1. Number of Posts
When I visit a blog, I like to scroll down and see several of the blog’s recent posts. If I am a new visitor to the blog, this gives me a feel for the blog. But even if I am return reader, it helps me see what I may have missed recently.
Some blogs only list on post per page. You have to hit, “older posts” to see each and every next post — pain in the butt! For me, 3-4 posts per page seems stingy. So consider adding more!
For WordPress folks, go to your Dashboard –> Settings –> Readings –> “Blog pages show at most”.
I have mine set at 15. Too many posts, and it takes too long to load your blog. Too little and you stop people from exploring your blog.
2. Number of Widgets
Now, if you realize the beauty of several posts per page, you will face a new challenge, the boring sidebar. As you scroll down all the posts, the content of your sidebar (if you have one) may disappear into bland ugliness! Look at my sidebar to see examples. You may not like my choices, but it certainly ain’t bland or boring! 🙂
So consider lengthening your sidebar. Be creative with your design!
For WordPress folks: go to your Dashboard –> Appearance –> Widgets. Now start exploring.
Question to readers: How many posts do you put on a page and why? Are you considering other Widgets?