Whether you are just starting out or you’ve been blogging since before anyone knew what a blogger was, chances are you have had blog design on your mind on several occasions.
From a new blogger to a long-time veteran blogger, I have no doubt you will find a wealth of resources and useful advice in Melissa Culbertsons “Blog Design for Dummies”.
From selecting your fonts and colors to choosing your blog layout and working with images, you will find a plethora of core design principles that will impress not only you but your readers as well!
When I found out Melissa Culbertson of BlogClarity.com (formerly MomComm) wrote a book on blog design, I was so eager to read it I messaged her personally and asked her if I could do a book review for her. I was so excited when she said yes!
Most of you probably don’t know this about me, but I majored in web development. In my study of web development however, I discovered web and graphic design is my true passion.
Having the opportunity to read “Blog Design for Dummies” from my IT perspective gave me a new insight into what Bloggers and business owners alike need to understand when it comes to the design of their blogs or websites.
One of the things that I really enjoyed about this book is that I didn’t feel as though I was reading a ‘dumbed down’ version of an IT textbook, in fact, it didn’t feel like I was reading a textbook at all. More like, an informative article breaking down the basics in easy to understand formatting; whether you’re a novice or a veteran blogger this book will speak to you! If you’re familiar with the Wiley Brand “For Dummies” series, you know the quality of books they publish too. In the words of Melissa:
“This book isn’t meant to make you a full-fledged blog design expert, but you don’t have to be a design expert to whip up a nice-looking blog. Sure, you might want to know how to do this and that. The more you learn, though, the more you can add to your blog design over time, whether you’re enhancing the design or the functionality.”
Seriously, I can’t begin to tell you how well written this book is. It’s such a refreshing change of pace from the drab IT books I was required to read in college. Let me just say IT authors ‘think’ they have a great sense of humor. Trust me, they don’t!
Melissa’s writing was not only helpful but she writes in such a way that it actually kept me interested and intrigued in the content. Something you won’t find very often in most IT textbooks.
You will walk away with a lot of useful knowledge from her book I assure you. Here are just a few insights that I picked up along the way:
Consider this book an investment in your business and read it! It’s not one of those books you have to read from cover to cover either. Just go through the highlights of what you feel you need to understand the most. If you are rusty in some areas, it’s a great way to refresh your knowledge too!
Please come back and tell me what you thought of it and what changes you implemented in your own blog because of it.
For me, I learned that less really is more and that just because I find a shiny new widget or plugin, doesn’t mean it’s going to work great or make my blog better. I will be putting a lot more work into learning SEO and keywords as well and making sure my website is responsive and mobile-ready. Most importantly, I want my blog to feel inviting and easy to navigate so that my readers will want to return soon.
Tell me what you think about this book and what part of your blog do you feel you need help with the most?This book isn't meant to make you a full-fledged blog design expert, but you don't have to be a design expert to whip up a nice-looking blog
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*Disclaimer: I was given this book to review and write my honest opinion about. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.