Htmlpermacsswidget, wait what? The wonderful world of blogging is so much more than just pretty pictures and witty text. Choosing layouts, creating menus, categories, widgets, and pages can be very overwhelming for a newbie. I always tell people to start off with pen and paper, writing everything down can give you a visual idea of how you want things to look. Trial and error people, you don’t have to be computer savvy to be able to get your blog up and running . . .
Anatomy of a blog : Everyones layouts are different but pretty much function the same way.
- Perma-link – This is the URL of a blog post.
- Hyper-link – Text you can click that will take you to another site.
- Trackback – When your content is linked on someones site.
- Categories – These are sort of like folders you create and put the corresponding posts in the right folder.
- Archives – A list of all your posts organized by the month and year.
- Blogroll – A list of all your favorite blogs you follow.
- Widgets – Usually they’re located on the sides of your blog. They allow you to add images, text, search bars, social media links, etc.
Banner / Blog Logo : The most important thing on your site! What would Pepsi be like without the red, white and blue? It’s what people initially see so make sure you’re happy with. You don’t need a web designer to create a banner for you unless you want something very detailed. I used a site called picmonkey to create mine.
Favicon : An icon that is displayed in the address bar of every browser. Its super tiny so my advice is to use initials or a single image that’s similar to your blog logo.
Blog Directory : It’s not a must have but I created one to help readers that are new to my site. It gives a brief description about all the categories, what you’ll find in each of them and how often I post to them. Think of it as a blueprint for your site.
Disclaimer : One of the most sensitive and hardest things to type up. If you’re wondering where to start here is a site that will help you create one. All you need to do is plug in your sites name! You can tweak it if you’d like but at least you have a rough draft to start out with.
About : I always want to know about the writer behind blogs, what are their likes, dislikes and really get to know them as a person. It really helps you build and connect with viewers because it makes them feel like it’s an actual person creating content not a computer. I also advise to list F.A.Q’s so that you’re not constantly repeating yourself. Here’s my page.
PR/Contact : Companies will want to get in contact with you to review products, send you event invites so make sure you have an email address visible. I chose to create a separate email for my site, it makes it a whole lot easier because it’s all blog related.
Blog Templates : It all depends on what platform you’re using (Blogger, WordPress , etc.) There are so many sites that offer free templates and others are available to purchase. I purchased mine because I wanted my site to look a certain way, you don’t have to spend the money if you’re just starting out unless you don’t mind doing so. Etsy is a really good place to find different designs that are at a decent price point.
Think of what you’re gonna bring to the blogging community thats different from others that are already in the game, you need to set the tone and find your niche. It’s very important that your readers can get a sense of your personality through your content. You don’t have to be a professional writer but this is where your creativity kicks in. Make jokes, references, talk about something personal. Don’t be afraid to be yourself. . .