Six things I love in a blog besides its content, of course!
1. About Me Page
I was browsing Instagram a while back and came across this adorable style blogger. Interest piqued, I clicked to visit her blog but a quick glance of the latest posts gave me the impression that there wasn’t much to see or read; it was all just nice photos of her outfits. The About Me page also told me nothing about her— just a few words stating her interests, which were nothing special to begin with: food, arts, music etc.
So cute and so pretty, but so dull.
I love a beautifully written About Me page because it’s usually the second thing I check out when visiting a blog for the first time. It doesn’t have to be long but it has to be compelling enough to make me (a new reader) want more of you (in a non-sexual way). Like, I don’t need to know if your favorite color is blue or if you’re nuts about chocolate because let’s be real— who isn’t?! That’s boring stuff! Don’t rest on pretty or body like Carmen Carrera on RPDR season 3. Let your personality S H I N E.
2. Pretty Graphics
Once upon a time, a blog could get by with just text, but times have changed. Images are necessary because we’re a very visual culture obsessed with beautiful pictures and Instagram shelfies (I know I am). I’m more apt to read a blog that has attractive photos.
I also like it when the photo’s width is bigger than or matches the content!
3. Featured, Favorite, or Popular Posts
I think we should always highlight 3-5 of our favorite or most popular posts to drive more traffic to them. Chances are, a new reader will find them useful and will want to keep coming back regularly.
One of the reasons I got the Sabana theme was for the post carousel below the header. It’s one of the first things my visitors see and it’s also super easy to update/change.
4. Readable Text/Fonts
Don’t fuck with your fonts. Seriously. There’s nothing wrong with keeping it simple and sticking to the conventional. If you want your blog to be different or to stand out, focus on overall design and content. Don’t write whole entries in bold or italics (so hard to read!), in all caps (WHO THE HELL), or in painful fonts (*Courier New, Century Gothic and any typewriter or script fonts). Select a nice, readable font size, too. And for the love of all things good and holy, DO NOT COMBINE ALL THREE.
5. A (Clean) Sidebar
We really don’t need to know which country your visitors came from!
It’s just preference, but I prefer two-column over one-column themes (don’t get me started on masonry/magazine themes, fucking bane of my brain). My sidebar used to be cluttered with so much shit and I’m pretty chuffed I’ve managed to trim the fat with this new look.
6. A Back to Top Link
I can’t believe so many people forget to stick one in their footer! It only takes a couple of minutes and saves visitors from having to keep scrolling up.
Are there specific things you love that draw you to certain blogs? :)