Friday, April 10, 2015

Blogging Tip of the Day: Vol. 13

Today's Tip: Don't overestimate your readers. The first comment I can imagine after saying that is "Well I never, how dare you insult me like that!" but one person's insult is another person's pride. Just because Jeremy Crow, blogger extraordinaire knows how to do just about everything (and with a smile too mind you) doesn't mean John Q. Public comprehends any of it. Good readers will learn as they go, bad readers will quit no matter what you do, but what about all of those readers in between?

Now of course I can't go over absolutely everything, that a reader might not get, especially considering that every blog is different. Do a blog on South American fish breeds and the chances are pretty good that those outside of South America don't really get it, including me. Now it is up to you to draw me in and treat me like an adult while also treating me like a novice. That is up to YOU to figure out how to do that, but I will point you in the direction of something a LOT of bloggers don't think about, but really should, language barriers.

Short but sweet, when I installed a language translator on my blog my traffic quadrupled in under a week. Yes you read that right, under a week. Now of course going from 12 to 48 readers isn't that impressive, but it did start a landslide that my own "biases" had been holding back. Why is this? Well because I had a language translator built into my web browser, I assumed that EVERYONE did, and guess what? There are people out there that are new to this, from other countries, that want to read what you are writing. Give it a try and see what happens, then start tweeking the other things that will make your blog easier to read.

On another note: This is officially the 100th posting for Blogaholics Anonymous. Please feel free to buy yourself a treat today and call it part of the birthday cake!