Photo Credit nugunslinger’s photos
The first line of your post can be like an anchor pulling a sinking boat to the bottom of a lake.
Have you ever picked up a book, opened it to the first chapter and read the first line?
If it doesn’t grab your interest, you’re less apt to buy it.
Blog posts are the same
If your first line doesn’t capture your readers attention, they are apt to move on to a post that does.
In addition to gaining your readers attention, a second reason emerges for having a captivating title and first line to a post.
If your loyal visitors subscribe to your post in Google’s reader, they see one line listed for your post.
It’s the title, photo credits (if applicable) and the first 20-30 (+/-) words of your post.
I’ll admit, in most cases, if I’m skimming new feeds, that is what determines if I will read a post or not.
The more blogs you subscribe to, the more ways you will find to cut back on your reading time. Unfortunately, this is one method I use.
Are you conscious of your title and the first line of your post?
Do you concentrate on capturing your readers attention within the first few words?
Have you ever looked at your own RSS feed in Google’s reader.
If not, subscribe to your own blog.