According to smartblogger.com, there are three initial reactions you get when visitors first visit your blog. They will either immediately leave, scan first and then bounce off your site, or (and this is what you want!) they will scan and read. But how can you make that happen? Here are a few interesting ideas on how to actually make people smile from the moment they arrive and stay there long enough to see what it is you have to say.
Highlight a Meme
There is no doubt about it, memes are trendy, memes go viral, and memes are one of the most captivating ways to inject humor into literally any kind of blog post imaginable. Having said that, of course, there is a time and place for everything and some blogs are on subjects which are anything but humorous. However, even then, a bit of humor from time to time is perfectly acceptable. Consider, for a moment, a tombstone manufacturer. Every now and then you could feature a tombstone with a funny epitaph, but beyond that, there is nothing funny for a grieving family, so try to avoid humor if at all possible.
On the other hand, there really are very few websites and blogs which don’t call for a bit of humor. Blogs, especially, do quite well when they are kept light and funny. If you don’t know how to create a royalty-free blog, check out how to download and create Rage Maker Faces. It only takes a funny phrase and a funny face and you’ve done the trick.
Sometimes, you just need to be outrageously absurd in what you are writing about. While you may be blogging about garden plants, for example, you could inject a lie so outrageous that it’s totally unbelievable but just as funny. The reader will obviously know you are fibbing, but that one little lie can be a huge source of humor.
For example, you are a company that sells heritage seeds. You are promoting a new cultivar of climbing beans and so you talk about this cultivar being so hearty and drought-resistant that it can be strong enough to build a treehouse in as it climbs towards the sky. Anyone with any gardening knowledge at all will know you are lying, but they will get a kick out of what you are describing and will surely remember the name of Jack and the Beanstalk Climbing Beans, or some such nonsense. In fact, anyone with a rational mind will know there couldn’t possibly be such a thing. Or could there? Are we lying here or not? You tell us!
While these are just a couple of ideas for getting visitors to laugh when they arrive on your blog, you get the point. Don’t keep your blogs, even about serious matters, so dry as to discourage anyone from reading them. Keep your humor visible near the top of your post, or in text or graphics boxes scattered throughout. Know that first-time visitors will scan, so highlight your humor and they will almost always stick around long enough to see what else will elicit a chuckle or two.