“Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.”
This week’s question:
Does a cluttered blog have you not returning? By cluttered I mean too many columns, small type, too many photos, difficult to follow, etc.
(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)
Yes, to a certain extent. It’s all very subjective and some may view mine as cluttered because it has quite a few colours and images rather than being white and minimalist like a lot of modern blog layouts. I try not to overload my sidebar too much, but I do have some affiliate ads on there that could be a bit of an eye-sore.
I definitely prefer layouts with a maximum of two columns and a clear, easy-to-read font. A white or pale background is good too; I do avoid blogs with white text on a black background or even scarier neon combinations as they just hurt my eyes.
I like to see interesting things in the sidebar, but not too many gifs or busy images as apart from giving me a headache they also slow down the loading time of the site. The follower links should be easy to find so you don’t have to hunt the site for them (ain’t nobody got time for that).
So, yes, cluttered blogs do put me off following. However, I do make exceptions. There are several blogs I follow where I’m not really a fan of the layout but the posts are so good that I keep returning. On the other hand, there are blogs I’ve visited where I adored the layout but I wasn’t really interested in the content, so there was no point in coming back.
So in conclusion, I’d say that a simple blog layout is important in attracting followers, but it’s not the be-all and end-all. The most important thing about your blog is the content and that’s the real reason followers will stick around (or not).
What about you? Do cluttered blogs put you off returning?