You Know What Catches A Newbie's Eye in a Blog? After going to Blog school today at ActiveRain Boot Camp, I learned what I should be doing when writing my blogs. I found out that part of what I have been doing is fair to average. I also found out some secrets of what makes some blogs look better than others. I want to be writing posts that catch a newbie's eye.
Then I started to think...I have read thousands of posts since I launched this new adventure into ActiveRain and some immediately strike me from the very beginning. Others however bore me from the beginning and don't keep my interest so I never finish the read. So with some careful thought and consideration I have put together my own list of what has caused me to stop and read and enjoy.
So here is the list of What Catches a Newbie's Eye when scanning the blogs.
- Make sure the post isn't too long. I speed read and am searching for the meaningful parts. Too much is too taxing.
- Put in lots of paragraphs and white space. I don't like long paragraphs because it is like holding your breath and I don't like that either.
- Add a picture or two if you can but please make sure it relates to what you're saying. Random photos get me easily confused.
- Restate your point. If you start it out with what you are going to tell me, then finish with what you just told me.
- Be sure to put in some bold lettering or underlining or a little color if appropriate. Too much again makes my eyes go crazy so don't overdo it.
- Don't forget to use punctuation and good grammar and correct spelling. This is a pet peeve of mine and shuts down my mind entirely if not done properly. I can't hear a word you are saying because I am so distracted.
- Did I mention keep it short? But remember have your post make a point and be meaningful or interesting.
Did you get it? If you want to get a newbie to read your blogs, then follow this basic list first. Then after you have mastered this basic list, you can graduate to the finer details of blogging.
This will be what catches a newbie's eye.
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