Content matters most, but poor page elements hide good content.
1. Overall feel
Is your blog welcoming? Think about the first impression it gives--the colors and images that greet new readers.
Is your background boring or engaging? You don't need to limit yourself to the overused templates available on your blog provider. There are free backgrounds available a number of places. Here's a few I've tried:
Hot Bliggity Blog
Cutest Blog on the Block
Cute and Cool Blogs
2. Your Header--Don't make your header too large. You want readers to see part of your top post without having to scroll down.
3. Automatic music: It's unnecessary, it interferes with your reader's music or their silence, and it becomes repetitious after a few minutes.
4. Pop-ups, ads, blinkies, and other gadgets. Less is more.
5. Layout: Adjust your layout so the posting area is wide enough to read without constant scrolling. Don't choose the double sidebar layout--it makes your blog feel cluttered and it's distracting.
6. Fonts: Small and fancy fonts are harder to read, especially for those over age 50. Make sure to use dark font on light background. Read more about fonts HERE.
7. Getting Around: Is your blog easy to maneuver? Is it easy to find your archives? your bio? your subscription tool?
Take time to consider these elements. Ask friends to check out your site and tell you if it's user-friendly.
If you're blog is part of your ministry as a Christian, don't let your page elements keep readers away.
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