21 May 2017

Quick and Simple Blog Makeover Tips to Implement Now (and Improve Your Blog)

Blogs are so much more than writing. They don't just have to sound good; They've got to look the part too. Aesthetics can make a huge difference in upping the way that people perceive your blog. Your blog is your creative space. You should use design to add value to your blog.
I've dabbled in the design aspect of my blog recently, and I've loved it! One of my favourite things is playing around with colour, typefaces and the holistic 'look and feel' of the space. I've received several comments on my blog's upgrade, so I've decided to give you 5 tips that I've used to up my blog's aesthetic game!

#1 Make a Logo

I could show you a black tick and I'm sure you'd be able to tell me exactly which brand that is. How about a yellow 'M'? You're thinking McDonald's right? Logos can be incredibly powerful- sometimes even more impactful than the name of the brand itself.

You should design a logo that relates to your blog's topics. It would be useless to have a travel blog, but your logo is a beautifully drawn maroon scissor.  Example: My logo is a magnifying glass, which includes my blog's name. 'Spying' and the magnifying glass link well with that.
It's also important not to go about being (what I'm calling it) an internet aesthetic thief. Master Photoshop or similar programmes and get creative! Use your rendering skills and be innovative. No one likes people who go around stealing other designs. So, don't be that girl.


#2 Use a Colour Scheme

Imagine a colour scheme to be like a colour palette. Select two or three colours that work well together. Then, only use those colours on your blog. A colour scheme helps elements to look more purposeful and intentional- as well as in harmony. It also helps to look more professional. A colour scheme is essential in building a brand; 
Example: Imagine if McDonald's decided to make Ronald McDonald red and green today, and the next day he wore purple and orange. That wouldn't be great with brand trust and brand identification. 

#3 Make All Images the Same Size 

Consistency and repetition look good to the eye. In design, one would call this 'rhythm and repetition'. Elements, like photographs, that are all the same size, consistently throughout one post or over several posts helps to create a neater blog appearance.  

Bonus tip: Make your images big, especially if they're images you have taken yourself. Be proud of them! Show those photographic babies off! The human eye also enjoys images. A blog that's all writing and no images is sometimes difficult to look at. Break the text with large images, to give your reader's eye some rest.

#4 Use One typeface:

An example of a typeface would be like Arial, Comic Sans or Verdana. A common misconception is that these are called fonts. That's not true. You should pick one typeface (two maximum) and continually use them EVERYWHERE.

You should be picking up a trend by now: It's all about uniform repetition. Whatever you do in one post, do everywhere.

Different typefaces communicate different things. A geometric, bold typeface communicates structure and stability. A cursive font could communicate elegance or maturity. Use typefaces to your advantage.
Example: If you have a beauty blog, which can be sophisticated and clean, use a typeface without much ornamentation, or a sans serif typeface, to mimic the cleanliness of beauty regiments etc.


#5 Alignment! Alignment! Alignment!

This one's so important that I repeated it three times. Yes, it is seriously that mandatory! Alignment is when a body of text, or an image, is in alliance with an imaginary line.When a body of text is aligned, it oozes professionalism.
For a long time, my alignment was a total and utter mess! One widget was in the centre, the next was more left and another was on the extreme right. I only perfected this problem when I bought a template. However, if your coding is better than mine (or you just have more patience than I do) then you can do it yourself!

If you'd like simple tips to improve your blog writing, head on over here.

What would be your top tips for a blog makeover? What do you think needs to be changed on my blog? Suggestions are always welcomed and appreciated!
Till next time-
Steph

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  1. Awesome tips also I love what you have been doing with your blog recently!

    Nabila // Hot Town Cool Girl

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    1. Thanks Nabila!

      I've been working hard at it recently!

      I'm sure there'll still be changes to come.

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  2. Thanks for this! Got all these at the moment - glad you like! I'd recommend using disqus for commenting too :) X

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    1. I'm on www.betternotstop.com if you are interested ;) X

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    2. If you've got them all, your blog must be pretty dandy! I'll go check it out now.

      I've considered Disqus, but someone has to create an extra account to use it. Most people already have a Google account, so for now, I'll stick with this set-up, but who knows, I could change my mind in the future!

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  3. Love the new theme!

    xx, Melissa
    https://elephantontheroad.com

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    1. Thanks Melissa!

      I'm still tweaking it!

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  4. My favourite tip of yours is to use large photos. It really annoys me when they're so tiny and I can barely see them. I love everything visual. You give great advice! I think getting familiar with using HTML in your posts is also helpful when it comes to styling. In-line CSS, I was taught, is bad practise but I'm too lazy to go adding ids and classes to my blogs css .... :L it still does exactly what I want ^_^

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    1. I'm so with you- if you've got great photos, make them BIG!
      Visual things look prettier, for sure!

      It seems like you know what you're talking about. Admittedly, that last sentence of ours flew over my head. But, as long as your blog does what you want it to do, all is good!

      Thanks M!

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  5. These are all great tips Steph! I also used this kind of tips except for the logo. I'm still trying to plan out its design :)

    trulyfionaa.blogspot.com

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    1. Designing a logo is so incredibly exciting!

      I can't wait to see what you come up with, Fi!

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  6. Thank you for those tips dear :D

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    1. Sure!

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. I agree with the colour scheme! It really makes a difference. And let's not forget the blog header! I'm a believer of the less-is-more for the blog headers, but I'm going to give a few bells and whistles a try.

    Btw, thanks for dropping by and commenting on my blog! x

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    1. Hey Layla!

      The blog header is also really important. I don't have a particular style that I like or dislike. extravagant can work on one blog and simplicity on another.

      Thanks!

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