No, not the sort of sinister grooming sometimes found on the Internet, more the kind of grooming experienced by pets, when they go for a wash and brush up. Blogs need an occasional pampering, to bring them up to scratch. Over the last couple of days, I have been trying to do just that with this blog.
However, I now have 779 posts to tackle, so it is going to take a lot of time.
You Tube links tend to drop off, unannounced. As someone who adds many music videos and film clips to his blog, this necessitates having to keep looking back over those particular posts on a regular basis, to see if the video link has been removed, or deleted. When I discover a greyed-out panel, I have to edit the post, delete the failed link, then look around for something relevant to replace it; not always an easy process.
Then there are the glaring errors. The unforgivable spelling mistakes, missed spacing, and awful punctuation mishaps. It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I proof-read a blog post before publishing, these little gremlins sometimes slip through into the finished article. Changing my theme this year has meant that some older posts have migrated with lines overrunning the sidebars, and this has required attention.
Since I have started to add photos, (which have been well-received, so thank you all) I have become overly-conscious about using up too much of my allotted space. This has meant that I have been watching my allowance diminish rapidly, with a sense of alarm. However, I needn’t have been too concerned, as despite posting (for me at least) a lot of large-file photos, I am still using less than 15% of my allowance, so not unduly concerned for now.
I have seriously considered deleting some of my earlier posts, as well as some that are almost never read. This would save a small amount of space, and make things tidier. I could copy them all to an external hard drive, so they would not be lost, just not appear here. I haven’t done this yet, but the thought is there. Any opinions on that from anyone? Then there is the always troublesome subject of categories. Many posts are in two or three categories. After all, my thoughts on visiting a place or a country is an Opinion. It is also Holidays and Travel, and from my point of view, fits in to Nostalgia and Reflections. With a current total of eleven, I have less categories than many bloggers, but far more than some. I don’t know if I can face editing every post to re-categorise them though.
I am trying to use less tags. Looking at my first year of posting, I seemed to have been seized by a tagging frenzy. Almost everything mentioned in those posts is tagged, as if somehow relevant. I have now come to the conclusion that where tags are concerned, ‘less is more.’ I will not be de-tagging (or is that un-tagging? Should be ‘removing tags’, probably) though, as that would be far too tedious.
So after a few hours of skimming, not much got done. If my blog was a pampered pet, it would still be in need of more attention, and I would be wondering what the groomer had achieved, for their fee. It is always a worthwhile exercise though, having a good tidy up. Hopefully, it will lead to improvements in posts to follow. Or perhaps not.