onecoolsite: tips from a reader

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My Tips for One Cool Site Readers

by Guest blogger Vikas Gupta,

1. Write in small paragraphs and leave spaces of enough girth between the paragraphs; such structuring does not pressurize the the eyes. This is ignored by many good bloggers unfortunately.

2. Choose a theme that is amenable to the above (some themes have very small space between lines/paragraphs). Also, avoid themes with extreme colour contrasts (like white text on black canvas) which is painful for the eyes.

3. Do not overwhelm your posts with smileys or big images that may slow down your site.

4. As far as possible, do not write a post as long as Nile! Brevity is the soul of wit indeed.

5. Keep the language simple and lucid. Also, make sure there are no grammatical errors/typos which may put off the reader.

6. Humour is important:  life or blogs! Remember, ” we don’t succeed at anything unless we have fun doing it.” An undercurrent of humour in your posts will engage your readers more effectively.

7. Visit your readers and other blogs and leave your footprints (sweet comments) on their blogs. A good rule of thumb is that the more the footprints you leave in the cyberspace, the more are the chances of your discovery.You can have your cake and eat it only if you are a celebrity blogger!

8. If your blog has advertisements make sure they are at appropriate locations on the blog so that they do not become eyesores. Or else, sooner or later you’ll get a comment: ‘your blog may be making bucks, but it sucks!’

9. Choose the option to display gravatar or some image (free WP blogs) with the name of commentators;  it looks nice on most blogs. Also your blog’s favicon and your avatar image should be catchy.

10. You don’t always have to do a write-up as a rule. Sometimes, you may only publish some image or quote from some hyperlinked story and invite discussion and comments. Remember, you are not the only great person who is writing and doing all great things; there are others too and their voices need to be strengthened/promoted for the common cause of humanity. Besides, your readers may get bored over time if you are only a text blogger! So, do not fail to surprise your readers sometimes. Words are only ‘one’ of the various wonderful tools of expression available to Homo sapiens.

11. Blogging also has to do a lot with jollification, personal satisfaction, catharsis and the like. So don’t miss the fun by incessantly bothering about traffic, topping the charts and inviting inordinate comments and visitors. Relax, things take time.

Vikas Gupta is a research scholar in his late 20s based in New Delhi, who describes himself as being creative, emotional, health conscious, love films, animation, rhymes etc. Please visit his blog.

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47 thoughts on “onecoolsite: tips from a reader

  1. Great advice! I like number 10 because I tend to think that I have to write a full article, when a picture or quote might create stimulating conversation and be just as interesting.

  2. Very very insightful. Thanks for sharing these tips, I’m barely even halfway in meeting them. :)

  3. Those are great tips, and they follow two more rules — start with the display, and lead with the very best you have.

    * White space is a gift when reading. I couldn’t agree more.

    * Always try to lead out the beginning, right away. Long preambles can kill.

    1. Yeah Roads! Long preambles can kill. Always try to lead in the beginning; some wise person said, “we never get a second chance to make a first good impression!”

  4. All the above are essential spell checking is a must, certainly for me, even when making comments. I never learn it is the same words again and again.

    1. Steve,

      Your heart is in the right place.

      Here are some quotes that echo the concern:

      1. Correct spelling, indeed, is one of the arts that are far more esteemed by schoolma’ams than by practical men, neck-deep in the heat and agony of the world. ~Henry Louis Mencken

      2. Only in grammar can you be more than perfect. ~William Safire

      3. Ignorant people think it is the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain’t so; it is the sickening grammar that they use. ~Mark Twain

      4. In a lighter vein: My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places. ~A.A. Milne

  5. Good tips indeed, I agreed with every single one, and I have to keep reminding myself of this one: “Remember, you are not the only great person who is writing and doing all great things; there are others too and their voices need to be strengthened/promoted for the common cause of humanity.” That is very important, and yet, I seem to fail at it constantly.

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