February 23, 2009 By Amanda Padgett
I was ready to showcase another designer, but decided first to talk about basic blogging.
Through my surfing to find blog template designers, I have seen many blogs with great blog templates, yet they are a mess with too many buttons, pictures and buttons that are all askew on the sidebars, posts that have no paragraph breaks and more. Those things can detract from your blog design and even turn away readers.
Do you want to have a blog that is attractive, flows well, draws readers in and keeps them there a while? I strongly urge you to visit the many excellent sources of blogging tips and tricks. Go to one or more and listen to what is being said. Read the design tips they offer, listen to the pet peeves that are listed, find out all the little things you can do to improve your blog before you ever install a gorgeous free template or contact designer for a custom blog design.
The authors at my favorite blog-aid sites were successful with their own blogs before starting a blog-tech blog.
Here are the one I frequently go to:
Modern Media Mom (also the designer at Fruition Designs).
Darn Good Blogging (also the author of Simple Mom).
Blogging Basics 101 (also the author of Bloggy Giveaways).
Blog Coach (also the author of Baby Cheapskate).
There is also a forum at Blog Coach where you can ask Angie, the owner, and other bloggers about anything related to blogging.
Hopefully as I grow in my confidence with blogging, I will feel qualified enough to give advice, but for now, I will simply point you to the experts!