As many blogs that I follow on a regular basis, I’ve seen my fair share of both good and bad blogs. And because my own blog is so important to me, I want to make it as reader friendly as possible.
Here are my thoughts on making your blog the best it can be!
1. Load Time
Check your loading time. This is a biggie for me! If a blog takes more than a few seconds to load, then I’m moving on. As with most people, we have short attention spans, so I need your blog to load quickly and grab my attention right away. If your blog is taking too long to load, figure out why-it’s usually because the images haven’t been resized accordingly.
I know this should be a no-brainer, but think about it. How long is your post? I know that some posts may be longer at times, but make sure every post is not six pages long. Remember, my attention span is short and I’m first going to quickly scan the post to see if it interests me and if something grabs me, I’ll stop long enough to read it. But one thing that quickly makes me exit the page is if it’s going to take me forever to read! If you have a post that is lengthly, because I’ve had long posts before too, separate the content into paragraphs, make bullets and use the bold and/or italics to give it emphasis.
And one thing that totally bugs me are typos. Proof your post before your publish it. I’ve also walked away from typing and left it for awhile to give my brain time to recoup then finish up the post later with fresh thoughts and eyes.
3. Good Pictures
Include good pictures. Even if your content is great, I’m afraid I’m guilty of judging your blog and your content based on the pictures I see first. I know that’s wrong and stereotypical, but if you’re picture quality is not important to you, I figure your blog content is not important to you, either. Now I’ve been just as guilty of posting poor quality images, but it’s only happened a few times (I hope) and because it’s all I had. There are times when I’d rather not post a picture at all if I don’t have a good one.
4. Have a Home Button
I don’t know why I’m seeing this more and more, but here lately it seems that every blog I’ve come across doesn’t have a Home button to click back to! Why oh why to you torment me like that?! There’s not much more I can say about that~just have a Home button, okay?
Just be yourself. Don’t copy anyone else’s content. Don’t try to fancy schmancy anything up. Don’t write about stuff that’s not important to you. Write about the good. Write about the bad. Write about the ups. Write about the downs. Your blog is about you. People need other people they can relate to…that’s what interests them and draws them in. Isn’t that what draws you to someone else? Don’t you need someone you can relate to and learn from? Others need that from you, too.
And just for fun, here are a few pictures I snapped during a walk we took this weekend.