This week’s question comes from HAYLEY @ ON THIS I PONDER, who wonders—
How much time do you spend on making your blog look nice? Is it more about making it functional? Did it take a long time to set it up? Are you still changing it around? Do you ever feel like your blog design is not properly appreciated (for example, are most people reading your posts via the Reader and not actually visiting your blog)? What are the best tools you use to customize the look of your blog?
I like the way my blog looks. It only took a couple days to put together, and while there are some things that I would change if I could, the template that I settled on is a little restrictive on some things, so I have had to get…creative.
One of the things that I have been doing is creating TopTenLists in Zinnia. I make one item per slide, and drop them into the blog as images once I am done with them. It’s ridiculously time-consuming, but I love the way they look, and since I find the whole thing fun, the three hours or so that it takes to do it every week usually seems worth it.
I also use Zinnia to make the Review Overview panels that I put at the beginning of each review. Those were a blast to design, and I love them.
As for the tools I use, Zinnia is probably what I use the most, although I do bang some things out in Canva occasionally. I paid for some artwork early on, and I am pretty pleased with how all of that came together.
Mostly, I wanted the blog to be fun and functional, not too cluttered or busy, but visually appealing enough that *I* found it interesting. With a couple issues here and there, I think that it hits the mark for me. I like it here. 🙂
If you have a tool that you use that makes your heart sing, please include it in the comments. I love this stuff!