Welcome to #WorkshopWednesday, my new weekly feature with a focus on all things blogging! Each week there’ll be tips, tricks and advice on how to get your blog running like a well oiled machine!

This week we’re focusing on blog maintenance, the little things you should be doing on a regular basis to keep on top of the admin side of blogging. I know it’s not always as much fun as writing, but maintenance is absolutely essential to avoid any problems in the future.

Comments –

This includes replying to your comments, as well as  permanently removing spam comments. Comments are important to keep on top of, letting them build up will leave you with a mammoth task when you finally get around to sorting them. Making sure you keep on top of approving comments is also vital, if they aren’t approved they won’t appear on your blog!

Broken link check –

If you’re on WordPress this can be done really easily with a broken link checker plugin. A quick check every week will make sure your site is functioning as it should be. There’s nothing worse than clicking on something of interest and finding out the link is broken! If you find broken links you can either fix them, or if they are out of date remove them altogether.

Update plugins –

This is a really simple task, but one that often gets left by the wayside. Plugins are a fabulous way to add function and personality to your blog. Make it your mission to regularly update your plugins to keep them working as efficiently as possible!

Back up your blog –

This is so important! Some platforms back up for you, but I never leave it to chance. Regular back ups keep all of your work safe should the worst happen. Why bother putting all of those hours in if you aren’t going to keep it safe? Back it up!

Revise old posts –

Revising old posts once in a while can help give your blog a boost. Maybe you’ve changed your theme, gotten to grips with SEO or just feel like some of your older work needs a revamp. This also helps to keep your work uniform, so your audience know where it’s come from and what to expect. Sift back through, revise and share!