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How To Make A Post Attractive

  1. sathyasaimemories
    Member

    http://sathyasaimemories.wordpress.com/

    We have been using HTML styling for dropped caps., and horizontal rules. We are pleased with the results... :)

    The blog I need help with is sathyasaimemories.wordpress.com.

  2. Your blog is very interesting. I don't think your photos and images need the drop shadow or the black/dark border. If you don't want to leave them with a white border than maybe try a nice light grey, which is known as a tone that the eyes can rest on.
    Also use of bold text is nice and the colours pretty, maybe stick to one or two colours for text? Which your already doing I think.

  3. @sathyasaimemories
    I'm going to be my plain speaking Canadian self and respond frankly, so if you are expecting tact or advice wrapped in pretty wrappings do not read on because I don't coddle adults. Where I live coddling adults is considered to be an insult to intelligence.

    I am visually challenged and I dislike the bold lettering you are using in your posts. The impact of the font intensity makes me feel like moving backwards away from your posts and compels my eyes to re-focus unnecessarily. The result of being compelled to re-focus unnecessarily over and over again is eyestrain.

    I find the unnecessary change in font color to red and the inappropriate use of italic lettering to be unnecessary that are off-putting and also compel unwelcome re-focusing.

    Sadly, although I consider subject matter in your blog to be interesting I don't want to follow your blog. It's presented in an amateurish way that reduces readability so much that the challenge of reading your posts would take the joy out of reading them and leave me feeling annoyed and worried about eyestrain.

    I sincerely hope you will be able to accept my feedback as constructive criticism and make some adjustments so you blog is accessible to all.

  4. Henna has said:

    I don't think your photos and images need the drop shadow or the black/dark border. If you don't want to leave them with a white border than maybe try a nice light grey, which is known as a tone that the eyes can rest on.

    As I agree 100% with what she said. More to the point. may I suggest you use the formatting tools for text wrapping around images?

    See here please > http://en.support.wordpress.com/visual-editor/#alignment

    The alignment icons in the WordPress editor are for aligning text; they are not for aligning images. They are used to achieve wrapping text around images on either the right or left hand side, or to display an image that's centered without text on either side of it.

    Align-left means position left, with the rest of the content wrapping around the right side of the image.

    Align-right means position right, with the rest of the content wrapping around the left side of the image.

    Align-center means position center, with no wrap-around (= the rest of the content below the image).

    If the text beside the images does not occupy the same amount of space that the image beside it does then the text wrapping will continue and the images and text that follow will have a staggered appearance.

    To prevent the staggered effect what you do is insert the following snippet of code into the Text (HTML) editor after each image/text pair:
    <div style="clear:both;"></div>

  5. @timethief: ah how I wish more women where I live were as straightforward and honest as you are. I hate trying to wade through the gentleness when I'm trying to get real, honest criticism and feedback. After all, were it not for genuine correction we would never grow, improve and gain wisdom.

    So what tips do you give in general to make a blog post attractive? I'm seeing that you appreciate visually appealing colors, a limit in stark contrast and difficult-to-read lettering. That all makes perfect sense, of course.
    Any other suggestions? Care to be so kind as to take a peek at my blog? Mine is amateurish because I am an amateur. :-) I'm still in the learning phase (and my, the curve is high).
    edenorchards.wordpress.com

    Thanks in advance; in the event you get the chance.

  6. @edenorchards

    I hate trying to wade through the gentleness when I'm trying to get real, honest criticism and feedback. After all, were it not for genuine correction we would never grow, improve and gain wisdom.

    Me too! We are in danger of allowing special snowflakes, who are inclined to launch passive aggressive attacks under the guise of being victims by saying "I'm new and you weren't nice to me", etc. to dumb down the species.

    I've previously been both a horse trainer and to some degree a dog trainer too. I checked out your blog and it rocks! The images are great and you know how to text wrap around them.

    re: font color changes and bold lettering
    This is an information post packed full of relevant advice and detail. The font color changes look amateurish and the bold lettering are causing me to re-focus my eyes unnecessarily.
    http://edenorchards.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/abcs-of-puppy-preparedness/

    Are you clear on the fact that static pages do not automatically update? You can choose to create a custom menu and add dynamic categories pages that automatically update to it.

