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Let’s Talk Bookish – Maintaining a Blog Aesthetic

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where they discuss certain topics, share their opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts.

MARCH 4: MAINTAINING A BLOG AESTHETIC (HAYLEY @ ON THIS I PONDER)

Prompts:  How much time do you spend on making your blog look nice? Is it more about making it functional? Did it take a long time to set it up? Are you still changing it around? Do you ever feel like your blog design is not properly appreciated (for example, are most people reading your posts via the Reader and not actually visiting your blog)? What are the best tools you use to customize the look of your blog?

Welcome to the first Friday of March everyone! As spring is just peeking around the corner (I hope), hopefully everyone is waking from their winter hibernations. The topic today is actually something we’ve recently talked about behind the scenes here at DTRH, and I’d love to hear what you all think of blog aesthetics. And without further ado, let’s go!

In general, I don’t spend that much time trying to make the blog look nice. I think there’s a base level of efforts for maintaining a certain aesthetic. And of course I try to make everything look neat and orderly, and fit in with the rest of the blog. But I wouldn’t say that the aesthetic of each individual post is of paramount importance. Perhaps if I had the time though, I would put in the effort to really up our aesthetic game.

Functionality is definitely the most important, in my opinion. Although on the surface aesthetics are really important for catching the eye, if your site isn’t functional, it’s unlikely that people will come back or read through your articles. If you can manage the aesthetics though, of course I recommend it. No one says no to a beautiful blog!

For us here at DTRH, we had some help getting started with some of the illustrations (thank you talented artist friends!). But for the most part, the upkeep and new stuff is all on us! One serendipitous but convenient thing is that Andge mostly works off mobile, while I do my work on a laptop, so that tends to help cover the gamut of things when it comes to desktop vs. mobile view. If either of us notice anything wonky on each other’s views, we can immediately inform the other to fix it.

Lately we’ve been talking about fonts here at DTRH. Should we be using something more casual and inviting? Or perhaps something more professional looking. These are questions that we’ve been having, and I find it hard to predict which way would be better. I’m sure either way it’s a mix; some people will enjoy one type over the other, and in the end, we should probably just pick what looks nice to us so that we at least enjoy it.

What do you all think about blog aesthetics? How important is it on a scale of 1-10? Does it overpower any functionality/utility? Or is it negligible, or somewhere in between? Let me know in the comments below!


11 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – Maintaining a Blog Aesthetic”

  1. My preference is for not having too busy a page and I am NOT a fan of flashy items on sidebars. They are too distracting when I’m reading a blog.

    I’m getting to an age where font size is most important 😂

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    1. Totally relatable, Louise! Readability is super important. Even with a huge font size, the flashy sidebars can be very distracting.

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  2. Hi! Thanks for taking up my prompts 🙂 I think I might like to change the font on my blog, but I think the theme that I use has limited options… A paid option would probably have more choices, but I’m not ready to do that yet! 😂 Is 7 out of 10 too high an importance to give to aesthetics? Maybe less aesthetics in the sense of being really beautiful, but at least not cluttered and difficult to read.

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    1. Thanks for submitting a prompt! Yeah we’re currently considering a font change here too. I think 7 out of 10 is totally reasonable! It really depends what people are looking for on the blog. And yes, I agree that the ease of reading is a major factor in aesthetics.

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  3. ahhh I love this discussion so much!! The content of the blog definitely matters WAY MORE than how it looks for me. Say, if I saw a blog that has a pretty basic design but their writing is amazing I’D DEFINITELY READ IT BECAUSE WRITING IS WHAT I’M HERE FOR AFTER ALL! But that said, it definitely does make everything even better if the blog looks really pretty too!

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    1. Thanks Anoushka! I think that’s how I feel about it overall too. Aesthetics are second for me. But I’m sure in either case, neither can be at zero, because I think it’s really the combination of the two that makes a lovely blog! I’d say better aesthetics can make up for slightly less good writing and vice versa. I wouldn’t want either of them to be not present.

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  4. My blog aesthetic is really really important – to me, because I have to look at it every day! I spent a good chunk of December redesigning it, and I’m really happy with it. It’s pretty cosy in there.

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