Today’s assignment: add and/or customize two widgets. If you want to write a post, try something shorter-form.
Waddup! Hope ya’ll are having fun with the challenge thus far. Thought I share with you guys some tips on what to do if you prefer not having a sidebar, or you’re not entitled to unfortunately. I was having problems like these before, and I’m sure a minority will encounter as well, so I’m sharing it so everyone can learn from my mistakes and not repeat them.
My theme doesn’t allow me to have a sidebar (they only allow menus), hence I’m only able to customise my footer. Even though I initially thought it will not be effective because people aren’t able to view the important things (like follow, subscribe buttons, and my tweets), it was not as bad as I thought because I managed to get a couple of followers.
Also, since my sidebar is muted, I have to keep my page short because I wouldn’t expect my viewers to scroll all the way down to the footer area. Hence, I make use of widgets, or posts if you want (you can always stick it to your homepage so they’ll become permanent, ie. the upload of new posts wouldn’t be an over-writing issue), to link my readers to sections of my blog that was previously the purposes of my sidebar widgets. It’s definitely way more dynamic (to my surprise), and it’ll look more concise at the same time since you get to place more emphasis on the content you want your readers to see.
Side widgets are usually pretty important for me, as I was using it to direct readers to the other parts of my blog before my current theme (Moka). What you can do now is to add a link to the end of every blog post, encouraging readers to visit the site. Your side widget can be moved to the footer in general, so now the exposure of your posts will compensate for the lesser amount of traffic the footer position (instead of at the sidebar) will draw in for you.
My blog is http://LhuWenKai.com. You can see what I mean by clicking on the URL. Any questions, or feedback and suggestions, please let me know in the comments 🙂 I really appreciate it.
On a sidenote, I noticed Blogging 201’s task today was to support each other by leaving comments and nice words on each other’s blogs. Kudos to us for doing that to a really great extent for the past week. Don’t be afraid to interact with the Blogging 201 community as well. Even though the agendas don’t exactly coincide, connections still can be made, and we might get to learn more things from them as well.
Happy blogging guys!
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