Hi, Al Bargen Here, The last thing you probably want to read is some post about what or what not to do when writing a blog post. Pretty much like this one you’re reading now. You also probably think that blogs should have no rules because having them would be akin to censoring the blogger. But if you wonder why nobody reads your blog, then it’s time to change that way of thinking.
Sometimes, some blogging rules are good for you. Here are some rules of blogging that are more helpful than restrictive.
1. DO keep your posts short.
Online readers have a very short attention span. Their eyes wander off to other links and before you know it, they’d be clicking away – so far away from your blog. Keep posts at a reasonable length, just enough to hold readers’ interest.
2. DON’T overuse bold, italics, and underlines.
These typestyles can be very distracting to the reader; use them sparingly.
3. DO use photos and images.
All-text blog posts can get boring fast. Graphics can help reduce the amount of text and can be visually appealing.
4. DON’T use fancy fonts that are difficult to read.
Don’t strain your readers’ eyes with fancy fonts that need to be deciphered. That’s just going to drive your readers away. The minimum font size should be 10pt.
5. DO use a conversational tone.
This allows you to interact with your reader in a more personal level. It’s great for engaging readers so they’d keep coming back to the blog.
6. DO proofread your posts.
Even if your posts have an informal and friendly vibe going on, it’s not an excuse to write haphazardly.
7. DO write unique posts that are inspiring, entertaining, and engaging.
This is the only way to guarantee the success and longevity of your blog. If you have any tips that you have found a resounding success with, please share them with our subscriber base, and help your fellow writers.
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