March 18th – What is important in design for the blogs you follow? What features/elements do you appreciate? What are big turn offs?
In terms of blog design the most important thing for me is readability. If I can’t read your blog, then I probably won’t be back. I’m not a huge fan of dark back grounds, but if you are going to use one the font needs to be a bright color. Dark fonts on dark backgrounds don’t work. No fancy fonts in the post! I love fancy fonts in your header/title post/side bar/etc but not in your post. Your post should be one of the standard fonts like Arial or Times New Roman. It should also be of normal reading size (size 10-14), anything smaller and I can’t read it, anything bigger and it drives me nuts. I also have a thing against massive headers. Your header should not take up the entire screen. I also dislike falling snow and the moving twitter bird. They are very distracting when I’m trying to read. And of course I hate CAPTCHA.
I know that seems like a lot of stuff I don’t like, but I don’t come across that stuff very often!
There are lots of things I like too! I’m attracted to pretty blog designs, but I have nothing against blogger templates. I like when people have a search bar. I like being able to see the personality of the blogger through their blog (not just design, but also through their posts). Honestly regardless of what your design looks like if I can read it and I like your content I will read your blog.
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