I think for any new blogger, the look of your blog is important; no matter how good your content is, readers can be put off by hard to navigate or hard to read blogs. I think everyone wants their blog to be perfect before they start, but it is so easy to get caught up in the design. I can be a bit of perfectionist, and for me it got to the point where I wouldn't post until my blog looked the exact way I wanted it to. This was obviously holding me back from writing my first post and just getting involved in blogging and the blogging community. I'm still not a 100% happy with the way HIW looks, but I'm still aiming to post 2-3 times a week, as I can always play around with the layout as I am going along. The picture above was just one of many many designs I tried to create. I would snip aspects I liked from my favourite blogs and collage them together with my own designs for inspiration.

I struggled with the design and layout of my blog, not to mention html.. Still not entirely sure what that means? I'm not really in any place to give advice, but I would say that google truly was my best friend when creating my blog. There are so many websites and articles out there covering everything from where to get free backgrounds, to doing cool things like a hover effect over social media buttons.

I've collected a few of my favorites here:

I hope that these links help any other people wishing to start a blog, or even anyone who is looking to redesign their blog.


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