It’s often written, “You only have one chance to make a first impression.”.
Just like in real life, how our blog is dressed, designed or decorated will tell a newcomer a little about us as well as what they can expect from our blog.
First impressions can be lasting. First impressions can also determine if a reader will explore our site further than just looking at our header and the title to our current article. A first impression can make some readers click off of our blog and never return.
When I first started this blog, I repeatedly changed the theme.
Part of the reason was I hadn’t found my blogging voice, and secondly, I wasn’t sure what I wanted this blog to become.
By testing and studying a variety of themes, as well as growing as a blogger, I settled on the theme you currently see. I think it depicts not only what this blog is about, but mirrors how I want to be perceived by my visitors.
Viewing the notebook is similar to showing you what my journal would look like; my thoughts expressed on “paper”. I share what I would write if I prepared blogging lessons in real life, as well as show others “your answers”, all of which receive an A+.
For some, my theme might appear too cutesy. For others, it could be a turn-off.
The first impression I project won’t please everyone, but that’s okay. No blog does.
Thinking about how I came to settle on this theme leads me to ask, “How did other bloggers pick their theme or decide how they wanted to be perceived online?”.
When a new visitor lands on your blog, what message do you hope your blog depicts?
Or are you still searching? Experimenting?
Care to share?