With all the upsetting drama going on in my own home at the moment, it’s made me realise just how important it is for my blog to feel like home. I don’t think I have ever appreciated it as much as I do right now. It’s the one place that I can dig into and feel comfortable. A bit like going back to an old well-thumbed book, sat in cosy pj’s and sinking into a deliciously squishy chair. It’s just so me.
It’s not always been this way though. A year ago I was a new #awkward blogger, scrabbling to find my feet and wondering why I couldn’t get my blog to feel right. It does take time, so here are a few tips to help you along the way to make your blog feel like home.
Love Your Blog Template
If you are reading this, chances are you already have a blog and are well underway with your writing. But something might feel amiss or perhaps you feel restricted but can’t put your finger on it. For me, a big part of this all comes down to the blog template.
Your blog template is your structure. It’s like the pizza base to your juicy hawaiian or pepperoni. The toppings (your content) make it super tasty, but without your pizza base (your template) no one is going to be able to eat it.
Think about how you want to enjoy reading your blog in terms of structure, just as much as how you want other people to be able to enjoy it. Is there a specific something that would make it feel just right?
Here are a few things that you can do to get you started:
1. Have a look at your favourite blogs and note down a few things that really stand out for you. Don’t get hung up on the colour or the images. Instead, look deeper at the actual elements.
Are you drawn to highly visual and full blogs that make a feature of beautiful imagery like Aby’s You Baby Me Mummy. Or do you prefer clean lines and lots of space like Kaye’s Hello Archie If social media is your thing, how about something that showcases your different feeds like Chloe’s Life Unexpected.
2. Once you have a few ideas, take a peek at who designed the templates. You should be able to see this information towards the bottom of the page. If you look at mine, you will see that I have a PipDig template. Some bloggers may not have this information showing, so you might want to drop them an email to ask them directly if you really take a fancy to a particular blog template.
3. Next, try a few of those templates out for size to see if you can find the right fit for you. If in doubt, contact the blog template designer directly and explain the type of features that you are looking for. They are likely to be able to recommend something that is perfect for you. Just don’t forget to make sure that you can fully customise the template to reflect your own blog feel.
4. Before you commit, spend a bit of time template spotting. Ermm… I know. It does sound a bit weird doesn’t it? But it’s the perfect way to work out if you really love a blog template because of its actual qualities, or just the unique spin that a particular blogger has put on it.
In no time at all, you too will be able to make your blog feel like home. Have fun on the journey!
Make Your Blog Feel Like Home – A New Mini Series
I have been trying to keep this post short and sweet, but even with drastic editing, there is no way that I am fitting everything in. So, this marks the first post in my new mini series of Make Your Blog Feel Like Home.
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