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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.

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  • Once Upon A Classroom
    September 11, 2013 at 10:56 pm

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

  • Creative in Middle School
    September 11, 2013 at 11:28 pm

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

  • Addie Williams
    September 11, 2013 at 11:58 pm

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

    Addie

  • Erin B
    September 12, 2013 at 12:06 am

    I love it, Kristy!! Congrats on the upgrade! It really looks great! 🙂

    ~Erin
    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  • Melissa
    September 12, 2013 at 12:08 am

    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

  • Fourth Grade Studio
    September 12, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Looks great! I can't wait to reveal my new design in November! 🙂

  • I am Bullyproof Music - Lessia Bonn
    September 12, 2013 at 12:37 am

    It puts me in a great mood. Blog love!

  • Confessions of a Teaching Junkie
    September 12, 2013 at 2:37 am

    Love the new look!
    Teresa
    Confessions of a Teaching Junkie

  • Kasey Kiehl
    September 12, 2013 at 11:39 am

    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

  • Secondary Sisters
    September 12, 2013 at 8:26 pm

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

  • Mme Aiello
    September 13, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    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!)

  • Kristy @ 2peasandadog
    September 20, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Thanks for your kind words!

  • Kristy @ 2peasandadog
    September 20, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I like it to! Thanks for the feedback.

  • Kristy @ 2peasandadog
    September 20, 2013 at 10:03 pm

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

  • Kristy @ 2peasandadog
    September 20, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks for commenting!

  • Kristy @ 2peasandadog
    September 20, 2013 at 10:03 pm

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

  • Kristy @ 2peasandadog
    September 20, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Looking forward to your new design!

  • Kristy @ 2peasandadog
    September 20, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Blog love back at yah!

  • Kristy @ 2peasandadog
    September 20, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks Teresa I am thrilled with how it turned out.

  • Kristy @ 2peasandadog
    September 20, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Super happy this screams middle school.

  • Kristy @ 2peasandadog
    September 20, 2013 at 10:05 pm

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

  • Kristy @ 2peasandadog
    September 20, 2013 at 10:05 pm

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

  • Libby
    March 15, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    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

  • Tommy Crowe
    April 2, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    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

  • Onyinye Onwubiko
    April 20, 2014 at 6:12 pm

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