    (1) There is only one page we can post to in any blog and
    (2) The static pages http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/ we bloggers create do not automatically update.

    Only the dynamic pages like Archives, Categories and Tags created by the software when we publish a post will update automatically update with new posts.

    By default the front page of the blog is the Page that displays all posts in your blog. You can create a static front page but doing that does not change what follows.

    Though there is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts (not pages) http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/ and we cannot post to more than that one page, we can create the appearance that we have posted to more than one page.

    We organize posts by assigning categories to them. You can create a custom menu and add the dynamic categories pages into the custom menu.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#adding-category-pages
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#changing-the-order-creating-sub-menus

    We can also add other items into a custom menu like static Pages http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#adding-pages but as I said above no static Pages will ever automatically update.

    This may be helpful http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2013/07/25/create-a-wordpress-website-step-by-step/

    There are many common errors, misunderstandings and misconceptions when creating custom menus and there are some tweaks you can use to improve your custom menu as well.
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/

  7. @edenorchards

    So what tips do you give in general to make a blog post attractive?

    Though I an an artist when I am writing a blog post my priorities are brevity, clarity, readability and engagement. if you click that link you will find much more to consider when structuring posts.

    Never underestimate the need for white space for resting the eyes and focusing the mind.

    Nothing is more off-putting to readers than to be faced with an uninterrupted block of text. Large blocks of text that contain no formatting and consequently no white space means no rest for the eyes and no time to consider your content.

    Short paragraphs with space between them, ordered lists and bullet pointed lists and quotations can be useful as well. Create emphasis with bold lettering and italics but don’t overdo it. Avoid using colored fonts and differing font styles as they amount to a workout for your readers’ eyes.

  8. So many awesome resources! Already digested half the links, which lead to other links, in an endless ribbon of information. How I love the internet. I'm typical fearful of technology (despite being fairly young) but this past year has seen me discovering that it isn't so scary after all (and full of so many treasures).
    Thank you so much for your help and the resources. Turning an animal behaviorist into a writer is no easy task, but I'll become at least a mediocre one yet ;-) Also the new platform you discuss on your blog has piqued my interest.
    A million thanks for your time and instruction.

  9. @edenorchards

    So many awesome resources! Already digested half the links, which lead to other links, in an endless ribbon of information.

    Thank you so much for the the blog compliment. I have been publishing everything I have learned since I began blogging here in 2006. Here at WordPress.com is where I discovered that I ♥ helping people learn how to blog effectively.

  10. Well you're good at it!! You gave me a lot to think about in a simple, uncomplicated way. I'm enjoying going through my posts with a critical eye, now that I know some things I can definitely correct! And I made the rainbow article much better, I think (maybe you can check). I should have listened to my gut to change it when my 8 year old said it was her favorite. haha.

    http://edenorchards.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/what-to-buy-for-puppy/

  11. @edenorchards
    That's so much better now. I can read it with ease. You have a wealth of images and may want to check out how to make a gallery in a post or a page.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/gallery/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/gallery/#examples-of-gallery-styles

  12. Oops! I'm the same person but I logged in under my other username account.

  13. Also, community members are welcome to request feedback about their sites via the Community Pool on the Daily Post. The current post is:
    http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/community-pool-38/

  14. sathyasaimemories
    Member

    thanks for feedback about the drop shadow. :) We have only just changed the theme thus, had forgotten to adjust the drop shadow on the images.. We really don't need to use them now, due to having a white background.. But it does take time to adjust to a new theme, when one is presenting an Inspirational type posts, rather than straight typing...

    <I'm going to be my plain speaking Canadian self and respond frankly, so if you are expecting tact or advice wrapped in pretty wrappings do not read on because I don't coddle adults. Where I live coddling adults is considered to be an insult to intelligence.

