I was very pleased with the Bloggy Giveaways Carnival happy with how many people were interested in beautifying their blog! So, I thought I would talk a little about how to make your blog more appealing, with or without a new design.
The tips I am about to give were found at Modern Media Mom which has great blogging tips and advice, so please know these aren't just my personal opinions. They are in no particular order of importance.
Color - Make sure you use colors that are pleasing to the eye and don't make the reader need to squint to read, or give them a headache after being at your site for long. Also, try not to use backgrounds that are too busy and distracting to the eye.
Fonts - Keep your font large enough so your posts are easy to read. Also, use fonts that are easy to read and help pull the eye across the page.
Keep your sidebar tidy - This can be hard because there are so many cute buttons and graphics we want to have on our blogs. But, some blogs are so cluttered and busy with graphics, widgits and buttons that it is just a mess. I don't need to give an example of this as I am sure everyone has seen them.
- Professional, attractive banner - If you cannot afford a custom design (and don't care for any of the free templates linked in my sidebar), at least splurge for a custom header. Most designers charge between $15 and $25 for a custom header and it can have a lot of impact .