It does. It matters a lot.
End of the post?
I have visited more than 150 websites to meet with my fellow bloggers in the last four days. I have tried to keenly observe the themes and fonts used in all of them. I feel there are a few observations which I would like to share. I feel these observations might help many of us. We all know that articles are personal opinions. I don’t claim to have an objective opinion neither I am an expert. But I feel you would be kind enough to consider these observations and share your valuable feedback with me. This would not only help me but also many fellow bloggers.
In my personal experience I find very small font difficult to read. I have a weak eyesight and wear glasses. I have observed that it becomes extremely difficult to sail through an article if the font size is both narrow and small. If the font is small but has enough width or if it’s circular in shape– it makes it more legible. Circular shape and a small size might work if you like small font on your website but if you use small font with a very narrow width you would surely be off-putting, annoying and repelling many of your readers. Most of us read for joy of it and if it’s too arduous a task they would prefer not to.
Tiny Fonts, Cramming and Geniuses
Graphology has been my interest for over a decade now. I have observed and studied many handwriting samples. What applies to graphology is applicable to typed letters as well. People with tiny handwritings have great powers of concentration. If you observe handwriting samples of eminent scientists and philosophers like Einstein, Newton, Descartes and Dostoevsky–you would find that they all had tiny handwritings. If you don’t believe me please visit a few graphology websites or browse through letters of eminent scientists like Darwin which are easily available online.
Tiny handwriting allows cramming. Cramming is a technique to put more letters in a comparatively small space. The geniuses in history were subconsciously practicing this technique. As you write your ideas down you are simultaneously processing them too. This creates a feedback loop. Whatever you are thinking is affecting your writing and whatever you are writing is affecting your thinking, which in turn affects the next thing you write. This feedback loop is how we learn and improve our writing.
More information in a small space allows your brain to process a great amount of data within a very small time creating a very powerful feedback loop. This makes you get brilliant ideas. Your creativity flourishes. The technique of cramming increase powers of concentration–no matter whether you use paper and pen or use a computer to write. You can use cramming to get inspired. I have used it and found it to be of extreme help for increasing observation and concentration.
Wait, this means small font is good? Am I advocating use of tiny fonts on your website?
No, I am not.
Tiny fonts might help you get inspired. But they also flood you with ideas which might create stress and confusion if you keep working with them for very long duration. Please use them in moderation. You might also use small handwriting when writing on paper–it will also give you a great focus. I went to describe the importance of tiny font and letters in detail to stress that I am not against them as far as your reading and writing in private are concerned. They might help you become a better thinker and a meticulous observer.
Then what is the problem?
The Problem With Small And Narrow Fonts
The problem is–your average blog reader is not looking for mental gymnastics. He wants an easy ride through your blog. If you are an expert author–he wants to get the information he came for in a short period of time with ease. If he has to struggle with reading tiny fonts or fonts which are so dark against a background as to become almost invisible–he is not going to visit your blog the next time. I find big round letters which have good width very easy to read. I like circular fonts.They make me feel comfortable. Too big a font-size might also be off-putting because people who have a wonderful reading speed will not be comfortable with slow reading which comes with too big a font.
How To Change Fonts?
I was working with Blogger for four years. Blogger has a post editor which allows you various fonts like Roman, Arial, Helvetica and Times. I understand that it’s better to keep fonts homogeneous all across the blog rather than changing it for every post. WordPress themes have custom fonts which can be changed easily. If you want to change your fonts–go to WP admin–there you would find tabs column. Select Appearance. There you have a sub category called Customize if you click it. It will open up another page where you can change your fonts and many other things. Select the fonts you like as the font names show you a preview of that script. Click save and publish and the changes will be applied to the entire blog.
Introverts, Extroverts and Bloggers
Small font also suggests that the person using them is an introvert. It’s a known fact that introverts generally prefer study and contemplation over socialization. Blogging is socializing. Without an audience you would not be motivated to keep writing for very long. Big fonts suggest that you are an extrovert and moderate fonts suggest that you are an ambivert. Big fonts are an invitation to your reader. They are shouting that you are open to interaction and feedback.
Similarly the fonts with enough width suggest that you are an easy-going person. Round fonts are also welcoming. Narrow width of fonts accompanied with small size might suggest that you are a narcissistic personality. It’s not that we all are graphology experts but we all have inner sensors which perceive more than what comes to our conscious attention.
Why Adapting Is A Good Thing To Do?
I am not telling you to change your personality. If you like being narcissistic–please stay that way. If you are an introvert– it’s well and good. Perhaps you are extremely intelligent–you might even be a genius. It’s great but as a blogger you want to interact with others. You want an audience. People who like, comment and give their valuable constructive feedback to help you grow. You might be an introvert, extrovert or a narcissist. It doesn’t matter much. What matters is–you are hungry for love and respect. It’s not a research project. It’s a social party. You want to get noticed and appreciated for your talents and skills. You want a pat on your back and a kiss on your cheek every now and then. This is the way we humans are unless we are suffering from some acute dysfunction. We all are social animals. That’s why I am suggesting you to use a font which is clean and big enough to read. I hope you would find my advice useful.
Since today’s assignment is to work with the themes–I thought this would help some of us. If you didn’t like this article please let me know why. I would be glad to learn. By now you might have got bored with my repetitions but I want to thank you for all the love and kindness you have showered upon me and other bloggers in last four days. For all your help and support I thank you with a big smile. This community is a truly wonderful place to learn and grow. If this article helps even one of you it would be a great source of happiness and pride to me and I would consider it a success. Please give me your precious feedback. Thanks for reading. I wish you another wonderful day here in university.
Edit: I was not aware of fonts. I sincerely thank Kristina Van Hoose for telling me about them.