Setting sail into The Great Unknown
Some people make weird decisions sometimes. They decide to sail into The Great Unknown. It must have been like that for Christopher Columbus when he set sail to the west. To the west, to discover a new route to ‘The East’.
Just try to get your head around this: At that time (1492) there was no real knowledge about what the world really looked like. People thought the earth was flat, instead of sphere – shaped.
For all Christopher knew he would fall off the earth when he reached the end of it. Falling over the edge. All he had was a map, dating back to 1474 by Toscanelli. Toscanelli had discussed the whole issue with Columbus and Toscanelli thought finding a new route to ‘The East’ by going west ‘feasible’. Feasible! Maybe you can see on the map that there are ‘a few important parts’ missing there.
Columbus tried it anyways. Even if he would fall of the earth, he wanted to give it a try. Sail in the great unknown.
Well… A couple of hundred years passed since then, a few wars and colonization of ‘The America’s’ was a fact. The rest is all… Erm… History.
The Great Unknown
Writing, maintaining and developing a blog is hard work. Hard work but very satisfying. It helps bloggers keen their sanity. Well most of the time anyways. After months and months of work,writing, promoting, designing, coding, optimizing, adjusting layout and research you are done tweeking.
Then- one day – you step away from your freshly pressed blog, squint your eyes and you begin to wonder if this all is going the way you intended it to go.
Panic! You begin to wonder things like ‘Should I stick to my niche?’, the design just doesn’t feel right, or you are not sure anymore if the whole setup of your blog is still easy to maintain.
There are different ways to find your blogs ‘East’. Maybe try a different route? To the west? There are no blog – maps. Now what. Maybe this helps:
- Over the months you have been working on your blog you have gotten used to the whole design of your blog. Do you still like the design? Remember that the design visions people have change.
- Zoom out every once in a while to get the bigger picture. Is everything designed in a ‘logical’ way? Is navigation on your blog easy for people that visit it for the first time?
- Do you really need 36209 plugins on your site? Remember not everyone has an ultra-fast internet connection. Work on the loading time of your page.
- Does your content still justify the title of your blog? A blog about fishing with the title ‘New ways to plant Cucumbers’ does not work.
- Ask someone you trust to give you their honest opinion. Listen to their opinion. (Important…)
Most of the time you will get some pretty good advice that way. If everything fails there’s always the option to start over again. Dive in the great unknown, so to speak.
I have done so myself three months ago, when I decided to step over from ‘Blogspot’ to WordPress on a hosted site and I think that was the right decision.
So… Now it’s your turn.
Did you ever decide to redesign your blog and what made you do that? Things we should know? Lessons learned? Other experiences? Anything? Share them, if you want. We all might learn something.