Here’s what it’s all about: “Started in January 2012, by Karen – For What It’s Worth & Tiger – Tiger’s All Consuming Media & now co-hosted with my good friend Pam from Midnyte reader, Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that posts the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, where book bloggers “confess” and vent about blogging/bookish topics. Feel free to share, vent and offer solutions.
Just keep it respectful – no bashing authors or other bloggers!”
March 17th Topic: What is important in design for the blogs you follow? What features/elements do you appreciate? What are big turn off’s?
Something extremely important for me is just a nice clean blog design. Nothing too flashy, and yet something that stands out among the rest; something memorable. Also, nothing with a ton of buttons, and advertisements on the sides of the blog that deter away from the actual blog content. Basically, I like to think that less is better, not more.
Features or elements I appreciate are direct page links at the top of the blog, and also an easy method for following the blog (I don’t like to hunt for pages where reviews are, or how to follow the blog or contact the writer). And a really easy blog to navigate around is much appreciated!
Big turn offs? Black backgrounds!! I abhor that! It’s so hard to read! Either that, or a white background with some really hard text or font color to read. And pretty much what I said above; lot’s of buttons, blinking icons, tons of advertisements, and not a lot of blog content. Basically, if half your blog is just book advertisements, and hardly any review posts, then it’s a huge turn off. I came to your blog to read reviews, not be spewed ads at. I like ads sometimes because that’s how I find out about new books, but half a blog full of the stuff is a bit too much for me.
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3 Replies to “Book Blogger Confessions #2”
I agree about the black backgrounds for reading blogs. I like to be able to read reviews and also not see so many ads 🙁
I'm not a fan of ads because I'm following bloggers to see what they're reading and discuss books. I get enough advertising everywhere else.
I don't mind a few ads but nothing really glaring or flashing.
I agree with the less is more. Too many buttons make me nuts. I agree with you on the “memorable” trait. A clever name that I can remember, or a design that speaks to me, or just a really terrific writer will make me return.