We all have pet peeves, right?? Well there are a few things I’ve picked up on as a designer that just don’t sit right with me in the blog world. Please keep in mind that these are my own opinions, but I do feel that avoiding these helps keep a blog both professional and inviting.
MULTIPLE PHOTO SIZES
Let’s say a blog post area has 500 pixels worth of space to fill, left to right. But one image is 300 pixels, while another is 400 … and another 200. Almost everything, in this case, would be mis-aligned. Text would fit the width, of course, while images would fall just short causing the space to be broken up. And this, folks, is my biggest pet peeve. Take the time to size your blog post images appropriately and it’ll fit in just fine! You’ll have a streamlined look and your blog will instantly look more professional, I promise.
Now this little peeve of mine isn’t as bad, but still bothersome. Centering text and images takes care of the above issue, sure. If your images are of multiple widths, people often mistake centering as a fix for this. However, we don’t naturally read centered text and there will still be awkward pockets of unfilled blog space. Think about it … how often do you read an article in a magazine or newspaper where all of the paragraphs are centered?
This topic was actually heavily talked about at a blog brunch a few months back, where sponsorship was covered. One thing that people seemed to agree on accross the board was making sure your ads and/or sponsors fit in cohesively with your blog content! Sure, it’s important to see ads when you go to a blog, but if they become distracting … that’s a problem. Unfortunately, sometimes sidebars are executed poorly with clutter and differently sized ads causing an eye sore instead of an advertising space. Buttons should fit in cleanly with your design. Not take away.
So there you have it! Hopefully these pet peeves can be taken as suggestions or ideas. Remember that when you’re blogging professionally, you should present yourself that way. Be organized and you’ll be alright!