Clean Up Your Categories! Day 9 – 30 Days to Awesomize Your Blog

Clean Up Your Categories! 30 Days to Awesomize Your BlogYou’re just happily writing your latest & greatest blog post, and you decide to add yet another category to your blog for this post. After all, you’re going to be talking about this ALL the time, right? Yes! New category it is!

Noooooooooooooooooo…

Don’t do it. Resist the temptation. Don’t add more categories, at least not yet!

Why? Because otherwise you’ll end up in the quagmire I discovered when I did this step myself. It turns out that over the years, I had added approximately 70+ categories to my blog. Many of those categories had only 1 or 2 posts in them. That meant, if I wanted to create a category list to make things easy for my site’s readers to find? Oh goodness. That list was going to be a LONG one!

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How to Clean Up Your Categories on Your Blog

The first step is probably the most important – you want to check the permalink structure on your blog. If the Category is part of the URL for your individual blog posts? You’re going to want to change the Permalink structure and make sure that you redirect those posts so you don’t lose SEO ranking on them. (I know that possibly just sounded like a bunch of gibberish. Read what Yoast has to say on how to change your WordPress Permalink Structure and permalink structure in The Definitive Guide To Higher Rankings For WordPress Sites.

In other words, if your blog post address is http://ChristineTremoulet.com/category/blogpostname/ … well, you’re going to have to make some changes, because you really want all of those posts to go to http://ChristineTremoulet.com/blogpostname/ before you go moving them around in categories and breaking all the links.

Once I had that part all set up thanks to some redirects, then I could go through and move posts around. In my WordPress dashboard, I went to Posts >> Categories. I looked for every category that has only 1-2 posts listed for it. Clicking on the Posts number on the far right showed me the exact posts assigned to that category.

For each post, I chose the “Quick Edit” option under the post title and selected the larger category that I wanted that post to be assigned. I had mapped out in advance my big main categories, the ones with subjects that I do talk about most often. Then as I assigned new categories to the posts, I knew which category I wanted them in.

Tedious? Yes. I still have far too many categories right now. I’m editing them down though still!

A Future Plan for Your Blog Categories

My new policy is that I keep a list of main, high level categories and all of my posts go within them. Ideally, this list should be under 20. If I discover that I’m writing about a particular topic more than 5-10 times, say for example a 30 day blog post series like this one, I’ll create a category for it then so it could be easy for future readers to find. Adding the category is optional, I could use tags instead within WordPress if I wanted to keep the category list short.

Have you cleaned up your categories yet? Let me know in the comments so I can be sure to visit your website!


Why yes, this blog HAS moved! I’m so glad you noticed. As I started working on the 30 Days to Awesomize Your Blog series, I realized that it was time. Time to be ME, and move all of my work under my name. The site is still a work in progress – after all, I’m still making it Awesome! Don’t worry though – all of your old links will direct here so you can easily find it again!

We Are Moving to a New Website! – 30 Days to Awesomize Your Blog

We Are Moving to A New Website! Business Of AwesomeI talk a lot about being authentically you, branding around yourself and your personality to bring in clients that are a perfect, ideal fit for you, and how your ideal clients will connect with you.

They want to get to know you.

The problem was, the more time I spent writing this series to help you grow your blog, the more I realized that I needed to take my own advice.

I need to step out from behind the Business of Awesome name and be myself. As I always say, #BrandYOU.

Turns out that my quick and easy move, merging this site in to Christine Tremoulet … well, that site is sort of a mess. I knew that going in to it after all, that was what started the series, but I didn’t realize how much time I was going to need to take to clean up my categories over there before I could merge this content in. Whoops!

Over the weekend, I’m going to move this site over there. I’m doing it by hand instead of using WordPress plugins because I want to make sure that everything is mapped over to the right locations. To say it is a bit tedious is an understatement. After 7+ years, there is a lot of content over there!

I’ll be back as soon as I can with the next step in this series though – just consider this a little pause, go enjoy a September weekend day – fall or spring, depending on what part of the world you are in – and I’ll email you as soon as it is all back online! (Be sure to join the email list so you get a notice!)

