hello! welcome back to my blog 💕 today i’m gonna walk you through how i tidy my dashboard! 😍
one of the things that makes blogging so fun is the behind-the-scenes organization! keeping everything updated, tidy, and useful is my priority. i’ve been doing dashboard tidies since like 2017 so i’ve got quite a bit of experience haha!
let’s check out my methods! maybe they can inspire you and help you vamp up your organization 🤩👏
by the way this post isn’t very Reader- or mobile-friendly~ sorry about that (click here to read it on my blog!)
behind-the-scenes of maggie’s doodles:
organizing the dashboard
Resize images in the media library and delete ones I didn’t use //
it’s funny how far i had to scroll to get away from future blog post spoilers haha~
i really love this part!! it’s fun to resize pics from photoshoots, get rid of pics i changed my mind about, and more. sometimes, i’ll also find pics from drafts i haven’t finished writing yet and it will inspire me to get writing!
Keep drafts I’m working on rn and transfer old ideas to my private page //
ooh sneak peeks!! 😍 haha (i did all that work to not spoil anything in the last pic but look at me now)
this is a new method i’m trying out with draft organization! i have lots i’m slowly working on + want to tackle soon, then i transfer all the rest to my ✨ private page! ✨ (i feel like i’m talking about things and not talking about things simultaneously loool sorry) it helps me to feel more productive instead of having 100+ drafts, which happened last year. i thought it would boost my productivity but it did the opposite haha, i felt like i was doing everything and nothing!
i’ll also of course delete drafts i changed my mind about. i try not to do this too often because even ideas that i’ve barely developed have the potential for greatness! 😂💕 i’ll shelve them and see what happens
Check comments spam folder //
there aren’t any in there rn, but a lot of real comments go there! so i always make sure to check 😊
i always question akismet when it flags my friends lol, like imaaaagine thinking my buddies are fake 🤨 aha
Review categories, consolidate them if needed and verify posts are grouped correctly //
i’d say i do this a couple times a year! i like to have as few categories as possible, and then as many tags as i can 😂👏 i feel much more on top of my blog when all of my posts are seamlessly categorized into 8 categories!
imma check how many tags maggie’s doodles has~ oh goodness almost 600 haha! so i want to show up in as many matching tags as i can in the Reader, but like i said simple categories makes me happy. it also helps with content brainstorming! i can easily see which categories need some love lol (aka new posts on the topic) and there won’t be any retired categories that have like 3 posts or whatever.
Check latest posts to make sure they’re tagged (8-15 per post if possible) + if they’re part of a series, add that tag //
oh i was just talking about these lol! (not me forgetting the headings i’d written while elaborating on them)
sometimes i’ll publish a post then tag it afterward (what am i saying, i do this all the time). i wait until then because trying to tag from the block editor? impossible. it eats tags. 🤠 but when i quick edit each post, it’s super easy! and i can copy and paste similar tags when applicable.
you may not know this (kind of a maggie’s doodles easter egg, haha!), but i have tags for my different series! i do it for blog organization but honestly it would help you guys locate posts you’re looking for, too. a few examples of tags i really like are stuffies, blog coaching with maggie, and mental health with maggie
Make sure I’ve replied to latest form responses //
i considered showing you my latest ones, but what a breach of privacy haha
i also get emailed when someone contacts me this way, so none usually get left behind! (that wording felt wrong) and as you can see right now, there’s one spam i gotta delete. *checks it* ooOOooh body posture corrector? count me in haha
Tweak widgets, update pages, and fix broken images when necessary //
ooh my secret page 🤡 haha
i’d say this is actually the least fun on this entire post lol! (why am i ending with it then~) i’ll do this periodically- checking up on random dashboard pages, and checking my blog for anything broken, or something that needs updating. i think what’s frustrating about it is that when an image is broken, most of the time i won’t remember what was supposed to be there.. so i’ll either leave it or put a pic there hoping it was the right one aha
thanks so much for reading! i LOVED writing this post and i’d love to know what i should write next for this little series! 😍
i could do: content brainstorming, post titling, coming up with post series, and blog organization!