1. Is it better to write longer posts or shorter posts about different topics?
Most people might prefer to read shorter posts. For me as a writer, it is difficult to post about ten different things in one day. I personally would rather focus on five topics and give a little bit more in-depth content about each.
During the first part of the class, I did a lot of 800 word posts in order to meet deadlines because I could write more about one topic better than shifting energy to a completely different topic. However, I realized later that I save myself more work and encourage more people to read on if I broke the 800 word blog post into two shorter posts.
Also, if I had written two shorter posts on the same topic, I would only need to write 750 words based on class requirements.
Basically, it is better to write shorter posts than extremely long posts and create a new post if you have more to say.
2. How do I pick good colors for my blog posts?
Throughout the first part of blogging, I tried to stick with having simple colors. I also tried to eyeball colors to make sure they matched or seemed to be in good taste.
However, I recently found a blog link that offers color schemes and color theory ideas that will be helpful for future blogging. There is another link that lists 28 tools for color schemes, including Adobe Colour CC. I had used Adobe Colour CC in graphic design class before.
3. If Google indexes images taken from other sources unfavorably but loves original image creations, what are my options?
While I knew that people could make animations, infographics, and other media sources for their images, I did not know how to at first. I assumed those people had taken extensive classes in these areas.
4. What is a good number of specific topic areas to focus on in a blog?
This semester, I mostly wrote about topics I was passionate about and topics I was addressing in various aspects of my life. However, I realize that all of my topics revolved around wellness in some way.
I focused on about five areas: movement wellness, food wellness, career wellness, musician wellness, and social wellness. I felt that was a good mix of topics that had continuity but would still attract a diverse number of people.
5. How can maintaining a personal blog affect your professional online presence?
This is something I am still exploring. There are topics that I explore here that may not be information I would necessarily share with a future employer. However, I recognize that there are a lot of people that blog about things vastly different from their professional lives.
I have learned that as long as everything you write fits within a certain image you want to convey, you should be able to share content you are passionate about. I also look back and realize some people have definitely taken risks in content marketing that I would not have envisioned…That’s comforting.
6. What is a good index of efficiency when developing a blog?
I sometimes feel frustrated when it takes me over an hour or two to crank out one or two blog posts that are over 500 words each. Then, I realize that I need around the same time to write a good solid academic essay.
In reality, blogging is probably much harder than cranking out an essay because you want to avoid fluff and lose people.
7. If I have more time to write blog posts now than in the future, what is a good measure of what might be relevant content a few weeks, months, etc. from now?
Fortunately for the topics I wrote about, most of the topics were timeless. The only exception was when I was talking about a specific holiday (i.e. Easter). However, if I was blogging about something like clothing or finance, I probably need to consult with others about whether a topic would be relevant when I publish it.
8. How many times should I hit the enter tab to split paragraphs?
My rule of thumb is if I feel that certain ideas are running together when I read, then I should hit the “enter” key. This means about every two sentences.
I noticed recently that I write long sentences. I will keep working on using the ends of long sentences to reformat them into new sentences.