20 Tips That’ll Make Your Blog Work

Tom Johnson has done his homework and put together 20 usability tips for blog writers from a range of resources. I think he’s hit the nail on the head on almost every point.

  • 1. Pick a topic for your blog. Having a specific focus actually gives you more to write about. Like a novel, your blog takes on direction and purpose.
  • 2. Encourage comments. Allow comments, and respond to comments.
  • 3. Make it easy to subscribe. Make it easy to subscribe to your feed by placing an orange RSS button in a highly visible location. Route your feed through Feedburner so you can keep track of your subscribers.
  • 4. Include an About page.
  • 5. Present your ideas visually. Long blocks of text aren’t read.
  • 6. Keep posts short and to the point.
  • 7. Use subheadings for long posts.
  • 8. Link abundantly. Links increase readership and let others know you’re writing about them.
  • 9. Make headlines descriptive.
  • 10. Archive by topic. Rather than date.
  • 11. Include a list of related posts beneath each post.
  • 12. Allow users to contact you offline.
  • 13. Present your real viewpoint. Be yourself and speak your mind.
  • 14. Write for your future employer. You should know that your future employer, and possibly your current employer, will read it.
  • 15. Include a Top Posts section.
  • 16. Provide an index. Providing an index readers can quickly scan is an excellent way to let users skim your entire post collection.
  • 17. Get your own URL and match it to your blog’s title.
  • 18. Include a Recent Posts section in your sidebar.
  • 19. Reward commenters for commenting. Add the Show Top Commenters plugin.
  • 20. Post often.

Twenty Usability Tips for Your Blog — Condensed from Dozens of Bloggers’ Experiences – [IdRatherBeWriting]

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