As we've pointed out before, the design of your blog can speak volumes about you before your audience reads a single sentence. And if you think about it, inviting a reader to your blog is kind of like inviting a guest into your home. It's a space that is completely yours, so naturally, you want it to be the best version of your voice and personality.
“Innovation is often the ability to reach into the past and bring back what is good, what is beautiful, what is useful, and what is lasting.” — Sister Parish, interior designer (1910-1994)
Make the reader feel comfortable, offer them a cup of tea.
Like when you invite a guest over to your home, you want the reader to feel comfortable in your digital space — and you want to give them something that will make them come back for more. If your site is easy to navigate and has alluring content, it's likely your guests will drop by often.
Think of your theme, then execute.
Whether it's “urban renewal” or “minimalism,” the details can make all the difference; that's why it's of the utmost importance to plan ahead before you start designing your blog. Like you would if you were decorating your living room, look to other websites for inspiration, then add your own creative flair for a personal touch.
Better than basic — take your space from average to aha!
Simplicity can show restraint, but also think about adding one controversial item — it can get people talking. The “wow” factor in interior design can come in many forms, such as light fixtures, mirrors, objects, etc. The same could be said of your blog: your “wow” factor could be in the form of a logo, sidebar, titles, font, and so on.
What are some things you think about when designing your blog?
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