Tidying up the place today made me think about how important it is to produce content that is valuable to our blogs while maintaining integrity. Instead of constantly producing what doesn’t seem to be doing well, why not take advantage of Pages? Pages make it possible to store away content in a permanent capacity without completely doing away with it. A series or routine post that no one seems to really care about can be fun but it can also weaken your blog if its not helping to strengthen it. By weaken I’m not really talking about your numbers because numbers can be deceiving. I’m talking about your ability to reach people.
I have a brother who is really big on this. If he has something that is not working for him he doesn’t see a reason to hold onto it. What’s a $1,000 computer worth that can’t produce? At the same time, bloggers still need to feel good about what they’re posting without worrying about who cares because self motivation is what will keep them writing. As a result, we bloggers have to create a balance between content that is engaging and content that is genuine concerning who we are as individuals. Despite what others think, we must never sacrifice or compromise our individual selves. So, how do you keep on with what’s important to you but that doesn’t seem to be engaging to your readers? Pages my friends is the answer to our prayers. Don’t give up on it, store it to a page.
In this way, you can monitor how many people are still engaging by looking at that page’s views in your dashboard and from there you can make the decision as to whether it is logical to bring back or if it should stay where it is. For instance, I am taking my own advice with Movie Night Friday.
Movie Night Friday was a weekly segment of my blog I created to help shine light on some of my favorite movies and why I love them. The inspiration came from my attempt to connect more with bloggers by sharing some more intimate parts of myself aside from books. However I recently withdrew from posting the series because I’m the kind of individual who seeks to improve and to grow. That said, because Movie Night Friday was not producing any growth to this blog, I have decided to store it away to its own page. In this way, those of you who are interested can still find it. I may still post a movie randomly so I won’t say you’ve seen the end of Movie Night Friday, it just won’t be an every week type thing.
I am however, contemplating bringing Black History Fun Fact Friday back, which I also moved to its own page for a different reason. Black History Fun Fact Friday was fun and enlightening but it also became taxing. I have not been able to keep up with it and I really hate to half do anything. But since I’ve re-arranged my schedule a bit I am contemplating bringing it back since it is something I know you enjoyed.
Having a page for Black History Fun Fact Friday has helped me to keep my eye on whether or not people are actually visiting the page. As a result, I have noticed that the page has picked up some views and I am now contemplating bringing it back to fill my Friday Night slot. So take advantage of your pages. They are not just for your about page, but they can be utilized in lots of creative ways. Just something to think about.
8 thoughts on “Taking Advantage of Your Blog Pages”
Good job in showing the importance of “pages” as opposed to always using categories! 🙂
Your welcome! I’m so not shouting right now by the way! Lol.
LoL, it is ok. Everyone assumes I am always shouting.
This may be a very stupid question, but how do you save posts to pages. I have been unable to figure that out.
There’s no such thing as a stupid question 🙂
I have yet to figure that out myself. What I do instead is take the links to the post series I want to add to a page (so let’s say all the links to the Black History Fun Facts so far) and add them as links to a new page that readers can always go back to. The downside is that I’m pingbacking myself lol, but it works for now. I’d have to ask around about saving the posts themselves to a page. I see that and wonder about it myself. I’ll do some digging.
Thank you so much! The whole Pingback is also a mystery. I’m such a newbie!
It’s all good. I learned of pingbacks when I participated in Colleen’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday a couple years ago. It just means that whenever you link to another blog post, it creates a kind of comment in the comments section. If I link to your about page for instance from my post you will get a ping-back link in the comments of your about page. Click on it and it will take you to my post where I mentioned you. It’s another way to give bloggers credit if you are using their material or quoting them and you want to link back to the original owner. I will do a post going into it. It’s easy peazy 🙂
Got it. Thanks!!