Journalism for the Web

My blog layout

May 4th, 2016 . by Justin Schultz

I changed the layout of my blog quite a few times over the semester. I did this because I found it was hard to read at some points and it just looked messy. The big problem I had with the layouts at WordPress is that they didn’t look professional. I would have to upgrade/pay to have a website in order to get a layout that looked extremely clean. I run my own website through WordPress and I do pay for its services. Tell me what layout you like better: this one¬†or this one. Obviously the second one. It looks cleaner and more professional. Designing a blog with the limits WordPress has on you isn’t the best.

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One thing I don’t like about my layout is the dead white space. There’s just too much. But honestly, this is one of the few layouts that looked somewhat alright.

The biggest update I made to my blog is that I started adding pictures to my articles. The first five or so blogs I posted had no pictures and it just looked boring. But when I added pictures, I think my blog became more engaging to my readers.

In this class, I learned how to draw in audience with a solid SEO title. I’ve known about SEO for awhile now, but I didn’t fully grasp the concept until this class. Now, I make sure my own website as the best audience-drawing SEO it can have.