While I was setting up my NaBloPoMo-page for this year (new design, new links, … blabla), I saw the link for the “randomizer” in the toolbar.
You know, the randomizer was a pretty neat feature last year, because it would randomly (ah! see the connection?!) take you to blogs of that year’s NaBloPoMo-participants. It’s always nice to check out new blogs and meet new people! For some reason, the randomizer is kind of broken… but I am hoping it’ll get fixed.
One thing I realized was that the first impression of a blog really makes it or breaks it for me. If the font is too small or too big, the layout to messy or the color/design is not easy on the eye, I instantly move on to the next one. I know that is totally unfair to the particular blogger, because I might miss out on meeting and reading about a really neat person, but – as always in life – the first impression really matters.
I am constantly looking for new blog themes, because I get bored fairly quickly by my own layout, but I seem to stick with the same style overall. I do not like very bright colors, I absolutely prefer “Verdana” as a font and I am not a big fan of “very busy backgrounds”. They distract me.
Do you want to know what I also find really annoying? If the layout doesn’t have a fixed width and the blog post goes across the whole screen. Maybe I am just really picky (and that could totally be the case), but please tell me it is not just me.
Do you feel the same way about blog layouts? What makes you “click on” or stay on a website?