Teacher Blogger Tip #1 Appealing Blog Design

Having a cohesive blog design is crucial to the success of your blog.

Teacher bloggers here are a few tips to think about when designing your teacher blog.

Tip #1: Have an Appealing Blog Design

The first thing people see when they click on your blog is your design. If it is messy, hard to read or ill proportioned you can be guaranteed people will not be back to see what you have to say. I just redesigned my blog for the fourth time. Each time I had learned a lot of new things, and was at a different stage in the blog world.

The thing that drives me the most crazy about blogs is when people fill their entire sidebar with widgets! I try to keep my widget use to a minimum because I want my readers to be focused on my message not on the one hundred other options to the side.

How do you get an appealing design?

Option 1 - Use a Template from your Blog Platform 

I used blogger as my blog platform and it has lots of different styles, backgrounds, fonts, colours. I have literally spent hours trying to match everything perfectly. This is a great for the beginning blogger that is still learning how everything works in the bloggy world.

Option 2 - Use a Free Template from a Blog Designer

The two most common blog designer templates I have seen used on blogs are from Leelou Blogs and The Cutest Blog on the Block. Both of these sites offer really amazing blog templates and they look very professional. This is for the intermediate blogger who knows how to copy and paste html, and understands how to use and find items on their blog platform.

Option 3 - Hire a Blog Designer for a Custom Design

This summer I decided to take the step to hiring a blog designer to create a custom blog design just for me. I wanted my blog to stand out, and loved all the blogs out there where everything just matched. I did not take this decision lightly. Make sure you look through lots of teacher blogs and make notes about what you like and dislike about these designs. Once you start to see commonalities - scroll down to the bottom of the blog and look for the design credits. Good luck and enjoy the design process.



Having a cohesive blog design is crucial to the success of your blog.


25 comments

  1. I love your new blog!!! Congratulations on the upgrade!

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  2. I LIKE IT! SUPER CUTE AND EASY TO FIND INFO!

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  3. I love it!!! The sketchy doodles are super cool and the colours really pop!

    Addie

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    1. I love the colours and doodles to. This is what a student's notebook looks like!

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  4. I love it, Kristy!! Congrats on the upgrade! It really looks great! :)

    ~Erin
    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

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  5. Yea! So glad you love it. I had so much fun designing your blog. Love how it turned out!

    Megan
    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?
    A Bird in Hand Designs

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    1. I love it tons! Thanks for all your hard work!

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  6. Looks great! I can't wait to reveal my new design in November! :)

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    1. Thanks Teresa I am thrilled with how it turned out.

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  8. Hey Kristy,

    I always have a hard time with clip art and cutesy stuff at the middle school level, so I love your new blog design. The bright colors are super fun and the graphics scream "middle school" not elementary world. Very well done!

    Kasey

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  9. Your new blog design is awesome! Super easy to navigate and very cute. We love it!

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    1. So happy it is easy to navigate. Thanks for the feedback.

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  10. It looks great! I'm glad you love it... I think it's so motivating to love how your blog looks (kind of like how kids enjoy decorating a cover page, I suppose!)

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    1. It is so motivating to blog now that I love my design.

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  11. Love your design! I had to smile because I just paid my deposit this week for a blog design by Megan :)
    ☼Libby
    First Grade Dual

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  12. Cool blog design! It’s simple and good to read. I’ve been having a hard time reading other blogs, which have confusing design and fonts. I believe visuals are really important because even though a blog share relevant content, if the way it looks is disturbing, readers will won't enjoy reading them.

    Tommy Crowe

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  13. You are right about many widgets being distracting. your blog design is cool.

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