It had to be done. Out with the old, in with the new. In this case, it was a bit more like spit and polish. I cleaned up Sources of Insight to get rid of some of the things that were bugging me. I consider it an example of sweeping in action.
Here are the outcomes I wanted to achieve:
- A tag line that resonates and inspires
- A simpler and more useful set of categories for my posts
- A simpler and more useful set of tags for my posts
- More emphasis on the vital few areas: mind, body, emotions, career, financial, relationships, and fun
- A better showcase of my Sources of Insight Amazon Shop
- I wanted it easier to browse books, people, and quotes … it’s all part of the “stand on the shoulders of giants” idea
Here are some of the things I did to accomplish that:
- I went back to my old tag line – “Insight and Action for Work and Life” – there’s something sticky about it … as if it would be cool on a t-shirt.
- I chopped my categories list in half, consolidating where I could.
- I chopped my tag cloud in half, getting rid of conflicts and overlap with my categories.
- I cleaned up my people page and my quotes page and simplified the links to them.
It sounds simple enough. However, I found re-tagging and categorizing my few hundred posts to be pretty time-consuming. That said, it was worth it. While there’s room for improvement, I significantly raised the bar and it’s good enough for now. How do I know? Well, I tested against results.
My tests for success were simple: Does browsing “Intellectual Horsepower” show me posts that can improve my mind? Does browsing “Body” show me posts that improve my body? Does browsing “People” for lessons learned provide a simple and clean experience? And so on.
Don’t take my word for it though – take your own test-drive and see what you think:
Browse the key categories:
- Emotional Intelligence
- Intellectual Horsepower
Browse the updated pages:
My ultimate test for success is that somebody can come to Sources of Insight and get skilled for life and feel like they really are standing on the shoulders of giants – drawing from books, people, and quotes for inspiration and insight.
Photo by jingkay2008.