Over the summer, I started reading Blog Design For Dummies by Melissa Culbertson. For those of you who don’t know Melissa, she’s the genius behind the fabulous blog, Momcomm. Her blogging tips and marketing know-how are a must read for any blogger!
Last year, I took Melissa’s Content Brew course and found her insight to be beyond useful in my blogging journey. What I love about Melissa is her relatable voice and approach to sharing her expertise with the blogging community. She has a way of teaching without making you feel like you’re overwhelmed. I actually loved her course so much that I signed up to take it a second time! She’s just that smart.
So, when I got an email from Melissa asking me to review her book, I couldn’t wait to dive in and see what she had to share!
First of all, I know absolutely nothing about blog design. Zero. Nada. Zilch.
I’m the type of person who, given the knowledge, would change my blog design every other month. I often crave change and depending on my mood, rearrange my furniture or reorganize my kitchen cabinets just for a slice of sanity. Mine, not my husband’s. This personality
flaw trait has its set backs when it comes to blog design. Especially, when I don’t have the expertise to make design changes on my own. Who has the money to hire a blog designer any time the mood strikes? Not me.
Enter Melissa’s book.
At first, I wondered if her book would be useful for someone like myself. I’ve been blogging for a few years and already invested in a brand and design. Would I be able to take the information in Melissa’s book and apply it to my already existing design? Would her book help me actually change the design altogether? The answer to both questions is yes. Her book is an excellent tool for any blogger. New or old!
Even though I’ve been blogging for a few years, I’ve never really understood the ins and outs of a what makes a great blog design. My thoughts on blog design have never really gone farther than my own mood at the time of the design, but in her book, Melissa breaks down her marketing and design genius in a manner that even the most inexperienced blogger can understand.
I’ll be honest, before reading this book, I didn’t even understand the difference between a parent theme and a child theme. I know. I know. But, after working my way through this book, I feel like I could make design changes on my own when I’m ready. I still don’t think I’m confident enough to totally toss my current design and start from scratch, but when I am ready to go through the blog design process with a professional there will be steps I take in making design decisions that I would have never known to do without Melissa’s book. She literally walks you through the design process step-by-step.
If you’re thinking about getting serious about a blog design reading this book is a no brainer! But, if you already have a design and want to increase your knowledge on making changes, sprucing things up, and really understanding what makes a design great, then you will love the book too.
After reading the book, I have learned that blog design is about so much more than appearances. It’s about having a user friendly site for your readers and a place people want to come back to time and time again.
What I love most about the book, is that I feel like I have a checklist to follow when I’m finally ready to make changes. Even if I use a designer, I will know what to look for and exactly what I want to get for my investment.
Her book isn’t just about DIY, it’s about understanding blog design. It’s about taking your ideas and turning them into a blog design that works. Not just for you, but for your audience too.
Thanks to Melissa for sharing your baby with me! Congratulations on your book. I know it will be a success!
Be sure to check out Melissa’s blog design cheat sheet!
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