Tech101 – Easy To Read Blogs

vcdx133 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 thoughts on “Tech101 – Easy To Read Blogs

  1. 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.

    • 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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