There are a lot of bloggers out there. We all know that. But here’s the thing: some blogs are better than others. Yeah, I said it.
In fact, a lot of blogs are better than others. But what is it that separates the good blogs from the great ones? Sure, content is important. But I’m going to let you in on a secret: blog design is just as important.
So I’m going to help you out. Let’s work on your blog’s style guide.
Why Does My Blog Need a Style Guide?
Style guides are absolutely critical if you want your blog design to be top-notch. It helps keep you consistent and prevents you from making any off-brand mistakes
What do I include in my style guide?
Well, good news. I’ve created a free worksheet for you to fill out. It doesn’t have everything you need to include (so much if it varies based on your brand and its needs), but it’s a great jumping-off point!
You’ll want to include all of the basics that you will be using every day for your blog. Namely, you’ll want to decide on the fonts (no more than 3) and colors (also no more than 3) you’ll use every day for your blog.
Once you get those decided, you’ll figure out the combinations. What color and font will the title be? What about blog post titles? The actual content of your blog? These are super important.
But the most important part?
Here’s the kicker with the style guide, though: you have to stick to it. You can’t just fill out the form and then totally ignore it. Once you decide on your fonts and colors, use them.
It’s totally fine if you want to change your style guide a few times until you really feel comfortable with it. I’ve changed my blog style guide many times, but I’ve finally nailed down the fonts and colors that I really like.
So fill out the worksheet and then adjust your website settings as soon as you’ve nailed down the fonts and colors you want.
Take your time updating old blog post images; you don’t want to feel super overwhelmed by it (especially if you might change it up in a few weeks anyway). I recommend doing your most popular blog posts first, because those will be the ones people see the most often. You want them to match your site.
Having a style guide seems overwhelming and a bit limiting, but I promise it’s 100% worth it. Stick with the same colors and fonts, and your blog will be top knotch in no time.
And don’t forget to download your free worksheet to help you!
If you have any questions, let me know in the comments!