Is Your Blog A Coloring Book?
Last Update: Jan 22, 2014
You're probably thinking Eddy is on that stuff & of course my blog isn't a coloring book. Duh! Well I wouldn't be so sure of that. I've reviewed quite a few WA member websites and some of you are acting like toddlers at a restaurant, that just got some crayons and a paper menu used to shut them up. LOL
Because you've learned how to use the WYSIWYG editor in wordpress, now you think it's an open invitation to use every color, style and alignment option of that editor. Please stop the madness! Just because all the features are there doesn't mean you need to use them.
Why You Should Be A Content Formatting Racist!
Obviously racist tend to only like their own race or "color" and hate everyone else. You sort of need to take a similar approach with your blog. Stick with one or 3 colors at most. Use black for your content, white for your background and I tend to prefer blue for links because people are already trained to click on them. But usually they can figure out what color your links are if there are only two colors being used.
If you're not being a racist with your colors here's what is going to happen.
1. People will visit your blog and think it's unprofessional.
Check on some of the top websites on the web or your industry. Go do it now, I'll wait... Are they going all crayola in their content? Google is a billion dollar company and they tend to stay pretty subdued with their color and style usage in their actual content. It was done by design. They literally spend millions of dollars researching what we do. Shoot, they even pay you to do the research for them. (Click here to find out how.) So if they are using a white background, black text and blue links, you better believe it's because they make more loot that way! If it's good enough for Google and Wealthy Affiliate it's good enough for me. Yes, notice the wealthy affiliate uses the color conventions I stated for their content? Hmmm makes you wonder doesn't it?
2. It's just bad usability.
It makes it very difficult to read your blog if your justification are all centered, you're highlighting every other word and you're using a whole bunch of different colors. Your audience has the attention span of a roach. If they need to try to decipher how to read your content, guess what? They won't and will leave your coloring book... I mean site. Then they will head to your competitor that has a professionally looking blog that doesn't look like someone throw up on it.
Stop Acting Like Children
You're a grown ass man or woman! Now you need to present that on your blog. Show the restraint that you preach to your kids when it comes to how you use the wordpress editor. Your audience eyes will thank you for it! They may return the favor by sticking around on your site longer and actually taking the action you want!
If you are guilty of what I've written above, I'm officially putting you on a time out until you go and clean up your room aka your blog. Once you do, you're allowed to go out and play. LOL
In any event, what do you guys think? Are some of you guilty of being rainbow bright on your blogs? Do you see why that may be a bad thing now? Chime in below.
Eddy with a Y! LOL