This blogger tips & tricks is in two parts. Part 1 is all about your Feed Reader’s experience and part 2 is about a new WordPress Plugin I’ve found.
Most of us bloggers probably use Google Reader, right? I know I do and I would be completely lost without it. What I really want to talk about today though is being conscious of what your feed looks like to others.
There are a few things that can make your RSS readers experience better and most of you are probably already doing them but here are just a few tips just in case:
- Make sure you have full feed turned on.
It’s so easy to just skip right over shortened posts or snippets in Google Reader. To make ensure that your entire posts are showing do this:
- Don’t use a light colored font in your post.
If you change the color of your text within the post area, chances are that it’s showing up that color in your feed. It probably looks great on your blog but it might be unreadable in rss readers. There’s no super simple alternative to this except…don’t change it. But if you have your entire blog’s text color set to a light color (within your Template designer) then it usually automatically changes it for your feed. This brings me to my most important tip…
- Follow yourself!
You’re never going to know what it looks like unless you see it yourself. So I definitely recommend subscribing to your blog via Google Reader and email. That way you can always see if there’s something amiss.
- Put your subscription links on the sidebar.
Blogger makes this super easy. Just add the Follow by Email and Subscription Links gadgets. That way your reader can easily add you to their favorite readers or inbox.
New WordPress Plugin That I Adore:
Easy Content Template! I love this plugin! If you aren’t using it you should be. It gives you the ability to save ‘Templates’ ie. things you write in lots of posts. In my case I use it for my review info, my WoW credits, my Top Ten Tuesday credits etc. Anyway, you save the text and/or images that you want, you name it, you publish it and then it shows up in a nifty little drop down box and your posts page. All you do after that is select which one you want to use and it will show up in your posts. That means you never, ever have to type the same things over and over!
I hope you found this mildly helpful. You can see more tips and tricks here. If their is anything in particular you would like me to talk about just let me know.