I am still new to the self-hosted blogging side of things, but I’ve been writing little stories since I was 5 and blogging on various platforms since I was 18. Writing has never been an issue for me, but when I started this “real” blog on a “real” domain host, I was shocked at how little I knew about blogging and design. That’s when I went scouring through the interwebs to find help from other bloggers like me, who built their blogs from the ground up and had tips on making a site attractive.
I admit, my blog is still sad to look at. I don’t have a theme designed by or for me. I use a WordPress template. I still don’t have a put-together look. I can’t decide what colors or fonts I want. The abundance of choices can be overwhelming. Right now, I’m focused on building content that’s fun to read and expresses who I am. In the meantime, I’ve been soaking up as much information as I can, bookmarking articles and posts that will help me do what I want when that time comes.
My one tip: Stay away from HTML and CSS until you feel more comfortable in blogging. It’s hard enough to get into a solid groove without adding on unnecessary pressure.
General Design Tips
General Blogging Tips
How to Grow Your Blog and Love it Too | Postcards from Rachel
I know this list is large, but I wanted to make it well-rounded for beginners. You may not need help with everything, but hopefully you can find what you’re looking for. Also, I follow all of these bloggers on Bloglovin’. They have many helpful blogging resources on their sites. I recommend spending some time in their archives!
Feel free to bookmark this post for later too!