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Five Ways Freshen Up Your Blog For The New Year

I know we’re still in November, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about brightening up your blog for the New Year. Some changes can take a bit so it’s a good idea to be thinking ahead, right?

Changing up your blog can be a bit of a challenge, particularly if you’ve spent a fair amount of time branding the appearance of your site. But you can make changes that will stay within your visual ‘brand’ but still brighten up the visuals of your site. Here are my suggestions.

1. Change Your Header Banner. I generally change my header about twice a year, but there are bloggers that do it much more often, some even monthly. Not being a designer myself, twice a year is about all I can afford to do (I usually pay someone to do it, although this year’s banner was a collaboration between me and a friend).

2. Add A New Element. This year I’ve decided to add in a media box (now that I’m on WordPress) on the top right (under my header). I’m still considering what to put in it, exactly, but I know I want to add it in. There are a multitude of things you can add in; your Twitter stream, your Instagram photos, your Facebook page links, etc. There are a million widgets you can place in a sidebar that will add a fun new feature to your site.

3. Choose A Theme To Blog About. When I was feeling a bit of writer’s block this year I decided to spend a month exploring issues surrounding women’s health, and it was great fun. I ran out of steam by the end of the month, but it cured the writer’s block for sure.

4. Change Your Color Scheme. You can easily change the appearance of your site without changing your header just by selecting a different group of colors for things like your sidebars, your hover over link highlights, etc. This is a really fun way to change up your site without a big commitment.

5. Add In A Community Element. If you enjoy the commenters on your site, why not give them a place to talk to each other? You can add in a community forum using services like BlogFrog, quickly and easily. It’s important, however, to only add this element in if you’re willing to moderate it, because you don’t want it to get out of control.

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