Wednesday, June 30, 2010
From Cluttered to Uncluttered
Yesterday I received the following email:
Your blog is far too cluttered, it's barely readable. Do your readers a favor and ditch some of the superfluous widgets and badges; it will make for a much better experience.
I'm probably never going to be back, and it's because of the overcrowded layout. It's okay though, not everyone can be MckMama.
When I tried to view the senders profile/blog it was a blogger that had 2 followers and 3 posts and apparently just started blogging. I am more then happy to take advice from someone but how could I take blogging advice from someone that just stared blogging?
I know I'm not MckMama...and I don't want to be MckMama!
At first I was shocked...and hurt but then it got me thinking....."is my blog too cluttered?"....I started re-looking at things that I could remove or improve from my blog and did some research.
cluttered. The main goal of most bloggers is to write content - information that others will be attracted to. With that being said - the eye should be able to find that content easily - a cluttered blog distracts readers from what they came to your site for.....does mine do that??
9 out of 10 times the casual reader will not pay attention to any extra element apart from your content.....really?
Make it clean - but appealing....is mine?
Make the design speak for your blog - in other words the design should emphasize what your blogging about - help the reader determine what you're all about in seconds - a well designed header is very helpful in doing this - creating a fun graphic image, a good blog title, and tagline are key....I thought I did that!
Organize your sidebars in a way that is appealing to the eye - put the least important sidebar elements at the bottom - this seems elementary - but a lot of people have junk at the top of their sidebars....check!
Break your Widget Addiction - Widgets are one of the prime offenders when it comes to loading a site with unnecessary clutter. Get rid of every single widget that does not have a solid and related use for your blog or business. If it benefits readers or customers, keep it. If not, then it’s just making more clutter for them – which makes them not want to stay.
The length of your posts - Also another key to maintaining simplicity in your blog is to keep your posts short- if your posts take longer than 5 minutes to read they are too long. The average person stops reading after that point and will most likely not return if you are always writing long posts.....what?? Says who??
Are there any blog tips or secrets you'd like to share? I would love to hear your input- I think it's always nice to learn from others.