I’m in the process of creating a blog style guide for staff members at my school. Last year we had some faculty members come to life with their blogging. So this year we’d like to move to the next level and provide writers with some basic blog guidelines.
So this document I’m writing should be brief in scope. Right? How’s sixteen pages? No teacher is going to want to read through so many dos and don’ts. So I need to continue to pare down the blog tree.
Anyway…through my research, I found Regnard Kreisler C. Raquedan from the Standard Web Standards blog. He compiled The Top 5 Web Fonts for Blogging. Here’s Raquedan’s list. He points out, that his list, is in no order. Hence, I will no longer use the Times New Roman default option.
- "Verdana – A good sans-serif font with good width and readability. It’s pretty versatile, looking nice at small and big font sizes. It may have become too common though. Here’s a nice story of this popular font came to be.
- Georgia – The New Age Times New Roman. I think the mistake most bloggers make is they use this as their base content font. Georgia works well as headings, but it’s too stylized in my opinion. Here’s a tip: Use this font with high line-height properties in your CSS if you plan to make this your base font.
- Tahoma – Very similar to Verdana, but I think this is more effective in small sizes. The Windows feel to this font makes it good for footer text and comments.
- Lucida Sans Unicode – A relatively narrower sans serif font compared to Verdana and Tahoma. I personally like this font for blog content, but it relies too much on the smoothing of the system. This works well for modern-looking templates.
- Bitstream Vera Sans – Good utility font. It works well as headings and blog posts. The only drawback, similar to Lucida Unicode Sans, is its reliance on font-smooting. This font has been a favorite of mine for its appearance in both Windows and Linux systems."
Readers, does your school provide students or teachers with blog guidelines?