    I am visually challenged and I dislike the bold lettering you are using in your posts. The impact of the font intensity makes me feel like moving backwards away from your posts and compels my eyes to re-focus unnecessarily. The result of being compelled to re-focus unnecessarily over and over again is eyestrain.

    I find the unnecessary change in font color to red and the inappropriate use of italic lettering to be unnecessary that are off-putting and also compel unwelcome re-focusing.

    Sadly, although I consider subject matter in your blog to be interesting I don't want to follow your blog. It's presented in an amateurish way that reduces readability so much that the challenge of reading your posts would take the joy out of reading them and leave me feeling annoyed and worried about eyestrain.>

    "I sincerely hope you will be able to accept my feedback - "

    :)
    phew! - I am not surprised by your comment.

    That you feel you do not want to follow my blog is not a problem for me. All blogs are different eh? - I don't like blogs where the writers rant on from day to day. (A personal choice on my part.) I can change the look where necessary, I cannot change the way I write or the manner in which it is written.

    Sorry you have problems with your eyesight.. Wish you well.

    eve.

    best always, keep the light.

  15. sathyasaimemories
    Member

    Hi, :)

    Might add here, that generation- wise, can be a factor to how we use colour and design. What may appeal to younger people, does not always appeal to older. Likewise, having lived in India for a long time, I quickly became accustomed to the use of colour, which I, suppose I, imported into the blog some time ago. I am now changing the blog to include Western taste.. I live in France, colour here is also important. The houses here are colourfully painted. (bright oranges houses with vivid pink shutter sare the norm. here. together with other such colour schemes. (The French have amazing eye-poping designs all over, even in Paris.) I guess I'm used to colour. I like the use of space, the use of breaking up text.. I find blogs where the writing is continuous and often unbroken, hard to read.. Fine in books, but very hard on the eyes in blogs..

    eve

  16. sathyasaimemories
    Member

    I missed this..

    Nothing is more off-putting to readers than to be faced with an uninterrupted block of text. Large blocks of text that contain no formatting and consequently no white space means no rest for the eyes and no time to consider your content.

    Short paragraphs with space between them, ordered lists and bullet pointed lists and quotations can be useful as well. Create emphasis with bold lettering and italics but don’t overdo it. Avoid using colored fonts and differing font styles as they amount to a workout for your readers’ eyes.

    I so agree.

  17. @sathyasaimemories: I think you have misunderstood timethief. What I understood was not that the general colors in your blog were unpleasant but that some posts had color in the lettering that was unpleasant.
    In just the same way you did not like the orange "News" on my static homepage, the red block-lettering at the top of each paragraph in your second-post down is the color she is referring to, along with those types of colors throughout the older posts.

    The first post with the one non-bold line in lavender, followed by a large lavendar O for "once" is lovely.

    Further down, older posts are very difficult to read because they are in italics and in bold for no discernible reason. The entire post in bold and italics is very difficult to read.

    And she said she likes your content, but the bold lettering and harsh high-contrast colors make it too uncomfortable to read the blog, so it distracts from your work. She is saying that despite wanting to read it she would not because of the unnecessary bold, italics, and red all-capital words.

    At least that is what I got from her post, and that is exactly how I felt when I looked at your site.

    I felt the very first post, the one with the butterflies, was lovely and I liked it a lot. Further down you completely lost me.

    Bold colors are certainly important in many cultures, I believe. I know where I live all reading material apart from serious novels are bright and full of vivid images and beautiful colors. These colors are important and definitely impart a certain emotion.

    The color of your words, specifically, though can alter whether or not a reader can actually read your content without it hurting their face and head.

    I love the Indian inspiration and the colors. But make any color in the text like the lavender text. Not-bold lettering, not all-capital lettering and a soothing color that is not too high-contrast with the background nor too close in color with the background. That particular shade of frenchy-blue lavender is particularly perfect as it is soothing, fits in with your other used colors and is easy to read.

    The red makes me squint.

