If you’re starting up a new blog or redesigning an old blog on of the most important points to remember is to change your font style and size. Studies have shown that readers will respond very differently to different font styles given the same text!
It should be mentioned first of all that the main aim is readability. If your readers can’t read your content they won’t be sticking around for very long.
Your font should be easy to read and be large enough that people don’t have to squint or take out their reading glasses to see what you’re saying. Size 12 is definitely too small! You want to have a text of size 14 to size 16 to make content easy to read.
When it comes to the type of font there are a couple of popular ones that almost everyone has on their computer. You should be aware that not every computer has every style of font. I’ve listed the top ten fonts below so you can have a look at them. Over 99% of computers have these fonts installed.
|Font||Computers With This Font|
|Microsoft Sans Serif||99.80%|
|Times New Roman||99.70%|
|Comic Sans MS||99.46%|
Fonts such as the above 10 examples are referred to as ‘web safe fonts‘ and I recommend picking one of these for your blogs.
There are a few different groupings or families of fonts that we can have a look at. The fonts that are the easiest to read will be the ones that display clearly and crisply on the screen. We’ll have a look at the four major font families and find out which ones are best suited for your blog below.
Serif fonts are the fonts that have little serifs or hooks at the end of some letters. These little hooks can make your content a little harder to read and I’d recommend avoiding them for your blog. These fonts were designed for print and look nice in a real book but on screen the ‘hooks’ can become blurred or not display very well on some monitors.
Some examples of Serif fonts are:
Georgia – This is some Georgia text
Garamond – This is some Garamond text
Bookman Old Style – This is some Bookman Old Style text.
Sans Serif Fonts
‘Sans’ means ‘without’ so in this family of fonts we have no serifs or little hooks to worry about. Generally these fonts are easier to read on screen and are a much better choice for a blog font.
Here’s a few Sans Serif fonts for you to choose from:
Arial – This is some Arial text
Impact – This is some Impact text
Verdana – This is some Verdana text
Trebuchet MS – This is some Trebuchet MS text
Fantasy (Cursive) Fonts
Fantasy fonts can make your text stand out but are not available on all computers. They can also be a harder to read in larger chunks of text. If you want to use fantasy fonts keep them to headlines, titles or small portions of text.
Here’s a few of the more common fantasy fonts:
Comic Sans MS – This is some Comic Sans MS text
French Script MT – This is some French Script MT text
Papyrus – This is some Papyrus text
Monospace fonts are sometimes referred to as typewriter fonts because each letter of this font takes up the same amount of space. It’s often used for code or for giving instructions. They’re not the most exciting fonts to choose for your blog but you can have a look at some example of Monospace fonts below.
Courier – This is some Courier text
Courier New – This is some Courier New text
Lucida Console – This is some Lucida Console text
Choosing The Best Font For Your Blog
As you can see choosing the best font for your blog is no easy decision but hopefully the examples above will give you some idea as to what will work for you.
Generally speaking for large portions of text stay with the Sans Serif family of fonts. Use Monospace for coding and instructions, Serif for text that is going to be printed and Fantasy or Cursive to accent your blog content. If you have a favorite font that you like to use for your blog let me know in the comments below.