Okay, I hope this comes as an intervention for some bloggers, but please know that I write this post with love.
I visit a LOT of blogs in the "Blogosphere" to find new designers and "beautiful blogs" to feature. More often than not I find blogs that have fallen prey to many design pitfalls. So, I am going to list a few steps you can take to spiffy up your blog so that more readers stick around.
- Center up the buttons on your sidebars, please. It is so easy to do and it will make your blog look so much better.
- Simply go to the gadget with that HTML code for the button and add < center > to the beginning of it and < / center >to the end of it. (Take out the spaces I added so that this post wouldn't be centered.)
- If you don't like any to be centered, rather left-justified then go into the gadgets with the button that is centered and take out the the < center > and < / center > that was added to the HTML by the creator of the button.
- You don't have to get a fancy or elaborate blog template, just getting a custom header will bring a boring blog to life. See the Mulberry Spot to see what I mean. Or, customize your header font like I did at Hollywood Photography (my long forgotten photography blog).
- To do this simply create a post called "Links" or "Friends" or "Places I Go" or whatever you want to call it. Then copy all the links into that one post.
- After you have the post created, add a list or link list gadget to your sidebar. Title is whatever you decided on for the post title. Then add the URL address of that post to the link.
- An example of this is at my personal blog, Moving Forward. I have a "Categories" list that links to one post or several posts.
- Another step in making your posts easy to read is to add paragraph breaks. If I stop by a blog and they have a post that is one long paragraph, I click right on out. Break up what you are writing about into several small paragraphs.
- If you try to add paragraph breaks but they don't "stick" then go into the HTML code part of your post and add < p > or < br > where you want the breaks. (Take out the spaces I have added.)
Ten Blogging Mistakes by Darcy at My 3 Boybarians
Blog Desgin: Keep it Clutter-Free and User Friendly by Melanie at Blogging Basics 101
Basic Blog Design Principles by Karla at Modern Media Mom
Laughing at myself because the title of this post had a spelling error! How gracious of the commentors not to mention it.