3 Ways to Create White Space and Make Your Blog Posts More Readable

The emptiness around your words is called white space and it can help your blog posts be more readable. There are several techniques you can employ to create white space. In this post, I cover three.

3 Ways to Create White Space and Make Your Blog Posts More Readable

1. Create White Space with Short Paragraphs

Forget what your English teacher taught you about paragraphs.

Keep your paragraphs short and focused. Break up longer paragraphs so that they don’t present your reader with a large chunk of text.

When paragraphs are very long, the words get jumbled in the mind of the reader. Just looking at a large chunk of text — especially on the web — can confuse the reader and requires too much effort to read. The reader will just quickly disregard the paragraph and move on to something much easier to look at, as well as read.

For example which of these would you rather read:

Option 1
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam mattis lectus id mauris facilisis, in interdum magna dapibus. Sed tincidunt varius semper. Pellentesque vehicula finibus volutpat. Nullam in aliquam velit. Nullam feugiat lacus tortor, ut lobortis purus congue tincidunt. Morbi gravida bibendum orci, eget ullamcorper orci volutpat aliquet. Cras ornare purus ornare, suscipit urna a, commodo urna. Quisque sit amet lorem a urna imperdiet sagittis tristique non sem. Sed pharetra felis ut libero viverra blandit. Vivamus placerat, nulla id pharetra dictum, metus massa ullamcorper nisi, ut aliquam odio lectus ac eros. Curabitur at venenatis leo. Suspendisse vitae volutpat dui. Sed congue magna id dolor fermentum, tincidunt vestibulum orci pharetra. Pellentesque posuere efficitur elit. Praesent aliquam non orci ut tincidunt.
Option 2
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam mattis lectus id mauris facilisis, in interdum magna dapibus. Sed tincidunt varius semper.

Pellentesque vehicula finibus volutpat. Nullam in aliquam velit. Nullam feugiat lacus tortor, ut lobortis purus congue tincidunt. Morbi gravida bibendum orci, eget ullamcorper orci volutpat aliquet.

Cras ornare purus ornare, suscipit urna a, commodo urna. Quisque sit amet lorem a urna imperdiet sagittis tristique non sem.

Sed pharetra felis ut libero viverra blandit. Vivamus placerat, nulla id pharetra dictum, metus massa ullamcorper nisi, ut aliquam odio lectus ac eros.

Even though both are in Latin, Option 2 just looks easier to read.

2. Use Numbers and Bullets to Create White Space

There is something about lists that just look easier to read. Use this psychology to your advantage. When you can, list things using numbers or bullet points.

As each point, tip, guide or method is started with a bullet or point, readers will know that this is where the tips start.

  • TIP: Format your bullets and numbers with indentations so that your article won’t look like a single block of square paragraphs.

3. Sub-heads Also Create White Space

I’ve used this technique in this article. Do you see how I’ve broken up the sections using bolded sub-heads? (For bonus points, I even numbered them.)

Sub-heads break each point in an article into clearly delineated sections that are still part of the whole article.

It also makes it easy for the reader to move on from one point to another. The transition is smooth and easy. You are less likely to lose your readers attention (unless the sub-heads are not of interest), as well as the point and direction of where the article is going.

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Carma Spence is an international best selling author and award-winning speaker who helps women, introverts and shy people vanquish Mind Goblins, unleash their content creation superpowers and communicate their message with confidence so that they can create meaningful and fulfilling legacies.

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