I was part of the blogging panel at the London Bloggers Meetup last night. The topic was blogging resolutions. I shared couple of things that I am working on to improve my blogging this year. These are:
First resolution is to get a mobile responsive design. I’ve now integrated responsive design into my own blog. Now my design adapts itself to the screen size of the device you are using to access it. For example viewing from a full size browser you see the full design of the blog, but let’s say you visit from an iPhone my blog becomes a one column blog and all the images automatically resize for your screen size. If you’re here on a desktop/laptop browser go have a look – shrink the browser window size and see how the blog adapts itself.
Why is mobile important you may be asking. Smartphones have overtaken computer sales. In some countries mobile traffic is larger than computer traffic, the trend is that mobile traffic will overtake computer traffic soon. On my blog 23% of visitors are browsing from a mobile device and the trend is just growing.
The second resolution that I shared was to be more visual. Pictures are superior to words. Pinterest and Instagram are huge and they rely solely on images. Same for videos. The world watches 4 billion hours of YouTube videos every month. I am trying to tap more into the multimedia interest and my resolution is to do more visual content. Videos, images, infographics, presentational slides… See for example examples of infographics I have published in last couple of weeks here and here and also a blog post which is basically a 24 slide presentation here.
As last I will encourage everyone who has a “start a blog” resolution to just give it a go. 200 million people will connect to the internet for the first time this year, so you are definitely not too late in trying out that blogging idea you have. There is still an audience there looking for you.
Happy new blogging year!
p.s. Thanks Andy Bargery for inviting me to join the panel.