I know blogs are all about the words and the images related to the words, so that must mean a nice theme etc is secondary, right? Wrong.
It’d be like watching a film with good dialogue but the main characters were steaming piles of dog turd.
I don’t want to brag. Well only a little bit. But I really like the layout of my blog, the background the header the colour scheme etc.
I have invested the time and energy to making my blog a nice environment for people, and yet some of the most visited blogs on WordPress have the worst themes and colour schemes known to man.
SLAP SOME MAKEUP ON MEN!
It’s time to spruce up your blogs people, make them a nice place, give them a fresh lick of paint, a nice banner, a nice background, it’s all you need.
Identify yourself with a logo, a style. As you can tell my style is the grey and blacks of my page. The font is something I am keeping consistent throughout my website. The font is called Times New Yorker if anyone is interested, you can get it from dafont.com
I’ve even took the time out to design a little circular logo, it fits nicely in headers and places where space is limited as I know the title of the blog/website is quite long, here it is to pleasure your eye balls;
I quite like the logo, I tried something with putting an eye inside the middle but it didn’t look good enough so I scrapped it and I am kinda glad I did.
Okay I have gone off the track here, back to my point. Tidy your shit up.
Here are a few things you can do, in list form so you can check them off as you do them:
- Pick a nice theme, preferably with a customisable header.
- Customise the header, get Adobe Photoshop launched, or something else like GIMP for example, which is basically a harder to use Photoshop, but it’s free.
- Make yourself a logo you are proud of, it should be tattoo worthy.
- Keep it consistent, if you create a range of images for use in your work, don’t change the fonts and colours from image to image, it just looks tacky.
- Sometimes a little can be a lot, don’t have too many colours.
- Create a nice background and avoid anything that hurts your eyes, for example Lime Green or Luminous Orange. You want your readers to be able to read your work.
- Don’t let HUGE posts fill your main page, use the “more” tag, more information on this can be found here. This allows your readers to flick through your content easier, choosing things they’re interested in without having to scroll through walls of text to find your next post.
- More tags also serve as a way of getting user to click onto the actual post, so the stats go to that page so you know what posts you’re creating are the most interesting. That way you can make more of them!
So go now and pick your boring, horrible blogs up off the floor and hold them high with pride.
Your work is a masterpiece yes? So give it a throne fit for a king.
- Refreshed, Rejuvenated, Redesigned (wannabegirl.org)