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Legibility is one of the most important factors for keeping readers on your blog. Here are 10 tips for making your blog easier to read by using good and proper typography. This is the latest installment in my Beautiful Blog blog design series.

 

Making Your Blog Easier to Read

 

What’s typography, you might ask?

Typography usually refers to the way type is arranged or set for print. Since we’re talking blogs here, I’m obviously not referring to printing everything. However, you do want your blog to be read with the same ease and comfort as traditional books. Therefore, I’ve incorporated some basic typography rules here. 

 

The following tips will help you with the simple task of making your blog easier to read.

 

1. The right font

 

In this article I’ll be referring to two types of fonts. One is a simple, traditional font – such as Times New Roman, or Arial. Of course there are many similar fonts – those are included. The second is a “fancy” font. This includes any script or handwritten fonts, fonts that include all capital letters, or any fonts that have “extra” embellishments other than the serifs (the little “lines” that cap the ends of the letters in fonts such as Times New Roman).

While a bold font is great to use in your titles and headings, for paragraphs and most of the reading flow, use a simple font. It does not actually have to be Times or Arial, but it should be something similar.

Making Your Blog Easier to Read

2. Dark text on a light background

 

Writing in light text on a dark background is much more difficult to read and hard on the eyes. Aim for traditional type – dark on light for your body text.

For titles and graphics, light on dark is okay, so long as the text is thick enough that it’s still easy to read.

 

3. Clean background

 

There are two issues to tackle here. One is backgrounds that have any sort of pattern. More common is those that have a transparency so that the background is visible behind it, and behind the text. The second issue is any sort of colored background.

For your body text, you want high contrast. Think a white background and black text. If you want you can make your background off white. Or your text almost black. But make sure the contrast remains strong. And by avoid any texture, pattern or image behind your body text at all costs.

Making Your Blog Easier to Read

4. Limit fonts

 

Having too many fonts can get confusing. Use one font as the title and one as the body text. The title can be a fancy font.

I actually consider my graphics that I create as a separate entity and use two fonts in those separately. This is because (aside from the instructions in a craft project) they are usually seen as standalone items when sharing on social media, and not looked at much as part of the flow of the blog post.

 

5. Limit color variations to headlines

 

While making each sentence, or paragraph, a different color may seem to break up text, it’s also hard on the eye. Limit extra “colors” to headlines and individual sentences you would like to highlight. <— Such as that one. (P.S. it also will help your blog look more sophisticated 😉 😉 )

 

6. Short paragraphs

 

This is one of the biggest mistakes I made in the beginning. Short paragraphs are so much easier to read. I like to write a lot and so many of my paragraphs were 5-10 sentences long. Try  limiting it to 2-3 sentences as much as possible.

 

7. Use headings, subheadings

 

Headings (heading 1, heading 2) are not only good for SEO when you put your keywords in, but they do a great job when it comes to breaking up text and making things easier to read. Use them wisely.

 

8. Keep Pinterest images legible as well

 

These images that you create special for social media shares (and I WILL elaborate later in this series) are often what pull people in to begin with. If the text jumps out because it’s easy to read, it’s more likely people will stop in to visit your blog.

Text is extra important when it’s NOT a craft, or recipe, or anything visual. If it’s something like a parenting article, or anything informative, your text should pop.

While you still want to maintain legibility, since it’s only a few words to be read, the rules aren’t as strict. Ideally, I would have a solid patch when I’m photograping it (the wall behind it, or whatever background I’m using). If you don’t, here are some ways you can make the title stand out on an image:

  • High contrast (if the image is very dark, white text will show well)
  • Very bold title
  • Add a “drop shadow” (be careful not to overdo this)
  • Add an “outer glow” (again, be careful”
  • Add an outline (and again, don’t overdo it)
  • Add a “transparent panel” – or a transparent rectangle that shows the image through but makes it much lighter so text can show through. Please note that this is not an instant fix. It’s not the best way to do it – here’s a better fix:
  • Add a solid shape and put your text inside.

Making Your Blog Easier to Read

9. Keep logo legible as well

 

There’s one blog I’ve come across a few times whose logo, while beautifully designed, is illegible. Since I haven’t bothered to glance much at the blog URL, I don’t know what to search for if I were to want to find it, because I don’t know the actual name…

You want people to have your blog name in the recesses of their brains. So, while it’s okay, and sometimes recommended, to use a “fancy” font, make sure it’s legible.

You can read more on how to design a logo for your blog here. 

 

10. Read your own blog

 

And finally, read your own blog. This will help you “spot check” to ensure that it indeed is easy to read. P.S. It’s also the best way to catch typos….

 

10 Tips for making your blog easier to read by using correct typography. These rules are simple to follow and will keep your readers on your blog longer - and coming back! From my blogging tips series on blog designI hope these tips help you with making your blog easier to read!

In case you missed it, here are some more ways you can make your blog beautiful! More will be coming soon…

 

 

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Homework doer

Monday 5th of November 2018

Thank you very much for sharing such rare and interesting information! For me it is very useful because I am trying to create my own personal blog. I hope that I will succeed, but still I feel that I have a lack of experience in this. I believe that the easier it will be for visitors to read my blog, the more successful it will be. After all, people tend to minimalism, and spend a lot of time reading an article or any information, it's not cool. Information should be accessible and understandable, so that with a small amount of free time a person could find out what he is interested in. Thank you very much for these tips, I'm sure they will help me to make my blog successful!

Brittany

Thursday 22nd of June 2017

Great post on making blog post more readable. I personally like new times roman. I like the plugin tiny mice great tyography options.

Christie

Wednesday 11th of March 2015

Helpful article, thanks! Question: I once read something about margins and having only a certain amount of words per line. Do you know anything about that? Not sure where I originally saw it!

Menucha @ Moms & Crafters

Thursday 12th of March 2015

Generous margins are definitely a must! As far as word count, I'm not sure how many is recommended or the web, but for print, 66 characters is the recommended amount per line. It's definitely important not to have too many.

Patricia

Saturday 28th of February 2015

This is a great post. The tips that you've shared can really up the readability of lots of blogs. I never even considered that the logo should be completely legible.

Sam

Monday 19th of January 2015

Great advice! Definitely helps with readability...for example, your post here was super easy to read and navigate through. Thanks for sharing :)

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