Tech101 – Easy To Read Blogs

My brain is visually oriented and I can tell which bloggers consume information in the same way as me, because I find their posts very easy to read.

I have spent a lot of time in the past year writing blog posts and developing my blog site to make it as efficient as possible in delivering content.  Here is what I have learned during that time with the following techniques:

  •  A very clean look and feel that is pleasing to the eye.  Avoid a rainbow of colours, it just distracts the reader from your material.  I went as far as using my own icons for VCDX, vExpert etc. to keep it simple and uniform.
  • Use the “Insert Read More” tag to separate the main body of the post from the introduction.  It makes it much easier to glance over your homepage.  I hate scrolling forever.
  • Avoid “War & Peace” – Fragment “a sea of words” into paragraphs, use italics, bold text, Headings and bullet points/numbering to break your message into short, sharp statementsBrevity is your friend!
  • “A picture is worth a thousand words” – Use diagrams to summarise the salient points of your article.
  • For instructional posts, use screen-shots in conjunction with your written instructions, the two go hand-in-hand!
  • Keep your posts under 800 words and break long articles into multiple posts.
  • Spell check each article, there is nothing worse than bad English and punctuation errors, it detracts from what could be great content and gives your reader a headache.
  • If you are a non-native English speaker, spend that extra effort in grammar and spell checking.  If you have a native English speaking friend, ask that person to review your posts before publishing.
  • Use Categories to classify posts and use the Menu feature on your homepage to make those Categories easy to access.
  • Provide links that readers can use to jump immediately to 3rd party content that is relevant to the post.
  • Provide the “Search” widget in the Sidebar, so that your readers can find information quickly.
  • Provide the “Archive” widget in the Sidebar, so that your readers can jump to archived content easily.

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2 comments

  1. Randy says:

    under the headline ‘easy to read blogs’ what blogs do you recommend that match most if not all of your bullet points suggested in the blog post? I am always looking for good blogs to read.

    • vcdx133 says:

      Hello Randy, The top vBlogs on the planet are located at vLaunchpad (vsphere-land.com by Eric Siebert) http://vlp.vsphere-land.com. You can download the RSS XML file for your favourite RSS reader or just click and browse to find the sites that fit your needs. Regards, Rene.

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