2. Put a template on it. I love coding but why stress yourself out when you can get a gorgeous template for a reasonable price designed by someone who knows what they're doing? My template is called Fox and Feather theme by Envye, designed by the helpful and inspiring Dana from Wonder Forest. She has tons of fab themes for blogger and wordpress, I'd defiantly check them out. She also has a YouTube channel called The Blog Beautician where she posts handy videos all about blogging and she also reviews blogs if you leave her a link! I was lucky enough to have my old blog design reviewed by her and her advise was very helpful and encouraging.
3. Back to basics. I know it seems obvious but make sure that your navigation is simple and easy to follow. Make sure that you have an about page, contact page, clear menu bar, search box and follow button. You want your followers to enjoy reading your posts and browse through them easily so make it fun and simple to do so. Keep your sidebar uncluttered and only have links that will help readers navigate through your blog.
4. Back to class. Why not learn from the professionals? I enrolled on A Beautiful Mess's Blog Life course to help me get back into blogging after a long break and its been amazing! Its so helpful and insightful, starting with blogging basics to in-depth sessions about creating features, photography tips and finding your own voice. I really recommend it if you need a little blogging boost and they also have a E-course called Design Love 2.0 all about revamping your blog, I'm going check that one out next! I've also got my eye on The Blogcademy Home School as they come in handy individual courses so you can pick and choose which subjects you want to learn about. Great idea!
5. Know your strengths and weaknesses. I'm not good at drawing so when I wanted some cute hand drawn pictures to accent my blog I tried my best, but all I ended up doing was frustrating myself! I put my pencil down and contacted an artist that I had been secretly stalking for a while, A Thousand Daisies. Manjit drawings are so beautiful and unique so when she agreed to do some custom work for me I knew it would be great! She was a pleasure to work with, so quick and from the short descriptions I gave her, she drew the most beautiful illustrations that you can see on my blog today. I put my ego aside and chose to work with someone who could do a way better job than I ever could. If your no good at a particular design element think about collaborating with someone who inspires you, you won't regret it.