danielcassady, on Dragon Blogger (July 8, 2012)
"Anyone can start a blog. I mean that. You don't even need to have a fancy laptop or an internet connection. All you need is an idea, and it doesn't even have to be a good one....
"...But what many new bloggers don't realize is how important it is for you blog to look good, to be easy to read and navigate.
"What I'm talking about, after all this time, is design.
"We've all been to websites or blogs that we thought we're going be worthwhile but turned out to be a mess of dark blues and neon yellows, blogs that we would have loved to read but couldn't because the content was overtaken by images and sound effects.
"I don't want you to make those mistakes, and with these 5 simple tips I am going to help you avoid them...."
The guest post on Dragon Blogger could have been shorter, but so could many of the Lemming's posts. It's a fast read, though, and a pretty good refresher on blog design.
Someone starting out should, in the Lemming's opinion, read what danielcassady has to say: and read other 'how-2' posts and articles. The basic ideas in "5 Tips" are good, sound advice: the details are, again in the Lemming's opinion: a matter of opinion.
For example, Dragon Blogger has a 'banner' ad above the post: but "5 Tips" says ads should be kept in the sidebar. This isn't 'poor design,' and danielcassady has a valid point: make posts easy to find on the page, "...so that your readers can focus on what they came to you for, the content." The banner ad wide, but short: and Dragon Blogger posts have a largish, bold, titles. That sort of 'over the post' advertising doesn't get in the way of readers.
Of course, that's the Lemming's opinion.
Here are the five points: each comes with a few sentences.
- Who Are You Talking To
- The Box Exists For A Reason
- The Curious World Of Images
- The Details Are The Key
Finally, about "and a Tardy Lemming" in the title: This post is about four hours late. A couple hours ago the Lemming realized that this isn't Thursday. It's been like that all week.
- "Friday the Lemming Slept Late"
(June 29, 2012)
- "How to Not Sound Crazy - or - THE PARANOIDS ARE AFTER ME!!!"
(June 12, 2011)
- "Writing For Blogs: Pretty Good Advice, and a Seven-Point List"
(June 14, 2010)
- " 'How to Make Your Blog Stand Out:' Trite Title, Good Advice"
(May 21, 2010)
- "Blog Header Design: Pretty Good Advice"
(March 30, 2010)