- You can easily tell where the new posts are.
- I have the Facebook, Twitter and RSS icons clearly visible the second you get to the site.
- You can see who has left recent comments and where the discussion is at.
- If you want to check out an earlier post, the archive is easily located.
That’s why I like my blog design.
I decided to take a look at some free blog designs for WordPress and offer my opinion. The design in question comes from Bryan Veloso. First off, I like the darker background color. With so many pages having a light color, even offline programs like Microsoft Word, it’s nice to see something on the darker side. That being said, the greatest asset also is its greatest liability to me. With a monochrome color, there’s nothing to really demand your attention other than the hue. The layout is simple, which is a good thing. You can clearly see where the new content is and where the archives can be accessed. So, there is both positive and a little negative if you were to choose this particular theme.
Ok, one of the things I’ve picked up in learning how to blog is to offer different reading experiences. I want to offer one of those new experiences with an open survey. Here’s the survey question: When you visit a blog, what have been some of the biggest distractions? No need to include specific examples in your comment, but be as descriptive as possible so the rest of us can understand what you saw and experienced.
Well, it depends on where you live and who lives near you. Some have asked me where they can get a blog design similar to mine, and what I’ve said is this. When it came time to develop this blog, I went to my wife who designs websites for a living. I asked her if she would be willing to help me out with this and she came up with a wonderful design. Now, if you’re not lucky to have a spouse that already does this, don’t worry. There are people who design blogs as well as web sites. I have a friend who did a search for “orange county web designer” because he wanted to find someone nearby in California and found someone to meet his needs. That’s really all you have to do. Do a search for web design or blog design in your geographical location and you should receive a few names for consideration. Even then, some of the best people are living next door. So, don’t be afraid to talk to people in the real world. You might find your diamond designer in the rough talking to the grocery checkout girl.
While content is vital to the life of your blog, if your blog’s design is too confusing, you’ll end up losing readers. The folks over at hongkiat.com compiled 100 blog designs that are not only simple but beautiful as well. If you use one of these designs as the basis for your blog, you should only have to worry about creating good content.