And then I go through them one at a time, and take a quick glance, and either stay and comment and possibly even follow, or close it out.
It all depends on the design.
I don't care what your blog's name is, I don't care what you write about, if you have a bad design, I'm leaving.
So I'm going to get all this ranting off my mind and give all you bloggers and designers some tips. And please remember that I'm totally not trying to be mean.And honestly, if you have a problem with my tips, let me know. It's a free country, people.
So here we go.
1. Simplify your background
This is one of the worst. There is no way I want to read a blog with a purple and red polka dot background. Honestly, my favorite blogs just have a white background. That's it. No more. No less.
2. Use uniform social media buttons.
Come on, man, just do a little more work and maybe people will actually visit your social media!!
3. Don't use cursive fonts.
Sure, cursive's pretty. So are flowers. And red hair. But seriously, just use a nice, normal, modern font. So much more professional. So much easier on the eyes.
4. Choose a neutral color scheme.
And by neutral, I mean minimal. Just choose one (MAYBE two) nice colors and have them be accent colors for font, borders, social media buttons. But DON'T have a completely blue blog. That's just weird. And DON'T choose like 20 different colors and have everything not match. So yucky.
5. Limit your "Sidebar Stuff".
Like seriously. Don't put blinky images in there. Don't put random quotes. And I don't really care how many page views you have or where you're viewers are from. Like, at all.
Your copyright, your search bar, and anything else that is necessary for your blog, but not necessary for everyone to see can go on the bottom of your blog in the footer.
6. No background music.
Sure, Ann Voscamp can get away with it, but really, I don't want to listen to your music. No matter how awesome the song is.
7. Have normal sized header/title.
You know those titles where you have to scroll down for 10 minutes until you reach the bottom? Don't do it. Just say your name, and it's all good.
8. This one is probably my biggest pet peve. CENTER YOUR TITLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know, I know, blogger makes it hard on you because you can't center your title. SO MAKE A TITLE IN PAINT. or photoshop. or whatever. Just center it. Please.
9. Learn from the "pros".
Obviously, they don't all follow the rules that I just mentioned, but they definitely have blogs that will rock your socks.
Here are a few of my all time favorite blog designs~
Okay. I'm done ranting now. Hopefully this'll help you!
Next time I'll be nicer, and give you some freebies or something. :)
ps. I'm linked up here