What about your post titles?
I noticed the importance of a good blog title during the A-Z Challenge. In the beginning, I'd go down the massive list of participants one by one, but was easily distracted by other titles more interesting. Some were funny and outlandish while others were very intriguing. Even blog titles written in all CAPS lured me to their sites. Unfortunately, blogs named after someone I don't know simply didn't grab my attention (nevertheless I did visit many and glad I did). That's when I started thinking about my own blog title: Elise Fallson. Not funny, intriguing or entertaining. It's not even a cool name, so why the heck would anyone want to click on my blog based on name alone? I'm not Stephen King, Anne Rice, or any other published author for that matter and have zero name recognition. You know nothing about my blog or what I do based on the name alone. Maybe what I should do is add a subtitle after the name, something that would give a little insight to what the heck I do over here. Something that's also catchy like:
Elise Fallson: Writings of a Left-Handed Monkey
Elise Fallson: Will Work for Publication
Elise Fallson: Naked Writing
Elise Fallson: [Insert your suggestion here]
Maybe I should put it to a vote?! :P
Note: Please do not get offended if your blog title is simply your name. My criticism is directed at MY blog alone. I've visited many blogs titled after someones name and they've all been much cooler sounding than mine. *tiny violins start playing*
So I think for someone like me, being just another name on a forever growing list of aspiring writers, I need a title hook. If you have any suggestions let me know! (:
The same goes for post titles. I'm following well over 200 blogs right now it's a bit overwhelming. And as time goes on this list will grow but time dedicate to reading posts will not. Therefore, a catchy or intriguing post title WITH a picture becomes more important as I scan my selections in blogger. Not only do post titles have to grab my attention, but being the visually oriented creature that I am, I'll need pretty pictures too. Don't look at me like that! I'm just being honest. (though none of this of course applies to the few blogs I check daily).
So what do you think, are blog titles that important to you? What about post titles? What are some of your favorite blog titles you've come across?