Welcome to week four!! It has been a crazy time in my life, we just finished moving last Wednesday and this week brought job loss to our family, so I apologize for any comments I have responded to or anything I missed.
If you've missed the previous weeks catch up here: Week One Week Two & Week Three
So this week is kinda silly, but very very important! This week we're going to focus all our energy on the APPEARANCE and the function of your blog. What I would like you to do is go find three blogs that you LOVE, truly love the look and feel of their blog.
My three are: Made to be a Momma, Blissful and Domestic and Clean and Scentsible. Once you have them picked out, look at the things that you LOVE about the blog. I adore Made to be a Momma's background, I noticed how similar our headers are, but I adore that Sketch Block font that's used. I just love how clean but bright her layout is. With Blissful and Domestic I again LOVE HOW CLEAN IT IS, I love the two colors she uses and how she incorporates her social media icons at the top. On Clean and Scentsible I love again the clean but I most love her popular posts, she has the image itself and then text on the picture to tell you what it is, I love that!!
So I picked pieces from some of my FAVORITE blogs and I incorporated ideas from each. This past week you might have seen this layout >>>>>>
I love the chevron but as I spent time linking up this week I stopped at each blog and noted some huge points:
1. Most backgrounds were kinda boring (they were neutral colored polka dots, chevron or just colors)
2. Very few blogs had pictures for their headers, and most in fact just had text and the nav bar.
3. In a lot of cases the ones that looked the best had their navigation bar included with their header image.
So the point of all of this is to look hard at your background and decide if the background is too busy and distracting from your content. Do you have illegible fonts that make it hard to read even if their the blog post name, sometimes I'll just not read if I can't read what the topic is. What about your header, is it so large that you can even see a portion of your content with it, does it take up the whole screen? Is it distracting?
In NO way am I saying go ahead and redo your entire blog but it might be something to think about, my current layout was again made by me, and I coded and image mapped the whole thing, it was very important to me to have something cleaner. When I had created the previous one from above, I had hoped it was clean enough but hadn't done by homework and looked at OTHER blogs when I did it.
Let's move on to the ABOUT ME section. I have spent a good deal of time trying to find something that I liked, something that was ME. It's an ABOUT ME section so it should represent you. Are you a scrapbooker? Post pictures with cute addons that make it look like a scrapbook. Are you clear and to the point? Make bullet points. Do you like to tell stories? Give them your favorite stories or memories. The "about me" section is a very big part of a blog. If you ever want to monetize your blog, before another blogger will put an ad up, 9 times out of 10 they'll pick you because they share something in common with you. It's not just about having a great blog and great numbers but also communicated WHO you are, through your blog. Another important part of an "about me" section (something I didn't do because I didn't work in mine) but is to include links to posts in your blog if you talk about a story. Do you have an entire post of pictures? Link that too! People want to find out who you are! If they're spending that much time on your blog, KEEP THEM THERE!
Do you want a signature at the bottom of your post? I've written instructions on how to use MS Paint to create an image and then use picmonkey to design your own signature. How to use picmonkey is the post and just so you know picmonkey is FREE!! Yes you read that right, it's free.
Well thank you for joining me this week for Growing Your Blog. Next week will be going over how to add pins to your images and I'll be sharing LOTS of links!!