Welcome to another post on my tips to new bloggers in he world of blogging. These are just helpful pointers to building and shaping your blog into how you want it to appear for your readers.
Making your page interesting is key in a world where all we do is scroll and scroll and scroll. I think scrolling is like driving. You can so easily miss key points of interests on your journey – one because your focus is ahead, therefore alot is missed as your focus is not in all the visual information around you, but mainly on what keeps you safe and what informs your direction. The majority of any other information is overlooked. Likewise, great posts can be missed simply because they have merged or blended into all the other posts because nothing has jumped out for the reader or met a specific interest. Therefore your title is the first point of contact for readers who have not built up a relationship with your blog. Therefore, like a news headline think about the titles you give your posts.
Once your post is clicked on, you then want the content to hold a person’s attention. This is not done with endless writing. So make the most of WordPress’ Add Block and add points of interests to your posts.
1. Pull Quote
As you can see you can also change font colours and main colours if you wish.
2. Tiled Gallery
This is great for those who love photography or you have a series of photos you would like to be viewed together. As with Pull Quote, you are given various choices within the tool to decide how you want your chosen pics to to be seen. The pics above have been used in past posts I have written and are in my library.
3. Post Carousel
Once again inside the tool you have options to on how you want the display to look and if you want it to be static and moved manually with the scroll arrows or to move automatically as above.
This is the original tool bar that WordPress had before launching the current block style and Add Block. If you are not a fan of this new layout and prefer the original tool set then you can access it via Add Block. It is under the Text Area and looks like a key board.
By selecting this it allows you to choose which style or layout you prefer.
Well these are my few tips for today.
Happy blogging everyone, until my next post!
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Welcome to another post on my tips to new bloggers in the world of blogging. These are just helpful pointers to building and shaping your blog into how you want it to appear for your readers.
I believe one of the most important things to keep in mind is layout and appearance. Clearly, the WordPress Templates you can choose from make this alot easier for those of us who are not website building experts 😊. But, the content and visuals, still remains in our hands. Readers access blogs via desktops, tablets notebooks and mobiles and in our time constrained world, it’s important to not only capture readers, but to keep them on your page long enough to read your post. These different devices change how you blog appears for the reader. Therefore, its important to think about the quality and images you use, as well as the layout of your writing.
The tool bar in the top left with the white plus sign in the blue box gives a number tool options to use in order to add visual dynamics to your posts.
The above was done by selecting Media & Text in the Media area. Where you can upload or select and image and then add your supportive or descriptive text beside it.
You can also select where you want your image to appear in your post. Either to the left, centre or to the right as I have done hear.
First upload your image. Then click on it and a tool bar will appear above it. Click on the first image icon in that bar. This will give you a drop down list to select from.
When you click on your image again it will also be encircled by a blue line. While that line is visible you can adjust the image by widening or minimize you image to the size you wish. By just sliding your finger away from the image or pushing inward towards the laptop (in my case) in the image above.
The following riddle demonstrates using the ‘verse icon’ from the tool bar ( it looks like a small quill pen) in order to write your poems. The sub-headers were added by using the Header Icon. Both of these icons are found in the Text’ area. Which is the very first category of icons listed.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where's the peck of pickles peppers Peter Piper picked?
As in most things you have explore and try out things in order to see what works best for your until everything becomes familiar. I am still learning and exploring.
Until the next post. Happy blogging😊
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This is a Fortnightly Post on (Monday’s) – These are just tips I have or am picking up. I remember how much of a maze WordPress was for me when I started and I am still learning.
The Blogging World is truly a massive pool filled with a vast amount of information. Yet, I remember when I first started Blogging, just getting to understand WordPress was a huge learning curve for me. There was so much to learn and understand, just to simply customise your page.
During that time seven years ago WordPress provide Blogging 101 and Blogging 201. A community in which you could learn how to customise your blog and add your link in order to get feedback on your theme, layout and changes you made. It was also a great way to build your audience and make connections with other bloggers just like you.
However, times have changed as WordPress has grown, I guess but there are still courses available, but for a small fee. If you are finding everything a little difficult to navigate then maybe this might be an option. Or you can simply search on New bloggers and see what comes up as tips. You will have to look out for when these courses become available as the last one seemed to be around December last year.
In your Dasboard Area in your navigation panel, you will see a section called ‘What’s Hot.’ Where you will see information listed. It is easy to over look these areas, but there you will see the top blogs listed and Word press post amongst other things. Check it out and just explore your dashboard.
Other Ideas to Build Community On Your Blog
- Having Themes or a Series of post. – This could be a subject matter you then breakdown into smaller chunks in order to then discuss in a weekly post. You may even decide to make it into a regular long term feature.
- If you create a series you may want to create create image to go with it, like I have above. I use Canva but there are other graphic design platforms out there to chose from. I used the free option for Canva for years. But recently upgraded to the pro version, as I have three blogs I write for. But if you are selling products and want to the designs, do ensure you look into licensing regulations regarding image use.
- Reviews: You may be a book lover or really into Podcasts. Maybe you love trying out new recipes. Reviews are informative, and they are also a great way to add another dimension to your blog. But as in anything, consistency is essential.