12 November 2011

Advice for New Bloggers - Learning to Blog

Welcome to the blogging world. Every day new bloggers start blogging and today it's you. I just visited your blog and was excited about several things I read. You have some new ideas that will be popular across the genealogy community. Here are a few suggestions for making it easy for the community to access your content and participate in your conversation.

Display: Make sure your blog layout is clean and easy to read and navigate. Backgrounds can be decorative, but should not detract from your primary content, which is print and images. Text is easiest to read when it large and dark on light. Take a cue from e-readers. Their popularity relies on e-ink and the ability to re-size the print for all eyes. 

Communication: After I read that post about...I tried to follow you, but couldn't find any way to do it. My favorite ways to follow currently are through Twitter and Google Reader. If you would put some nice big buttons at the top of your sidebar for following you on Twitter and for subscribing to your blog with an RSS feed, that would make it easier to keep up to date on what you are posting. Some readers will want to receive updates from your blog by email, so while you are at it, add a subscribe by email button.

Conversation: Blog readers want to meet you. Make sure you post a little about yourself. You don't have to submit your dna, just introduce yourself as if you were at a party and meeting someone for the first time. Once I know who you are, I will be much more likely to participate in a conversation with you through your comment sections. 

Learning to Blog is a process. I have only been blogging for a year, my blog is far from perfect and I am still learning. These bloggers have given me invaluable advice:

I encourage you to look at their sites; make note of their designs and layouts and check out the different communication options they offer. Read or watch their tutorials for new bloggers.

A New Blog: My favorite new blog, which perfectly displays all of the aforementioned criteria is Susan's Genealogy Blog. Susan's layout is pleasing to the eye and easy to navigate. It is decorative without being fussy. She offers multiple ways to keep up with her blog and gives us a peek at who she is. Plus her content is king, or queen, A+. 

If you need help making your blog more reader friendly, just let me know. Writing the content for your blog is just half of the fun. Talking with your readers and fellow bloggers is the other half. I want you to have all the fun you can!

I can't wait to meet you!

Happy Saturday!

Scrappy Gen
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