Then come and check out the pretty new site over there! Coming soon!

Transformations: 1 Year Later

Vivid & Brave and Transformations

Tomorrow, Vivid & Brave turns 1.

Back in July of 2013, Stephanie and I traveled to  Denver, Colorado to act as mentors at a workshop there. For awhile, we’d been talking about so many things – the future, how our transition from photography to coaching would go, what the best path to take would be. And it was on that trip that the seeds for Vivid & Brave were planted. We discussed endlessly, and wrote the outline of the 12 week program in the car, Stephanie at the wheel, me writing, as we drove up to Breckenridge after the workshop for a quick moment in the mountains – for some fresh air.

When you launch a company with someone who lives almost as far away from you as someone can get without leaving the continent, this is how it looks, the story taking place on multiple pins on the map. Our program was sketched out in Colorado, and written on Stephanie’s kitchen table in Calgary a month later. We got tattoos the day after launch day, in Okotoks, a town just south of Calgary, and came together in January in Houston to create a three hour workshop. Since we launched, we’ve been together in 9 cities, two countries. We’ve had the privilege of speaking to dozens of amazing people. We’ve written workshop slides over dinner in Galveston and hung out in the ER in South Carolina. It’s been an adventure.

When we first started, we knew one thing was for sure: we wanted to work with women in transition. Women who were experiencing changes in their lives, and who were searching for who they were, what their purpose was. We ourselves were there, in post transition worlds, on journeys to becoming more fully ourselves. We knew the women we wanted to work with were just like us: creative, deeply introspective, driven, passionate. They wanted to live the life we would find ourselves living – making our dreams come true, shifting and changing to find the best fit for the lives we wanted, denting the universe.

Our first year in business has been so many things: exhilarating, frustrating, inspiring. There were days we were ready to throw in the towel, where we weren’t sure where we were going, and days we were certain we just needed to keep moving forward, keep hustling. We built a vocabulary around our community, a manifesto, we sharpened our focus. Some times we fought. More than a few times we cried. We laughed really, really hard. We logged a whole lot of miles, on the ground, and in the air. We sent more than 22,000 Facebook messages to each other.

And we’ve gotten the honor of watching our clients unfold. Step into themselves. Refind what they thought they had lost. We’ve hugged a lot of people and given out a lot of buttons. We shared as much inspiration and advice and love as we could muster. We got to be part of people’s breakdowns and breakthroughs. We’ve done a lot of happy dances for our clients, who have become our friends. We’ve written more 100 journal prompts to help others open their hearts to their own personal clarity.

I’ve been putting off sharing this blog post. Because I know how it ends. It is with both a heavy heart and an eager one that I have to tell you all what’s next for Vivid & Brave, and for Stephanie and me.

I have made the decision to pursue other projects, and so I will be moving on from Vivid & Brave. You’ll be able to find me here, at ChristineTremoulet.com, from now on, sharing content on the business of photography, blogging, and coaching people to build awesome businesses.

Stephanie will be continuing on with Vivid & Brave, with a brand new, 8 week, one on one version of the coaching program, more half day and full day workshops, and a deeper focus on the heart work of running a creative passion business.

It’s this change that demonstrates what we’ve known about Vivid & Brave since the day we realized it was something we both needed to do, in my Mini Cooper, winding through the Rocky Mountains. That you have to bring your passion and your purpose together into your work. That the best work – the most fulfilling work – is work that fills you with joy. And that it’s okay to give yourself the grace to realize there’s a better fit out there for you. We journeyed together, and now we’re ready to part ways, though we’re guaranteed to continue to log miles, and add pins to the map. We can’t really resist a Mini Cooper road trip. I hope you’ll stick around to see where both of us end up next.

(This post originally written by Stephanie, and of course shared with permission.)

Don’t Forget to Introduce Yourself! Day 8 – 30 Days to Awesomize Your Blog

Don't forget to introduce yourself to your readers! 30 Days to Awesomize Your BlogWhile some people opt for a very minimalist blog layout, streamlined with one column of text and images, most of us have a blog that has a sidebar off on one side.

