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DIY Blog Design ~ a New Series

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Hi friends, have you noticed I am always fiddling with my blog design? Do you consider it improvements (like the new categorie buttons in my sidebar, noticed them?)? Watch out because there is more to come…

As you all might know I am solely responsible for the way my blog looks, well with a little help of Blogger that is. Maybe one day I will invest in a proper blog design done by a professional, but right now if I want something done, I’ll have to figure it out myself.

And heck, I think being called a ‘DIY girl’  is a badge of honor.

 

DIY Blog Design 1

 

My blog design has grown/ is growing with leaps and bounds. I keep discovering new things, I say goodbye to other things and I have a wish list the size of a phonebook of things still to figure out. And while fiddling around in the ‘behind the scenes’ blog world, I picked up a few tricks.

Some simple and well known tips, others more complicated and daring, and a few things I figured out all on my own.

I thought I’d start a little blog series. Just some regular posts on the art of blogging and blog designing. Sharing what I have learned.

 

DIY Blog Design

 

Most of my knowledge comes from other people who have generously shared their wisdom on the internet. If you have an idea for your blog it is almost a 100% certainty that somebody else has thought of that too, and possibly figured out how to do it.

The problem is finding the information you need to do it yourself.

I have spent hours and hours searching for that bit of code that would allow me to install that one thing I was sure my blog or I couldn’t live without. But finding the right words to describe what I wanted, to formulate the proper search key words and to filter out the garbage from the gems, that is an art form.

In this DIY Blog Design series I want to offer you the benefit of my mad googling skills and my OCD and tenacity in searching for something until I find it.

 

DIY Blog Design 2

 

I’ll do my best to offer something for all of you. For beginning bloggers the fundamentals, for savvy DIY designers a neat trick or two, and hopefully for all of you the confidence that you can make your blog look the way you envision it. Oh and maybe some helpful tips on how to make the actual blogging and blog designing easier too.

I have a folder of questions I have been asked about my blog design and the way I blog. But maybe you have some questions too!

Let me know which topics you would be interested in, what bugs you about your blog (or mine), what cool thing have you always wanted to add but didn’t know how, which (blog related) riddle do you want me to solve.

 

DIY Blog Design 3

 

I can’t promise I have an answer to everything but I’ll do my best to come up with help or point you in the right direction.

So let’s hear it. Interested in this kind of DIY?

 

Love,

vogeltje A2

 

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  1. *Linda Pinda* says:

    Hi Marianne. It looks great. Though I now have to scroll to see the whole screen on my notebook, which I did not have to do before. I'm not complaining! Just letting you know.

    I have a question for you… Through the options in the blogger posts, I added the features to "Like", "Share" on FB, etc. Yet, these buttons are not showing up on my blog. Do you know anything about that?

    Thanks,
    Linda

  2. Quilts and Cats says:

    This is great…but I want to learn it all! I know some stuff but, not enough to make my blog page really interesting.

  3. Thanks so much Marianne…I use blogger as well and I wanted to know (simple I am sure) how to do the menu at the top….HOME POPULAR POSTS and so on….so people can just click these words and go there…suggestions?

    melissa
    http://just-starting-out.blogspot.com

  4. Marianne,

    I swear there is some thing in the blog universe…lately I have been thinking of some topic or idea or need and it appears in a post somewhere! Crazy!

    I HAVE been thinking about re-vamping my blog. I might be branching out a bit into etsy and thought it would be nice to look prettier -offer more info – link to FB, I'm always there…and to etsy once the goods are up.

    I realize I'm no biggey. I have 62 followers but the numbers aren't as important to me as the relationships that I am forming and building with such beautiful and creative people. And it's fun to "see my name in lights" being a stay at home mom, who home schools. I am creative and love to express that with my boys and on the blog.

    Any tips or ideas would be much appreciated. I will join in the series!

    Thanks.
    ~Kolein

  5. Grace @ Sense and Simplicity says:

    I love this idea. I have managed to make pages with titles along the top of my blog under the banner, but I can't get them centred and I can't figure out how to pretty them up by using buttons etc. Any help with this would be great. Thanks.

  6. BLESS YOUR HEART!!! I won a blog makeover from Nester and well the girl changed it all and made things not work then went out of business and left me with a mess. I am going to pretty much start from scratch and try to do it myself so anything you can share will help out so much.
    I am interested in
    1. how to make backgrounds- I want a unique look.
    2. how to make nice sidebar tabs
    3. how to make a header where the pictures can be changed out
    4. how to make the blogging space wider
    5. how to do post dividers
    and anything else you can share..
    tammy

  7. Abby's Paperie Garden says:

    This series would be a Godsend for me as I'm really, really interested in designing my own blog design. When I started my blog I bought a premade design template and every time I want to add or delete something I've had to pay for that as well. It would be great to save my money while feeling a sense of accomplishment in designing and installing my own layout instead.

    A few things I'd like to learn is how to install a header featuring my own pictures where I can change them out, and have it be as wide as the width of the blog layout, also how to install links across the top, create buttons for my sidebar, my own signature, and how to post pics side by side or a collage of pics without borders. Oh gosh, that was just a few things I want to learn!

    Thanks a ton for offering these tips, can't wait to read your posts!

