Being stuck in old ideas is not always a bad thing.
Looking close at the title of this post you might start to wonder. Old idea’s? Being stuck in them? A good thing? Well, that’s not precisely what reflects the meaning – or the purpose – of this blog post. People are a weird breed I am telling you…
When we make the decision to do ‘something’ we often make a plan. We come up with a solution for a question we are having. All that’s left to do is make it work.
Easy? Yes. But depending on the complexity of the problem you might want to set yourself some guidelines to achieve what you want to accomplish.
So, you need a plan. But what if you already had a plan, but you are re-thinking the solution you came up with? Then what?
Let’s stick to our favorite subject – blogging – for this one. When you started off your blog you have made some decisions before you even started writing.
- The subject of your blog. What do you want to tell. What is your expertise. What do you want to do with your knowledge, whatever that may be. You could have chosen ‘Hairpieces’ or ‘Gold fish’. You probably chose an other subject.
- The layout of your blog. Magazine layout, fonts you want to use, design, colors, pictures, multi-media you want to use
- The tech stuff you want: Social Media enabled, commenting system, spam protection, statistics, SEO techniques you want to use.
The next pictures
I like to use a left – right – left alternating placement of the pictures I use. Why? By doing that the readers that visit my blog on a regular basis know (expect) a certain ‘flow of reading’. By holding on to the same picture layout they know what to expect.
At the end of a post I usually come to ‘a’ conclusion. Hey, A post has to end too, sometimes, right?
I sign off a post in a specific format. I start with ‘Happy’ and a made-up word, ending with ‘ing, followed by // Jan. Why? Because. Maybe it’s my tag, my way, my weirdness. Who knows…
What are your trademarks, sign off and other quirky habits you use in your blog? Want to share?