Seven Tips to a More Readable Blog

Having joined the blogosphere some months ago I kept coming across these tips on what blog readers are looking for. And in wanting my blog to be someplace readers come back to again and again, I started writing them down. Here is what I learned.

Readers like to scan a post for the most important points  and text formatting using these tips is what makes blogs the most readable.

1— write short paragraphs

2— use white space to your advantage

3— use clear bold sub headers to summarize your points

4— use bullet points instead of sub headers

5— use colors if your blog editor will let you

6— pull a quote for your content

7— use images to illustrate your content.

What formatting do you use to make your blog reader friendly? Recently I needed to use a formating that needed html for the WordPress editor to keep it once it was published and I didn’t know how to do it. I searched the forums and came across a poetry forum where it said if one wanted to keep the spaces made by the space bar you needed to use html and I got completely lost. Does anyone know about this? How to keep the spaces one makes with the space bar? For instance, I would have liked to add spaces before the numbers on this post but the editor wouldn’t let me keep them.

photo credit-flickr/cuba/gallary/common/

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About ClaraBowmanJahn

Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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15 Responses to Seven Tips to a More Readable Blog

  1. nrhatch says:

    I’ve never tried to use the space bar . . . instead I use “indent” which is available in Visual mode editing. I highlight what I want to indent and then hit indent.

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  2. Widdershins says:

    I’d like for WordPress to not add an extra line between my paragraphs unless I want one. Grrrrr

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Yes, I think that’s another way they edit that could be made more helpful. I know there’s a forum about it somewhere. “Writing and formatting Poetry” might have the info. But like I said, it’s hard to follow and understand.
      Thanks for your comment.

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  3. u r so good w this clar. would u b willing and interested to offer any critique on what u see in my own space any time, every time along these lines? i welcome u. thanks for doing this so well. keep on.

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  4. jannatwrites says:

    I have the most trouble with pictures in my posts. I had one recent post where I kept messing with the pictures and finally got the preview to look right. I checked it after it posted and it was not how I set it up. Frustrating!

    Anyway, I agree with the tips you’ve shared on making text readable. Nothing is more overwhelming to me than one giant block-o-text on a page.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Yes, images are challenging. The interviews with Dixiane Hallaj’s book covers were like that for me. They were offset. Nothing I did fixed it so I finally had to leave it alone, off set. (looking stupid)
      There’s a post i want to do with more pictures in it and I already have the willies.
      Thanks for the comment, I always appreciate you stopping by.

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  5. Karen Cioffi says:

    Great tips for an inviting website. Subheadings and white spaces help a lost.

    Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing

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  6. Karen Cioffi says:

    oops that should be help a “lot” not “lost”

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