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Let's continue with the
Craig's Clicks series, but let's switch to
looking at blog signatures. (if you've missed the series so far, click the link
to go back and catch up). Gold stars from me will go to good examples in blog
presentation in three areas: Blog Theme (banner and background), Blog
Signature, and Blog Profile. By highlighting good examples in this way, I
hope to inspire others with ideas to update their own blog
I'm looking at the presentation of you in the virtual world.
If your presentation is attractive to the eye, engaging, tells a concise
story about you to someone who has never met or seen you before then you
will get my attention too.
These next three stars are also going out based on the blog
signatures. I have written a whole series on
signatures (you can go back via that link). In summary, the signature closes
out your article with a brief synopsis of who you are and what you do and
includes calls to action to capture
a person's further interest
Barbara has in her signature what I call a personality pose. I
and I wrote about that some in my article
Importance of Portraits in a Virtual World. I
like signatures that have a photo or graphic of some kind to offset what
would otherwise be all text. The photo may be of you, your work, your area,
or some other interesting visual that relates to what you do. We quickly
lose interest without visuals. It keeps our eye tuned to the area and
perhaps there is a better chance of what text is written will be read. I
like the fact that Barbara doesn't just repeat the same portrait that she
has as her profile photo. This is more interesting.
Barbara had already worked on the aspects of the signature that I've been
highlighting in my blog series on the topic and had done a very good job. When I
came across it, I had an idea to make it stand out just a little more.
is how her signature looked. I was thinking how much I liked the personality
pose she had used and thought it was just being a little under-used. I
and merged it into the banner background for the footer (uh oh, I used an
advanced technique to do that, I know you are going to say "how did he do
that?" - well that is an advanced topic and definitely another story)
In any case, the finished work is below. I'm very happy with how it came
I worked with Debbie on her updated signature for my
signature makeover blog
post. We worked on tightening up the large vertical signature she had to one
more compact with some new visuals. We downloaded and added the social
media icon stars which links to her pages. This was a collaborative effort
with me and she was a good student so she surely deserves a star :) and it
serves as a good example for others looking for ideas!
I also worked with Michele on her blog signature. Michele was also a good
student who learned about tables in HTML and we made her signature more
compact in the vertical sense.
Tables in HTML allow you to put information into cells and work
horizontally across a page in blocks. She too gets a star and her signature also
serves as an example to get ideas from. I also like how she added her
name to the signature.
I'm out there scouting all the time for more signatures to highlight
with gold stars.
Will yours be next?
(PS - as you can see, if your signature is pretty close but might just need a
pinch of this or dash of that, I may just reach out to you with some ideas)
And I want to start giving gold stars to profile pages...
but honestly I'm seeing so many profile pages as just a wall of words.
That's not going to work for me! You add photos to your blog posts, why are
you ignoring your profile pages?
About the Author
Craig Daniels is a Technology Manager residing in NYC who specializes in applied technologies in the fields of Architecture and Real Estate. Craig focuses on finding the best uses of tech as can be used to help a business be more successful. He is keen on always seeing the perspective and viewpoint of his audience and he tailors his teaching to be easily understood. He teaches by means of this blog, online courses and webinars, as well as one-on-one remote sessions with persons located throughout the country and beyond.
craig's classroom blog is a place to come for short technology lessons - here on ActiveRain I focus on technologies for real estate professionals - please subscribe if you want to catch future posts! :)
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