Part of the Bloggiesta week long experience is the oppportunity to ask for feedback about the style & design of your blog.
Obviously the aesthetics of your blog should appeal to you. It should reflect who you are and make you feel a little flutter of pride everytime you log on.
But there are some elements of design that help or hinder visitors when they come to your blog.
I've been fiddling with lots of these features this week.
I've moved to a two column blog which has allowed me to make the central post column much wider (but is it too wide now?)
I would like to make the sidebar a little slimmer, but any smaller than it currently is affects the integrity of the goodreads widget. I have yet to check the goodreads widget code to see if I can easily change its dimensions.
What do you like to see in a sidebar? My current set-up reflects what I like to spot when I visit others - readalongs & other bookish events and what people are reading esp.
I managed to change my label widget to a drop down menu which has freed up a lot of space. Does anyone know if you use the same code (but change the relevant names) to create a drop down for the archives widget too?
The recent change to my blog lost all my old add-ons (the social media icons in particular).
have found how to get three of them back, but would also like to add an
Instagram and Feedly button that matches what I currently have. Where
did you source your SM icon's from?
The header looks too thick to my eyes too, but I don't know how to adjust that without changing the template completely.
I've toyed with the idea of my own personalised image and/or badge, but have never come across anything I really like and am prepared to commit to!
I've also considered changing to one of the dynamic templates that would allow me to run my posts as excerpts. But I'm in two minds about that. I often fail to click on the 'read more' option with most excerpts, although I spotted one last night that just had the title of the review with an image and that looked good and easy to navigate.
I've also started using IFTTT. What are your favourite/most useful recipes to date?
Please feel free to leave constructive feedback in the comments below.