#AtoZChallenge 8 Things to Never do on your blog by @batteredhope

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Each of us is entitled to our own opinions and these are mine regarding blogging.  There are certain things we do as bloggers that turn off many readers. Incorporating them into our blogs are small changes that can make a big difference in keeping our followers returning …. or not.  I believe there are some things we should never do to maintain that interest.

#8 — Never make your post one C O N T I N U O U S story.  Your post is NOT a book.  I want you to grab my attention with captions, photos, or anything creative that will keep me interested.   Even occasional bold lettering keeps me on track.

#7  — Never make your blog so busy with as many ‘cool’ things on your side bar as possible.  Putting your awards, badges and advertising there can deter from your actual post. The busier it is, the less people will see the ‘meat’ of your post.

#6 — Never forget to put your name on your blog.  Sometimes, I go to Facebook or Twitter or an About Me page and still not find an actual NAME.  I want to know who is writing the blog.

#5 –Never use tiny fonts.  This will help eliminate anyone past the age of accountability to read it without having to squint.

 #4 — Never center your entire blog post.  This makes it almost impossible to read consistently.  Your eyes are always trying to find where the next line begins and ends.

 #3 — Never use stark white lettering on black background.  This may look great but difficult to read without getting a headache.


#2
 — Never make your paragraphs unending or have run-on sentences.

And the best (or worst) for last ……………..

#1 — Never fail to respond to comments.  Don’t ignore people who actually took the time to read your post and comment on it.  I realize there are people who write for the sake of writing or therapy but blogging is also a form of communication.

Communication only works when you connect. Otherwise you are talking to yourself and we all know how dangerous that can be.  If someone actually takes the time to speak to you in your comment box, then have the decency to respond.  Not doing that is nothing short of rude.

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 Carol Graham, an author, motivational speaker and health coach, teaches and shares the art of becoming a survivor based on her own traumatic life experiences and her motto “Laughter can get you through almost anything.” 

Last year, she published Battered Hope, a fast paced memoir that has all the elements of a good novel – character, conflict, suspense, and resolution. It is a story of hope, perseverance, and faith.

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12 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge 8 Things to Never do on your blog by @batteredhope

  1. I’m so guilty of many of these things. Great points but I also say, never say never. Generally speaking, absolutes usually get me in trouble.

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  2. Great tips and words of advice Carol for bloggers. 🙂 I believe I never do any of these things though not sure about the side badges! 😉 However, once upon a time (at the very beginning) I did write way too long blog posts and at that time, I didn’t know how to respond to my commenters. I replied but not correctly until just recently, a few years later in some cases! 😉 ❤

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  3. Agree with all the Tips you have shared, Carol. Lagging seriously behind on the No. 1 in your list… but that’s because of hectic AtoZ challenge which is accompanied with travel. But yes, I am keeping it on top of my priority list and will respond to the comments on my blog ASAP! 🙂

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  4. Love your tips Carol. I liked #6. I want to know who is writing the post. Is it a young mother, or a retired person, or a student. So you know where is it coming from. I loved your other tips too.. especially about the tiny font, the designer backgrounds, centering of text.

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