I’m starting to look at the overall organization of the blog again because Google Analytics is showing that a lot of folks are single-page visitors (average pages per session is 1.85). I’d love to get them to hang around a bit longer… and that means rearranging the blog a bit.
So I sat back, and tried to put myself in the mindset of someone who had never seen the blog before. Let’s say I found my way here through Pinterest or a forum link… how would I find other things to read?
We’re ignoring the header bar, since I have that pretty much where I want it, so the next place I look when surfing blogs is the sidebar.
The first, very obvious thing that I realized was that my Categories only make sense to me. The main category names are holdovers from when the blog was a million little blogs. But since I’ve retired all of those old domain names, it seems a little odd to hold onto the remnants.
Unquiet Bones was the name of my writing blog and as much as I love it, that’s not an obvious leap for new visitors. The obvious replacement for this would be Writing.
Hue Askew Horses was the name of my custom model horse blog… but I’ve expanded a lot since then! So a better name for this section might be Art or Arts & Crafting.
View From the Molehill is the only one that’s not changing. Even though it’s a little esoteric, I think folks can figure out that this is the ‘personal’ subsection pretty easily.
I was very tempted to make an ‘Everything Else’ Category for the next three items, but they are unique enough that I wanted to keep them split out (for now.) If I don’t write much in them this year, I’ll move them into subcategories under View From the Molehill.
Perish Twice was the name of my World of Warcraft dual-boxing blog. Since I don’t play WoW anymore and I don’t dual-box (see: don’t play Wow) this name and subblog are sort of up in the air. I don’t think I’m going to be spending as much time with the theorycrafting with the other games as I am working on my treadmill setup, so I’m going to rededicate it to Treadmill Gaming.
Everyday Dragons was the name of my microbusiness blog. I do still post things about costing out materials, marketing attempts, and other business-stuff, but I’m a hobby and not an actual business now. I suppose a good title for it would be still be Microbusiness.
Code Kitteh was a rename of my website design and coding blog. Although I haven’t posted much to it lately I do plan on doing some more exploration of those topics this year (plus maybe a stab at mobile gaming). Since I’m looking at more things than just website tweaking, I think I’ll go with Coding.