Blogger Confession: Housekeeping of the Blog Variety #TechPost

Posted December 4, 2013 by Felicia S in Blogger Confession / 31 Comments


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There is going to be some housekeeping of the blog variety going on for the next few weeks here on Geeky Bloggers Book Blog.

This post was inspired by The WordPress for Dummies Facebook Group! The group of gals in that group are fantastic and brilliant.

Here is why: I will start my 6th year of book blogging on Jan 1, 2014.  Crazy right?  There are certain types of blog housekeeping you should do as your blog gets older.  I should have started years ago but didn’t. Now I regret that little oversight on my part.  Hopefully, this will help you avoid my mistakes.

TIP: Kelley from Reading the Paranormal does a feature called Blog Housekeeping that helps you with the day to day stuff.  You really should check out these reminders.

Here is what you should do to keep your blog running in tip-top shape as the years go by (for WordPress users or those thinking of switching to WordPress):


  • Check that database size!  If you are a frequent poster then you are going to eventually (sooner rather than later) start having your database grow fast.  Since most hosts use SQL express (or the equivalent) there is a time when your database moves out prime operating mode. If you are paying for prime hosting (non-shared) this database size can be larger than if you are on a shared hosting plan.  Contact your host to see what size they suggest your database be for optimum speed and availability.  You can use a tool like WP-Optimize to both help clean the database of orphaned objects and monitor the size.
  • Clean up old posts! This is what I wish I had been doing for the last few years.  Do you have “time-sensitive” posts (announcements about book releases, meme’s, blog hops)? I am starting a rule of thumb that they can be deleted after a year.  Why? Most of these posts are graphic intensive, resource throttling (specifically hops), or just no longer relative.  By trimming these posts, I can keep my blog running faster and cleaner. I also added WP-PostExpirator to help with this as I go forward.
  • Clean up old comments! Do you do giveaways that require a person to leave a comment each time they tweet, share, ect.  Those add up!  Comments can weigh down your blog too.  I have a rule of thumb to keep the ones on reviews and discussion posts.  I close comments on posts that are over a year-old.
  • Clean up review, discussion, and other posts!  Did you decide there were certain types of posts that you were keeping?  If you are like me there are certain posts that you are keeping no matter what!  However there are things that you can do to clean up those posts.  Do you have reviews that have giveaways associated with them? Clean up those by removing the giveaway information (over a year old): rafflecopter code, graphics, etc.  Do your reviews have book trailers, blog tour ribbons, or old challenge graphics attached to them? Clean those suckers up!  I pretty much decided that after a year all old reviews will go to a standard format that works for me.  Yes this requires some work on my part but if I do it once a month then it should be pretty easy.
  • Clean up old media!  Be very careful with this one though.  Even if a graphic is not attached to a post it can still be used in your design or format.  Only clean up old graphics that you are SURE aren’t used in any of those elements.  Also while cleaning this up check your blog often to make sure you haven’t deleted anything that will make your blog not work.  You want to take this part slowly but cleaning up the media can help a LOT with overall blog performance.
  • Check those plug-ins! Do you have plug-ins that haven’t been updated in years?  Old code can cause your blog to quit working at optimum availability and performance. If a plug-in you are using hasn’t been updated recently (at least within the last year) then check the support tabs to see if other bloggers have mentioned the plugin causing problems.  Even if there are no problems, keep an eye on the plugin.  Email the plugin creator to ask if they are going to update the code.  If they are not then look to see if there is another plugin that does the same thing but is up to date on code.

I can’t state this enough: Back up your blog often. This is important when doing any kind of maintenance.

Good luck and Happy Cleaning!

Felicia S
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31 responses to “Blogger Confession: Housekeeping of the Blog Variety #TechPost

  1. This is something I probably wouldn’t have even thought of!! Thankfully my blog isn’t even 6 months old yet, so it seems I have a little bit of time before I really need to worry. But I’m going to keep this in mind and add cleaning up as part of my process once I hit that 1 year mark. Thanks for sharing your wisdom – 6 years is incredible by the way, congrats!!

  2. What an awesome post! Thank you Felicia. I haven’t even thought that far yet but your points make total sense 🙂 And congrats on heading for 6 years! My blog is only 5 months old this month.. feels much longer though 🙂

  3. Awesome you are headed into your sixth year. Thanks for the tips. I need to go through and remove blog hops and posts like that. Also all the old rafflecopters and I have endeavored to get all my reviews catalogued!

  4. Yeah. I’ve been such a slacker with my blog this year!! I think I’ll have to make a big list and dive in over winter break. My list is so intimidatingly large, though, especially after all the VIP reminders and suggestions you made! *bookmarks post*

  5. These are wonderful tips!! Just added this post to my pocket list and will begin some housekeeping. Maybe I’ll even put this on the Bloggiesta to do list. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  6. I’ll be linking this post in my Blog Housekeeping posts from here on out. I love some of the things you’ve put down. Seriously, I never even considered removing giveaway graphics and such. GREAT IDEA!

    I <3 you so hard for taking the time to write this up. THANKS, FELICIA!

    • I never thought about doing it either but in our WordPress group we have been talking about it. I thought it was a good thing to share as they aren’t things I thought of before!

      I mean I tend to put the graphic for the reading challenges I do on the bottom of my reviews (since I am horrible at linking up, it is my way of giving credit to the organizers) but I never thought of removing them after the challenge is over. Same with giveaways and blog tours. Makes total sense so I totally had to share LOL

    • They are things a group of us has been batting around recently when we were talking about blog availability and performance 🙂 I just threw everything together!

    • Evidently for Bluehost once you hit about 1500 posts your performance is degraded. I am sure that is just a guideline but it is a good number to work around. I never thought to ask until someone else did. Now I am glad that I did.

      Ironically enough during the cleanup my performance will suck LOL

  7. Congrats on 6 years, that is fantastic!

    I may have to jump on the blog housekeeping bandwagon. My blog always gets a little neglected during the hoildays, mainly with the amount of postings. Also, I love your festive background and header, it is so pretty!

    • I think if you do a little bit at a time it makes it easier to keep up with 🙂 I have been doing Kelley’s tips for a bit now and it does make a huge difference.

  8. I don’t think I post enough yet for maintenance to overwhelm me, but I’m very interested in that WP-PostExpirator. I will have to check that one out!

  9. Great tips 🙂 I’ll be doing some of that too.
    I had to delete my outside widget where I kept track of RSS feeds from blogs I visit the most, so I’m moving them to my Yahoo reader for quick access. I need to subscribe to your feed, but I’m getting a text file when I click on the RSS button. How do I subscribe?