Monday, March 18, 2013
Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that allows book bloggers to discuss issues unique to what we encounter in the blogging world. Every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month we will post a question and invite you to answer, comment and discuss opinions and different views.
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Question: What is important in design for the blogs you follow? What features/elements do you appreciate? What are big turn offs?
Answer: I think a good design is very important for a blog. I like clean, simple blogs and I like fancy ones too. The most important feature for a design to have for me is "readability." I need to see the font so it is important that it has a color that doesn't hurt my eyes. If I have to squint, I just won't read it. Also, a fancy font also makes text harder to read. For some reason, when the text is squished in the column it is also hard to read...you know when there are only like three or four words on a line and it's very long?
The other elements I like are when the theme is apparent. When the name of the blog, the heading, the ratings and features are all somehow tied together. For example, Kate from Midnight Book Girl uses a clock and hours for her ratings, her comments say "Midnight Whispers" and she calls her readers "Fellow Midnighters." So, that is a wonderfully clever way to embrace a blog theme.
I also like blogs better that are chronological. I want to know what the blogger said most recently. There is another style of blogs popping up that is like a newspaper style. Although I am getting used to this when they first started appearing, they freaked me out. I'm not sure why. I think it was because I didn't know where to look first and see what was most current and also probably because it was just new and different and not what I was used to. A few of my favorite blogs are now this format so I'm adapting. : ) Also, it helps when they tweet their link and it takes me right to what they are talking about.
Also, if a blog is too busy, with tons of ads, out of date challenges and events and buttons that say what boy team you're on...stuff like that.
Also, captcha. Bleh.
What do you look for in the blogs that you follow?