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I have been debating on what my “first” topic should be ever since I hit publish on the intro post. I feel like I have so many things to say about so many different topics, but when pen goes to paper, err, fingers to keyboard, I freeze up.
After talking with Jessica on twitter about it, I decided to go with a simple topic: Blog design. I feel the obligatory statement of, “I am in no way pointing out how you should do things, blah blah blah” because, well, I’m not. But these are my opinions and I am not an expert. Just opinionated.
I have written and re-written this post so many times, I lost count. Each time, it comes off as one of those “HOW TO” posts that we all know and love, which is not my intention so I went with a more confessions type post.
I have changed my theme AT LEAST 6 times in my 2 1/2 years of blogging. And that’s just this blog. This does not include “blog buttons” fonts and colors. This is why I am so scared to invest the money and have a designed made just for me. It could be that I haven’t found the ONE for me, or it could be my weird habit of wanting to change things that comes into play. I think it’s OKAY to experiment with several designs, themes and such to find what will fit YOU best. Change things up and find the RIGHT ONE.
I think your design/layout is
big HUGE DEAL. Not only should it be easy to navigate and easy on the eyes, it speaks a lot about your taste and personality and it should fit YOU and what you post about. It’s weird seeing a dark, witchy theme but the only reviews I can find are fluffy contemporary young adult. It doesn’t FIT.
This sits close to don’t judge a book by its cover. We don’t WANT to, because the content is what matters.. However, it doesn’t always work that way.
There have been several blogs that I have either a) un-followed, b) only visit here and there, c) didn’t bother TO follow because I cannot for the life of me, stand to look at their blog. Either because of the design, layout or because I can never FIND anything. Harsh, but true.
We all have different tastes and I love seeing so many different designs and creativity out there. But at the same time? Your design and layout is literally the FACE of your blog and is YOUR brand. If I, as a follower, can’t navigate it because it’s so cluttered you can’t FIND social media links between all the banners, find an about me page on your menu or if I have to scroll and scroll and scroll because your sidebars are LONG and NEVER ENDING, it’s frustrating. And if it’s PAINFUL to read? Forget it.
A few of my peeves –
- Black background white text. I love the look, I do. (I even TRIED IT.) But my eyes? Not so much. It HURTS.
- Very small font. Like, 6-8 point. (I’ve SEEN IT! Barely..)
- Very light font that is hard to read on a white background (highlight text to read.. You’ll need to)
- Flashy banners/count down widgets – I don’t know why but these are irritating to look at and clog up sidebars.
- Too many banners and/or buttons on sidebars and footer menus
- Ads Ads EVERYWHERE
- Hard to navigate menus – I am a menu person. Sub-menus are your friends.
- Non-collapsible archive or tags – I am not a tag person. I don’t search a blog by tag, EVER, and they typically made your side bars longer (and cluttered) than they need to be.
- Scrolling images – this is mainly for those that are NOT mobile device friendly blogs
- MUSIC. Just, no
Again, just my opinions here.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m guilty of doing a few of these things, too. But there is such a thing as TOO MUCH, friends.. There are so many things that you just don’t “need” on your side bar, footer menus etc.. If it something you feel you MUST show, create a page for it, maybe? It can be overwhelming for your readers. Also, change is okay. It’s okay to take down those reading challenges buttons from last year and 2013. It’s okay to remove those blog buttons that are no longer active from your blog roll.
- What are your design/layout peeves?
- Have you un-followed or NOT followed due to a layout/design?
- Was there anything mentioned that you do/use? Tell me about them!
- Have you changed your design/layout? Why or why not?
Tonyalee is an avid reader, gym junkie, coffee addicted workaholic and blogger. Be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for random shenanigans.