That’s right, we are having a blog party. And you my dear friends, are all invited.
Location: Anywhere with Wifi. Time: Anytime. Clothing: Optional.
During the last couple of weekends, I had mini staycations at home to work on the blog. As well as my new favorite F word: Pinterest. Here’s the recap of what I did and I hope you can learn something too. Or at least find our adventures humorous:
Old Blog Posts
First of all, on the old blog posts, my high school English teacher would have given me an A. OK, maybe a B- on a few. But yes, I could see the old MLA format shining through. However, WordPress guy over here would say my Readability Needs Improvement. Then gives me a F on the SEO. So, I spent an insane amount of time trying to get in the ‘good’ gracious green rating of WordPress.
I modified. A lot. Yes, short sentences are better. And guess what? You can start a sentence with “And” and it doesn’t even care. Huh. Cash me ousside how bow dah. I’m just going to toss any rules of English out the door.
Except for a few rules. Blogs love transition words. Notice I’ve been using some new fluff words? Coincidentally. But. Then. First of All. Google them. There are many wonderful charts out there to bookmark.
Next, passive voice sentences are a big no-no. Take some ownership! For example, here’s a passive sentence, “the blog posts were revised by me this weekend.” In comparison, here’s the active version: “I revised the blog posts this weekend.”
I have now made WordPress happy by having no more than 150 words in each of the above paragraphs. But, because blog posts like a new header every 300 words, here’s one for you WordPress dude:
Link, Link, Link, Link
Naturally, we did not have a lot of content to link in our first few articles. After updating a few old ones, I was surprised how many key words from newer articles were used in the old posts. So, I took the opportunity to hyperlink and get that pingback from a newer article. As well as swapped out uglier pics with a few fresh ones.
Boy. Did Alexa and Google like that. Hells-to-the-yeah!
New Articles and Pinterest?
Since we caught onto what makes WordPress happier a while ago, new articles have been easier to write. It was a goal to have a stash built up on the back burner to release content more frequently. So, whenever those random thoughts appeared, we typed them up. Any by golly mate , we got ‘er done.
I also tried to add the Pinterest linking button widget thing on the blog. The Pinterest button is there if you hover over it. I didn’t have the patience to figure out how to make it stick on the image yet. But, if you can’t find it, that’s ok. Here’s a shameless plug for our main Pinterest page.
Would you be more apt to check it it out if I told you this one is a pic of Mr. Defined Sight and I.
Goal: Keep Revising and Pinning
We aren’t in love with the format of our blog page. So, when we feel brave enough to tinker and hopefully not jack it up, we will try and get that updated.
In regards to Pinterest, wow. Love/hate relationship there. I determined that if you are an organized, finance person, this site is going to drive you nuts. From a visual perspective, we prefer to see fat stacks of cash. And fantasize about taking a diving leap into a vault of gold coins like Scrooge McDuck.
Whereas, Pinterest is a dumping ground of organized chaos! Random, multiple pins. I can generally find the same pics over and over; after I already created the same pictures as my own pins. Doh! So, if I get time I may redo those. But, I get it’s purpose. There’s a defined niche I want to tap into. So, I’ll keep learning and building my boards, pinning and eventually get pretty social on there.
Also to confirm, Pinterest works. Here’s the analytics from the last 30 days. Clearly, you can tell when I, Mrs. Defined Sight, exhumed the account from the grave:
The numbers are still small. Our record day was 346 viewers and 747 impressions. Overall, it’s insane percentage increase considering the minimal amount of time put into Pinterest and pins. Most importantly, Mr. DS, aka Jon Snow Night Watcher of all Analytics, confirmed it’s driving traffic back to the blog. Yasssssss.
Because a blog isn’t a blog without some form of open platform to invite opposing views or shared perspectives: Is it just me, or is creating your own pins hard ya’ll? Since I’m a huge creeper (not a creep. Big difference), but how are people creating +100 personalized pins per day? Yeah, they may be using tailwind or another app to generate the repinning volume. But still, unless I’m missing something, making your own, personalized pins is a little bit time consuming. I use the Canva app and am getting the hang of it so far.
I am also under the impression that if you do 3-4 high quality pins a day, and repin 5-10 of others, that’ll suffice. Instead of pinning 100+ pins a day. Having not been previously exposed to Pinterest, I feel like an old granny that just traded in her rotary dial phone with an iPhone 10.
Neither phone we have by the way; still hanging on to the 6!
Any Feedback Appreciated!
I realize the updates we are doing to improve our site is old news. And most of you are likely rolling eyes or laughing and saying, “been there, done that!” But in the words of Joe Dirt, and following this theme of loose grammar, “We are gonna keep on keepin’ on. Life’s a garden man, dig it, make it work for you!”
With that said, any feedback for our blog or Pinterest is much appreciated! We want to create content users will not only enjoy, but learn from as well.
And finally, do you really think Mr. DS would wear this sweater?
#sorrynotsorry for all plugs for the Pinterest page. Just trying to build it up ya’ll! And for the record, Mr. DS is an illusive guy when it comes to cameras and only rocks T-shirts and ball caps. Here’s what we actually look like: