I firmly believe that everyone should create their own path in life, discover their niche and follow their own dreams. It is all too common to conform to society and work the 9-5 life, when so many people are achieving nothing and not doing something they love. Find yourself, and make your own path.
- Write with intent – what do you want your readers to do after reading your post
- Be useful – Successful blogs tend to be useful in some way. Does your post meet a need or solve a problem?
- Do the work – Study blogs that you like to read, learn from them. Connect with your audience. Put it out there. Have no regrets.
- Be patient – The challenge is to not only create the traffic, but keeping it. You have to build your blog slowly and genuinely.
- Craft a story – Recounting what you cooked for dinner will not keep people reading. Recounting how and where you learned the dish might.
- Be timeless – Will somebody still be able to read this down the line in a year?
- Write short sentences – Each sentence should have a simply thought and point. Don’t confuse or over complicate it, people will not read it
- Be generous with other bloggers – We are all friends here! Promote others content, comment on how great you think they are!
- Just do it! – There are no rules to blogging, they only way to find your voice and make your blog golden is to jump in and start posting!
I’ve had a few questions why I don’t have the default search bar on my blog, and I am going to tell you why.
What Happens When People Use Search?
Either, the reader searching your blog will find the specific article or information they are looking for, and be satisfied. Or, they will not find anything, and be dissatisfied.
People either find what they are looking for… or they don’t. If they don’t, they will leave your site feeling disappointed. Unlikely to return.
No wonder Google works at such lengths to deliver high quality search results!
So if you keep this in mind…
Why Do I Exclude A Search Form From My Web Design?
Despite having a high number of subscribers, Jimmy 2 Hats is a relatively new blog. And as much as I would like to, I do not update it everyday.
That means, since I don’t have a huge amount of content, a search form on my site can be detrimental, and actually doing more harm than good.
It’s a numbers game.
The chances of me [or you] having the specific article or subject that the reader is looking for is slim, we just don’t have the library of unlimited high-quality content like good, and like people are used to searching for [in google].
That depends on how many articles you have, and weather somebody would benefit from searching rather than using the categories.
If you do have a large amount of content, a search form is vital for good interaction and usability. Especially if your blog is on a specific subject, where searching can be used to pick out something in great detail.
However, if you only have a limited amount of content (I would say less than about 300 articles), the answer would be no.
You don’t want people to come away from viewing your site feeling dissatisfied! These people will rarely come back!
If You Don’t Use Search, What Can You Do?
There’s actually a far better method to help people find what they want from your site.
And that’s something that I will teach as part of the blogging strategy I am developing. (If you enjoy my articles, you’ll love this).
What do you think about the Search feature? Do you have one? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.
Check out this incredible photo from Bela Borsodi. At first appearance one would believe it to be a mosaic comprised of four different photos. It is actually one single photo that has been ingeniously setup using the straight edge from objects and grouping colours. What a great example of how quickly we make up an assumption about an image, without taking time to analyse it properly.
Here is the same installation of objects from a different angle. Click on it for a larger view.
- Write shorter blog posts.
- Blog regularly and consistently
- Less is More
- Be a resource for information.
- Use trackbacks and follows.
- Link out to other websites that are relative.
- Share content on with friends on Facebook
- Write things people want to link to.
- Ask questions.
- Try and be funny.
- Try and be clever.
- Be remarkable.
- Be different!
- Think about the headline
- Optimize your site for search engines.
- Deliver awesome content.
- Post on someone else’s blog.
- Always write in the second person (“you” not “me”).
- Tell your readers a good story.
- Leave thoughtful comments on other peoples blogs.
GO AND BLOG!
Redwood Forest and National Park is located along the northern coast of California. I’m sure everybody has seen pictures or people standing at the bottom or hugging the huge trunks of the trees there. It is reported to have the ‘world’s tallest tree there’. standing at 379 feet! Wow. We used to climb trees as kids, but I guess this is the grown ups version!