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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?
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