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What DiCioccio’s Paintings Can Teach Us About Blogging

After taking some time to look at Lauren DiCioccio’s paintngs, I think they are really good examples of how bloggers should want to layout their blogs. I have come to this conclusion after reading the “10 Blog Layout Tips” article we had to read for homework. A lot of the tips the article gives can be seen in Lauren DiCioccio’s paintings.

This first tip given in the article is vertical alignment. The point of the tip is to make sure everything in your blog fits in it’s rightful column. This is to make sure nothing looks like it is randomly sticking out and to keep your blog looking neat and organized. If you look through Lauren’s paintings, you can observe that they all contain vertical alignment.

The second tip given is having white space in your layout. You want to have white space, or sections/columns of your blog well spaced, so that it is easy for your readers to read. In Lauren’s paintings, all of her paintings have white space. Her columns are filled with colors and they are also well spaced so you can easily identify separate columns and paragraphs or images.

I am skipping down to tips 6 & 7 because tips 3, 4 and 5 ( uncluttered sidebars, accessible info and short description) are elements we can not necessarily draw an accurate comparison to blogging, since these paintings are made up of dots and not words.

Tip number six is typography. Typography is having a low amount of fonts in your blog. I think Lauren’s paintings are a good representation of consistency with fonts because in all of her paintings, for the most part, the dots are the same size.  There are also only dots, so the consistency of shape is also made throughout the paintings. We do not see any squares or triangles mixed in. Sometimes there are bigger dots to represent a title or quote perhaps, but other than that, there is consistency of shape and size with the content that is representative of the words.

Tip number seven is colors. You want to add color to your blog to make it appealing and to draw attention to your readers. Lauren’s paintings are a good example of the addition of color because her paintings are filled with a variety of colors. She places colors in the dots and sometimes the images. This in combination with the white background really makes her paintings stand out. The colors really capture your attention while looking at her paintings. That is what you want to achieve with a blog layout. You really want to be able to capture a reader’s attention and the use of color is a very simple way to do that.

These are just a few of the tips that resonated with me after looking at her paintings. They really do set a good example for how bloggers should look to layout their blogs. If bloggers are having trouble envisioning a nicely executed blog layout, I think they should look at Lauren’s paintings because they are definitely a great representation of what a blog layout should look like.

Three Blogs I Love – Check Them Out!

Three Blogs I Love:

http://www.dancebloggers.com/

This blog has a similar theme to the blog I am in the process of making. It has this theme of bringing dancers together, except in this case, it is strictly bringing dance bloggers together. In the “above the fold” part of the blog, there is a lot going on. The title is at the top, which is apart of the header of this blog. In the navigation bar, there is a home button. There are no categories. Below the navigation bar, there is a subscription box. Next to that in the middle of the page, is the most recent post. Then on the right of that is their only social link, which is a link to their Facebook page. There is a box for tags, but there are no tags. There is also a box for popular posts, but that is also empty. There is a list of contributors on the right. It is a very long list with all the dance blogs they link to. The rest of the blog consists of all their posts. I like this blog because I think they have a great idea here and a lot of potential. They also bring all these dance blogs to one place, which is really cool. There is a lot of content, they just need to promote it more, and also the blog is kind of plain. If they promote their posts more through social media and get people commenting, that popular posts box can get filled and they can make their blog bigger. I think a more exciting design will also draw viewers.

http://dailydancenote.blogspot.com/

The first thing I liked about this blog was the background design. It draws you in because of the use of multiple colors and the splatter paint design. In the “above the fold” you see the title in the header, and below that there is no navigation bar, but there is a subscription bar. You also see the most recent post and the beginning of the sidebar. As you go down past the fold of the page, you are able to see more posts, and what the rest of the blog includes. It has a list of people who follow the blog, the blog archive and an “about me” section. I like this blog because the posts are motivational and they teach you stuff if you are someone in the process of learning to dance or trying to achieve a career in dance. I think this blog could improve by updating a little. The last post was in 2012, so they should add some more current posts. I also think they should get social media accounts to promote their blog and add the social links here. I feel like nowadays, social media is a must have for blogs because of how big it is in this current generation.

http://t-h-e-d-a-n-c-e-b-l-o-g.tumblr.com/

This dance blog is probably my favorite. In the “above the fold”, there is a middle section with the most recent posts. There is a sidebar on the left that shows all the blog has to offer. The categories include, Instagram, Me-Dance photos, Dance Blogs List, Dance Tips, Personal/Photography Blog, and How To Dance Videos. The categories show this blog has a lot to offer to dancers and people who like dance. I think the photos this blogger posts are really cool. There are a lot of action shots, which is awesome to see. This blogger also has an archive section, an “ask me” section, a submission section, and links to other blogs. I think those are important sections to have because it allows readers to really interact with the blog and get involved. I really like the content of this blog and the design is also nice and put together well. I did not see anything I thought called for improvement.

Blog I follow

http://www.chicgalleria.com/

Chic Galleria is a blog I have chosen to follow. I really like it because it covers many topics. The pages include arts & entertainment, body & mind, food, giveaways, shop, style, and travel. This blog has a little bit of everything, which is why I like it. There is a lot of variety for viewers! The pages are placed in a navigation bar. They are listed in the right top hand corner which is great because it is then made easy to see what the blog offers. This would be included in the “above the fold” portion of the blog. Also in that portion is the title. The title is also big and clear. It is also bright, with highlights of red. A cool feature of the pages is that most of them are different colors. I enjoyed seeing that. It brings a little creative customization to the blog! Although this blog adds different colors to some of the pages, I think one thing this blog could improve on is it’s overall design. The background of the pages is plain. The content of each page takes up a lot of space, but I still think something could be done with the background to make it a little more exciting. I also think the font choice is a little plain. I think that could be changed also to make the blog a little more exciting or exotic, appearance wise. Another feature to note about this blog is that it is a collaborative blog. There are multiple authors that contribute to the posts showcased on this blog. When you click on the “about the author” on the homepage, it lists the editor along with the writers that write posts for this blog. Another cool feature of this blog is the “Latest Readers Comments” feed on the top, right below the title. I like this feature of the blog because you can see what people are saying about certain posts. You are introduced to popular posts right then and there! There is a sidebar on this blog as well. The sidebar contains the social media links for the blog, photos, ads, latest articles, a search bar, and a subscribe section. Also included in the sidebar is the archives section. This section has a drop down feature that lets you look up articles as far back as 2008. They are listed by month and year. I think it is very well organized! On the footer of the blog, all the categories are listed. There are a lot of them listed! When it comes to posts, the most recent ones are listed on the home page. New posts are constantly posted, this is a very active blog. Overall, I throughly enjoy this blog. There is a lot of variety, content wise. There is also consistency when it comes to recent and updated posts. The articles also always include photos and are very well written. This is a blog I will read on a daily basis!