Personal Blogs: Using Simple Design Effectively. Personal blogs are all about delivering information quickly, efficiently, and without bombarding the visitor with too much or cluttered information. Often people are turned off by blogs because the design is either inappropriate for the page’s content, or the page is simply “too busy” to be pleasing to the eye.
In most cases, a simple, one-column WordPress theme will do the job just fine. This is more in line with what is considered the traditional blog format, with the newest posts appearing at the top of the page and going down in list format according to when they were posted. If you intend to use a lot of pictures or even use the site as your own personal portfolio for your work, you may consider going a different route altogether. Many gadgets on WordPress allow you to create virtual slide shows of images that allow you to showcase them without cluttering up a page.
If you want to spice up your blog beyond this, it is better to use widgets and small add-ons as opposed to using a more complex, picture-based template with lots of images and moving parts which are better suited for news blogs. There are many widgets on the market that allow you to fully customize the margins of your blog with personal images or custom text that adds a personal feel without interfering with the actual content of your blog. You should also choose a text format and color scheme that is easy on the eyes and stay away from non-traditional font colors.
When in doubt, keep it simple and add a little spice here and there to give your personal blog the attention it deserves without distracting from its intended purpose. Blogs are intended to be a personal expression and an avenue for your readers to gain insight of some kind, whether it’s your own personal thoughts or simply updates in what’s new with your life. You want your readers to keep coming back for more, and next to the actual content, design is one of the most important elements for any blog.
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