When we finished brainstorming our blog, we started to plan and design it in class. The first thing we did was draw three different possible blog designs, each on an A4 paper. We had to use everything we learned about good blogs on our designs. During one of the lessons, we got into partners and decided which design was best to use. We were looking for three things: a design that was clear and easy to read, a design that represented the person, and a design that could be made using one of the themes offered by WordPress.
This is the blog design I chose:
It took me a long time to find a theme that was the most similar to my design, but I eventually found something good enough. In the end I chose a theme called Benevolence, by Theron Parlin. I have to change some things to make the theme look like my design, because the original theme doesn’t look anything like my design, except for a few things, like the sidebar.
The next thing we did was fill out a document called how to grow a blog. There were three sections: the goal, habits and commitment, and the right habitat. First, we wrote down our ideas as a class, and then we filled out the page by ourselves. In the goal section we wrote about what we wanted our blog to look like at the end of the school year. In the habits and commitment box we wrote the things that we’re going to do to keep our blogs up to date, like how often we’ll write posts. In the right habitat box we wrote about how we’ll improve our blog. For example, asking different people for feedback.
In class we’ll probably learn even more ways to improve our blogs, but one thing I’d like to know is how to get the widgets that show how many viewers there are, and where they are. So far I’ve really enjoyed learning all about blogs, and I can’t wait to learn more!