What do I have? What does my blog design say about me? Well, I am a work in progress. For example, it was only two weeks ago that my fabulous blogging friend Carrie Butler (who happens to be one of those aforementioned whizzes) bestowed upon me a new blog header.
Don't you love it?
I do. It fits me perfectly because:
- I love Huntington Beach and spend a lot of time there.
- It is where my current manuscript is set.
- The restaurant out on the Pier is named Ruby's--which is the name of the main character in my book.
- I love the idea that those surfers in the water are paddling out and waiting their turn for the next big wave. I feel like I am out there as a writer. I'm still paddling, and I'm still waiting for my perfect wave.
- It's beautiful...and I love beautiful.
But it's taken me a while to figure out how to build a visually dynamic and professional blog...and I'm still working on it. The two main ways I've learned is by 1) attending blog classes at writing conferences over the last several years; and 2) studying what other successful bloggers do. I'm coming up on one year of committed blogging, and if I had to bullet point the most important aspects of blog design knowledge I've attained, it'd be this:
- Make your design YOU. We all have a style, a personality, a voice. Let your design reflect that.
- Make your design easy on the eyes. One of my biggest pet peeves is when blogs have backgrounds and font colors that are similar. I can't read white off-white words on a white page! And speaking of backgrounds, I tend to like the ones best that don't distract from the words on the page or sting my eyes.
- Make your design simple. When there is too much business and buttons and awards and gadgets strewn across the top and sides of the page, I don't even know where to start reading. I greatly appreciate when bloggers put the followers button near the top so I don't have to go searching for it.
- Make it easy for people to comment. Word verification and putting the comment button somewhere other than the end of the post, makes it difficult for me to do so.
- Make it professional. Always keep in mind that agents, editors, potential readers of your book are gaining an opinion of you through your blog. If you come across as organized, committed, and capable in design, you might just be the same kind of writer.
So many of you have such fabulous blogs! Thanks for teaching me along the way.
So what does your blog design say about you?