Spring cleaning: thorough cleaning, especially of a residence when winter is over.
The first time I heard spring cleaning term was when I was working back in Indonesia. Every time we were ready to move a company to their new office space, the removals or movers would come to identify each staff’s items, pack them in the labeled boxes, and take them to their new assigned desk.
Normally at the same time it would be a good opportunity for the staffs to throw their old, unused documents and materials away. Usually half of obsolete documents and materials locked safely for years inside the staff’s cupboard would be the first to go, and they are always surprised to see how many junks they have collected over the years. It’s a good omen. New office, new desk, (not-so) new documents, and fresh, tidy filing system.
Well, for a wee while, I haven’t done spring cleaning on my blog. I have been adding and adjusting, but never actually sat down and check each feature, plugin, or function, to make sure they are working properly. I haven’t updated my blogroll either. The list was there, untouched, for more than 6 months. Maybe even a year.
And when is the best time to do a spring cleaning but now? I have just escaped from the horrible wet, dark, and windy winter time in Aberdeen and arrived in sunny and cool Perth. It’s spring time – literally. And I am here in the new country, in the new house, at the new desk. Plus we are fast approaching the new year 2010, and it will be great to feel that my blog is fully taken care of again.
So here I am, cleaning up, tidying up, my blog. I am in the process of updating everything. WordPress and its plugins was easily updated yesterday. Blog’s category and tag systems were tidied up, and hopefully now every post is categorised accordingly. It took me all day to do this as I have hundreds of posts, but for someone as anal as me, it doesn’t really matter. I am also checking on blog directories which I am listed in, to make sure I am still there – some already have sent email, asking me to reconfirm my membership. And of course I am checking on my blogroll too.
I am not surprised to find out several bloggers have vanished without a trace. Some have moved to a new address, but even their new address doesn’t work. Some probably have updated their blog layout and forgotten to link me back, so I have been sending messages to ask them to put me back (if they want to). Some still link me to my old blog address. Some haven’t been listed on my list, even though I have been their reader for a quite some time. I quickly updated my blogroll early this week, and hopefully it’s as complete as it can be now. If you are not on my list and think that you should, please let me know. You could just leave a message here of send me an email to finallywoken.blog[at]gmail.com.
I have also been absent for quite some time from blogwalking. I normally did it once or twice a week, making sure I visited everybody on my list. But I haven’t done it for months now, and I feel really guilty. I have started visiting everybody again since early this week, and I promise I’ll be more discipline on leaving comments on each of your blog!
Wish me luck!