The more contrast your blog’s pages have, the easier they are to read, especially when you publish longer posts. Here are some quick suggestions, to supplement Check Your Typography.
- Switch to a lighter theme.
- Remove colored backgrounds. This could be as simple as tweaking some CSS code in your theme’s stylesheet.
- Increase the font size – small fonts make for dense text.
- Increase leading – that is, increase the space between lines of text.
- Don’t use liquid-width themes.
- Increase whitespace in general.
Decades of research for print media show two key characteristics of enjoyable reading experiences:
- Content that does not exceed 4-5 inches in width. The human eye simply cannot easily read wide pages without fatigue. Which is why I just don’t understand this love for liquid widths in some blog themes, just because someone has a 22-inch monitor. You might have a desire for ear-to-ear wraparound text, but your blog visitors probably will not.
- Suitable leading between lines of text. The larger the font size you use, the greater the leading needs to be. Not increasing leading means that you increase page density and reduce the ability of the eye to distinguish lines of text without strain.
Understand that if you’re young, you might not feel the eyestrain or fatigue right away. It can and will accumulate over time. I know whereof I speak.