5 Blog Makeover Tips


Last month for ILC's 5th birthday I gave myself a present - a blog makeover! It wasn't in terrible shape and I'd sporadically retouched it here and there but I decided to give it a proper tidy and restyle, I hope you like it! I spent days researching blog design, coding (which I love), enrolled on the Blog Life course and analysed my favourite blogs to figure out why I liked them. Heres some blog makeover tips I learnt along the way :)



1. Think like a designer. Start with your favourite blogs and analyse them aesthetically. Take note of their colour pallet, fonts and the organisation of their sidebars, what is it about them that you like? Never copy another bloggers style, make your blog special and unique just like you! Once you've got an idea,  make a blog mood board, choose your colour pallet (3 or 4 at the most) and 2 to 3 fonts. Consider this your blogs branding and stick with it.


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.
I hope you find these tips useful, if you have any tips of your own please leave a comment. Feel free to share them and if your blog needs a little "spring clean" leave me a link so I can see your good work!

10 comments:

  1. These are super tips!! I'd like to one day get some illustrations done for my header or something, would be fun. Hope you have a great week doll :) x

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    1. Thanks Kizzy! You should totally go for it! Some cute drawings capturing the essence of your blog is a great design idea :) xxx

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  2. Thanks for the shout out! and I love with you did with the template. Great tips too :). I hope you don't mind one more tip from me, haha... since your page background is positioned to the left it is running into the slider on my super wide screen (the cat and sewing machine are behind the slider)... in the template editor position the background image in the center to fix this :) ;)
    xox

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    1. Thanks for letting me know! You've always got fab advice, keep up the good work xxx

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  3. this is wonderful! :)) and i actually fell in love with your blog right away. so i followed you on google+ :)))

    xoxo, rae
    http://www.raellarina.net/

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    1. Hi! Thanks so much for the follow and I'm glad you like my blog :) Its taken me a while but I'm pretty happy with it xxx

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  4. Your new design looks beautiful! I was pretty sure it was the Envye design, because I spent a long time deciding between this one and the one I ended up getting (white space). Love it!

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    1. They are so good aren't they! It took me a few weeks to decide but the scrolling box won mover in the end! xxx

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