You only need to know a few essential tricks blog at your best. We found this by doing a more general blog hop, one that was outside our usual online environment – the pet world.
Viewing other blogs covering everything from mompreneurs, faith blogs, and ‘how to’ blog posts, we discovered a common thread of things that every blogger should value, regardless of the blog’s subject matter.
Every Blog Should Be….
- Presentable and,
- Have Integrity
Essential Blogging Trick 1 – Readability
Unless your post is on a specific topic or your style is of a specific length, keep paragraphs clear and reasonably short. This makes them easier to read.. Reading online is different to a book – keep it concise and people will read to the end.
- It’s a combination of personal style, post content and readability. Break the rules if it works for you!
Essential Blogging Trick 2 – Be Presentable
Display and format your images properly. Photographs usually only need to be 72dpi for blogs and online documents. But one useful tip we learned was – start big and reduce your image size downwards. You can’t work in reverse because you lose all your image quality and things look rough! It is something we all constantly need to work at.
- Here’s a useful and readable breakdown of things like dpi, and resolution.
Aim to make your text and images work well together. Look at blogs you admire, how do they space and layout text and images? What appeals about their blog to you?
Essential Blogging Trick 3 – Have Integrity
A post written to present or oppose an idea, or a proposal, should have clear arguments, with quoted research and sources to backup your point of view. This will show you care enough to prepare a post well and argue your opinion with confidence and conviction.
Present yourself in a way that invites trust.
We found the blog hop fascinating and frustrating at the same time, but, we learned an huge amount and are looking at our own blog in a new light too!