We’re on Day 2 of the 7 Days to Rediscovering Your Blogging Groove. On Day 1 we wrote a list.

7 days to rediscovering your blogging groove

 

On Day 2 – we follow Darren Rowse’s post

Answer a Question – Rediscover Your Blogging Groove Day 2

Then answer a question on your blog. Remember to include a link to this post in your post.

Link your post to the linky at the bottom of this page.

Read the other posts linked here, comment and share!

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Here’s the Write Tribe ‘Answer A Question’ post.

The question: What elements should I include on the sidebar of my blog?


I’m going to keep the answer simple for now (notice I’m adding a new category to this blog – Blog Design?).

 blog sidebar elements

In my opinion there are 4 elements you must include on your blog’s sidebar.

1. A brief biography

Welcome visitors to your blog by briefly introducing yourself. Add a profile picture to make it more personal. Then add a link to your ‘about’ page.

2. Your social media profiles

It’s important to connect with your readers not just on your blog but in places where they hangout online. Add social media icons with links to your social media profiles – only those you use regularly – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus.

3. A way for readers to subscribe to your posts

Provide different ways for your readers to subscribe – RSS, via email subscriptions, BlogLovin, Feedly, etc.

4. Popular posts/ recommended posts

Showing your popular posts or posts that you’d like your readers to look at is a great way to showcase your best work and engage with your readers.

There are a lot of other elements you could include, but it’s a good idea to keep your blog’s sidebar light – so that your blog loads faster.

 

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Published by corinnerodrigues

A lover of words. A self-acceptance blogger. A blogging coach. A book reviewer. A woman happily journeying through midlife, moving from self-improvement to self-acceptance and enjoying being herself. Corinne writes at Everyday Gyaan, reviews fiction at CorinneRodrigues.com and encourages writers and bloggers at Write Tribe and offers offline coaching to writers and bloggers at The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India.

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