Last week, I wrote up 5 blogging tips I learned so far, but I’m not the only one who’s been blogging for a while. Lots of you have a tons to share about blogging, too, and the comments left on that post were so awesome that I had to share. So, here are your blogging tips pulled from (and paraphrased from) last week’s post:
Stay true to yourself as a blogger. I only blog about topics that truly interest me rather than what would generate buzz.
Wrestling my posts into other people’s ideas of formatting stresses me out. And from what I can see about my reading habits, it boils down to this: if I like the topics, I’ll follow the blog.
I tried to post once a day and it just created unnecessary pressure on me, so ‘the posting schedule but not really’ rang true for me. And the most common comment I get about my blog is how it looks. It really should make you want to stay a while.
Everyone’s different, bloggers and readers alike. Everyone just has to do what works and feels right for them with schedules.
Light colored fonts on light backgrounds do not work. Yellow is always a difficult color to read unless it is on a dark back ground. Also, I would add: do not select the option to have one post per page; I find it really frustrating reading blogs that have one post per page or blogs that have snippits that require that I click again to read the post in full.
You raised the issue a while back about watermarking and I absolutely agree! I’ll admit I’m getting a bit frustrated with seeing bloggers use images from Pinterest to make their posts interesting or pretty, but simply stating “Pinterest” as the source – especially if clicking on that image doesn’t bring you to the original source. Someone out there took a lot of time and care to make that art of photo and I doubt intended for it to be used on another blog without proper credit.
Your current subscribers, or people who have known you before, might not care about the design and fonts, because they already like the content of your blog. However, for those who are visiting for the first time, I believe it’s important to differentiate yourself from the thousands of blogs out there.
I think I would also add one thing to my list last week, and that would be to not have a ton of posts per page. The reason for that is if you have tons of posts, it will take a while for each one to load, especially if you’ve got a lot of photos in each one or if you have a lot of things on your sidebar. As a reader, it’s a little frustrating waiting minutes for a blog to fully load (but I’m also not the most patient person on the planet and my attention span is excruciatingly small – sad, but true).
What about you – what else would you add? What would be on your blogging tip list?