Book Blogger Confessions #11: Blog Layout

Book Blogger Confessions is a meme every 1st and 2nd Monday hosted by Karen from For What It’s Worth and the Midnyte Reader.
It’s where book bloggers “confess” and vent about topics that are unique to us.
Feel free to share, vent and offer solutions, and remember to visit For What It’s Worth or the Midnyte Reader for other confessions!

This week’s confession:

What is important in design for the blogs you follow? What features/elements do you appreciate? What are big turn off’s?

I like simple blogs. Nothing loud or over the top or what screams LOOK AT ME. I like elegance and simplicity. I even have a preference for right sidebars… I’m totally jealous of blogs that get to use Javascript, because as a WordPress.com blog, I don’t. I’m jealous of anything that moves, that’s not just static, like my blog is. I’ve considered hosting my own blog, but I really like the way this one looks…

I like the ability to look at recent posts, popular posts, and an easy way to navigate to old posts in case you’re looking up something you forgot everything about it except roughly the time it was published.

I also like to see which posts are the most popular, and which ones get the most interactions.

I also like blogs that people have actually put effort into. not just in content, but one thing I’m biased about is if there’s a header image, is it the one that came with the theme, or has the blogger tried to put more of their own personality into the blog?

Big turn offs? CLUTTER. And stuff that doesn’t fit neatly into its post and sidebar. A lot of Blogger blogs fall prey to this. Also, a list of stupid blog awards in the sidebar. Like I care about that?

But hey, it’s YOUR blog and you can do whatever the hell you want. Want to clutter up your sidebars with useless ‘awards’? I don’t care, and I probably won’t come back. Doesn’t mean it affects you. Do whatever the hell you want with your own blog.

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8 thoughts on “Book Blogger Confessions #11: Blog Layout

  1. Being able to navigate to specific categories is important to me. I think it affects food blogs a little more than book blogs, although I really like seeing rating/genre tags.

  2. I never really thought about it before but I prefer the sidebar to be on the right too, but that could just be because that’s the way I see it most often.

    It also drives me nuts when things don’t fit in the sidebar thing right. And I agree that too much clutter can detract from the posts.

  3. I agree with everything you said! I also have a preference for right side sidebars (only one) lol

    I want to simplify my own blog but I’m trying to find something that also keeps my personality.

  4. LOL >>> “Do whatever the hell you want with your own blog.” That is very funny. Yes everyone can do what they want with their blog but their decision *may* cost readers. I don’t really need moving things on a blog…it’s kind of distracting, unless it’s just a blog roll or a popular post widget. Clutter, yes. Agreed. I haven’t seen awards in a really long time.

    • It’s true, people can do what they want. You can’t force someone to read your blog. I understand why you think moving things are distracting, I’m just jealous I can’t use Javascript ha ha! Some small blogs think a heap of awards are cool when they’re really not, they’re just exclusive and cliquey! And add to the clutter.

  5. For me, I tend to be quite fussy about blogs (my rather sparse blogroll will confirm that).

    The header is what I look for first. It’s the first thing that catches my eye and a personalized (and no, I don’t mean stolen from a free template) header will make a world of difference.

    I agree with clutter being an issue, as well. Minimalist blogs that allow for easy navigation and access to content is really the way to go. I really hate a massive sidebar or overwhelming background that just distracts from what the blog is meant to be about. I’m not too fond of moving things either. If I see tons of moving and blinking bits in the sidebar and background and my mouse has to change shape when on the page and god knows what else, I tend to close the page before I either get a virus or pitch a fit.

    Not too fussy on awards though. As long as it isn’t overwhelming, power to the creator I say.

    • I love personalised headers as well. It seems we both agree about the massive sidebars as well. I hate the clutter on a blog – just keep it neat!

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