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Blog Exercises: Check Your Dates

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.It’s 2013. Time to update your calendars and your blog dates.

Sara Tetreault of Go Gingham asked me to cover updating copyright dates on your blog, so this Blog Exercise is dedicated to that and all the dates that need changing on your site now that we are into a new year.

Most WordPress Themes may include or be edited to include a copyright notice in the footer of every page on the site. I wrote about how to do this on the many years ago and it still works: “Formatting Date and Time in WordPress.”

For those on or self-hosted sites without the expertise or ability to edit your WordPress Theme, you may have added your copyright notice with dates through a footer or sidebar widget. Dig into those to update the dates so they reflect the new year. Then put an appointment with yourself on January 1 of 2014 to change this again.

There are other dates that may need to be changed on your blog.

Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.Referencing an upcoming date in your posts? I published a list of upcoming classes starting in February 2012 when they were supposed to be February 2013. Put a stick post on your computer monitor with 2013 in RED to remind yourself as you blog.

While I’m rethinking this, I have collected our stories of life on the road in by year as the stories are relative to our activities at that time, following a diary or journal format with that section of my site. I have to add a new year to my category list every year.

I also publish my posts way in advance. I have a life, job, husband, things to do, so I want to make my blog work for me, not me work for it. I forgot to change the year when I scheduled my posts for January and several posted to January 2012 instead of January 2013. I do this every year, taking advantage of the time off break during the holidays to play catch up, and repeat the same silly mistake. I just checked and found two more I’d missed. ARGH.

For information on scheduling your posts to publish in the future, see How to Schedule Your Posts in WordPress on Learning from Lorelle Teaches and Working Ahead – Future Posts with WordPress.

Where else do you use dates on your blog? During December and January remind yourself to update your dates everywhere you date yourself.

EXTRA: I thought I’d share a giggle in this blog exercise series. One of my WordPress college classes was on 12/12/12. People around the world were getting married, inducing labor, and celebrating their twelves. It will never happen again.

One of the students, one of the brightest, exclaimed that it would happen next year on 13/13/13.

It took a bit for her to understand why that wouldn’t happen, even in a thousand years, unless we change our whole calendar system. Love it! I envy those who think that far outside the box. It inspires me.

You can find more Blog Exercises on . This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles.

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  1. Roberta Kedzierski
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Thanks for this! One really silly thing on dates that may not even belong here … In a piece that includes an event taking place, I would suggest adding the year. I know that if you have included the day of the week (you did, didn’t you?), then your reader can work out whether it takes place this year, or whether it is an old post, but it is a kindness to just give that extra bit of info!

  2. Jan Smith
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this helpful post. I have often heard about ‘posting ahead’ and scheduling posts but wasn’t sure how to do it and had never taken the time to actually learn and find out for myself. Handy timing indeed!

  3. Posted January 15, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    There is no need to set reminders to do this manually. Instead, copy and paste this simple bit of code where you want the date to appear and it will happen automatically at the turn of each new year:

    Precede that code with this small addition to create the Copyright symbol:


    Now you have more free time each year and never need to worry about changing the date ever again.



  4. Posted January 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Sorry about that, the code was stripped out – seems to be no way to share that with you. Perhaps I’l write a post about it on explaining the process instead.

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