What your blog is missing to go from good to great
Before you all harp on me, this is not a post because I think I’m writing a great blog and I have nowhere to improve.
(Heck, did you visit during July and August? It was a hot mess.)
I’m writing this post because I see way too many blogs out there that are missing just a few little things that would make life so much easier for us readers.
HAVE CONSISTENT BLOG BRANDING
Is it no wonder no one knows I even have a blog!?
My new change has been to rebrand from saverspender to saverspender.
All of you old-timers can continue to call me saverspender if you want, but this makes it so much easier for me to have a consistent name throughout.
My point is this: Pick one name, pick a an avatar that you use throughout, and consistently use that information to present who you are.
HAVE AN ACTUAL LOOK FOR YOUR BLOG
Ways to inject personality are to not take your default WordPress theme and leave it.
Here are some easy ways to do this:
- Put in a custom header so that your page is distinctive.
- Pick a set of colours as your theme.
- Choose an avatar to represent “you” (apparently faces do better even fake ones, and I am not one to talk on this matter because I’m a pair of red heels.)
DON’T CLUTTER UP YOUR BLOG PAGE
Believe it or not, I try my best to keep my blog pages as neat and as clean as possible.
I don’t like too many ads all over the place (I especially hate ads in the middle of when I am reading an article), and I try my best to keep it as discreet and not-as-annoying as possible.
It’s nice to try and give a lot of information to people who are reading your blog, but too much information without an editing eye can be overwhelming for many folks.
HAVE AN ABOUT AND CONTACT PAGE
If I can’t get in touch with you or learn more about you, I lose interest because I am fickle like that.
HAVE SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES
The holy trinity consists of the following:
- Create / “Burn” an RSS Feed for your blog posts (My Feed of Save. Spend. Splurge.)
- Twitter — (My Twitter Handle: @saverspender)
- Facebook — (My Facebook Page)
..and if you have no clue what an RSS Feed, now is the time to learn.
HAVE A ROUGH IDEA OF YOUR BLOG DIRECTION
Again, not really one to speak, because I don’t have a specific theme that is very clear, other than the generic title of “life and money”.
I know that’s not a “theme” like: finances for the modern woman!, but I have no idea what to call my hodge-podge ramblings other than “how not to do the same stupid things the way I do them and learn from my mistakes“, with a huge dose of spending thrown in.
That said, I do have a clear idea of what my blog is about — educating everyone (not just women) on how to take control of their finances, but I also add other things like my personal life in there, talking about minimalism, shopping and so on.
Essentially, I am writing for myself, and thinking: If I were a reader, would I want to read this post?