How An Upgrade To Your Blog Theme Will Provide…

If you’ve blogged for long enough, you’ve likely experienced difficulty with writers block before.

Admittedly, I found it challenging to stay motivated with blogging in December.

The ideas were available, however, the motivation to write was eluding me.

My interest in investing and saving money overshadowed my interest in blogging.

Candidly, I’ve even pondered the purpose of documenting my journey to financial independence publicly from time to time.

But then I remember that I prefer blogging over jobbing, and it’s important to have a creative outlet.

Nevertheless, a few recent e-mails reminded me that this blog is really starting to take form and find its existence.

But blogging is a long journey that requires resilience, sincere passion, and a specific purpose. Otherwise, most bloggers quit.

If blogging brings value to your life, though, you gotta do whatever the hell it takes to maintain motivation!

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Upgrade your Blog Theme to document your Personal Portfolio

I upgraded the blog theme because I aspired for more of an online portfolio rather than a basic blog.

I also wanted to shift to a more business-like focus with blogging, similarly to my investment strategy.

Ultimately, my long term goal is to work from home as a full-time blogger, so it makes sense to incorporate appropriate business tactics.

Furthermore, it’s incredibly easy to create a professional looking WordPress blog nowadays.

Bloggers and Investors have remarkable tools available to create beautiful online portfolios, so why not start a blog?

When considering what blog theme to choose, it’s important to select a theme that appropriately and elegantly reflects your content.

In the case of RTC, changing the blog theme allowed for the creation of a static home page, which provided the opportunity to explain the blog at first point of contact.

In short, my new blog theme is a powerful tool to document, organize, and display new information pertaining to my personal investment portfolio.

A Refreshing Challenge

Interestingly enough, there are different stages of being a blogger.

Just like any other career, there is a process that needs to be completed before moving on to the next step.

You can’t jump from the front line position to the CEO role, nor can you vault from casual blogger to full-time blogger overnight.

You must experience all the steps in the process to reach an end goal, and the journey usually takes you farther than you expect.


“It’s been a journey, the NBA. It’s taken me a lot farther than I ever expected.” – Larry Bird


With that said, the concept of trying to monetize a blog seemed unfathomable early on in my blogging career.

It felt like selling out.

Admittedly, I would frown upon bloggers that were taking the sales approach, and I despised e-mail subscription pop-ups!

However, slowly but surely, my views have come around.

Simply put, I enjoy blogging enough that I want to spend more time working on it, so I understand the efforts of full-time bloggers.

Essentially, I’ve come to a point in my blogging career where I want to take the next step.

I’m not tryna humble brag or anything, but I’ve earned money from blogging before without seeking it out – I have proof of concept!

Although it’s not the primary reason for blogging, it’s become an enticing challenge to create “calls to action” that will increase income.

It may be wishful thinking, but 3 to 5 more years of hard work on this blog could turn it into a full-time career.

I’m looking forward to continuing to provide more of the same authentic content, but I’m also excited about the refreshing challenge!

Functionality

Of course, the main reason to upgrade your blog theme is to improve functionality.

Specifically, I implemented a static home page to capture the essence of Reverse The Crush upon arrival.

Based on the blog traffic derived from organic search in 2017, I anticipate that the static page will help attract more readers.

To be honest, the previous blog theme was extremely basic for a blog with over 200 posts.

It was sufficient in the beginning, but it become more problematic to display content as additional posts were published.

For example, the previous home page might’ve been confusing to organic search visitors. At least it would’ve required a lot more effort to navigate.

But now, the purpose of RTC is clear from the second visitors click home.

In addition, I divided the blog posts up into categories to make it more simple for returning readers to navigate.

Again, the amount of content published after 2 years of blogging called for better organization.

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Concluding Thoughts

To be fair, I wrote about blog themes as an excuse to write about my new blog theme.

Truthfully, I would’ve kept blogging regardless of whether I upgraded the theme or not.

Nevertheless, an improved website could be the catalyst needed to overcome a blogging rut.

In conclusion, it may be worthwhile to modernize your blog theme if you’re struggling with blogger guilt.

Perhaps it’s the refreshing challenge that’s needed to stay in the blogging game.

Questions for the readers: Have you been motivated by upgrading your blog theme? What do you think of the new theme?

6 COMMENTS
  • Tom @ Dividends Diversify
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    RTC, Having just set up my blog in 2017, I have learned there is much to do around content and promotion. I’m happy with my blogs design for now and will leave it alone to focus on these areas. I like your theme. Very nice. Tom
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    1. graham@reversethecrush.com
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      Hey Tom,

      Thanks for reading and commenting! There is certainly a lot to do regarding content creation and promotion. It’s never ending but fortunately I enjoy having a project to work on. I like you blog design too. The categories are well organized and it’s easy to determine what your blog is about. On the other hand, my blog has more of a general name, so I think it helps to have a static page. Thanks for your feedback on the theme. Have a great week!

  • MrDoublingDollars
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    I’ve had upgrading my sites theme in my crosshairs for a while now. Really need to find a theme I am happy with and get down to it. But I have some lucrative opportunities going on right now and have been pursuing them instead.

    One day though. 😀
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    1. graham@reversethecrush.com
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      Hey Mr. Doubling Dollars,

      Thanks for the comment! I’ll be looking forward to what you have in store for doublingdollars.com.

      And I understand what you mean about finding a theme you’re happy with. Fortunately, I ended up going with the same theme designer again, so it was an easy transition. Otherwise, I definitely understand your interest in pursuing those lucrative opportunities. Get your money, man!

  • Dividend Daze
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    I like the new blog layout. I recently changed mine too. Tons of reasons to update a theme. User experience, theme features, personal preference, etc. I agree I use my blog as more of a creative outlet. I don’t like the idea of being salesy either and I absolutely hate pop up sign in boxes. But monetizing is important to at least cover blog expenses.

    I find myself taking a hybrid approach. I have sign up boxes but not on a pop up. I hate seeing them so I bet others are the same way. I also have affiliate products or services, but try not to spam them around. But they are also there if anyone is actively looking for them. I don’t know, we will see how it goes this upcoming year as our blogs grow. Best of luck and nice theme!

    1. graham@reversethecrush.com
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      Hey Dividend Daze,

      Appreciate the feedback! I remember that you changed yours recently. Hopefully the upgrade has been improving traffic. I like your new theme too. I agree that it’s important to at least cover expenses. And I also had a hybrid approach where I avoided a pop-ups before. I really despised them early on and thought it took away from the experience. It still does. But I guess as time has gone on, I’ve slowly started to see the potential of blogging. Based on income I’ve been fortunate enough to receive, and based on other bloggers, it’s possible to make blogging a career. The only thing I can think of better than being FI from Dividends would be reaching FI sooner, while simultaneously building the Dividend portfolio from blog income. But like you said, we will see this year as our blogs grow. Thanks again for the feedback! Keep it up on your end, Daze!

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