As you are planning and starting to write your beginners blog, one area you should pay attention to is the “look” of the blog. Does it match the audience that you hope to have? Will the general feel of the blog by its layout work with your readership? Does the theme and graphics that are static to your pages match the content that you will be writing about?
There are so many themes available to you for your blog. You can choose themes that are made to work with WordPress, if that is the platform you are writing your blog on. Blogger also provides several themes to choose from. Most of the themes can then be changed with your own graphics, color schemes, and the like. Not all can, but most can.
There are many themes that are free to use and then you can also choose to purchase a theme for your blog. Just make sure that it “fits” your content. It wouldn’t make much sense to have the graphics of your blog have sailing ships on it if you are discussing parenting issues, would it? It would be confusing to your readers.
There have been times when I started a new blog that I chose the layout that I liked and made sure that I could change the graphics of the blog. Don’t be afraid to play around with the colors and images as you start to write your beginners blog. You can always change it back, if you need to.
When I started a new western blog back in late April, I chose a theme that had a nostalgic look to it. Later as I had time to play around with that theme, I found some choices that made it look more American with stars and stripes and picked colors that were red, white, and blue. Since the content of that blog is about the American West and the legends that came out of the old west, it seems to fit. Once the blog starts to make a little bit of money, I will consider purchasing a theme that fits my content even better. Hopefully, I will be able to find something that subtlety conveys a western feel.
The most important advice that I can recommend is to not create too many “busy” things going on with your blog. Consider that audience again…what will appeal to them? You want the look of your blog to match the general feel of what you write about but you do not want it to disrupt or distract from the content.