Saturday, November 15, 2014

6 Ways To Turn A Blogger Off

Dear Blogger:

Today I visited your blog.  I didn't stay.  I wanted to, but it was too difficult.  I tried, but I had to leave. I knew you spent a lot of time writing something amazing.  I knew I would enjoy reading your post when you had tweaked my interest with your title. 

Rest assured, Blogger, you are not alone.  There have been numerous blogs I have visited recently that I had to leave. The part I don't understand is there is so much information available, so many short courses and tips for Bloggers and yet.....

Allow me to explain.  I'm NO expert.  In fact, I am relatively new to this world of blogging.  However, I do try to exercise common sense, most of the time.  Some times that is the only exercise I get.

I have done, redone and am still doing... but not yet close to what I want my blog to look like. It is a work in progress.  But we are all in this together, we are all learning together and we should help one another to accomplish that, right?

Please.  I am begging you.  Please make your blog posts easier to read.  I used to think it was just because I am 'older' than a lot of bloggers and possibly my eye sight isn't as good as others.  But it is more than that.  I know where the control and scroll buttons are to enlarge the post and I know how to use them.  Nope, it is more than that.

In case you have not read the tips that are available for blog improvement, please allow me to share some with you.  A few months ago I wrote a post called 7 Deadly Sins To Ensure People Won't Follow Your Blog.  Take a look at it and let me know if you agree. Several people who commented added more sins to that list.  Many of us have been found guilty.  

When I visit a Blog and these sins are blatant it matters not how good the content is or how much I want to stay - I leave.   

Fast Ways To Invite Me To Leave Your Blog

1.  Use tiny fonts and better yet, make them very faint as well.
2.  Bore me with long, drawn out paragraphs and sentences.

3.  Center your entire post.  This makes me squint almost as much as I did in #1.
My eyes have to shoot quickly to find the
next line because it is only a
couple words
long and the big gap causes my eyes to wander and get lost.
4.  To make sure I run fast -- use stark white lettering on black background.  By the third paragraph, I have a headache.

5.  Make your post one C O N T I  N U O U S story similar to reading a chapter in a book.  Your blog is NOT a book.  I want you to grab my attention with captions, photos, or anything creative that will keep me interested.   Even occasional bold lettering keeps me on track.

6. I have tried to wrap my brain around this but am at a total loss.  I have seen many bloggers do this and what is even more mind-blowing is that some seasoned bloggers do it as well.  DO NOT RESPOND TO COMMENTS.  That is like talking with someone and they walk away without answering.  It is plain RUDE.  I will not return.    

You don't have to look far for help in developing a blog that holds your reader's interest.  These are only a few tips.

Very sincerely,

Your fellow Blogger and Wanna Be Friend

P. S.  Use Spell Check -- it ain't rocket science.

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