Lost in Your Blog’s Looks?
I find myself going through the blogs of new members and seeing tons of different layouts, designs, and styles. I always seem to most enjoy the ones that are effortless to navigate through, or the ones that have fun quirks, or are interactive, or are memorable in any positive way. I’ve come across some that have well-written posts and really promising content, but there are ads and widgets/gadgets strewn across the sidebar and footer haphazardly, images that don’t do the posts justice–whether in size or quality, poorly thought out color schemes, and all around difficult to navigate or simply enjoy. I understand that your blog is your own to do what you want with, but if mediocrity is all you aspire to, then the BBN is not the place for you.
We love to see bloggers who try new designs or layouts. We love when bloggers attempt to learn HTML or CSS and create their own unique customizations. We love to see blogs that have a rhyme and reason, that bring smiles to our faces. We even love to see the blogs of bloggers whose style is completely opposite our own, but execute it so well that we can’t help but like it!
Obviously that’s what we think. But why should you care what your blog looks like?
When you meet people for the first time, what do you want them to know about you? Whether at a job interview, a dinner party, a night out on the town, or at class on the first day of school, what do you want others to know? Do you carefully choose your wardrobe? What do you say as you introduce yourself? What features do you try to accentuate, and which ones do you attempt to hide? Your blog can do all of that for you and your online presence.
Additionally, your blog can be a place that affords you opportunities. You can earn an income with it. You can make lifelong friends through it. You can be found by others who need your life experience to help themselves through their own struggles. You can inspire others to be happy and hopeful. You can give yourself a creative outlet that can fill needs you never knew you had.
Those opportunities will most likely happen if you care for all aspects of your blog. While your blog’s appearance is not be the most important aspect of blogging, it can either hinder or help your content. Beyond the superficial exterior, the purpose behind it is most important. But if the visual aspect of your blog is keeping that from shining through, you will find it difficult to be successful in your blogging endeavors.
The next time you’re writing a blog post, take a moment to preview it. Look at the overall design and layout of your blog, and consider what it looks like to someone who is seeing it for the first time. Are all of the buttons and components necessary? Is the layout conducive to reading your content? Are your images and pictures clear or distracting? Does your blog’s design create the right atmosphere in which to read your words and thoughts?
Being objective about your own blog can be difficult and somewhat daunting. But that’s what the BBN is here for! Ask for help, advice, or suggestions, and don’t forget to offer your own thoughts to others when they ask. Additionally, keep your eyes peeled for our posts this month. We’ll be presenting ideas and suggestions on how to improve your blog organization, layout, design, style, and everything else appearance related. We hope you’ll take the thoughts and information we present here and use it to better demonstrate the purpose and goals of your blog. By doing that, you’ll truly become the better blogger you’re aspiring to be.
We’re also going to be improving this blog’s appearance throughout this month.