outsider’s point of view. This is meant to complement my purpose statement.
- Re-evauluate content schedule (editorial calendar) – I use Google Calendar
- Create a lead statement for all “Building a Blog” so people know what I’m referring to when I mention BB
Check out BoomerangBeat, am I missing something? What are the most important details you use to make your blog stand out?