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3 Ways to Help Your Blog or Site Be Mobile-Ready

These days more people are reading articles, news, magazines, and blogs on their mobile devices. Please remember that no matter where your readers are enjoying your work, you want to make it as easy as possible for them. Otherwise, you could be sending them to another Web site. So, when you are writing your blogs or other pieces do you keep mobile in mind? If not, here are a few things to remember.

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Mobile device by: sxc.hu, stock.xchng, Kolobsek, http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1398490

(This article will not discuss the actual Web page development or technical side of page rendering.)

  1. Limit Multiple Pages: If you have a lengthy article and the site on which you are publishing uses the page number or “next” links, try to shorten your article or break it into separate pieces. When viewing numbered or “next” links on a smart phone or tablet they can appear very small. Although readers can increase their screen size, you really do not want to inconvenience them. Making your articles as accessible as possible to your readers increases your chances of them not only staying on your page, but also subscribing or following your future works.
  2. Check Your URLs: Linking outside of your article for pertinent information is common and a helpful way to establish credibility. However, when you are adding URLs for other sites are you double-checking those URLs on a mobile device? Are the pages or sites that you are sending your readers to mobile-ready as well? If not, you might want to reconsider your sources.
  3. Page Load Times: Page load times are not only important when publishing on the Web, but even more so on mobile. “On a mobile phone, a Web page takes a leisurely nine seconds to load, according to Google…”, as stated in a New York Times article. In comparison the article also states, “Download times on personal computers average about six seconds worldwide, and about 3.5 seconds on average in the United States.” With mobile page load times already almost three times the U.S. average, it is important to limit images, scripts, Flash, and other items that can cause page load times to lag.

Finally, as you check your articles, Web pages and Web sites on different browsers; take the time to check them on a smart phone and tablet as well. It could mean the difference between keeping a reader and losing one.

* This article was originally posted on Full of Knowledge, March 2013.

A New Blogger’s Checklist: Does Your Blog Have the Right Parts Under the Hood?

If you are just starting a blog or not getting any visitor interaction, have you taken the time to make sure that your blog has all the right parts under the hood? Take a look at the checklist on Social Media Sun >>

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Writing Every Day Makes a Difference

One of the biggest pieces of advice I have received from other writers has been “write every day”.  Honestly, I thought “yea, sure – I wish I had time”.  So basically I thought first off, I don’t have that kind of time and second, how much of a difference can it really make?  But I can now truthfully now say that it DOES make a difference – at least for me.

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Photo by: sxc.hu, stock.xchng, sqback, http://www.sxc.hu/photo/12607

  • I find myself more in tune with my writing.  I feel like I am more aware of word choices, phrases, and grammar – much quicker.
  • I feel like I am really I am honing my skill.  I look for ways to do things better and make myself a better writer.  I actually find myself wanting to be better.
  • I am submitting articles more often to my favorite sites, which in turn obviously means more exposure and more money.
  • I am enjoying myself more because I’m doing what I love to do!

So, for all of my writer friends I have to say “thank you” and “you were right”!!

Writing every day makes a difference in my writing and in me as a writer.

My Blog Spot Has Finally Launched!

As of today, my official blog spot has finally launched!

First, I began having works published to Yahoo! Voices through the Yahoo! Contributor Network, in May.

Then, I launched my Facebook Fan Page at the beginning of June.

Now, I have an official blog spot!  I could not be more excited about all of these milestones.

WELCOME to my site!