5 Ways I'm "Downsizing" My Blog / by Erin Baynham

downsizing In the beginning of the year, I thought about things that I could do to speed up my website and make it less clunky. I was scared to drop some of these things, but in the end, it's not really that bad that they aren't around. Here's what I ditched.

I Dropped Disqus.

I really liked Disqus, because it was a formal content management system. But my blog was really, really slowing down, so I opted for the Wordpress basic commenting system. In the end, it hasn't really helped me generate or lose more comments then I was getting before.

I Stopped Posting Theme Days

Mondays won't always be for FOTD's and Friday's won't always be for fashion. I want to post what I want, when I want. I tried to stay on a schedule, but some days I was just getting bored. I want to live a little.

Super Simple Sidebar

I have my social media links, some subscription widgets, my blogher ads, and that's basically it. I'll be adding a few more items, because the sidebar really is precious real estate that I could be doing more with. But I really like how clean it is

More Call To Action

In the past, I didn't really want to do the whole "please subscribe" thing on Youtube. But you know what? There's nothing wrong with this. If you want something, ask for it. I've put the "subscribe to Youtube" button  and a Facebook widget on the side, and I have seen my stats go up significantly every since.

I Made the Blog About Me

In the eight years prior, I have constantly fought over making this blog more "lifestyle" oriented. But I thought it would be more exciting to make it a beauty journey and diary, also including pretty much whatever. I've done a few posts here and there. I'm not totally sure that I can keep it up, but we'll see!