Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday Tips: How to Give Your Blog a Makeover



Hooray for a hiatus!  Work and home life have been absolute chaos lately and I'm finally starting to get back into the groove of things.

So it's been a while since I've done a Tuesday Tips post and the one thing I've been hearing since I redesigned my blog (besides all the lovely comments and compliments) is "I want to redesign my blog but I don't know where to start".  Again, I'm not an expert in any way and I don't even call myself a "blog designer" but I have designed and redesigned my blog over and over again all by myself, so here's a little quick start guide for you:

1.  Create your logo.  Your logo is the most important thing about your design!  If your blog were a business, how would the rest of the world identify your business among all the others?  Find a good font, add a little flourish if you want, and throw in some of the colors you plan to use throughout your blog.

2.  Be consistent.  If you've got your logo and your color scheme together, keep it going!  There's no point in having a kick-ass logo and header only to have the rest of your design looking half-assed.  That's like having a full face of makeup and walking out of the house wearing a robe and slippers!  Use the same fonts and colors in your subheaders, buttons, pages, etc.

3.  Keep it simple.  Having too many things going on at once is distracting.  The main focus of your blog should be your posts, so try to keep everything else at a minimum.  Ads, buttons, widgets, etc. can take a really long time to load and that may deter people from reading your blog and it also makes your blog look too cluttered and unprofessional.  This ain't Myspace, people.  Let's keep those animated cursors and glitter clip art outta here and clean up your dividers, tables, and text so we don't have to scroll alllllllllll the way to the right to read the rest of that sentence.  We're classy and shit now.

11 comments:

  1. That is the truth! I am on WordPress slowly figuring out my blog design because I refuse to pay someone $150 to design my blog. Until I massively fail then I am going to keep trying. Your blog looks fantastic by the way, and thanks for swinging by with all the love! Email me your # so we can make ish happen!

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  2. fabulous tips! i agree with the too much going on - i think mine is simple but right now it is boring, working on fixing that :)

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  3. I think keep it simple is the best possible advice for blogging and life in general!

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  4. I'll figure it out one day bc I am a poor bitch and 150+ is insane for some html code LOL I love yours fo sho!

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  5. Good tips! I need to get my shit together to redo some of mine. I just hate html and trying to mess with it!

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  6. Definitely like your tips on keeping it simple and consistent! It's horrible to look at sites with in-your-face colors and fonts, but honestly, if the blogger is awesome, I can overlook all these things. It's the new ones I come across that I don't engage with because of their site. That's bad right? Judge a book by its cover ;)? I am totally into designing my own blog too which is why I switched to WordPress. I found customization in Blogger too much code for me. I like that I can just tweak things here and there in WordPress.

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  7. Great tips! Im still in awe that you did your own! I did my first design and while it was acceptable I just couldnt hang. Who knows though I think I can handle the next one haha

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  8. Love these! I definitely am in the works of wanting something new for 2015. Gotta start preparing and searching now!

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  9. I LOVE this post!! thanks so much for sharing. I see many amazing blogs and I want to make mine amazing too but don't know how. These are great tips!

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  10. I need to get my stuff together! Love the tips.

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