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Question:What is important in design for the blogs you follow? What features/elements do you appreciate? What are big turn offs?
The biggest turns offs for a blog design for me are music blaring at me as soon as I enter a site, Captcha, too many or flashing ads and dark backgrounds/fonts where I can’t read the post. I just want to read a post and if I have to work too hard to do it then I don’t bother.
I’ve also noticed that a lot of blogs have switched to a more of a news style layout. I’m not even sure if that’s how you describe it…but the ones where you see all the posts for the past few weeks and then have to click to get the full post. I feel overwhelmed with too many posts to choose from and it seems impersonal to me. One blog that I think gets it right with this layout is Geeky Bloggers Book Blog. I can see the advantage though. I visit my favorite blogs daily but if you don’t, you could see the whole week and choose what posts to read. I also imagine it helps with page views. Once a post is up the old one gets pushed down and not many people are going to make the effort to keep clicking around to see your posts from the week. Having them all right there for the week would be a good thing - just not something I prefer. I wouldn’t unfollow a blog because of it.
What I like is pretty simple. Personality. I don’t care if it’s a simple design or a fancy layout – if you post once a week or 10 times a week. If you’re personality shines and I get the sense that you're having fun blogging then I’ll be back.
This isn’t so much design related but I don’t like a constant barrage of promo posts either. It leads back to personality to me. If it’s all just generic publicity then I don’t know what that blogger really feels about anything. I like the interaction and friendships and that feels cold to me.
Having said all of that – it is YOUR blog! If you want blaring music with flashing ads and black on black background and font then DO IT! YOUR BLOG is a refection of what you love and your design should be whatever makes you happy.
*******Topic for April 1st - How does blogging effect your *real* life? Are friends and family supportive? Do you find that blogging cuts into family time? How do you strike a balance between the two?
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