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.