Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Layout Love

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What Katie Ate
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smitten kitchen
A Beautiful Mess

I've been thinking a lot about blog layouts recently. Usually when I'm thinking about how to make my own blog better I start by looking at some of my favourite blogs (aesthetically speaking, although the content is good too!) and come up with a list of the things I love about them. Then I think about what I could do to incorporate those things into my blog.

The things I love about these blogs are the way everything just goes together, they seem so well laid out and planned, each blog post just seems to fit. Whether it's a super slick uncluttered blog like Design Love Fest, or a higgledy piggeldy colourful blog like A Beautiful Mess these are the blogs that inspire me. They mostly aren't blogs I follow everyday, but ones I dip in and out of every so often. Especially with blogs that are about cookery or design, they're not something I read about all the time (unlike clothes!) but definitely the blogs I keep bookmarked for a rainy day.

I'd love to know what blogs you admire, not just content wise but aesthetically as well? Who do you look for inspiration from? I have a ton of blogs I love to read and look at but I can never have too many!

15 comments:

Jazzy E (hivenn) said...

I love simply beautiful blogs, a few but not too many crazy gadgets to distract from the content! x hivenn

Emily @ Wardrobe Block said...

I'm so one of those people who judges a book by its cover... and if a new blog I find does not have a layout which I like, 99% of the time I choose not follow it, unless the content is ridiculously amazing. I just find it too distracting! I usually like clean layouts, with nice typeface and colours :)

Sharde said...

i totally look at layouts all the time too, because i never know what would work better. i like where i'm at now, for sure, but i've gone to a million different layouts since i started my blog! thanks for the inspiration :)
sharde @ the style projects

Danni said...

Aesthetics is definitely a major factor for me regarding blogging - I'd never judge a book by its cover, but I definitely have a 'type' of blog that I enjoy looking at and reading based on its layout!
Love your suggestions, have only ever seen Smitten Kitchen from these so will check them out :) x

Little Lj said...

Look and feel of blogs and websites in general are a massive factor in forming my opinion of them. I have so many ideas of what I'd like to do with mine - I hate that I have to conform to the Blogger templates!! But sadly, I don't have the technical know-how to make my ideas a reality... and don't really know anyone that would do it for me for free!! So stuck for now I guess!

Farrah Abigaelle said...

I agree with everyone, the layout and the aesthetic look of a blog are really important when it comes to my decision as to whether I'll follow them or not. I really hate the way my blog looks because I'm never satisfied with it, so I feel hypocritical when I don't follow people because they have a bad layout, because mine isn't all that great. Anyway I like your layout it's so simple!
-Farrah
Farrah's Muse

Katie said...

The look of a blog can really help me to see whether or not the blogger is serious about it! What with so many blogs about today it can really be hard to tell which ones to read etc... it's all about consistency for me!

Vicki said...

off the top of my head i like le blog de sushi and the flower child dwelling..if i tihnk of more ill let ya know :) xo

Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog said...

I always loved the simple blog and tried to keep my new blog template really simple but I love a beautiful mess, I have never seen this before, it looks great.

rebecca said...

something simple and modern. I never seem to be happy with mine the more and more I look at everyone else's.

faye said...

I love creative layouts that give me a sense of the personality of the person. My own blog is a mix of design, fashion, food, diy and beauty so a creative layout with custom fonts suits me down to the ground. I don't envy anyone else's theme though as I love my own so much - alot of hard work went into it and its my lil baby :)

SabinePsynopsis said...

Personally I like it simple and there are so many beautiful blogs out there... What I really do NOT like are headers that are so big you cannot immediately see content, too and cluttered blogs (which also often take ages to load.) xoxo

Lapin de Lune said...

These are lovely. It makes me realise that my own has taken simplicity into infinity. I must go away and make a cup of tea now;)

Maria said...

I really need to revamp my layout! You have inspired me to try and play around with things now ;)

Maria xxx

Lemlina said...

I'm dreadful for this because I normally read blogs via Google Reader. It's such a massive shame because I miss the amazing effort that everyone puts into their layouts, but I'd be so bad at keeping up to date if I didn't use it! x