hey guys! i’m so excited to say that i’m starting a new blog series today!
a couple weeks ago in my blog survey, someone suggested that i do more posts on blogging / what i’ve learned / tips, so that’s what i’ve decided to do. i actually love talking about blogging itself, and i don’t talk about it nearly enough on this blog.
i wanted to create a series of content that contained information that i would have loved to know when i first started book blogging back in october of 2016. even though i still consider myself a newbie book blogger, i thought that i could offer some helpful advice anyway about what i’ve learned in my almost-a-year of book blogging. i’ll be tackling topics like blog design (that’s today yay!), arcs & review copies, blogging voice, and really anything else you guys want to see. i would love to do a q&a post for new book bloggers sometime so leave me some questions if you want to see that, and leave me some recommendations for other topics you would like to see discussed!
as i just mentioned, today i’ll be covering blog design, aka the one thing that could make or break your blog.
01. make it pretty.
- COMIC SANS. i have a personal grudge against this menace to the graphic design world.
- also chalkboard font and the felt tip pen font.
- white text on a black background.
- lots and lots of neon colors.
|nooooooo comic sans nooo|
02. make sure your brand is easily identifiable.
for example, i would say that my branding / my aesthetic is brush fonts, watercolor floral graphics, and minimal bookish photos. i also use the same photo of myself for my blog, twitter, instagram, bloglovin, etc. i try my best to make sure that the connection between all of my social medias is clear. this can be extremely helpful to followers in making sure that they’ve found the person that they are looking for.
oh! and i also try not to simply use the cover of a book for the header image of a book review. book reviews already receive a much lower amount of views than other posts, and i try my best to keep them interesting with plenty of ~aesthetic~ bookish photos. that’s part of my brand too, i guess.
try your best to:
- limit the colors and fonts you use.
- choose colors that work well together.
- choose fonts that don’t clash when they are put together
- be consistent in your design choices.
|you can also create a brand kit like the one above if you’re not sure how all the aspects of your design will work together.
*edit* here’s the new brand kit for reverie pages.
03. clean up that sidebar!
having a sidebar beside your posts is an excellent way to display a information for your readers, but you really need to make sure that you don’t have too much there. a messy sidebar can detract from a reader’s experience, and make your blog overall harder to read.
in my experience, the things that i like to have in a sidebar are:
- a snippet of text about yourself + a photo of you if you want + social media links
- email subscription
- bloglovin’ follow button
- post archive
- pinterest / instagram widgets (optional)
- featured post (optional)
- goodreads reading challenge (optional)
- blinking lights / photos / gifs (it can be distracting and/or annoying)
- widgets that make noise or play music
- lots and lots of ads (maybe limit to one?)
04. structure your posts.
i also do my best to add some variation in text style in blog posts such as headers (the font under the flower graphic above), bold text, italics, strikethrough, or extremely large text. for book review posts, i put book blurbs into a block quote format so that they can be identified easily. i find that adding different fonts and styles keeps things interesting and helps me to add some of my personality and blogging voice to the mix (we’ll talk more about blogging voice another day).
|see? this gif has nothing to do with the topic, but it’s still fun to look at wooooo !!|