3 Blog Redesign Thoughts

When I started this blog 19 months ago, I never really cared about its design. I chose the most generic one so I can easily incorporate some design touches into it.  If you look at my blog, I know what you are thinking. What design touches?! I know, right? I really did nothing, design-wise. I was busy filling it with content that the design took a backseat. At the start of the 2013, I thought about putting the blog redesign project as part of my goals for this year. I refrained from doing so because I did not like committing to something I did not think through. Lately though, I have been looking at fonts. I guess this is what I get for reading about Steve Jobs. He was obsessed about good design which made me rethink about my design choices for my blog.

I still cannot say with certainty that I will redesign my blog. For now, there 3 ideas that kept running in my head.

1. Fonts. I have read about people who are font snobs. What I learned from some of them is that Helvetica is a good font while Comic Sans is not.  I think  Helvetica is good because it is simple, clear and versatile. You can use it on formal documents as well as informal ones. Comic Sans looks like a child’s handwriting so it is informal.  Confession: I used to like Comic Sans for it childish nature but I stopped using it since I read about its design flaws.

There are fours fonts I want to use for this blog and I am still open for other fonts that might catch my fancy. I just learned about Google web fonts and I am still figuring out how to use them in this blog. Here are my picks from Google:

I do not know if these are good fonts, design-wise. One font will be used for the blog post title and another for the content. What do you think?

2. Color. My blog does not have color in its design. I make up for it through photos. For 2013, emerald green is the Pantone Color of the Year. I don’t think I am warming up to the idea of emerald green for my blog. I am more of a pastel kind of girl. I am taking cues from Pantone’s Spring Fashion Colors for 2013 instead.

 

I like dusk blue, grayed jade, lemon zest and nectarine.  We’ll see what I finally decide on.

3.  Mobile accessibility.  I really do not know how my blog looks on a mobile device since I do not own those fancy smartphones.  However, it does make perfect sense to create mobile website because there are millions of mobile users out there. Those millions of mobile users are potential blog readers. I learned about Mobstac when I browsed through different LinkedIn pages. Signing up is free. I will consider their services once I decide on items 1 and 2 above.

So far, those are the things I am thinking when it comes to blog design. What other things should I consider?

Owning a Blog

This is not my first blog. I started toying the idea of creating a website to earn money in 2006. I had a grand dream of creating a website and sit pretty while revenues keep coming in.  I realized that it was not as easy as I though it would be. HA!

I started the website for the wrong reasons.  Ultimately, it did not succeed.  Besides,  I did not have fun creating it.

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I did not stop there. I created another blog similar to this one but I distanced myself from it. I wrote posts where I think would yield great SEO (search engine optimization).  If my friends find that blog, I do not think they would know it was me writing it. It was hard for me to maintain that blog and I was having hard time updating it.

Content , they say, is king.  It is a challenge to write interesting content.  I try to visualize who I am writing the content for and I try to keep it engaging.

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Last year, I decided to change my mindset about blogging. I started writing about my experiences in my own voice. I now write like I am talking to a friend. I stopped worrying about earning from it.  I just gave it a go and, a year later,  I am still enjoying the process.

I built a blog almost from scratch. Instead of going through free hosting sites, I went for a self-hosted site. I chose a WordPress platform because I have heard wonderful things about it.

You can also build a website even without experience.  There are helpful sites like http://www.hereshowtomakeawebsite.com/ that can guide you into creating one. Although content is king, you still need at least a workable space where you can start building your content. Find your niche. I suggest that it has to be something you are interested in because it is difficult to write about something when you heart is not into it. You have to enjoy what you do.