Happy Monday everyone! Today I wanted to introduce a new occasional feature for any tips and tricks I pick up. Today’s tip is for making your blog look better by using the read more tag.
Why Use The Read More Tag?
You know when you have a really great review and you have so much that you want to say. That’s all awesome, but then you end up with half your front page being taken up by one review. When people come to your blog, they usually want to see a variety of your recent posts to see if they like what you post about, and if they have to scroll through a big long post that just doesn’t interest them, they might miss an earlier post that is just what they were looking for! Most professional blogs only have the first paragraph or two of each post showing on the home page as well, so it makes it seem like your blog is a cut above the rest to look similar to this more professional style.
How do you use the Read More Tag?
The easiest way that I’ve found to put in the read more tag is by going into the html code view of your post and just inserting <!–more–> where ever you want the cut off to be. The link to the full post will be automatically inserted with a “[Read More…]” link, easy as pie :D. Though pie is actually kind of hard to make sometimes…. But anyway, really easy right? For more in-depth information and an explanation of this tag check out this WordPress post on the read more tag. If you use Blogger, you can try this blog post on the Blogger Read More tag instead.
Where to put the read more tag?
Now here is where I would love to hear what you think! For book reviews, I’ve been putting the read more tag after the summary of the book but before the extended opinion. However, with memes like Stacking the Shelves and WWW, it’s less clear where a good place for the read more tag is. So far I’ve ben putting it after the meme header and a short paragraph about the week, but before what I got for the week or what I’ve been reading. However, this leads to pretty short excerpts that don’t have any book covers in them, so they probably don’t grab any attention unless you already know what the meme is and want to link up.
So, do you use the read more tag? Are you planning to start using it now? Do you prefer blogs that use excepts on their home pages like the last week of this blog or blogs that use the full posts so you don’t have to click through?
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