I’ve been using WordPress for awhile now. It is a great blogging tool, and you can put as much or as little time in creating your site as you want. If you want, you can go straight into writing content. However, if your content looks like a mess, people may be less apt to read it.

Here are a few things I’ve learned regarding designing this blog –

1) There are a lot more resources for blogging then you think. I used to think my favorite blogs had all original pictures. I thought bloggers not only had great writing skills, but also awesome skills behind the camera. Some might, but a lot of us take advantage of the Creative Commons license for images. You can search for these using various sites and tools, but I use a site called Pexels. There are tons of beautiful, stock images for free use. Just be careful what you search for.

2) Find a theme that suits your style. There are a ton of free themes in WordPress available to use. Take a little time and find one that tickles your fancy. You don’t have to be proficient in CSS to modify the design a little, either. The customization tool in WordPress makes it easy to add and remove things from your site.

3) A little time pays off a lot. I know that sometimes setting up a space to write feels like cleaning your room. However, a little effort can pay off a lot. I think with this current blog, I may have spent an hour to an hour and a half setting things up. I am still finding things out that spruce things up a little. As you learn more, you can add and refine things a little bit at a time.

4) Finally, don’t provide the kitchen sink. If you do anything to set up your blog space, think about what you want your readers to see. Do you want whole posts to show up on the front page? If not, use the “More” tool. Figure out how you want people to access your content and do a little research on how to implement your ideas.

With just a little bit of work, your blog space can look pretty spiffy! Then, you can get busy writing content.

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