It’s easy to make typical blogging mistakes that can be frustrating and annoying to your readers, especially if they have to read your blog from their office. If you alienate your office readers by not making your blog office friendly, you may miss out on the support of an important demographic.
Luckily, however, it’s also easy to make your blog office friendly. Here’s a list of seven things that will help you to ensure that your blog remains safe for work and acceptable for the majority of office conditions.
1. Provide Content that is Safe for Work
This excludes things such as erotic photos of beautiful women, silly videos of cats, and anything that might appear too frivolous, fun, or distracting for a work environment. Although most of these tips are related to the design of your site, if your site contains offensive, useless, or inappropriate content, it will never be office-friendly no matter how well it is designed.
2. Use an Office-Friendly Adapter if Content is Inappropriate
If the above tip is impossible for you to adhere to without altering the very essence of your blog, provide your visitors with an easy way to remove the inappropriateness from your blog and safely view it in their office. There are a few sites available that can instantaneously perform this conversion, but one of the best of these is www.workfriendly.net. This site offers a service that will convert any website into what looks like a perfectly business-like Microsoft Word document, while still preserving the text content.
3. Ban Pop-Up Windows
Pop-up windows are some of the all-time most annoying gimmicks used on any website, ever. When choosing advertising to be displayed on your blog, avoid pop-up windows at all costs. Even a banner at the top of the page is better than a harassing, exasperating slew of pop-up windows. If refusing pop-up windows means your blog garners less advertising, it will still be a positive option since pop-up windows are so many surfers’ number one enemy.
4. Avoid Sounds and Animations
Not only will the use of these gimmicks distract from your blog’s important content, they can all too easily draw unnecessary attention to the people accessing your blog from the workplace. No one wants to be sitting in his cubicle, calmly getting away with surfing the web when all of a sudden a loud and obnoxious message or song is blasted through his speakers, alerting the whole building that he is not doing his job. Animations and sounds can cause your blog to take longer to load up and can take away from its professional feel.
5. Eliminate Image Backgrounds
Besides the fact that cluttering the background of your blog with an image will cause it to load slower, it also broadcasts loud and clear to the world that you are nothing but a web amateur. Almost no websites that are respected and professional use backgrounds made from images. Image backgrounds are often warning signs to visitors that the site may be poorly designed in other ways too and should probably be shunned. Although they can be used in productive and attractive ways, if you aren’t completely sure of what you’re doing, it’s probably better not to use image backgrounds.
6. Organize Your Site
Make it easy for your readers to access your older content in general and also specific sub-topics in your older content. Some of the best blogs feature links to the favorite and best posts in the sidebar to help new readers get caught up to speed on the brilliance. Categorize every post under a specific sub-topic and make each sub-topic easy to locate and access. Also make sure that it’s easy to get back to the home page from anywhere in your blog.
7. Properly Contrast Text
Since blogs are mostly text-based, it’s important to present that text in a way that is easy to read and attractive to the eye. Use text-background combinations that are as high-contrast as possible. Black text on a white background is the easiest to read, but any light text on any dark background will probably be okay. Don’t put blue text on a red background or vice versa, and if your background must be black, make sure that your text is white.