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  1. girlreturnshome
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Love your posts! So are you saying if it’s my website and I author every post, that I SHOULD have a byline? I have not had one so far. What is the reason for putting it there if Im the only writer? Thanks a lot and I appreciate what you write!

    • Posted February 5, 2013 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      I’m not saying that every post should have a byline, or that a single author site should feature bylines. made the decision to remove bylines on all single author sites due to the complaints people had. If a second author is added and publishes a post, the byline appears on most WordPress Themes on

      If you are your blog and your business, and you wish for increased name recognition – your brand – then a byline would be appropriate.

      If your site has a byline on the posts, what is it? Your name? Your call sign? Admin?

      This exercise is designed to draw attention to the byline and help you fix it if it says something odd, just as your Gravvatar says “girlsreturnhome” instead of Allison of Girls Return Home, a more professional presentation though your name would be just as good, then fix it.

      We often ignore it. I’ve seen many long-lived sites with “admin” as the author on the posts, a rather impersonal way of naming yourself. It puts me off, makes me think they don’t pay attention to details, and distracts from the personal appeal they may have and want on the site.

      You decide which way you want to go, just don’t miss the details! LOL!

  2. Posted February 5, 2013 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    You could also have different authors with variations of your e-mail address with different display names so that you can further personalize your blog. If your blog is about cooking and you write about something that bakes, you can use a “master baker”, while a salad could be by “master chopper”. Obviously, this doesn’t scale well but I thought it may be fun.

    Obviously, taking into account your previous exercise about making sure that all such addresseshave gravatars enabled.

    • Posted February 5, 2013 at 11:43 am | Permalink

      LOL! If you wanted to be known as the Master Baker, Master Chopper, etc., that would indeed be fun.

      There are no right or wrong answers. It’s your blog. You make the decision. These exercises are to remind you about the details as the details make or break the cake. Hee hee!


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