[Actually I'm feeling a bit bad about writing this post, because on my own blog (Confident Writing) I've got out of the habit of using it. Which means I've got a mixture of short and long posts on my front page, and more scrolling required than is sensible. Hmm. Maybe writing this post will get me back into good habits.]
There are a few points to bear in mind though when you're using the "post continuation" function to make sure you get the most out of it, and provide your reader with the best possible reader and visitor experience.
1. If your post is very short - under 150 words - it's not worth splitting it. Even if it's split into three paragraphs at this length of post the paragraphs will be short and your reader can scan the whole thing in a minute or so. There's no point asking your readers to click something else just to get the last 50 words. It's liable to bug them.
2. Build anticipation. Think about a good ending to the first screen that will make your readers positively itch to click on to the continuation screen. (Like a cliff hanger at the end of a soap opera.) Claire's a master at this - you'll get some good ideas by browsing through the archive here.
3. Create good quality posts so your readers will be delighted to click that one extra link and read what else you've got to say.
One way to develop and improve your blogging technique is to watch out for what works for you when you're surfing the web and reading other blogs. Here are some prompts that might get you thinking about the way you construct your own posts and make best use of the continuation function.
Do you ever come across posts where you can't be bothered to click on 'continue here' because the first couple of paragraphs are more than enough? Do you ever feel cheated when you do click the 'continue here' and find there's not much more?
Are there other blogs you read where you're itching to see what follows on? What makes them so readable?
Getting into this reader mind-set can make a big difference to the way you blog. It'll help you create a site that's an interesting, easy and enjoyable experience for your readers.
And that's something which is guaranteed to keep them coming back for more.
Episodes to date include:
Intro: Showing off Your Content
Part 1: Should I Have A Welcome Post On My Blog?
Part 2: Use Bold And Bullets To Break Up Your Posts
Part 3: Break Up Your Posts With Quotes
Part 4: One Simple Programme That Can Save You Blogging Time
Part 5: "Continue Reading" With Style
Part 6: How Do I Format Links?
Part 7: How A Footer Helps You Blog for Business
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