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Five Ways to Make Your Blog More Stylish


Recently, a new friend, The Clip Cafe, awarded me the Stylish Blogger award. Wow!Thanks so much! That's quite a compliment for someone like me who has a hard time with the concept of 'style'. And it's from a blogger who received this award X 5!!!
by Donna

Me? Well...I tend towards  the gawdy, ornate, and fluffy. And I'm a little chatty..just a wee bit!

Why be Stylish? Well, the problem is that even when you have great content, if it’s not well presented, fewer people are going to read it. That was my biggest problem the first six months of blogging at Comin’ Home. Good friends gave me some of these hints and it helped a bunch! 

Being stylish, gets peoples' attention..making them want to STAY and READ--which is what we want...right?

by Donna

Five ways to make your blog more stylish..

1. Find, Make or Buy an Attractive Header – Is your header eye-catching? Professional looking? Well drawn or photographed?  Does it convey your blog content in a glance? Never underestimate the impact of your header. When I finally got it right over the holidays, I started getting followers left and right. I was so shocked! I didn’t DO anything different, except change the header.  

Later, I shortened my header photo so that more of my blog info would show ‘above the envelope’ as Maria of Colour Me Happy talked about this week.  Either get a great photo banner off the web for free..or pay someone to design one. It will take your blog to the next level!  Debby at The Cozy Blanket found that out when she won a free blog makeover! Her blog  header is really cute!


by Rebekah

2. Use ONLY great photosBrent Riggs says NEVER put a poor photo on your blog. Never ever. Better to borrow one and give proper credit than to post an ugly photo.  People love to see great photos on blogs and unless they are your friends, they will not hang around to read your post if the photos aren’t good. (Thanks Shona for cluing me in on this months ago.) 

Photos that are blurry, dark, or so small they can’t be seen are the most common problem on the average blog.  I’ve been working on this all year but I still mess up sometimes and put up a less than WOW photo thinking it’s necessary.   Practice taking photos, read and try lots of tips and before you know it yours will be great! Natasha of 5 Minutes Just for Me takes the most gorgeous photos! She exudes style!

by Rebekah

3. Less is More…Cut out the fluff – It’s SOOO hard not to add gadgets and blog buttons, blinkies, dark backgrounds, fancy or hard to read fonts and ornate, cutesy backgrounds. These things are fun or beautiful, but if you want a stylish blog, then keep things simple. Clean lines, more space,  white or light backgrounds, simple fonts and only two-three font styles at most on a page are what you need.  (...think stylish magazine) Rayanne of A Lovely Thought has this down perfectly. The fluff detracts  from the best part of your blog—the post. It slows your blog loading speed too. 

4. Use good spelling and grammar. It pains me to read old posts and see how careless I was when I first started blogging. I read, re-read, edit, and edit again and still manage to have typos and grammar errors—even now!  I need to slow down and take the TIME to let the post SIT a bit and then re-read it a half an hour later or so with fresh eyes.  Readers don’t enjoy careless writing.

by Rebekah

5. Edit what you write. Keep your paragraphs short and your words simple. Hard writing makes for easy reading.  This is my BIG problem~I’m a chatterbox. My posts are just too long and wordy.  My daughter of Life of Light,  is a great writer. She says so much with so  few words ! Her English teacher told her to cut her essay in half the first day, cut in half again the next day, and then again and again.  By the end of the week, she was saying what she wanted to in just a few great sentences!  Now, she writes clearly with little effort.

Ellen of The Essentials of Fabulous has a fabulous writing style too and would be worth a visit. I could read her blog all day..and just bought her E-book!  Try Copyblogger for the best blog writing tips.  I re-wrote my last two posts just to practice their advice. Editing helped a lot!

by Rebekah
Passing on The Stylish Blogger Award
I’d like to thank the Clip Cafe for this special award. I’m not sure if I’ve quite earned it yet, but I’m certainly working on it! She really DOES have a stylish blog! 

I’d like to pass this award on to other stylish bloggers I know. Some probably already have this award. And some may be 'award free', so I know they won’t be blogging about it, but I’d like you to get to see some of these ideas ‘at work’.  Get more blogging tips and links HERE.
 
My Favorite Stylish Bloggers

Andrea of The Freckled Bug
Rayanne of A Lovely Thought
Natasha of 5 Minutes Just for Me
Kim of Home is Where the Heart Is
Laura of Decor to Adore (A New Reader!)
Wow..there were lots more but I've run out of time. Do enjoy your tour of stylish blogs! 

Hey..if I can be stylish..then ANYONE can! :o)


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9 comments:

Rayanne said...

Donna...you bless me so!!!
I love your blog because when I'm here I feel you in every corner(I'm a feel-ly person), and it's warm and inviting. Your great big heart shows all over your blog. Love you friend!!

Natasha said...

Donna, congratulations on your special award-you truly deserve it!

Thank you so much for passing it on to me and for your very kind words too! I am suffering with a horrible head cold at the moment so reading this has really lifted my spirits.

Best wishes always,
Natasha.
xo

Maria Killam said...

Donna your blog is totally stylish and thank you for including me in your list!! Great advice for all of us!
xoxo
Maria

Tim said...

Hi Honey!

In my unbiased ;) opinion, your blog has ALWAYS been stylish. It comes from your heart, and that's what means so much to your audience. Thanks for blessing everyone by sharing from the heart!

I love you,
Tim

Trudy Callan said...

I am touched by Tim's comment. I didn't even know he read your blog. I agree wholeheartedly with Tim's comment that you have always had a stylish blog and that what makes your blog so great is is comes from your heart.

Donna said...

Wow..how sweet! Thanks Honey! You all are very sweet... I'm glad you thought my blog was stylish even when I didn't. :o)

But really, style wasn't my big aim, I just wanted it to look..well... attractive, I think.

xo
Donna

Kerrie said...

The picture that Rebecca took is just beautiful and so sweet! hugs and ditto to Rayanne's comment!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh Donna, my heart is so full that it has spilled over out of my eyes.

You are SO perfect for this award. Your blog is quite lovely.

I absolutely adore awards. I do have an award free tag on my blog due to a talk with my precious Lord (I know He's yours too.)shortly after I began blogging.

I felt led to really try and stay humble and true to myself. Getting a big head can be somewhat of a slippery slope for me. So I will quietly treasure your kindness. :)

antmee said...

I was just thinking today about what I could do to improve my blog! You have generously given me a lot of ideas of what I could examine on my blog and improve.

One area I was thinking about was 'font size'. I am thinking of asking people if the size of my font makes it easy to read or if its too small.

Your blog as evolved beautifully over the last year I have been reading it. I now know your secret! Clever, generous advise from friends!

The one thing that never changed in your blog was the love and warmth you feel for other people. Your cheerful nature also radiates from your blog and it makes for a nice read after a hard day at work.

“There's nothing half so pleasant as coming home again.” ~ Margaret Sangster
Welcome to Comin' Home! If you lived nearby, I'd invite you over to my neck of the woods for a nice long chat and a cup of tea out on the deck. But since we can't do that, I hope you'll stay and look around. I love learning new things and sharing what I learn with friends. Comin' Home is where I share tips from my many projects. Let's have some fun together! XO Donna

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