Cleaning your Blog House – Get to crackin

September 28, 2014 Discussion 17

As some of you may have experienced yourself when you create a new blog and import your old blog content onto the new platform – there is a lot of cleaning house, blog maintenance and general tedious slave work that must needs be done. *groans*

I’ve been continuing the slow battle with this ever since April. Here are some of the problems I’ve had as well as things I’ve had to tackle and am still currently working on. Do you have any specific extra things you had to deal with? How did you deal with them?

Some of the Done and Yet to Do:

  • Importing old posts (done thank goodness)
  • Old posts I couldn’t import and have to create manually and back date (I still have a short list of these to do from 2011)
  • The formatting of old posts are always different then how I currently do things and sometimes ends up wonky – gotta fix them and my OCD usually demands that I reformat them all pretty to how I do things now.
  • The “box” on my current template looks completely different then my old one and I’ve decided I’m never going to use that darn “box” again – what does that mean? Finding as many of those posts as I can and removing them.
  • DEAD Hyperlinks! – cleaning that stuff up is madness – maybe there’s a plugin?
  • Importing images (done) and fixing dead link images (work in progress), dealing with duplicate image uploads (I’ve deleted most of the duplicate images that were eating up my hosting storage space) But I’m STILL going through each and every post to try and fix the image linking that are still hyperlinked to old dead link images.
  • Having switched to using the fabulous UBB plugin quite some time ago – in order to get all of my reviews into my archives page I have to go back and index each review individually – this like so many others on this list is still a work in progress
  • Updating all of my internal backlinks! Soooo annnoying! I have most almost all of 2013 posts still to go thru.

My Conclusion


Otherwise it’ll be forever and a bum fuck day before I get it all done. And we all know I have little to no motivation and focus right now what with the preggers.

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Tabitha (Pabkins)

When I'm in the zone I can flip book pages faster than the eye can see - screaming "More Input!" I'm a book, yarn, & art supply hoarding goblin who loves to draw, make toys and craft all sorts of creepy cute things. My current habit is to listen to audio books while I'm arting it up!
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17 Responses to “Cleaning your Blog House – Get to crackin”

  1. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    I’ve just completed cleaning up my blog house but I definitely don’t know what to do about broken links, hopefully there is a plugin or no one notices XD

    When I bought the UBB Plugin, I knew I had to reformat all of my past reviews (over 200 of them) so I could have a nice and clean directory. It took me MONTHS to complete this and it’s done! I just leave it and break it down over a chunk of time so it seems less of a big job. Great post Tabitha!
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  2. Kate

    I hear your pain. When we switched from blogger, we were so ready to get everything done in the blog house. Kristen and I did well for a few months then we pretty much gave up. I have been thinking about restarting the project. But it is just so much work. If you find a super quick way to get it done let me know! My OCD has problems with shortcuts.
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  3. Molly Mortensen

    Thankfully I’ve never moved (and I haven’t been doing this long enough to have to really reformat) because this sounds like a pain! You definitely need a house elf! It’s worth it though, all of your hard work = an awesome blog! 🙂
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  4. Lola

    Blog house keeping sucks up time. I recently came across an issue that my websites are using a lot of physical memory and I am deciding to switch to uploading images on another site then my blog, so now I wondering whether to change all the current images. But that’s such a big task, I don’t want to start it.

    I still have some posts that are formatted differently then I now do, but most often i decide just to not change the old posts. Not many people see them anymore and I usually don’t see them myself, so they don’t bother me too much. Although when i do come across an old posts for some reason I do have the urge to change it.

    And dead hyperlinks are really a pain in the ass, I have a plugin that identified them, but there are so mnay of them and it takes so much time to go through them all. And the plugin had an issue and marked every goodreads link as broken, which made it a bit annoying to use. Blog house holding is certainly oen of the less fun parts about book bloggin.
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  5. Kel @ Booked til Tuesday

    House elf? Hmm…is it one of those things that’s just time consuming to fix, or a pain to find in the first place? Or both? Maybe you could set up a scavenger hunt for the blog readers? Find dead links/images in all old posts for entries to a giveaway? 😉
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  6. Nathan (@reviewbarn)

    I wouldn’t worry about it. When I first moved from blogger I tried to reformat old posts; after twenty I burned out. And know what? Never taken a complaint.

    Heck, I am still having trouble finding hte motivation to change my old categories so they fit with my auto-archive of reviews.

  7. Jules

    I’ve thought about moving my blog to a different platform, but I thought of these problems as well. I’m a bit lazy with arranging all of my posts (that’s why most of my old posts are a bit different from my current ones) I commend you for your hard work Tabitha! 😀
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  8. Danya @ Fine Print

    I changed my WordPress theme at least three times before I stuck to one (and then I tweaked it a lot) so re-formatting all of my older posts was a nightmare. And I only had a handful of posts from before 2014! I can’t imagine the headache backing up content all the way back to 2011 would cause. Good luck!
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  9. Anya

    I’m SO HAPPY that I moved my blog when it was still teeny tiny and therefore didn’t even care what happened with the old posts, haha. I think that they are back in the archives (edit: I know they are since I have gone and fixed them here and there) but I just don’t even care what they look like or contain because I find myself rarely looking at older blog content on other sites *shrugs* So I say don’t worry about it! 😀
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