Monday, January 18, 2016

5 (easy) ways to improve your blog posts


Blogging is hard. I totally get that. It's really hard to come up with new and fun blog post ideas, and taking a pictures can be a nightmare (especially if you live in a city and on the 10th floor) But sometimes even just revamping your blog posts to look better can make a world of difference! I compiled a list of 5 tips that I use for every blog post to give it that extra "oomph"

1) Take the edges off of pictures.

You know how in blogger all of the pictures have that drop shadow behind them? It's super annoying, and makes it look less sleek, if ya know what I mean. Just adding a little CSS can take that right away! The thought of editing HTML terrified me, until I learned that there's a super easy way to do it. Go to Blogger, then template, then customize, then advanced, then Add CSS (still caught up?) and add the following HTML into the box:

".post-body img, .post-body .tr-caption-container, .Profile img, .Image img,
.BlogList .item-thumbnail img {
  padding: 0 !important;
  border: none !important;
  background: none !important;
  -moz-box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px transparent !important;
  -webkit-box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px transparent !important;
  box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px transparent !important;
}"

Make sure to take out the quotation marks in the beginning and end, or they'll mess up the HTML code! The cool thing is once you hit apply to blog it will add it to the HTML without you having to find it! Then you can delete it from the CSS box to make way for the next cool HTML thing you want to update.

2) Edit your pictures online.

It can be a huge pain to transfer photos from your computer to your phone, then edit them on your favorite app, then transfer them back. I've fallen in love with all of the different websites online solely dedicated to editing pictures! My two favorites are BeFunky, and Picmonkey. Super easy to use, and has a lot of cool features. But beware of adding too many stickers or overlays because it can draw your readers attention away from the actual content.

3) Add a custom signature to your post.

If you look at the bottom at any of my posts, it says "With love, Taylor" in super cute font. This was the favorite thing I did to my post! I personally prefer to manually add it after every post instead of adding HTML to add it automatically. I actually reached out to the etsy shop who did my background and asked them to custom make it for me, and they did! A lot of times if you just ask they'll offer to do it for something small, like $5! That way everything matches and looks cute.

4) Take a lot of pictures.

I'm not going to go out and tell you to  buy a $700 dollar DSLR camera. In fact, it took me months of saving up to buy my baby. Even if you're just taking pictures on your iPhone, or a point-and-click just make sure you're taking a lot of photos! If you have a lot, it's going to keep readers interested and scrolling through. On the other side though, make sure they're good pictures. There have been a couple of times where I've started reading a blog post and just stopped because the pictures were bad. Make sure they're bright, focued, and just make sure they're fun! I love love love looking at outfit pictures and will scroll through 100 pictures just to see if from every angle.

5) Ask questions at the end of your post!

It gives readers a reason to comment and gives you a chance to start up a conversation! If you respond it gives them a notification and that gives them another chance to visit your blog. Also it creates good blogger/reader relations and can make you friends!

So those are my tips, what are your favorite tips to "jazz up" your blog posts?





10 comments :

  1. These are really great tips. I am so glad you mentioned picmonkey because it is one of my very favorite photo editing sites! It's fantastic.


    Mackenzie | www.mackenziekendall.com

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    1. I love Picmonkey so much, I feel like I'm always learning how to do new cool stuff on there!

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  2. These are such great tips! Thanks for sharing!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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  3. Great tips! I love your personalized signature. I'll have to look into doing something like myself someday.

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    1. Thank you! I reached out to the person who did my template and she did it for only $5! Much easier than trying to do it on my own- I'm horrible at photoshop!

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  4. Ooh, I love Canvas and PicMonkey! Thank you for these tips.

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  5. Great tips! I noticed a huge difference in my post engagement just by asking questions at the end. It's a great way to get my readers involved and start up a conversation.

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  6. Thank you for these tips! I'm not familiar with BeFunky so I'm going to check it out. AND, I'm terrified of html code. So I will take the step. Thank you for sharing the code too! Hope you'll check out my blog at blogbytracy.com Would love your comment or feedback! Tracy

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