Have you ever visited a blog and felt like suddenly you were dizzy? Making your blog more readable might not seem like a big deal, but these 5 things are very important for helping your readers to understand what you are trying to say. I find that especially new bloggers tend to get caught up with widgets, sidebar apps, fancy fonts, and the like while more experienced bloggers know exactly what should be on which page and keep the clutter to a minimum.
Clean Body Font
A simple, clear font is always the best choice, but especially when it comes to body text. I remember trying to read a blog once that had a body font that was a heavy, jagged font where all the letters were not aligned upright. I left the blog quickly because I could not read it. Also make sure your font is also appropriately sized for reading and in a dark color.
This is important from a design standpoint. Eyes are always drawn to the lightest part of the page, and if that is somewhere other than the middle, where the text is, the eyes will be drawn away from your new post. Add some color with photos, post titles or backgrounds that aren’t where the text is.
Remove Page Clutter
Figure out where you really want your blog reader to go and cut out unnecessary info. For me, Pinterest is big, so right now my Pinterest page is an app in the sidebar of my blog. When I switch to blog category tabs in the future, or as my Pinterest traffic continues to increase, that may not be necessary anymore. Each blog is unique, so determine what you need and ditch the rest.
Clear Page Navigation
One of my irritations with current design trends are websites that make it difficult to know exactly where you are at on their website. Make it crystal clear and always have a Home button at the top of your page so if people get lost their first instinct isn’t to leave!