New Year New blog…Blog Design Tips

It’s time for another new year new blog post!!

New Year New blog @ Measured by the Heart

You guys know that a good design can help your blog grow right?  No, well here are some ways it can:

  • Google considers some of these things when they are deciding what to display in their search results.
  • Good design can help readers stay on your blog.
  • A good blog design is another way to display your creativity and personality

Have you ever gone to a blog and it was so cluttered that you could barely stand it?  Or the design was so distracting it was hard to read their posts?  This is what we want to avoid.  Here are some tried and true great things to think about when designing your blog for the year. {or however long you keep your design lol}

Layout

I recommend a 2 or 3 column template.  We read from left to right so if you are doing a 2 column template, it’s best to put your posts first and your sidebar on the right.  It’s also a good idea to make it easy for your visitors to turn into followers.  Put your rss feed links and social media buttons in a prominent place near or at the top of your sidebar.  If someone has to scroll and search for them, they may give up and just leave.  Rumor is that Google Friend Connect {the followers gadget} will be going away.  It is confirmed to be unavailable for non blogger blogs in March.  And the buzz is that it will become a thing of the past for blogger too.  Google’s solution is to set up a google+ page and connect with people there.

Computer screens are getting bigger and wider. One of my favorite blog tips is to make your blog wider.  I don’t recommend going over 1200 px. {I will have a tutorial on how to do this coming up soon} It helps to immediately give your posts more space and less clutter to your blog.

White space is king in blog design.  It’s easy on the eye and makes for a better reading experience.  I know all those cutesy widgets that do all sorts of fun things are cool, but they can be so distracting to your readers.  In blog design Simple is better.

Header

A header is important.  It introduces people to your blog.  Again we read from left to right so either have your blog name or logo centered or on the left.  A header looks best if it is the same width as your blog.  That way everything lines up and is pleasing to the eye.  Height is also an important consideration when designing your header.  Your header should be a brief introduction to your blog.  It should not take up the whole screen when you pull up your blog.  It is better to have some header and some content showing.  I try not to go more than 250 px high on headers.  There is some leeway for creativity but keep these guidelines in mind.

Posts

Posts should be written on a neutral background. I prefer white. I would avoid any kind of image behind your posts.  Also font is important.  I have no problem with a cute font for post titles, but too fancy of a font for your post content is distracting.  Same with wild colors.

Blog Background

The background for your blog can be a great place to show off your personality.  Colors can be added as well as images.  Remember to look at your blog as the reader would see it.  White is also an option.

About Me

It is incredibly important to have an about me page/widget in the sidebar.  People want to connect with the author of the blog.  Include a picture if at all possible.  You don’t have to reveal too much about yourself if you are a private person.  You can speak in general terms.  But letting people know more about the blog author is necessary.

I hope these tips help you in deciding what to do with your blog.  Remember these tips are guidelines only.  Your blog is your own and you can design it to suit your desires.  But guidelines are there to help.  Thanks for reading!!

 

Comments

  1. Great tips! I will just add all of that info. to all of the other info. that you have already taught me! :)
    I appreciate you! :)
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