The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers – H is for HEADERS!

June 27, 2016 A to Z of Handy Tips for Book Bloggers 7

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

A to Z of handy tips for book bloggers

 

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:

 

7 Questions to Ensure Your Blog Header Reflects You

 

  1.  What mood/vibe do you want your reader to feel?
  2. What is your budget?  Are you going to diy it or hire someone?
  3. 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).
  4. Are you going to use an image or title or both?  Where will you source those images?  What font will you use?
  5. How will it make your blog feel different to all the other blogs out there?
  6. 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.
  7. 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?

 

 

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7 Responses to “The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers – H is for HEADERS!”

  1. Greg

    Great post Trish, I’ve been meaning to do a nice header or have someone design a look for me but just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I appreciate the tips and especially the links to several designers- that could come in very handy! Thanks- and nice header BTW!! 🙂
    Greg recently posted…Game of Thrones The Winds of Winter

    • trish

      Hope some of the links help once you decide what kind of header you want Greg. It’s a big decision, I know I spent a long time deliberating before I knew what direction I wanted to go.

    • trish

      I really notice them as well. They are not the be all and end all but a good first impression is nice 🙂

    • trish

      I think it’s amazing that designers seem to know just what we went, even when we can’t really articulate it! I had the same experience with mine 🙂

  2. Lola

    I never thought in such a way about headers, but you have a good point with how it’s the first thing people see when they visit your blog and how it can set the tone. I like your header, with the calm relaxing feel it gives with the girl who’s relaxing with a book in nature with the cat by her side. I think it fits your blog!

    When I started my blog I decided to use a pony avatar one of my friends designed for me as I already had it and didn’t want to spend any money yet on my blog if I wasn’t sure I was going to stick with it. I always kept the pony, but someone did design a new header for me eventually.
    I am not 100% sure if my pony logo reflects the feel of my book, as I read a wide variety of genres and sometimes worry the pony looks a bit too cute-ish.

    When I started Lola’s Blog Tours I decided to hire someone to do the design and I am still happy with it as it perfectly fit what I had in mind, even though I felt like I gave the designer very vague instructions she still understood what I wanted. Not sure if it fits the message I want to portray, but I still love the design. I find it hard to judge that myself whether the design fits my blog or site.

    Well said! There’s no right or wrong or one size fits all for blog headers, it’s about what feels right for your blog. Great post!
    Lola recently posted…Review: Sunborn Rising Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff

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