A NEW LOOK FOR THE BLOG

Good morning. ☀️

Today, I’m shocked that I got seven hours of sleep last night, given the fact that I work up with a migraine and an upset stomach. But, I’m alright, still in good spirits. For today’s post, I wanted to share with you all my goals for the blog.

If you’re new here, take some time to check out the mission page by clicking on the link here. If you’re a faithful reader, or a recent follower, you may have noticed a change in the layout. Yesterday, my eyes were tired after reading another chapter for my assignments for class this week. After I logged off the portal, I went and read a few posts on my blog, and after a while I asked myself:

Is the blog grabbing the attention of my audience?

So, I took some time and read the mission page. The Mission Statement sounded… ok. Then I checked out the posts page, and was shocked to find that each of my posts was showing the FULL post, and not excerpt. I thought I had it set, but I failed to do so. Then, I went to check on the theme I chose, and realized it’s set up more for showcasing images, which for a while most of my posts do not have a featured image or any pictures throughout. Long story short (and this is my personal opinion), the blog can still use some work.

And that’s ok, I glad I answered that question.

So if you’re like me, and love your blog, but feel like it could use a little more potential. Here are some tips that can help you give your blog a fresh look.

PICK A THEME THAT WORKS FOR YOU
For the longest, I chosen the theme “Blask” (I think I spelled it correctly). I loved the theme because at the time I started back blogging in 2016, I was drawn to the look of the columns, and it reminded of my old page I used to have on Tumblr before I was experiencing issues, and had to create a new account. While I’ll was searching through each theme, I looked at the one that I loved, and read the description on how the theme would help improve a blogger’s experience. “The Blask” was meant more for portfolio work based on the example layout they used. On my blog, I have mostly written posts, than images (that’s one of my goals for this blog, to add more original imagery). Finally, I picked a theme that worked for my needs at the moment (struggles of a college student). So first rule of thumb, find a theme that you feel works best for you.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF UNDERSTANDING CUSTOMIZATION
This is where I messed up on my last theme, I could have displayed my blog posts in excerpts this whole time. But, had I taken time to read through each part of the customization process, my blog would have been on point. But, we don’t have much left of 2020, so I felt like it was time to change some things up, as I’m changing other things around in my life. At the moment, I’m still sticking to my plan of keeping the background black for the reason that I have readers that read my posts late at night or early in the morning. If you’re like me, you’d prefer something with a dark mode scheme, because we tend to read in bed when we can’t sleep. I’ll talk about why I prefer Dark Mode in a later post. So next rule, take time and have fun in the customize tool. You won’t regret it.


PREVIEW, PREVIEW, PREVIEW
After you’ve chosen the theme you like, and you’ve customized it to your liking, this last part is important. Make sure that your changes show up on the blog, preview them to make sure they work. On my contact page, I was experiencing some technical issues, so I had to go back through and try to troubleshoot some things. In the end, I just made the contact page simple for readers to understand until I could fully understand what the issues were. I preview my posts before I upload them to the blog, especially when I have images because I know the page is going to show differently on different devices. So, the last step, preview everything.

And there you have it, those are my tips for revamping your blog. You all can stay posted if any new changes come up in the future. Keep a look at for next year, you may like what you see.

Alright everyone, stay healthy, stay safe, I’ll check in with you all later on.

Until next time…

❤️

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