I Need Your Opinion on My Attempts to Pretty up My Blog
The Challenge . . .
Today’s Zero to Hero Challenge:Activate a Social Network really got me thinking about making my blog more appealing to new readers. Being a writer, and a writer of long form stories, I have continually struggled with how to make my blog posts visually appealing. I feel visuals are important as viewers decide in a glance if they will commit their time to a blog post. I also feel that lack of visual interest coupled with lengthy paragraphs has stunted my blog growth.
Meeting the Challenge . . .
Zero to Hero has been helping me with addressing this challenge. I have decided to add a music video link to each story that relates to the title. My titles from now on are going to be witty plays on the chosen video. I have been keeping the paragraphs and my stories shorter so they look less overwhelming and time-consuming at first glance. I am also working on including more links in my posts and playing with formatting to break up lengthy text.
My Newest Idea . . .
Today I came up with the idea of adding a pull quote for each story. I went through all my stories and added an image with a quote from each at the very top of the post. Idea one is that this pretty quote will be the first thing my viewers see in their reader, so hopefully it will draw them into the story. Idea two is that I can add the images to my Anecdote Love Pinterest board in an attempt to build readership thru Pinterest (a la today’s Zero to Hero assignment!). Here’s an example and you can check the rest out in Fictional Musings.
I Need Your Opinion!
I would totally love to hear what my readers and fellow Zero to Hero bloggers think about this pull quote idea. Also if you have any suggestions on how to make short stories more visually appealing I would love to hear them!
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!