Do you ever think about how to make your blog look exactly the way you want? Do you find yourself changing the themes / colours / lay out every so often to satisfy your aesthetic needs? Because I do that on a daily basis. Okay, maybe not daily, but at least few times per month I need to change some little things, even though most of the time you won’t even notice the change.
This comes from two places: (1) I am a huge control freak and everything out of my reach will drive me crazy, (2) appearance of my blog makes AN ENORMOUS difference on my writing mood!
The visions I have for my my blog can sometimes be quite unreachable BUT! I try to do and learn everything I can to improve it everyday with the limited tools and knowledge that I possess. So today I want to share with you some of my experience, ideas and just general thoughts when it comes to blog aesthetics!
1 – I am in love with minimalistic trend for blog designs! I believe that the most eye-pleasing layout should not take any attention away from your blog posts or those wonderful photographs that took you hours to take and edit. It’s slick, it’s classy and it is the definition of ME.
Is my blog minimalistic? I’d say right now it is on it’s way to become one, but it is a long process to achieve the perfect blog design just because what can look perfect for you on Monday, can be completely different on Friday. (at least that how my mind works from time to time).
2 – I am in love with big defined photographs! Nothing attracts attention better than a well-taken photo. It can be a photo of books, of nature, of people or a flat layout, but the colours, textures and shapes will pull our eyes towards it and crave for more.
When it come to photos I am no expert. I am barely a novice. I learn when I have time and with the tools that I have available for me. Bookstagram was my first ever experience of taking pictures constantly, and I’ve been through different styles and different phases.
I can’t say that I absolutely love my current Instagram theme (and therefore Blog theme) but it’s close to where I want it to be. I will continue experimenting and changing as many time as needed until I find what I was looking for!
3 – I love clean layouts! When everything is separated, divided into categories, easy to look at, easy to explore and most importantly easy to read. When people come on my blog I would like it to be a positive experience, in terms of content and in terms of aesthetic, and of course I want them to come back! This means that my #1 task is to make my blog simple, accessible and interesting (SAI for short? Can I create my own anagrams?)
4 – One thing I learnt during my blogging career is to not be afraid to experiment! Sometimes I spend hours and hours in Photoshop messing with this one idea of mine and then just delete everything and start from scratch. And I don’t look at it as a waste of time anymore, because I learn so much from it!
WHAT TOOLS DO I USE:
When it comes to editing photos or making any type of header or featured image, my well trusted friends are and always will be Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. I love them both equally and they both serve different purposes during my blog making process.
Unfortunately, I do not own a digital camera and don’t see myself buying one any time soon. For all of my photos I use my new Sony Xperia X Compact and I love the results. Natural lighting makes all the difference of course!
Considering that free WordPress platform is quite limited, I always try to learn different ways of using HTML to improve my posts (as much as my theme allows it).
There is still a long way to go and many things to improve so I count on you to share the tricks you use in the comments down below!