Hello, and happy Friday! I hope that the beginning of March has gone well for you all. I’ve had a pretty busy week at school, and I’m very excited for the weekend! I have a long day of dance tomorrow though, but I’ll hopefully have some time after to write a little. Anyways, today’s LTB topic is maintaining a blog aesthetic, and I’m excited for it! So, let’s get right into the post!
Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic maintaining a blog aesthetic (suggested by Hayley @ On This I Ponder)
How much time do you spend on making your blog look nice?
I’ve spent a lot of time on it, but now that I’ve figured out a design I’m happy with, I don’t spend too much time on it now.
Sometimes I’ll make small changes to the layout of my blog, but not too regularly, now that I’ve made a design I’m really happy with.
Is it more about making it functional?
I definitely want to make my blog as functional as possible, and I work really hard on that. But, I also want it to be pretty, to look nice, and to be as much my own as I can make it.
I’ve spent so much time finding designs and images and themes and colors that seem perfect, and it’s definitely worth it. I’ve spent a lot of time making it functional, but this is also my little corner of the internet, and I like making it my own!
Did it take a long time to set it up?
Yes. It took a very, very long time to set up. I first had to figure out WordPress which took a while, and even after I had a good grasp on that, it was still hard to figure out how to make my blog look nice, and how to customize different parts of it.
Are you still changing it around?
Sometimes! I’ve had my main design for more than two years now, and I’m really happy with it. That’s my header, logo, template for featured images on posts, and all that. Those things have stayed the same, but there are other, smaller things that I’ve changed quite a bit. I’ve switched around my menu a fair amount, and I try to make it most relevant to the types of posts I’m doing the most of at any current moment. When I stopped using Goodreads and switched to Storygraph, I took off some Goodreads related things I had on my blog’s sidebar.
So yeah, I am still changing my blog around, though much less than I used to.
Do you ever feel like your blog design is not properly appreciated (for example, are most people reading your posts via the Reader and not actually visiting your blog)?
I try not to think about it. I know that some posts get a lot more views, and some get a lot less. I know that a ton of my readers read my posts from the WordPress Reader, which means they aren’t seeing the formatting and cool designs, but what’s most important is that they can read the content. I do wish the Reader didn’t mess up so much formatting, because it’s a really neat tool for discovering new blogs, and for interacting with ones that you follow.
What are the best tools you use to customize the look of your blog?
Canva. I use Canva for pretty much everything, and I think that it’s a really amazing resource. I use it for designing the featured images I have with every post, and it’s what I used for my blog’s logo and header!
Wrapping this up…
I love making my blog look pretty, and I love that I get to customize everything, and really make it my own platform. I think that what is special to me about blogging that I can’t get as much from other social media platforms, like Instagram, is that I can really make my blog my own, and structure it how I want.
Do you spend a lot of time making your blog look nice? What are your favorite tools for blog design? Chat with me in the comments below!