Go F***** Yourself – 9 Tips #tbt #bloggingtip #amblogging #amwriting #blogger

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Edited from original post – July 25, 2016

Do yourself a favor and go FOLLOW yourself.

From the day I started on WP with the Writing 101 course, I was curious to see what my posts would look like to others in the community so I “followed” myself. It was a great learning experience because I immediately saw where I needed adjustments to format, fonts, widgets and other settings and I still tweak elements every so often.

I’m far from being an expert but I thought that I’d share a few tips I have learned .

Here are my 9 tips:

1. Enable “Reblog” for each of your posts, that is, if you don’t mind others giving you credit and wanting to share your awesome work. Using the WP reblog function will automatically let the original blogger/writer know that the post has been shared. I try to remember to “disable” comments redirect the reader to comment directly on the original creator-blogger’s site. As far as I’m concerned, they wrote it so they should have all the credit.

2. Enable “Share” for social media like Twitter, Facebook, etc. if you don’t mind others sharing your posts (similar rationale as #1);

3. Properly enable “Pingbacks to other bloggers so that they know that you mentioned them. It’s happened a few times where I’ll be catching up on my blog reading, see my name mentioned in someone’s post because we exchanged on a topic, etc. and I never said thank you/acknowledged the mention simply because I didn’t know. Being Canadian, I like to be polite…sorry. 🙂

4. Enable “Like” for each of your posts, even in the WP digest email settings. If there’s no “Like” button for your post that the reader can simply “tap” when using the email digest, they may skip it and you’ll never know if they enjoyed your post;

5. If your WP template allows for it, use a slightly LARGER print and darker font for the more “mature” readers. My theme doesn’t seem to have the possibility of a darker font but I’ll be asking the next time I chat with a WP rep;

6. Enable for “Full” text (and not just a Summary) for users reading via the WP daily/weekly digest by email. Additional clicks and links may deter those readers like in #4;

7. Direct your blog to the correct URL. I can’t tell you the number of times I read a comment, click on the blogger’s profile/blog name and I’ll get an error message like “unable to retrieve posts”, “blog no longer exists”, etc. If bloggers can’t easily see what your blog is about, they can’t easily follow you back;

8. “Public” versus “Private”. Unless you really want readers to ask for permission to read your blog, ensure that your blog is listed as “public”; and

9. Avoid lots of colored fonts. When I developed content for an e-learning tool a few years ago, an adaptive technology specialist explained that colored fonts can be problematic for readers suffering from visual impairments such as low vision, color-blindness or difficulty in adapting to changes in brightness. Yes, I also think that color is cute but  I’ve also seen first-hand how frustrating reading can be for those with certain vision issues so I personally try to minimize my use.

Bonus: Shorter posts. In these fast-paced times, readers want quick and easy. Something quick to read while waiting for the bus, a take-out order or at the doctor’s office. I admire Seth Godin‘s posts that are deep, thought-provoking yet short. I’m still trying to work on being “short”.

Calling all writers and bloggers, what tips would YOU like to share?

©2017 Marquessa Matthews. All Rights Reserved.

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92 thoughts on “Go F***** Yourself – 9 Tips #tbt #bloggingtip #amblogging #amwriting #blogger

  1. Great post! I never thought to follow myself, that’s very interesting, I’m going to have to try that. Also, now I’m going make sure my email digest settings are user friendly. Thanks for sharing! 😃

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    • I learned that tip from Opinionatedman but couldn’t figure it out until I downloaded the WordPress Desktop version to my laptop. When I log it, it takes me directly to a “blue” background screen (instead of orange) with left hand menu, then I go to Posts, choose the specific post I reblogged, scroll down the left hand menu (last one at the very bottom) to “More options”, click and disable the comments. If you still can’t figure it out, let me know and I’ll try to send you screenshot (if I can figure that out)! 🙂

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  3. I meant to thank you for the note on color don’t and the visually impaired. The issue of reading–for both the disabled and the merely “maturing”–is a very important one as more and more of us oldsters become more and more proficient with computers ans internet resources. When selecting a blog theme, one should keep in mind not only font size and font color, but also the background of the printed area of the theme. There are some beautiful themes that make reading difficult even for the young when their eyes are fatigued. Color fonts on color backgrounds are especially troublesome. Thank you!

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    • Unfortunately, my theme is not the greatest when it comes to background and its the only free theme that “fits” what I was looking for. There are several relatives that suffer from macular degenerative-type of issues so I feel it is important to keep in mind for them and many others. You are welcome! Thanks for reason Dr.! 🙂

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  4. I have also followed myself since the beginning! At least you know what others are looking at. Another tip you didn’t mention is use some visuals: I find people like looking at photos, drawings etc. Also personally I find a dark background with light font less pleasant to read… Great blog, btw. Pleased to meet you, Marina

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  5. Great! I’ve been on WP for a while, so I could relate with a lot of the tips you brought up. I’m glad I’m doing some of them like following myself (for the same reason you mentioned).

    I have to say though that I recently reduced my font size primarily because it looks less intimidating or less text-heavy that way. Haha. Also guilty of #9 because I tend to emphasize key words using different colors. 😛

    #7 happens to me a lot too, and all along I thought these were just dummy accounts.

    Thanks for these tips Marquessa! 🙂 Really good to know how some of these factors affect our readership! 🙂

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  6. “Scratch, and make it known!” Scratch some blogger’s back, especially those who really paid us a visit (not just tickling from the reader). Leave some track (‘like’, ‘comment’, whatever).

    Note about ‘comment’: In many cases, comments are better than likes for they’re only one click away from our blog (a ‘like’ needs two, through gravatar, which, for many bloggers, are just too much). But comment only on posts we’d like to comment, so that our words would be sincere (believe me, this counts).

    Have fun doing it! (no need to be gloomy if that trick doesn’t work) 🙂 Cheers!

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  7. Spell check, and read yourself after you publish. Some times you think that you are being clear but your message isn’t coming across because of muddled language. Stepping away from a post and coming back to it will give you different “eyes”. And allow you to see the post more objectively.

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  8. Marquessa, I almost didn’t read this article because of your title. I thought it might be a rant, or be full of unpleasant language. Why did you use “Go F***** Yourself” int the title? I might not be the only person who would be offended by that.

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    • The real F-word would have had 3 asterisk, not 5. And blog titles should catch the reader’s attention to the advice out there. Oh well, those who have gotten to know my work and me have come to expect song titles, catch phrases and a little shock. Cheers!

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  10. Great tips! I do most of these already but one thing I can’t do is “reblog.” I was so disappointed when I found this out. I love WordPress but sometimes, it has its funny ways between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

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