Three Steps to a Cleaner Blog Design / by Kory Woodard

Three Steps to a Cleaner BlogWhen you first started blogging, did you go a little wild with your design? Maybe you had all sorts of fonts all over your graphics. Maybe you had a new header every week. Maybe your background was an eye-sore of a… I mean pretty pink floral background. :)

No matter who you are, when you first start blogging you tend to be a little loose with your design. Yes, all of us were like that at some point. It usually takes time and loads, and loads of reading posts about blog design or design tips and tricks before you finally start on a path of a more cohesive look, a path which may or may not have you hiring a designer along the way. Unfortunately, not everyone is in the shape to hire a designer, especially when you’re just starting out. So, today I wanted to share three simple steps to a cleaner blog design so that you can straighten things up a little without forking over your shopping money!

Full Width Photos

If you’ve been in the blogopshere for a little while, you probably know that this is one of the major things that people recommend. When you’re just getting started, you don’t really care about this, but having full width photos makes your entire blog look a little cleaner and nicer. A simple way to get started doing this to see what the full width size is that your template allows and begin sharing graphics that are that size.
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Life Lately / 03

Life Lately / 03Well, hello there! Long time, no talk? Last week, as you likely saw, I took a much needed step away from the blog and online off to get myself back on track after a bit of traveling. I’m sure the abundance of coffee filled photos above let you know the kind of week I had. I decided stepping away from the blog and removing the pressure of posting was best, and it definitely was.

One / After a weekend full of traveling and a week playing catch-up, I spent a lot of weekend time in bed with coffee and my laptop designing, brainstorming and getting work done. My bed is no where near a hub of productivity, but now that colder autumn weather has hit the city, it’s where I love to be.

Two / Stepping out of my zone a bit, I’ve opted to try new flavors of everything! Read: I’m not going to cliche all pumpkin everything route for fall. I recently tried the peach flavored Chobani yogurt (I usually gravitate towards a berry flavor) and fell IN LOVE. Why did no one tell me about this little cup of magic?

Three / I recently made some design updates to to my regular weekly post planner (which I’ve been using in place of a monthly editorial calendar). I’ve been mapping out some exciting content to come, plus planning to share some sneak peeks into fun projects I’m working on!

Four / More bed time, more coffee. This week, I’m promising to put myself to bed at reasonable hours and remember the benefits of not being a zombie during the week. Still, nothing beats a warm bed and a hot cup of french vanilla coffee. Yum.

Five / Last weekend, I had the chance to travel to Washington, D.C for a conference. I didn’t get to see much of the city, but what I did see, I absolutely loved! The DC Metro positively shames Philly’s public transportation systems. I’m glad to have another city in mind for places to live post-graduation (which  is getting closer and closer, oh my).

Six / Early morning, heading out to DC. Waking up before the sun is rough, but views like this are absolutely worth it.

What have you been up to lately?


Sunday Morning Coffee 10.12

Sunday Morning Coffee / Sharing Blog LoveHappy Weekend, everyone!

I’m on my way to a conference in Washington D.C., scheduling this from the back of a very chilly Megabus with a very large coffee on hand. Definitely a first in Sunday Morning Coffee history!

I spent this week in crunch mode, finishing all of the last minute things that needed to be done before I set out for a long weekend away from home base. As much as I love traveling and seeing new cities, I always feel a bit of anx before leaving everything at home. Anyone else relate to this?

How did you spend the week? I hope it was a good one!

My favorite links of the week…

+ I love when bloggers are open and transparent about their blogging experiences, even when the truth isn’t so pretty. I loved Cassie’s post on what blogging means to her, and how she’s approaching it.

+ I’ve been following Caroline at Unfancy for a while, and loved her take on capsule wardrobes for special occasions (wedding season, anyone?!)

+ I’m not a huge fan of the Pumpskin Spice Latte, but I do love a yummy chai, so this Pumpkin Chai recipe won me over, for sure!

+ Get a jump start on creating your editorial calendar.

+ I’ll be using these networking tips over the long weekend.

+ A simple ring box DIY.

+ A warm down recipe for Fall (vegetarian friendly).

+ 5 tips to get you through blogger’s block (the last tip was my favorite).

In case you missed it here…

+ How to make your blog a real reader experience.

+ A new way to keep up with Ember & March!

+ Pushing yourself and blogger burn out: a few of my thoughts.

+ How to accomplish those seemingly impossible goals.