White Space: What is it and how do you use it to help your blog?

There are two blogs that I love, except I can’t stand to read them. Why?  Because they are what I call dense.  That means that the writers rarely divide the text into paragraphs and there is nothing but black letters in a solid block.  I find it very difficult to read when there is no white space.

White space is defined as “the unprinted space on a piece of printing.”  It is a fact that it is easier to read text when it is broken up and divided by  white space.  Here are some of the ways to do that:

1. Start your blog post with a paragraph of explanation, and then insert a list into your blog post. Use bullets or numbers for the items in the list and list them vertically as I am here, rather than in paragraph style.

2. Keep your paragraphs short — two to three sentences. That will make for more white space on your paper or on the screen and make it will appear easier to read.

3. Use photos or drawings to illustrate the post.

4. If using quotes, put them in block quote form to offset them from the regular paragraphs. This will make them easier to identify.

5. Use a title or sub-title when you change major topics in your writing.

Those ideas should help you put more white space into your writing.

When you finish writing your blog post, read it through a couple of times. If it’s difficult for you to read, you know that others will have trouble with it.  Try putting in more white space to see if that doesn’t help.

About loubelcher

I'm a freelance artist and writer. I enjoy anything whimsical and my art and writing generally concentrate on the lighter side of life.
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One Response to White Space: What is it and how do you use it to help your blog?

  1. This is an excellent topic and I agree with the thrust of your post. White space improves readability and flow. I equate it with a well thought out User Interface. Clutter gives rise to confusion, frustration and dissuades a reader to continue reading.

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