18 March 2013

Book Blogger Confessions: Blog Design


Hosted by For What It's Worth and Midnyte Reader, Book Blogger Confessions is a bi-weekly feature where bloggers confess all about blogging or bookish topics.

I haven't participated in BBC for a while, but I felt like I was missing some discussion posts so I'm going to participate regularly again.

This week's topic: What is important in design for the blogs you follow? What features/elements do you appreciate? What are big turn offs?

Blog design is a very personal and varied thing - there's the minimalists, the colour lovers, the DIY and the professionally designed. I love the variety of blogs and especially the ones that have their own unique designs to make them more memorable, but there a few things that I always look for when I'm checking out new blogs:

- Easy ''follow'' options - there's nothing more disappointing than finding a cool new blog and not being able to find how to follow them, or only having GFC or Linky as an option. Having as many options as possible mean that I can follow you however I like - RSS and Twitter are my personal favourites.

- Too many widgets - they make the page slow to load, hard to find what I'm looking for and just distract me. Widgets can be cool but they shouldn't overshadow the actual content.

- About Me pages - I love knowing more about the person (or persons!) behind the blog, it makes it a more personal experience.

What key things do you look for when you find a new blog?

17 comments:

  1. I completely agree with you, Kat! Easy follow options are a must. Sometimes, you've to scroll WAY down to find the follow options. As for About Me pages, I LOVE those too! It gives you a nice insight into the person who's blog you're visiting. Great post! :)

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

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    1. It doesn't have to be a huge page, just a quick 'hi, here I am', it's nice to know the face behind the blog!

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  2. Easy follow options are so important! I also agree that anything that slows down the loading of your page is not good. If I have to wait for your page to load I usually just move on.

    I go through spurts where I look at about me pages, but there aren't a lot of bloggers that have them.

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    1. Especially for people with bad internet connections :)

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  3. easy follow options are very important. I also like blogs that draw my eye towards the blog posts. i don't like to be distracted all over the place. I like clean cut blogs with unique designs. I also hate advertisements all over the place or too many widgets. Great post.

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    1. I'm a big fan of the KISS principle ;-)

      I don't mind advertising if it doesn't distract me from what I'm reading, or make it difficult to find what I like.

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  4. I love when its easy too and love it simple and clean . I agree about the about me pages too.

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  5. Oh I forgot the About Me page! But I love those too. :D

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  6. Too many widgets can definitely be too distracting, I like it when blogs are simple to navigate :)

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  7. I don't have an about me page. I really need to make one sometime. I always felt like I have nothing to say lol

    I prefer simple but there are always exceptions as long as it reflects the bloggers personality,

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  8. I follow by RSS so lack of follow options really doesn't bother me. You only need the blog's url to add it to a feed reader. I guess the RSS link is useful for people that don't know that but I'm not going to not follow a blog just because they haven't put a pretty button on. Also, the RSS thing means it doesn't matter how horrific the template is, I never have to see it ;)

    I guess if I can't actually find the content when I visit the blog, I'm not going to follow it. I think really narrow posts are bad and sidebars that take over. If you have a lot to say in your posts, you are more likely to have made it the focus point.

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  9. And I changed my blog design today. I want the follow buttons in clear vicinity too. Love the colors and pretty designs, the text and color should be easy on the eyes.

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  10. I agree with you, Kat! I like a variety of designs, especially because they tend to showcase the personality of the blogger themselves. So long as the font is legible and somewhat unfussy (where I can easily locate stuff), then I'm down for just about anything. As far as follow methods go, I'm with you there too. Just make it easy to find and let me know about who YOU are and what you stand for. It's nice to get to know the person behind the blog as well.

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  11. Totally agree. I hate having to search for a way to follow someone. I'm also all about aesthetics. I like originality and pretty colors but I don't like it to be really busy. As you said, it takes too long to load plus it really detracts from the content because my eyes are pulled in too many directions.

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  12. Yes, I like following a blog through Twitter as well. It helps me remember the blog more and get to know the blogger personally. I totally agree that it's disappointing when you can't follow or even contact a blogger. I do love seeing how everyone has a different style to their blog.

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  13. I absolutely agree about all your points! I hate when I'm struggling to find the "follow" options... it's really annoying for me to manual add it to my reader, there have been times it's not "stuck" and won't work properly. I also really enjoy about me pages, I really like reading about who's writing!!

    Lauren @ Lose Time Reading

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