Take advantage of that real estate on your blog!

It doesn’t have to be long and drawn out – matter of fact, it is best if you link to your about page for all of the in depth details about yourself. Make sure it is at the very top, before anything else. You are more important than the links to your social media accounts or your email list. Here are the things you want to be sure to include:

  • The lovely photograph of you that you took recently, the one that you’ve added to all of your social media accounts as well.
  • Let them know your name, because people connect with people over all else. They want to know who you are!
  • Tell your readers why they are here, in one sentence.
  • Make sure they know where you are located and how to contact you.
  • If you want to include a sentence or two to help them get to know you even better, share your why, your hobbies, the names of your pets, whatever the case may be – this is a great spot for it. Keep it short.
  • At the end you can include links to your social media profiles – just the active ones, please!

We will talk more about the About Me page soon. For now, these quick changes will help people connect with you, which is the whole mission of your blog.

I can already hear some of you saying how you’re boring, and your clients don’t want to know you – you just want to show off your work and be done with it. Or that you’re a terrible writer. Those voices? Well, I don’t agree with any of them.

If I walked in to your storefront and you didn’t even smile at me, and then you used a monotone voice to just tell me what you’re selling and who you’ve sold things to in the past, and then you walked without any interaction with me, do you think I’d have any interest in shopping at your store? HELLLLLLLLLL NO. I’d go down the block to find the next store (because on the internet, there is always a next store) and then they would greet me with a smile and a cup of cool ice tea, while asking me how my day was, sharing a personal story about themselves, maybe one about how they made something and what was the passion that fueled the creation? Oh goodness. I am ALL IN.

That is the power of blogging, my friends. Introduce yourself. Share your stories, the passion that drives you, the reason you’re a creative entrepreneur. You have the power to change the world.


This one is going to be a hard one for me too. I love to write, and even then it takes time. That is ok, we are in it together! 30 Days to Awesomize Your Blog – we got this! Be sure to join the email list if you haven’t already, so I can send you love notes to cheer you on in your Inbox!

Are You Making it Hard for People to Contact You? Day 7 – 30 Days to Awesomize Your Blog

Are you making it hard for people to contact you? 30 Days to Awesomize Your Blog from Business of AwesomeYay! You have people visiting your blog! Mission accomplished! Except … now they can’t figure out where you’re located at or how to contact you. So they leave and go find someone else.

Not exactly your goal, is it?

Look at your blog as if you’re a first time visitor wanting information. If you’re in a business where you work with your clients in person (that would be you, photographers!) make sure they can figure out where you ARE. I know, I know — you want to photograph in cool destinations all over the world so you chose to leave it off of your site. That way, it is like you are everywhere! Except, no. You’re not. You actually live in one location. People want to know that!

I photographed destination weddings in Mexico, Belize, England, and around the USA. All with the fact that I am located in Houston, Texas on my website. Some of my clients lived in Houston and chose to take me with them to their destination. Some lived in other locations and flew me in. It has always been easy to find on my website where I live.

If you are truly just an online based business – you’re designing graphics, you do business coaching, whatever the case may be – it is still a good idea to put your location on your site. It gives people another way to connect with you. Plus they can then try to figure out when your work hours are so they don’t call you at 7am in the morning if they live on the east coast and you’re on the west coast.

So now they have figured out where you live, but how easy is it for them to contact you? Do you have a contact form set up? What about an email address that is visible? Can I find your phone number?

If I was a member of the Oprah staff and wanted to feature your amazing awesomeness on the Oprah channel, could I even get in touch with you? Or would I have to send up rocket flares to hopefully get your attention?

People. Don’t make Oprah send up flares to reach you. Make it easy on her – and on everyone else who might want to work with you. <<Click to Tweet this!>>

Put a “Contact” option in your menu bar, and on that page add all the juicy contact info you can come up with!


30 Days to clean up my act and make my blogs all fresh, and I’m sharing the steps that I’m taking daily here! You can follow along using the #30DAB hashtag on social media, and be sure to sign up for the email list to get updated on the next step! Together, we will Awesomize the internet!

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