    Also a lot of people over here say they are "visually impaired" and it can mean anything from the need for corrective lenses or an astigmatism to requiring serious assistance to see. There are so many people that are "visually impaired" that it is a very valuable point to consider those readers. I know I require glasses and wear contact lenses, this makes my eyes and face get tired faster from trying to focus on difficult-to-read pages, most especially on the computer. So soothing is great and hard-to-read is something I've learned to turn my face away from before I have a pounding headache.

    Anyway, lovely Avatar and I like how the stock photo on your theme fits in with your content so perfectly because it is a pretty picture. Happy writing and thank you for your feedback on my site :-)

  18. @edenorchards

    And she said she likes your content, but the bold lettering and harsh high-contrast colors make it too uncomfortable to read the blog, so it distracts from your work. She is saying that despite wanting to read it she would not because of the unnecessary bold, italics, and red all-capital words.

    Note that I am an artist and I'm well versed colors and emotions they give rise to. :) Blog Design: Which colors do you use and why?

    @sathyasaimemories
    I am sorry that you did not understand me. That's sad because I wanted to help you create a blog that appeals to everyone and does not put anyone off because the readability has been compromised by choices you made. The colors you choose will have a direct effect on how the public perceives your company or product but more to the point is the fact that every color change you make forces the viewers eyes to refocus. The same is true of use of italics and bold lettering as well.

    What I said about your blog had nothing to do with the nature of the content in your posts. I like it! What I said has everything to do with how everyone's eyes operate, regardless of their age. Every time we choose to change a font color or size or we choose to use italics or bold lettering each of those changes forces the viewer's eyes to refocus on the text. Every interruption like that is a minor irritation that can add up and may cause potential subscribers to log out.

    A well designed blog can grab a users attention drive traffic to a blog and make your words come alive . Never ever forget that it's the quality of your content in your posts that has the power to turn viewers into followers/subscribers. It's not font colors, italics and bold lettering where they are unexpected that has that power. And, it's not drop caps or small images marooned by centering them that encourages viewers to become followers/subscribers either. The better designed and less cluttered and easier it is to read a blog is the higher the chance is that those who read it may follow/subscribe.

  19. sathyasaimemories
    Member

    This is a rather long conversation! Not sure a few changes on a blog needed long wordy comments to correct the issue of a dropped shadow or colour usage within a blog. No worries though, I am taking the advice of this writer. <

    Your blog is very interesting. I don't think your photos and images need the drop shadow or the black/dark border. If you don't want to leave them with a white border than maybe try a nice light grey, which is known as a tone that the eyes can rest on.
    Also use of bold text is nice and the colours pretty, maybe stick to one or two colours for text? Which your already doing I think. > -

    These few words made perfect sense to me. I have already followed up on her suggestion.. I have also asked several people who read my blog about the lay-out, none of them had any difficulty in reading the blog. Regarding the "colour change" on small pieces of text, they felt it actually added to the overall look of the blog. That you are having so much difficulty with my layout could be down to software.. Perhaps yours is different from mine. Although I have read my blog on a variety of computers, also ipads.. Still, well, thank.. I think this is about it for me..

  20. sathyasaimemories
    Member

    This is a rather long conversation! Not sure a few changes on a blog needed long wordy comments to correct the issue of a dropped shadow or colour usage within a blog. No worries though, I am taking the advice of this writer. <

    Your blog is very interesting. I don't think your photos and images need the drop shadow or the black/dark border. If you don't want to leave them with a white border than maybe try a nice light grey, which is known as a tone that the eyes can rest on.
    Also use of bold text is nice and the colours pretty, maybe stick to one or two colours for text? Which your already doing I think. > -

    These few words made perfect sense to me. I have already followed up on her suggestion.. I have also asked several people who read my blog about the lay-out, none of them had any difficulty in reading the blog. Regarding the "colour change" on small pieces of text, they felt it actually added to the overall look of the blog. That you are having so much difficulty with my layout could be down to software.. Perhaps yours is different from mine. Although I have read my blog on a variety of computers, also ipads.. Still, well, thank.. I think this is about it for me..

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