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#socialbloggers 3 – Blog Design

Before the #socialbloggers Twitter Chat round up, I want to take part in a link up:
Bloglantine Day

You can write about :
-How much do you love your blog
-What are you planning to gift your blog
-What are your plans for your blog in future
-The good times of you & blog
-Some good blogging memories
-And everything about you & your blog.
I started my little space on the internet in December 2012. I am little sad to say that I didn’t celebrate the one year mark of my blog – it’s mainly because I find it hard to pin point when I really started it. I bought www.skinnedcartree.com a few months before I attached it to my blogger account but didn’t do much with it. So I’m not sure if my birthday should be in September – or December. Anyway, that is irrelevant. I really only started blogging because one of my best friends had just started. Unfortunately, she has not updated her blog in 11 months. It’s safe to say she has left blogging behind her for a few reasons. It’s a bit sad because I really miss reading her blog, she’s a funny lady with a beautiful eye for dresses. Come back, Janine!

I did not for a second think that it would last this long! I did have a bit of a dry patch this summer. I dropped down to posting every 3 days instead of every 1 or 2, I didn’t read as many blogs and it didn’t feel as fun as it used to. But I got over it and now I am 100% motivated! I’ve put a lot of thought and effort into my blog over the past few months. Since December, specifically. I’ve started the forums and met some great people on there and have also started a twitter account for my blog which has helped me connect with a whole new level of people.

There are so many different ways to find new blogs, meet new bloggers and connect with them it’s difficult to know where best to invest your time!

I probably spend at least 30 hours a week blogging. Whether that is taking photos, editing, writing posts, reading blogs, researching or learning new things. I’m not sure what I would do with myself if I didn’t blog. I probably would have bought Call of Duty Ghosts, completed Skyrim and built myself a whole town on Minecraft. And got father than level 6 on Flappy Bird.

So yes – that is me and my blog. I am gifting my blog a MacBook Pro for Blogatines day, for totally selfless reasons, of course. It should be with me tomorrow. I can then take it to Florida with me and hopefully still update a few times! 

What’s your blog story?

We had another fabulous chat on Saturday, we spoke about blog designs, layouts and what attracts you and encourages you to read or follow a blog.
I have the questions and some of my favourite answers for any of you that missed out. Please feel free to add your thoughts on the questions or answers! 

For those of you that are just here for the outfits, I’ll be posting a new dress I got tomorrow.

Q1 : What makes a blog attractive? Photos/layout/writing style?
@NoorsLense I like a really simplistic layout so all the focus is on the posts and large photos that are all the same size! #socialbloggers
— Alex Stella (@stella_et0ile) February 15, 2014

A bloggers layout is the first thing I see and if I’m not initially attracted to it, I wouldn’t be staying very long #socialbloggers
— Claire Fearon ? (@televisionary_) February 15, 2014

@lovefromtwinkle simple layout with big pictures and clean fonts with good content, automatic follow #socialbloggers
— Stephanie (@stephanieslook) February 15, 2014

@bloggerforums I think it’s good to have a mixture of posts on your blog. Finding one-off handy DIY’s is the best! #socialbloggers
— theperksofbeingamy (@perksofamyblog) February 15, 2014

@stella_et0ile: #socialbloggers do you prefer a writing style that’s to the point or a rambling type?” bit of both. I’m very converstional
— Self Love (@selfluvfromshan) February 15, 2014

Centered is like italics, it’s supposed to MEAN something. All-centered text looks just wrong. #socialbloggers @rarerubi
— Lix Hewett (@LixHewett) February 15, 2014

@NoorsLense Same here!I like when authors make like little comments in parantheses or italicize when theyre being sarcastic #socialbloggers
— Rubi Mancilla (@rarerubi) February 15, 2014

@Gingerlypale I think massive blocks of text put people off – I try to include some relevant photos every few paragraphs #socialbloggers
— Alex Barker (@serpentineshore) February 15, 2014

Q2: What tip(s) would you give to a new blogger to make their blog look attractive?

@NoorsLense @bloggerforums Q2 Make your images all the same width, and large enough to really see without clicking on #socialbloggers
— Hello Pretty Bird! (@RebeccaBBird) February 15, 2014

#socialbloggers For a new blogger, I’d definitely invest in some HTML/CSS lessons to improve your design so it doesn’t look too bland 🙂
— Claire Fearon ? (@televisionary_) February 15, 2014

I’d actually say if in doubt keep it fairly simple. A cluttered, loud looking blog can be off-putting I think #socialbloggers
— Joiee Birch (@mrjoieebirch) February 15, 2014

@televisionary_ and if you are having photos from elsewhere make sure you source!!! #socialbloggers
— Victoria Reilly (@vickieblogs) February 15, 2014

Bad grammar, typos & spelling mistakes really put me off. No point spending so much time on a post then not editing it #socialbloggers
— Little Wonder (@littlewondering) February 15, 2014

Q3 :Is there anything you wish was different about how your blog looks?
@NoorsLense @bloggerforums My sidebar image! I really don’t like it but that’s so and so #socialbloggers
— Brooke ? (@thefudgecake_) February 15, 2014

@NoorsLense I just feel like my blog could be more polished. I’ve kept it really simple though #socialbloggers
— Chelsey Prentice (@ChelseyPrentice) February 15, 2014

What do you think is most important when it comes to the layout, design and content of your blog?

Don’t forget to join in on next Saturdays Twitter chat  – 6pm GMT!

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