First things first, if you are a blogger (new or old) and you have a list of favourite blogs that you go to– De-lurk yourself by leaving a comment on that blog !! That’s how the other blogger is gonna know you exist and can start interacting with you.
I’ve talked about lurkers in the past. A lurker is someone who reads your blog and leaves without a trace of showing they had been there ! I’ve even asked my readers to de-lurk themselves so that I would know who was around. You have absolutely nothing to lose by de-lurking. Think about it like this, you would only be sharing your blogger voice with everyone on that blog comment thread and I’m pretty sure the blog author will be chuffed to know they have a new reader.
So what are your waiting for ? Yes you, right there, I can feel you lurking over my blog – just leave me a comment already !! Pretty please ?
It doesn’t’ matter how great your content is if your overall blog design is not easy on the eye ! In the last few years of blogging, I have given my blog at least 4 design make-overs to make it more appealing to my readers. I have asked for feedback about features that readers may / may not find comfortable and when your readers tell you that something can be fixed – it generally means you need to get yourself in gear and fix it.
There’s a simple rule of thumb I try to go by when selecting a template – it should be minimal and cater to the features you want to showcase. So a light background with dark text (dark – not bright) works wonders and is so easy to read. I’ve seen some blogs with florescent text and it hurts my eyes so much that I just skip to the next blog !
There are thousands of free design templates one can choose from for their blog – it really depends on the theme of your blog. I quite like the magazine / paper layout templates that are out there –particularly the 3 column ones and that’s how I got around to using the template that I have now. You could also choose to invest in a professional blog design service – especially if you have your own custom domain. I’ve been meaning to get around to doing that and hopefully I will in the next few months. That’s when I’m likely to find the perfect custom template just for my blog.
Are you using a custom design for your blog or are you using a template ? Do you change your blog design – if yes, how often ? What made you change the design ?