Little blogging tips part 3
Suzannah's blogging tip #7: Use real photos.
I love Instagram as much as the next blog reader, really I do, but Instagram collages alone do not a complete blog post make. I looooove seeing your Instagram pics on Twitter, but I really want to see primarily camera photos, no filter, on your blog posts. Preferably original content, when you can, of course! Maybe throw in a few Instagram shots but don't go crazy. =)
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Suzannah's blogging tip #8: Don't overdo it with blog design.
When I first started, I got really excited about free blog templates and color schemes. Then I realized, when I looked at the blogs I really respected and was inspired by, they were mostly focused on content, not gadgets and bells and whistles. It is personal taste, of course, but I realized I preferred a mostly plain layout with a few personalized items like my header and matching buttons. It is pretty much true, though, that a white background is easiest for the eyes, with black or dark text, and that too many images can be confusing. Look around at what you like and do what you can with your blog. I don't have the much design skills I needed to make my headers, etc. but until I was ready to have one made, I made due with one I put together in Picasa!
Suzannah's blogging tip #9: Mix it up with content!
It is part visuals, part content, of course... in addition to the tips above and in these posts, think about quality, varied, largely original content. They say "content is king," meaning, original content is what gets you noticed. But if you can't post original content all the time, you don't have to only post pics of things you've done or made or worn. Combining those posts with others (inspirations, fave links, weekend updates, whatever it is) can make your blog more fun to follow. Always something new and exciting to check out!
So that's what's been on my mind of late. Any other thoughts about tips for new bloggers?