10 Tips to Make Blogging Enjoyable. Traps to Avoid.
Sometimes you start to blog, not having blog tips as warnings, you are all excited and you do things to your blog or that involves blogging that ultimately end up being traps that are like quicksand. They drag you down and deplete you of energy as you work to pull yourself out of what has happened.
What you do with your blog is ultimately up to you, because you want your blog to BE you. It represents part of you that you want to put out there.
Today I want to cover 10 things, traps if you will, that will cost you time, cause you weariness, and create misery. Knowing these things ahead of time might be able to save you. As a blogger now, you can maybe head these things off before they get out of hand. Or if you’re neck deep already, perhaps these 10 tips will give you a start on figuring out what has happened to you.#1 Sidebar Craziness or Widget Weary
Whichever you want to call it, those sidebars with all those widgets can have side effects you never thought of.
- So crowded no one can see what’s there.
- So many graphics it slows loading of the blog page down.
- Your page looks like an ad for everything, even though you’re not selling anything. Big turn off.
But does that mean sidebar widgets are bad? Of course not.
- If you’re advertising something, go for it, like authors want to get their books out there. But some advice to authors: Switch up those images and their order. Maybe even change the side of the screen your sidebar is on. Why? It makes return visitors look around for what might have changed.
- The same thing goes for book reviewers or people who have guests on their blogs.
- But if your blog is geared toward images, then widgets won’t make a difference.
Remember, graphics on a blog slow it down loading and slow loading may lead a reader to do one of two things.
- Leave because they clicked you on impulse.
- Leave because they think something is wrong with your page or their browser and then they’re gone.
One thing about your Widgets you may not realize is that many are never even clicked on. I moved my Widgets to my footer areas and I am still working on their order. But my main goal is to make them useful ones. Which ones do I think are most useful?
- Most Recent Posts
- Most Popular Posts
- Follow me
Those are off the top of my head. Why am I not going to look for other Widgets? Because those are the ones I remember, which says a lot to me, and look for on other blogs. For some blogs the only way I can find their posts is by using their Most Recent Posts Widget.