I am assuming that most of you have noticed that I have been doing a bit of housekeeping on my blog over the last few days. This is all down this book that I am reading:
It is a book that was recommended by a blogger on her blog . I am ashamed to say that I cannot remember who it was. Sorry (If it is you then please rectify it so I can give you the credit that you deserve).
It is a very informative book and I have picked up some of the tips and applied them to my own little blog. My first hurdle was the theme. I loved my other theme. It is called Shaan and I was originally drawn to it by the colour.
This is my original theme: Shaan (from WordPress)
Over the last year I have learnt what features I am looking for from a theme:
I liked to be able to customise my heading (the photo bit)
I like the side bar on the right where I can add all my widgets.
I need it to be one that works on a variety of platforms: mobile, tablet, pc.
I liked being able to choose my own colour.
Ideally I would like to have the menu for categories and pages lower down than on the Shaan to make them a bit more noticeable.
In the end and after a lot of time I chose this theme twenty Twelve. In order to make it feel a bit more like ‘mine’ I immediately:
Changed the background colour to this which is more in line with my shop colours (more on this very soon)
I changed the colour of the title font.
I uploaded my own header photograph (this may need a little more tweaking.)
I added my widgets.
The Widgets that I have included in my sidebar are:
The follow button – I want to give everybody the chance to follow my blog as easily as possible for obvious reasons. 😉
The Facebook link – Mainly to alert people to the fact that I have one!
- A twitter link – Same as for the Facebook link
People who are sharing their love – This is following the recommendation from the book. It is a way of giving back a bit of the love that is shown to me. If people comment on my blog they will show up here for all the world to see. It is my little way of saying thank you to them. 🙂
- A link to my Flickr account.
Update: I have noticed that there is a bit of a problem with number 4. As I reply to any comments that are left it means that I am the one that shows up the most on the widget which feels completely wrong. I am not sharing the love – simply shouting about me. Not what I was looking for. So, instead I am going to use a different widget which is entitled ‘My Community’. This will post the Gravatar of anyone who likes or comments on my blog.
The other feature that is recommended in the book is to have the number of comments near the post title. It is meant to encourage people to comment and engage with you (and you know how important this is to me!)
So what do you think of my new look? Constructive critism is always welcome, after all you are the people who have to look at it and navigate your way around it.
What are the features that you consider to be the must have for your blog?