Anyone who blogs faces this dilemma – content or design? Though I enjoy content, it is more difficult to produce than messing with the sidebar order or a new profile pic. And nothing provides more delight to my anal retentive nature than a perfectly chosen widget, placed in the perfect dimensions, doing exactly what I want it to do.
Tonight design wins again; my excuse is that I feel the site, requires it. Thousands of plugin options beckon me with their tantalizing adverts. I tango late into the night… back forth between “dashboard” and “home page”…trial and error… how many times can I hit ‘refresh’ in 5 minutes? (Note: F5 key rocks as the standard hotkey to refresh your browser).
In the end, a blog is about content. Blogging consistently and frequently seems to be the secret to success. However, learning design has taught this newbie a few things:
Readability rules – The main reason I chose to change blog sites is to have greater control over fonts, spacing and sizing.
Usability is tantamount – Within 2 secs of a visit, I want people to find the content they came to read and participate. That means rigmaroles like comment sign-in should be a breeze and email subscriptions even easier. [Still working on simpler comment sign-in!]
Don’t mess with code – I have done my share of copying and pasting HTML code onto page templates, sometimes it works, usually something is off. This is a big late night time waster. Fortunately, I have the privilege of having a code writer on our MB Mission staff team, Matt Hayashida, he is amazing. Thanks Matt.
Unclutter the screen –What you DO NOT add is more important than what you keep. Maintain a clean and simple look.
Have fun – Creating this blog has been a blast. Don’t be too shy to try things.
Keep your vision in mind – The vision for this blog motivates me to make it better. It is a place which provides relevant content and conversation starters for anyone interested in mission, leadership, discipleship or church.
My prayer is that God raises up a generation of leaders who will become all God has called them to be; leaders who will not wait until they are old enough or smart enough to impact their nation but will get on with it now as humble servants!
Let’s live like this summer is our last! Welcome aboard.
In the world of blogging what have you learned?