    Abby

  8. Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal says:

    I am a mad googler too! I usually can find an answer to my problem and fiddle and fiddle with it until I work it out. But this would save time to have some info here to refer to.

    I do have one issue on my blog that bugs me. I can't see to fix the spacing in my comments. They are on top of each other and the codes I've tried have not worked. Any idea on that would be so helpful :)

    I'm going to work on putting some tabs up too under my header. I just need to find the time to get some pages together. Looking forward to seeing what you post!

  9. Yes, I'm definately interested in any DIY blog info you want to share. Fixing up my blog is on my to do list.
    I'm also interested in a header with photos that can be changed and buttons to places on the blog.
    I've built websites yet for some reason building a blog throws me.
    Thank you for doing this.

  10. Lois@frugaldecormom says:

    Share it all! I am especially interested in learning how to put my own pictures in the header of my blog. I haven't had a chance to do any research about it because I'm always working on a project instead! Would love to hear any and all information you feel like sharing!

  11. The Sterling Cherub says:

    OMG Marinanne, I was just messing around with my blog design today and I just can't get things to work the way I want them to! Everything everyone above has mentioned I'd like to learn, too! My blog looks AWFUL and I don't like it at all. Of course, I'm brand new at this, like a newborn baby, as I just started my blog on Sunday and its only Tuesday, so I guess I'm whining about things a bit prematurely, but any help you can provide any of us would be greatly appreciated! I will follow this series closely.

    So kind of you to share your knowledge with us! BTW, I do like the layout of your blog, and am wishing I could get mine to look similar to it.

    Kimberly

  12. The Sterling Cherub says:

    *Marianne* I'm having a hard time typing today, too!

  13. I think the idea is wonderful! I am always looking for ways to make my blog look (and work) better and I am WAY too cheap to hire someone else!

  14. Pink Princess says:

    Tell us all lol :)

  15. Funky Junk Interiors says:

    Ohhhh yeah, I'll be here in the front row seat!

    I'd LOVE to figure out a hack on removing that 'white ghost frame' around photos in blogger when you have the outline set at transparent. I noticed you purposely chose a colour so yours looks nice. Mine drives me crazy! :)

    Donna

  16. Teacup Mosaics says:

    I would love to figure out how to
    put my Badge or Button for others to
    be able to copy and put on their blog.
    Thanks for sharing!!!!

  17. I'd like to know how to personalize the social media connection buttons to match the look of my blog. (yours are all in grey).

  18. Single Stone Studios says:

    LOVE THIS IDEA!! I'd totally be back for all the step by steps. My blog needs some help – it totally does not reflect me or my work.

  19. Oh ya I like this idea, I can't spend hours figuring things out and it bugs me….again Thankx!!

  20. vosges paris says:

    Very interesting ;) I would love to read along.. I have seen so many people mixing up their blogs with the recent new template design that I am scared to change things.
    definitely will read along with you
    great future!
    desiree

  21. Ik zal alles met interesse lezen. Ik frunnik ook regelmatig aan mijn html ;-)
    Mij interesseert waar je de mooie achtergrond vandaan hebt. Ik zoek iets leuks voor mijn blog, maar de leuke achtergronden vind ik alleen op blogs. Ze zijn dus al in gebruik.
    Ik vroeg me trouwens al af of je de blog zelf gemaakt had of door een bedrijf, het ziet heel professioneel uit.

  22. Marianne, what a nice thing to do. Your blog is beautiful and I can't wait for this series to start.

    Thanks,
    Gail

  23. YESSSSS! I have tried more than once to add a signature after my posts and do not understand what I'm doing wrong! Also, would love to know how to make the decorative post dividers work! Thank you for the tutorials; can't wait!
    Blessings!

  24. Backwoods Cottage Pam says:

    Yes, I am new at blogging and I am definitely a DIYer about things. I want to tidy up my blog and it seems you have got it down. I am ready and waiting for anything you've got to share!

  25. Brenda Kula says:

    Absolutely, Marianne! I actually like the blogs designed by the bloggers and not the designers. So please keep doing your design, for you do a fantastic job! I'm always digging into Blogger trying to figure out something or other. Yes, please do this!
    Brenda

  26. Joyce - Quilted Nest says:

    Lookin forward to just such a series. I've added you to my blogroll on my side bar so others can benefit as well. Many t hanks!

  27. Wonderful, Marianne! I'm lucky to get my pictures and post up!

  28. Chateau Chic Boutique says:

    Marianne,
    Where have you been all my blogging life?! I've only read 2 posts so far and it's like you're reading my mind. My wants echo many of your other followers:
    1. Custom header where I can change out photos – with my fancy $25 font I bought last year.
    2. Cool custom tabs for pages.
    3. Wider middle section – on my blog, not me!
    4. Signature
    5. Cool custom post dividers
    6. A badge thingy so people can put it on their sidebar, I'm assuming people want to do that. ;).
    There's probably more but that would be HUGE for me to learn how to do. I've saved several DIY posts in my favorites but haven't gotten around to trying them yet.
    I am so looking forward to following your blog!
    Blessings,
    Missy

  29. I'm sooo looking forward to this!!!

  30. Looking forward to find some new tricks…everything I have on my blog I have learned to do on my own…

  31. Great idea.
    I also want to know about the home, buttons, etc. at the top of some of the blogs. But, I need it to be simple.
    Thanking U in advance, I am.

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