Well, as I struggle to figure out widgets and why they aren’t working as I’d have hoped, you can see I have sorted out a pretty basic design for my blog so far. You’ll have to forgive my lacking knowledge when it comes to WordPress. I have a much greater understanding of Tumblr for blogs. I’m just going to take some cues from Moo’s News for now on the importance of keeping a blog design simple.
“We all have an urge to sell ourselves. And if we’re honest, we do it more often than we should. We don’t want to miss an opportunity and we’re afraid that our users will not quite get it. So we add more and more to our websites with much of it being drivel. And while we are doing that we’re not concentrating on what is really important – making the website easy to use and making it beautiful.”
My blog is a little on the darker side (I’ve always been a fan of black), and my header photo is a picture that I actually took on accident but ended up loving.
I took it at about midnight in the middle of the desert facing the I-15 North. It ended up looking just abstract enough to make me proud. It’s subtle in it’s business and provides a great design feature (at least, in my opinion).
If I could figure out how to display my full blog posts in the center of my home page, that would totally be there (working on it!). I feel like my blog emanates a subtle relaxed mood with bordering traditional font and a dim theme reminiscent of reading a newspaper in the den. Maybe with some hot tea and biscuits. Man, am I hungry.
Anyway, this website emphasizes the opposite of Moo’s, which I find interesting because there is appeal in both ideas. When it comes down to it, unless you have a niche or an appeal to a mass audience, ain’t nobody reading’ your blog. HuffPo is still considered a blog, and some people call Buzzfeed a blog, too. They obviously have mass appeal. I can’t really explain Buzzfeed’s appeal beyond “lists and quizzes you never knew you wanted, but you need.”
A majority of blogs need to find their niche, regardless of matter. This reminds me of the massive amount of “mommy blogs” online — and they’re all connected. They are blogs made by moms for moms and they are this massive interconnected support system online, it’s awesome. Same for fandom blogs on Tumblr. Someone who literally posts posts pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch all day may not be by strict definition blogging, but they use a blogging platform and have thousands of followers. As far as traditional blogging goes, the biggest and most popular are probably cooking blogs. Google a recipe and I guarantee a majority of the links that show are from blogs.
I digress. When it comes down to it, that Tumblr blog better look good and that recipe better be presented nicely. No one wants to look at a page of vomit. The simplicity of “site making” that Tumblr offers results in some extremely beautiful page designs, some complicated and some very, very simple. I tend to like the most complicated ones that include not only how something is presented upon first look, but how it interacts. If I hover over an avatar and a navigation menu, previously unseen, fades in, I swoon.
But hey, on blogs ugly or stunning, there’s nothing wrong with some chicken cordon bleu and Cumberbatch.
EDIT: Huzzah! My Twitter feed finally works. But the integration of blogs and social media is a whole other post.