Let’s face it, people can be judgmental. They see something or someone and instantly make an assumption.
Drive a flashy sports car and it implies you have money. Live on the “wrong side of the tracks”, some people think you’re “less than”. Wear wrinkled, dirty clothes and you could be labeled as “low life”.
It’s often written we only have a short amount of time (usually seconds) to make a first impression.
But what about online? On your blog? Does the same apply?
Yes, it does.
I often stare at my blog and ask myself if it reflects my intent, if it reflects “me”, and the message I’m trying to convey.
When I look at my header, it fits my personality. It’s nothing elaborate, not too fancy, not too flashy, actually, rather simple, but professional looking. (I think.)
The body of my blog, shows others what’s important to me.
My content takes center stage. (well it’s not in the center, but you know what I mean)
My left sidebar starts with the most recent New Blog Of The Week. (you all know I love to promote new bloggers). Next, is my answer to Digg’s front page. It lists my highly most commented posts. ( I love comments). Below that are the most recent commenters, complete with the avatar and name. (I want to promote other blog authors, too.) Below that are random posts, and my blogroll.
The right sidebar is mostly for navigation purposes. You’ll find my subscribe buttons, what my blog is about, my most recent posts, categories and the beginning of my book review section.
As you’ll notice, what’s important to me is, or starts, above the fold.
As I visit other blogs, I look and make an assumption of what’s important to them. If everything above the fold is ads, that blogger is (probably) hoping to make money from their blog. If it’s half ads, half content, that says something too, as do photographs.
If you look at your blog through a reader’s eyes, what will your readers first impression be?
Are you are on target with how you want your online presence portrayed?
Or, does it need to be changed?
P.S. Mine has changed many times since I started blogging.
Photo Credit: pedrosimoes7’s photostream