Blog Design – Why is it important?

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Emily-whats-up Here's one answer to that question: because a blog is a visual medium before it's a thoughtful medium. People SEE it before they read it. The web was created to be visual. Before the web, the Internet was nothing but text. Talk about boring! Once the world wide web was invented by Tim Berners-Lee, the concept exploded in color, design, and attention.

When you decide to create your blog, it's understandable that you want to create something that pleases you. The colors, the way the blog looks, the images you use, all play into designing a look and feel that makes you happy. And you want to be happy when you blog, right?

You can't stop there, however. You must stop and think about your audience. How will the design make them feel? Is black a good background color? Is red? What about the text? What font should you use? Will the color of the text work against the background color, once a link is clicked?

Don't forget images. Should you have people and pets in your header? Just pets? Just people? The great outdoors? And, what size should they be?

These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself. And, once you've created your blog design, you need to test it with a group of select people. Always ask your Mom! But, don't limit yourself to friends and family. You can't depend on them to tell you the truth. They may be too flattering or too critical. Ask a range of people, and ask them to ask one friend – someone who doesn't know you.

For images, you decide how many but make sure they're optimized. Images that take too long to download will send readers clicking away! You have about 2-3 seconds to get your reader's interest – before they click that mouse and go somewhere else! Don't make them wait for that fantastic shot!

Your design is more than a pretty face to the public. It's a representation of the purpose of your blog and the meaning of your writing. If you're writing a travel blog – show some pets in cars or airplanes. If you're writing a nutrition blog, show off some food, and pets slurping it up. If you're just blogging about everything pets, make sure you have pets in your header – and use colors that are upbeat.

Here are some designs I like. Share some you like. Even better, share some you don't like!

Bocci's Beefs: Boccis-beefs Two Little Cavaliers:

Two-little-cavaliers

Oh My Dog!:

Oh-my-dog  

  • http://istillwantmorepuppies.blogspot.com Pup Fan

    Interesting post… I was just thinking about this the other day. I tried to change the photo in my header, and had to learn how to resize images. I need to give myself a crash course in resizing them for my posts too, now that I have a DSLR and the files are bigger. I agree that design is important – but I can also say that I find it challenging because I’m still learning the technical side of things. Thanks for the tips!

  • http://istillwantmorepuppies.blogspot.com Pup Fan

    Oh, and PS – great choices. I really like the ones featured here.

  • http://www.scratchingsandsniffings.com Yvonne DiVita

    thanks, Pup Fan. I know resizing can be challenging. But, it’s worth it. Design is a personal thing, also. We all need to step back and ask if our design is just for us…or for the blog and its readers. Combining the two is your best bet. I’m sure there will be more experienced people at the conference to help with this. Hope to see you there.

  • http://istillwantmorepuppies.blogspot.com/ Pup Fan

    I’m trying to be conscious of resizing while working on my posts these days… one of these days I’ll get the technical side of blogging figured out.
    I really hope to make it to the conference!