I like to decorate our home for Christmas.
When I do, the process is pretty simple. I remove my normal decorations and before each spot is cold, I’m adding Christmas decorations.
For a month or more as these decorations surround me. I enjoy looking at them. I enjoy having them around. I enjoy the season.
Christmas passes. The New Year comes. It’s time to put the holiday decorations away.
Time to start anew.
This year I noticed something.
Because I was being more methodical about putting the Christmas decorations away and ridding myself of those which no longer brought me joy, where those decorations had been housed, looked REALLY empty. Void of clutter.
In fact, my eyes moved around each room without stopping. Without being distracted.
I liked what I saw.
I redecorated with less.
Blogs are like that.
When we first start blogging we have a blank canvas. If we use WordPress, we see the “Hello World” post, but nothing else.
Sidebars are empty and the header only contains the name of our blog (and maybe the tagline).
The blog is pretty bare.
As time passes, we begin to fill the blank spaces. Just like decorating a home and hanging artwork on the walls.
But, unlike a home which we may decorate for a holiday and then start over, with a blog we often forget to clear the clutter.
In fact, sometimes we add more.
We become blind to how it looks to others.
But our visitors notice.
To them, our blogs may seem cluttered. Busy. Hard on the eye.
In truth, they may have trouble finding our content.
But we don’t see it.
We live on our blogs and know exactly where everything is. Every button. Every banner. Every widget or plugin. They’re all in the same spot we left them.
I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking it’s time I clear the clutter and get rid of widgets which take up space and ads which don’t pay.
It’s time to start anew.
What say you?
How often do you clean up your blog?
What’s your first impression of a blog which is cluttered?
Care to share?
P.S. French fashion designer Coco Chanel (1883-1971) is known for the quote, “Before you leave for the day…take one thing off…” She knew the secret to not letting our accessories distract from our beauty.
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