Merci: Since we blog, we'd like to talk about blogging today.
Cyndi: Yes, we can make our blog be anything we want it to be.
Cameron: And that makes us happy. But we also have to consider our readers and make them happy too.
Micah: Blog readers are like guests in our home. We want them to feel at home and be comfortable.
Percy: Oh, Jan says to tell you, if we're going to invite you all to visit our blog, to remind you to wipe the mud off your paws before you enter.
Sam: We all try to make our blog as inviting as possible. A fun thene, an interesting background, lots of photos, and so forth.
Rusty: But sometimes we overlook something important and discourage readers. Your choice of fonts and text colors are every bit as important as an eye-catching blog banner and background.
Buddy: Yes, sadly, we have visited a number of blogs where we struggle to read the very small text or the fat, light color whirly font, or the small gray text that fades into the background and is sometimes impossible to read, even with a magnifying glass, or .... You get the idea.
Marcus: I happen to have great eyesight, so I don't have any problem yet. But the Funny Farmers are older and can't see as well as I can. A number of other bloggers are older and have vision problems. Even some of the younger bloggers do.
Percy: A reader doesn't feel very welcome and might not return when, for whatever reason, he (or she) can't read the blog post you worked so hard to publish.
Buddy: We don't have any particular blogs in mind as we write this. We just know we've been running into more we can't read. Too small, too light text is a visit-breaker. The colors you choose for all of your fonts, including the hover and visited links, can mean the difference between your posts being legible and being unreadable.
Cyndi: And even if a visitor has good eyesight, he could have eyestrain from too many hours on the computer trying to make a living. Help him relax and enjoy his visit on your blog. Take an honest look at your blog and imagine yourself as a visitor. How legible is your text?
Cameron: If we haven't visited your blog as often as we once did, please don't assume this is why. There are currently nine of us to wait on and provide for and Jan isn't getting any younger. It takes her longer to do anything, and we only get "leftover" computer time.Many days she is on the computer from early morning until late at night and we barely get an opportunity to do a fast post.
Rusty: We have been trying to make our blog a happy, fun place to visit. We hope you will keep coming back. And if you ever have a problem reading our text, let us know.
Marcus: To close with a smile, here's a recycled photo of Jan photographing some treats before giving them to us dogs. And there I am photobombing the shot - again. Jan used to find my eyes and ears in most of the photos she took. I really am photogenic, aren't I!