Dr. Tanya has posted another in her series of Blogging Insights posts. This time she’s asking us veteran bloggers to share some blogging wisdom with novice bloggers.
What advice would you give someone launching their blog for the first time?
Make it easy for people to search your content by prominently displaying a search functionality on your blog. Also add a contact page, have an About page telling your readers a little about yourself, and pick a theme design that is crisp, clean, not too busy, and easy on the eyes. I prefer dark text on a light background over light text on a dark background, but that’s a personal preference.
What would you tell them to do that you were not able to do?
I’ve been pretty much able to do everything I wanted to do, so I don’t think I have anything of value to add.
What is something that YOU did but you would strongly tell a new blogger NOT to do?
When I first started blogging, back in 2005, my average post was around 800 words, with some being as long as 1,500 words. I quickly learned that most people who read blog posts have a relatively short attention span and don’t have the time or patience to read thousand-word posts. So over the years I’ve tried to be less verbose and more concise, which has led to a much wider audience, more views, more likes, and more comments. My advice to new bloggers is that short and to the point is better than long and convoluted.
If you feel you must write a longer post, I suggest breaking up the text blocks with subheadings and/or images.
Of course, not all bloggers share this shorter posts trump longer posts perspective (and yes, Jim Adams, I’m talking to you 😉), but Dr. Tanya asked me for my insights…and that’s my story and I’m sticking with it!