Thursday, November 1, 2012

15 Minutes to a Better Blog: Make Your Blog Flow


I'm so thrilled to introduce a new contributor to The House That Lars Built. Tori Bowman of That Pair of Crutches, will be contributing a weekly column called, 15 Minutes to a Better Blog, where, well, the title is pretty self-explanatory right? I'm excited to hear her tips because, ahem, I KNOW I'm already breaking so many "rules". Let's hope this helps us all! Thank you Tori, for joining Lars! Take it away...

Hey Lars readers! I am so excited to be here on The House That Lar's Built once a week sharing simple tips to improve your blog and brand. First up... How to make your blog flow better!

When readers are scrolling through your blog, you want to make the process as seamless as possible. They should be able to read through posts without hitting blocks that break their concentration and make them stop. Here are a few tips to create flow on your blog and keep your readers reading:

1. Make images the width of the post. And try to keep images the same height. Using templates will make life SO much easier!

2. Don't center align your text. It breaks up the flow of your blog and can be distracting and hard to read.

3. And try as hard as you can to not make your text colored. Promise me you'll try. 

3. Keep ads the same width and height. If you want to offer more than one size of ad, stick to only two or three specific sizes. 

4. Stick to two (maybe three) fonts. Not sure what fonts will look good on your blog? This might help.

5. Keep it simple! Don't over-do graphics on photos, crazy color schemes, or distracting patterns. 

Excited keep improving your blog and brand? So am I! Check back next week to see more tips and tricks!

by Tori Bowman of That Pair of Crutches

14 comments:

Natalie said...
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Natalie said...

This was really helpful! I noticed I'm doing a few of them already, which is reassuring. So looking forward to the next installment! :)

Caroline @trend-daily said...

Oh wow-this features going to be fantastically helpful for newbies like me-thanks so much guys! And oops- inthink i've done quite a few things wrong already...if anyone has time to check my blog and offer advice, or tell me whatbthey think, I'd be so grateful! Thank you! :-) Caroline

Deepa said...

Great tips! I often find myself struggling with photos shot in a portrait (vs landscape) orientation. I'd like to make them the same width as my blog, but then they're like WHOA BIG. Still figuring out that one...

Rosalie Malham said...

Ah, so good to hear someone say it. Centered text, crazy or coloured fonts, small images, different size images all annoy me when I'm reading blogs. Let's cross our fingers that someone will listen!

Yelle said...

Glad to have this post! I'm a bit of a nazi when it comes to justified texts and photos the width of e text! I absolutely hate centered text, it is so distracting to me!

rachael said...

Thanks for this! Ill definitely keeps these tips in mind, please continue this type of guest post in the future! :)

Judith said...

Great tips! Especially the first one: "Make images the width of the post". Personally I don't use the same height for my pictures as some are better in portrait or landscape. But keeping the same width definitely makes a blog easier on the eye. Thanks Tori!

Simply Marilla said...

This was really helpful and I'm looking forward to more great advise.

Alyssa said...

Hello! Great tips! Do you have any idea how to make all the photos the same width of the post without using a template? And if I do use a template, where can I find one?

The House That Lars Built said...

Thanks for such a positive response guys! I'm pleased to say that Tori will be here every week so you'll get many more tips! I, too, need the help, so we can all get it bit by bit!

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