Thursday, April 11, 2013

Tsjuz Your Blog With Jump Breaks

J is for Jump Breaks, or the things that keep your blog looking neat.

Some of us are, erm, for lack of a better word...well, wordy. And so when we get going on a blog post, it's really easy to post something that takes up ALL THE SPACE on the front page of our blogs. And if you're using your blog as your main author page, presenting a page that scrolls forever and ever is just sort of unsightly, and it can make you appear even wordier than you actually are.

So...insert a break. When you know you're going to go on more than a few hundred words, write a pithy intro to your post (you're doing that anyway, right?) and then click the jump break button. Here's what it looks like on Blogger:






And on Wordpress:




If you have some HTML and CSS skills, you can even customize what the jump break looks like  I created a little scotch-taped "read more" paper scrap to match my blog's template. Using jump breaks keeps your posts tidy, and your readers' browsing experience even tidier. Happy blogging!

This month I'm participating in the A-Z blog challenge. My theme is "writer hacks," or 26 shortcuts you can do as a writer to get the most out of writing and the journey toward and through publication. Find out more about it at a-to-zchallenge.com, and hop around to read the other cool blogs that are part of the challenge!

8 comments:

  1. A good reminder, not that I write that much...more into the pictures but I do agree with you. Nothing worse than these long winding paragraphs!
    A month of Blog...

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  2. Great advice! I try not to be too wordy...but I will remember that for the next time I have lots to say :)

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    1. I'm definitely learning how to be less wordy on the blog! A-Z is helping a bunch with that.

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  3. Yes that is a good tip. I just followed you on twitter also as @KayKxp and thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. Already following you GFC :)

    http://www.AMomsPointOfView.com

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  4. New Follower! Thanks or sharing such a great tip. I use spacing to give the eye a rest, but jump breaks are so much better.

    Jenn @Scribbles From Jenn

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  5. These tips are great! Thanks for sharing. I downloaded Evernote and am excited to start using it. Stopping by from the A-Z.

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    1. Thanks Cathy! I'm glad you're enjoying them. Evernote has probably changed my life.

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