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Blog Tip 5 — Titles are Everything

28 October, 2003 7:59 AM

After slaving away on your latest blog post pause before you hit that 'publish' button and consider your title. What does it convey to your potential reader? Titles can be the difference between having your post read or ignored. Of course there are No Rules that will guarantee your post to get noticed, but you might want to consider some of the following.

Simplify — Studies show that blog readers prefer straightforward, short and simple titles to cute or cryptic ones.....

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And keep in mind that while some Bloggers do utilize titles, they are certainly not necessary. The casual browser may find them helpful, but regular readers will read your material regardless and simply pass over titles if they are a regular occurance. Well, they'll read the first few sentences at least (in which case, you'll want to grab your reader early with you scintilating prose).

The Dane » 28 October, 2003 8:43 AM

If you use an rss reader, you will get a different idea of what is important in this regard. If you don't convey something intriguing in the first couple of lines which is used for an excerpt, then it is unlikely that someone reading through an aggregator will click through (or at least I won't).

dan » 28 October, 2003 9:46 AM

Darren, just wanted to say thanks for all your really helpful blogging hints. As a new blogger, I'm learning a lot and appreciate all the trouble you've gone to to post hints, tips and directions.

Michelle » 28 October, 2003 6:08 PM

Hi Darren,
It's been a while since I was here last, and this time it was through following a recent link (no perma-links, sorry) to your post about the Muslim Blogisphere. From there, I hopped through your series of interviews with Bilal as well. Thank you for your perception and wisdom, and for the level of tolerance and good faith you constantly display in your interest to learn more about those of other traditions.

And, while I'm at it, thank you to those of you who frequent Darren's site and display those characteristics as well. It was heart-warming to read through all the comments to those posts. You all made me smile. Thank you.

May you all be blessed with strength, serenity, and peace, and the ability to feel God's presence with clarity.

p.s. Thank you for the blog tips, Darren. I feel I needed some of them, especially tip#2 about lengthy posts. =)

yasmine » 29 October, 2003 7:36 AM

This comment on titles holds true for just about everything.

Email subject lines, short stories, songs, CD titles, band names, company names, etc.

First line under title, yes, don't use a long slow build up, same something shocking, provocative, or controversial, if possible.

I used to judge novels by their first few lines. If there was elaborate description of scenery, clothing, facial appearance, etc. I dropped them in disgusted boredom.

I used to write tons of short stories. The first sentence would shock, then the last sentence of the first paragraph would be in a place that was completely unexpected from what the first sentence said.

People loved my short stories. I threw them all away because I didn't like who I was when I wrote them.

vaspers the grate » 8 June, 2004 8:34 AM

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