Blog Baby Blog-Tips from a Blog Designer

Hey y'all! This is the last post in my summer blogging series.  I think after this week, I'll be fresh out of knowledge.  Hoping I can store some up for next summer because I really enjoyed doing this!

Did you miss any of the previous posts?  Here you go:


Nothing Earth shattering here, but a few things to think about:
Now close one eye and squint.  Can you still read it?  Nobody loves a cute font or fun color more than this girl, but your blog posts aren't always the best place for them.  I have stopped reading posts before because it was just too hard.  You have fabulous vision, and you already know what's in your posts.  That's not necessarily true for the rest of us.  Some of us may be in denial that we need glasses . . . .

That's why people came to your blog in the first place.  Is your post space cramped and narrow?  If you have a three column layout, make sure your post space isn't getting lost in the crowd.  Be careful about making your blog too wide though.  Not everyone has a wide screen computer monitor.  It gets frustrating to scroll over to finish seeing someone's blog.  Frustrated readers don't stay long.

Long hunks of text make us feel like we're back in college.  Even if you break it up with a funny meme or e-card, break it up visually.  Turns out teachers have the same attention span issues as our students.  Even text visuals like in this post help.  I made mine in Photoshop, but you can do the same thing in PowerPoint.  Here's a super duper example from The Bubbly Blonde Teacher:

On your photos that is.  I started doing this more after a photo of mine got hijacked by a hair tutorial blog.  The owner was using popular pins to redirect traffic to his site.  So lots of people pinned my photo but had no way of knowing where it came from.  Even if your photo doesn't get stolen by someone with evil purposes, not every one knows to link back to the original source.  (We all started somewhere right?)  Click here for a tutorial on how to make your own watermark.

What is most important for your readers to see?  Take a look at your sidebar.  You want the most important items to be in the part of the screen that is seen without scrolling down.  Social media links for sure.  Love clipart or another teacher's blog?  That's great, but it needs to go farther down.  Advertise your blog first and other people's later.  Do a little cleaning up on your labels.  Do you have a bunch of labels that only have one link?  Clean them out.


Alright friends! That's it for the blogging tutorials for awhile.  I know many of you are starting school soon or thinking about getting your rooms fixed up instead of fixing up your blog.  It's been a great summer!


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12 comments

  1. I just started blogging this June and am beyond thrilled that I found your blog and your series on blogging. I have learned so many helpful tips from your blog and feel like I've been able to make some improvements to mine. On my to do list is the Pin it hover button and the watermark. Thanks for all the inspiration.
    Hugs,
    Heather
    A Rill Classroom

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  2. I have really enjoyed your summer blogging series Megan. Thanks for all the great tips. You are so right about the fonts! And making them cute colours just makes it worse.

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  3. I've SO loved your series Megan! Thank you! I can't wait to gift myself a blog makeover from you someday soon :)
    Erin
    Short and Sassy Teacher

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  4. Cleaning up labels is on my to do list. I totally agree with the points you made about fonts and narrow post space. Unfortunately, I have left a few posts because they was too difficult to read. Thank you for this series of posts. I appreciate all of your advice!

    Mary
    Fit to be Fourth

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  5. Another great post. I need to start putting the watermark on my photos. I haven't had that many things I have made get pinned, but the other day I was looking at Pinterest and saw a picutre and I thought, wow that looks almost exactly like the one I did. I saw the same picture over the next week or so several more times. One day I was going back and looking at blog posts to add labels...the picture I thought looked just like mine...was mine! ha
    Kelly
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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  6. I have so enjoyed this series!! I agree with #3, when I see a paragraph on a blog, I usually skip right over it!! And I really need to work on my sidebar and labels!!

    Rachel
    A Tall Drink of Water

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  7. Thanks, Megan!! I've really enjoyed these posts!

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  8. I have loved your summer tutorials! Thanks for all of your support and ideas! I've learned so much from you! I'm so relieved to know that my blog font doesn't need to be fancy! I was thinking I was boring, but now I know better! <3

    Susan
    Passioninportableland

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  9. This series and your tutorials are AMAZING!! Thank you for your insight & knowledge & willingness to share!! I sooo appreciate your blog!

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  10. You did such a great job this summer on this series. I think so many teachers benefited from your expertise!

    -Maria

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  11. Thanks for continuing to share your tips! I have learned pretty much everything about blogging from YOU!
    Would you consider doing a tutorial on how to create multi-colored words (color pattern) like you've done in this post? I know there's got to be an easy way to do this, but I haven't been able to find a tutorial on this!
    Thanks,
    Karli
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

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  12. I completely agree with A Rill Classroom. Thank you for the wonderful tutorials. I have SO much more to learn and hope to see more tutorials coming up! A LoveLi Class

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