- Catchy titles that attract my interest in the long list of daily blogging beats.
- Ideas and inspiration for future blog topics.
- The weekly blogging reviews that point me to other sites and articles.
- Practical tips, e.g. on search engine optimization from http://www.luxegen.ca/- I followed this and it worked! Also one on Spring cleaning Your Blog from http://keoughcorner.blogspot.com/) - I got favourable comments on the changes I made.
- Simple, calming screens that are easy easy on the eye. With my eyesight, small print does not get a look in! In my early days of blogging, I had a brief flirtation with the deep rich red background which I felt showed up photographs very well, but I soon tired of the heavy colour and reverted to paler backgrounds. Tonia's at http://www.toniasroots.net/is a good example here with a classic stylish heading that appeals to me.
- Attractive, artistic front page banners - beyond my current technical ability but one of my favourites is Jen's at http://www.climbingmyfamilytree.com/
- I have to admit I have not worked this one out and would welcome thoughts from others. I have been surprised at some of my posts that have generated interest in terms of comments, and also the lack of interest in others e.g. my Stop Press series on old newspaper items that appealed to me. Perhaps some postings are as much for my own pleasure as for a wider audience.
What I would like to do:
- I have never bothered much by studying the Geneabloggers lists of anniversaries and events, as I realise these are very much related to the USA. However I like the idea from Teresa of http://tangledtrees.blogspot.com/ of using them as blog prompts e.g. Bagpipe Appreciation Day. so I must give them more attention to stimulate ideas for blog topics.
- Set up tabs across the top of my blog. e.g. About Myself, Surnames I Follow. I am not very technically minded but realise that other blogspot users do this, so I must puzzle it out.
- I also like the tab on http://www.toniasroots.net/ for "On This Date". It keeps such entries all together rather than posting them every day or month and acts as a reference point on dates.
- I also like the idea from http://geneapoppop.com/ of setting up a tab "Fire Mantle" to feature his awards. I don't particularly like mine down the side of my blog - rather large and obtrusive and I have come close to deleting them,though I was very proud to receive them some time ago. However here is a great compromise idea I must develop for myself.
- Change the "Labels" heading to "Categories" or "Subjects" which I feel are more meaningful terms. I don't know if this can be done, but must look into it.
These are just a few elements I recognise from good blogs.
I am sure there are many more out there to learn from.