ColoradoPlays is Changing the Website Up a Bit for the Better

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m finally putting in the time for changing up the website. After losing all the images during the move from Hostgator, I’ve decided to spruce up the site more than just replacing lost imagery.

And this is aside from getting back into streaming on Twitch.

I’ve definitely got my work cut out for me.

Why Am I Changing the Website?

Now, I know I haven’t been the most stellar of gaming creators since ColoradoPlays’ inception. It always seems to be what sits on the back burner when things get busy.

Today, though, I really want to see what this can turn into.

Every time I see how much money the site has donated to Extra Life, it saddens me. That’s because I know this blog could do far better than it has. And I feel like I’m letting down the charities I support.

Finally Replacing What Was Lost

Amazingly, this blog still gets quite a bit of traffic to the blog posts that are missing images. Though, the bounce rate and time-on-page are obviously poor.

We’ve lost a lot over the past year, and not just those images.

Growing an audience, expanding the brand, and time are also things we’re missing. I want ColoradoPlays to try to get some of that back.

Continuing Growth and Improvement

No one wants a stagnant website. As such, we need to focus on growing and improving as time marches on. This means I have to really stick to my schedule throughout the week.

Today, I’m just as excited about working on this blog as I was when I first set it up a few years ago.

The things we have planned have potential. But planning is only part of the process. Plans don’t mean much if you don’t put in the effort to follow through.

How Am I Changing Up the Website?

So, there are a lot of things I need to work on with this website. Some things are simply minor tweaks in CSS and what information is displayed. Others, well, they’re going to require a bit more effort.

But in the end, I think it’ll all work for the better.

Continued Work on Getting Images on Older Posts

One of the most important things for changing the website is getting the images back up. But, since I am retaking the images anyway, I’m also updating the tutorials.

Unfortunately, this means it takes a bit longer to fix because some of the older tutorials have different steps due to software updates.

I don’t mind, really. After all, I want to give visitors the best tutorials I can create. And this always involves revamping the content.

Expanding the Tutorials

We have several OBS and XSplit tutorials up on the site. And some of them are extremely popular. I want to expand those as well as add other streaming software and platforms.

I also want to go deeper into things like using WordPress tutorials for sharing streams, game guides, and streaming strategies for various websites.

I’m also debating on doing video tutorials and uploading those to the YouTube channel. They’ll be a complementary to the blog so you can either watch or read.

Considering New Themes for Changing the Website Appearance

The ColorMag theme has served me well in the past. But, I think it’s time to change the appearance a bit. I’m not really sure which one we’ll pick, but I’m thinking I might spring to buy a premium theme.

I want to make sure the website still has certain aspects, such as the right sidebar because it’s used quite often.

This is something else that might take a bit of time. We’ll explore the possibilities of finding an awesome gaming theme that isn’t overused on the Internet.

Creating a Content Schedule both for Blogs and Videos

This is probably the most difficult for me. I’ve always had an issue with following my set schedules. Usually, it’s because other things come up and I have to postpone tasks and projects.

This time around, I am treating everything like an actual job. Instead of saying, “sure, I can run to Walmart.” It’ll have to be, “I’ll go shopping after work.”

The point is that if I stick to my set schedule, I should be able to get far more content out both on the blog as well as the YouTube channel.

Possible Polls, Contests, and more…

One of the more important aspects of the site for me is engagement. I want people to come back and enjoy the content we create and what we do.

And it helps with driving donations to the charities.

Adding polls, contests, and other social elements is actually relatively easy. Especially since I use WordPress to drive this website. It just takes a few minutes setting up the right plugin and letting it run.

The hard part is coming up with something that will pique the interest of viewers. If you have any suggestions, you can always leave it in the comment section.

After all, you are whom I’m building this website for in the first place.

Adding New Methods to Monetize the Blog

And lastly, I’m looking for new ways to bring in some money from the website. I don’t have a lot of money to donate to various charities if the site doesn’t make anything.

At this moment, it’ll probably focus more on affiliates. But, we’re still thinking about expanding even further and using a print-on-demand service.

For instance, I love how my coffee cup came out from our Streamlabs store.

Something else I’m toying with is setting up to sell ad space on the site directly instead of relying on Adsense.

So, if you use an ad blocker, I would appreciate it if you could white list this website. It would mean a great deal to us as well as the charities we support.

What Kind of Changes Would You Like to See?

Needless to say, there are a ton of changes I want to make to create the best site possible. Yes, success will center around the actual content. But, there’s a lot of things the design and appearance can do for changing the website.

Wish us luck, and here’s to a stellar ending to one of the worst years in recent memory.

If there is anything in particular you’d like us to consider, leave it in the comments down below. You might be responsible for shaping how this website develops.

Michael Brockbank
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Michael Brockbank

Michael developed ColoradoPlays to help various charities through his favorite pastime. Since then, the blog and Twitch channels have donated several hundred dollars to Extra Life, Geeks of Grandeur and Operation Supply Drop to name a few.