Blogging can be a career when done right, often times we see people on blogs just reblogging posts and do not know how to curate our own content. On occasion we see people who try to do it right but fail because of their lack of knowledge and expertise. A Beautiful Mess gives us insight on six ways bloggers can improve their work. In their , “Tips For Laying Out Blog Posts” and “10 Blog Layout Tips” , they talk about how to attract viewers attentions through the aesthetics of one’s layout. Their first tip emphasized the use of cover photos, this instantly attracts viewers attention to a large picture. The next tip is captioning, this is a way to give the reader a brief summary of what the article is about. Next they talk about collages, this is important because collages help with loading time. Have you ever been to a site where there are just too many pictures on one page, and it loads super slow, it is because of all the pictures. With collages it takes all the photos and mashes them into one photo so instead of loading five individual pictures the site just has one to load. Tip 4 is the photo layout, when used correctly users will know which post is a weekly special or which post is “hot”. Next is tip 5, clip art is used to bedazzle a photo, this gives the photo a certain attractive feature rather than having the plain and simple one. The last tip in “Tips For Laying Out Blog Posts” is fonts. Fonts can be creative and unique, they give your post a different feel, also you can make a certain word or phrase stand out by utilizing different fonts.
Similarly, “10 Blog Layout Tips” also gives you insight on how to better manage and optimize your blogs visual appeal. This posts goes more in depth then the other one which talks about blog Posts, but they are still somewhat similar in concept yet they provide two different outcomes. Blog layout tips is the visual appeal of the whole blog together. This combines everything from spacing, pictures, links, information, posts, and alignment, to give the viewer a fluent and pleasing experience when browsing one’s blog.
Here are pictures of what a blog looks like before using the tips and after using them.
You can see the big impact of what those tips have on the blog. One looks very cluttered, it has too much going on, while the other one looks more sophisticated and professional. Note the difference in the side bar also, the links are not grabbing the attention away from the posts in the after picture. Also the background is another big improvement, in the before picture the background is cutoff and you see that the pink background is cutoff displaying the plain gray background. In the after photo everything is nicely bordered, spaced out, and the background is consistent.
These tips are goldmines to a beginning blog such as myself. Furthermore not only can these tips be used on blogs and posts, they can also be applied to anything visual.