IT’S #BLOGGERHELPPART2!! Since I’ve received a number of emails and questions on blogging, technicalities and design of my blog I thought I’d sum it all up in this post! As I promised – I’m doing it all about the design today. Everything from blog photos and themes to logos and color schemes!
First off my design is from ‘pipdig’ as I already mentioned in my other post about blogging. I did buy it, as I believe that paying for a clean, neat and welcoming design is a good thing to do when you are serious about blogging. You want to make it pleasing to look at and helpful for your readers. So here are my basic blog design rules:
Get to know your template – there’s really nothing you can do with your blog unless you familiarize the theme you bought/downloaded. Don’t be lazy to spend a good amount of time clicking on every possible button in the theme editor and see what it does. Once you get to know it better it will be SO much easier to achieve the look you want for your blog and everything will turn out perfectly.
Easy to navigate is KEY – don’t add too many widgets and different colors as your reader can literally get lost on your blog. You want to make all pages as easily accessible as possible.
Neat & Clean is the way to go – don’t over complicate the design and make sure the pages don’t look cluttered. It’s easy to go overboard in the sidebar so make sure the order in which you put the widgets makes sense (for example one widget with pictures ; next “categories” and then a map for example)
Fonts – make sure you don’t go too crazy with the fonts. Stick to the maximum of 3 different fonts. But make sure they all suit each other in their style. Having similar fonts everywhere gives the blog a well put together look.
Soft colours – the color scheme of your blog really depends on what you like but I’d definitely suggest using softer – almost pastel colours for things like menu and sidebar. As you can imagine, while someone is reading your blog they need to keep concentrated on the content so colours like neon green/or idk.. yellow would be quite distracting and annoying to the eye.
The background – the background of the blog is really important. As you can see I have white background, which makes everything very easy to read and see. I wouldn’t suggest setting an image or a dark color as the background for your blog as it will make the page look unclear.
*lil sidenote* in case you are considering being a template off a website 1. make sure it’s a professional website and you’re not going to get ripped off and 2. dont worry if you are not too much of a tech person, installing i literally cannot be easier. you just have to download the theme once you buy it and then import it to your blog editor. It’s as easy as adding a media file into a library.
Now that we’ve got the design covered lets talk about another important aspect when it comes to the appearence of your blog. It is, of course, the images and the graphics that you use for the blog. Here are some basics:
Photo quality – I personally would much rather read a post filled with useful and interesting information and no pictures, than one with a bunch of low quality photos and 100 words worth of text. It is SO incredibly important that you understand that images come after content. BUT having nice HD photos will never hurt. It’s amazing if you have a good camera and know your lighting – feel free to drown your readers in amazing photos! But don’t worry if you don’t – theres a solution!
STOCK PHOTO SITES – they truly were created by geniuses becasue they literally save people who don’t own pricey equipment for taking photos. They are basically websites with hundreds of thousands of free, HD photos on any topic. Some of my favorites are:
all you have to do is just type whatever is that that you’re looking for and you’ll get thousands of photos. You do have to really dig for perfect ones but its all worth your time in the end. Example:
Lighting – if you take the pictures for your blog yourself make sure the lighting is perfect. To do that you need to take pictures between 11 and 1 o’clock in the afternoon (preferably on good weather days) when its bright and clear. The lighting at that time is the best and it will show on your photos.
I hope you found this little techy post useful and leave suggestions of what else you’d like to learn!