Today’s blog post is brought to you by the letter H! Or more specifically in The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers – H is for Headers!
When I joined the book blogging community, I found lots of experienced bloggers were only too willing to share their blogging secrets and pass along tips that had worked for them. And I soaked up that knowledge and applied it to my blog. So now I wanted to do the same for others but rather than spewing it all out in one far too long blog post, I’ve decided to post in an A to Z format. As inspired by the A to Z April Challenge.
The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers
H is for HEADERS!
Your blog header speaks volumes about you and so it should say the right things! It’s the first impression someone gets when visiting and we all know that a picture paints a thousand words. You want some of those thousand words to accurately reflect something about you and your unique blogging personality and just why they should stick around and read some of your posts. It’s like walking in the front door of your house, you want a welcoming warm vibe and you want to make a visitor curious as to what lies behind all those closed doors.
How my Header Reflects Me:
I’m not skilled at all in graphic design so I waited a long time until I could afford it and then I got a designer to create my header for me. So I got something that reflects my personality and that fits with the image that I want my blog to show:
- I like to chill with a book, it’s my me-time
- I love being outside and I love nature
- I think cats make great reading companions!
It also incorporates my favourite colours and I’m hoping when you visit that you’ll immediately see I’m a girly girl who loves books and nature. If it does, then mission accomplished.
Make your Header Reflect YOU!
Some headers are beautifully simple, others are personalised with photos, some are feminine, others are fun and quirky. How do you know how to make it all about you? Do you even know what you want your first impression to be?
A good starting point is to ask yourself some questions:
- What mood/vibe do you want your reader to feel?
- What is your budget? Are you going to diy it or hire someone?
- What colours do you want (a great idea is to set up a secret board on pinterest and pin the colour combinations that call to you).
- Are you going to use an image or title or both? Where will you source those images? What font will you use?
- How will it make your blog feel different to all the other blogs out there?
- How will it represent you? If you are stuck, think of three words that sum you up and then use those as a foundation to build on.
- How will it communicate what you stand for?
Headers need thought and time:
Are you thinking that’s a lot of work? If so I agree but remember it’s the first thing a person sees on your blog. Plus it’s the image they will take away them. Just like decorating your house, you need to take time to think out all the elements and how they will all work and complement each other.
How to Create Your Own Blog Header:
Like I said I’ve none of the skills in this area but if you do, there are some great tutorials out there to help you along.
Julie @ Fabulous Blogging has the downlow on Creating a Header with PicMonkey
Dana @ Wonder Forest explains How To Create a Blog Header (That Looks Good!)
Angie @ Angie Makes shows you just How to Design a Blog Header
To summarise, there is no such thing a one size fits all header. Make it about you and make it mean something and that way you are making a first impression that really says something about you.
Talk to Trish: Do you notice blog headers? Do you think your blog header fits your blog personality?