Please, please do me a favor and don’t truncate your feed. I hate nothing more (ok, that’s an overstatement, but…) than if I browse new blog posts in my reader and can’t see the full post. I know, I know, you want me to click over and read the post on your blog (and maybe even leave a comment while I am there), but I am much more likely to click over and comment, when I was initially able to read your post in my reader.
The reason why I like to read blog posts (originally) in my reader (I use Feedly) is that their font, text spacing and layout is very eye-pleasing and make a quick scan very easy. Many of the blogs I read have eye-pleasing designs as well, but if you’re using a handwriting font on your blog (which in large chunks of texts always looks ‘’messy”) or don’t use paragraphs, text justification, appropriate line spacing or other means of balancing your text, it makes the act of reading your posts really hard on your audience. Another point why you shouldn’t truncate your feed.
I love comments as much as the next
person blogger and love it even more if a blog post starts a dialogue with my readers. However, if you do reply to comments in your comment section, it would be really nice if a notification was sent out to the original commentator. I personally can’t keep track of where I left comments (I try to comment a fair amount) and then go back to check if you left a reply underneath. I personally reply to comments through emails.
You don’t have to blog every single day. No, really. It’s ok. Quality > quantity is definitely my motto. Yes, I am sure we’ve all posted the occasional silly, not so highly qualitative (but maybe entertaining?) post, but what I am saying is it’s ok to skip some days here and there. The Internet is not going anywhere and what are you going to blog about anyway if you never leave your house?
Don’t write a blog post apologizing that you haven’t blogged lately. I am sure your regular audience has noticed that you were kind of absent (and in the best case scenario, missed you!), but a) you never ever have to apologize for taking a blogging break and b) just come back with some interesting content instead. This is what people are most likely looking forward to.
Do you have a blogging pet peeve?