Statistically speaking, a lot of things in general catch the attention of people if they’re pretty. I mean, when you’re going to be aiming for looks, first impressions matter. But in the very teensy case that looks are not what you are after, they are still the first thing you get to see. Excuse the very vague and weird topic choice, but I was just browsing through a few favorite blogs of mine, and I realized that they all having something in common:
Their design. Sure, not everything is the same for all of them, but all of these blogs have some or the other design element in them that I absolutely love. Do not get me wrong; content is king – I am not that shallow, people! But like I said before, my first impression of the blog is going to be how well the writer has taken care of it’s appearance. If its satisfactory, I’m going to move on to the content. But if its not satisfactory, I might hesitate to move further, mostly because I don’t really think I can connect with the blogger at the design level. I guess what I’m saying is, I’m a HUGE design junkie, and its paramount to me in making online relationships. But then, there are rare occasions where the content is just so good, that I get immersed in it and hardly notice if the blog isn’t wrapped in a design I like. That is not to say that I’m a picky person when it comes to blogs – I don’t necessarily like only one particular type of design…take a look at this really minimal yet sleek and quick blog which Cait from Paper Fury owns:
I love both her content, as well as her design, but since she went through a recent design change and came up with the beauty there at the top, I admit I have been spending a lot more time on her blog, because let’s face it – its easy on the eyes, clean, and makes me laugh
However, not all my favorite blogs are as clean and minimal as Paper Fury. I love the design of Novel Heartbeat as well, though its more floral and feminine.
When it comes to books?
I must admit, this is a particular weakness I am striving to drive away. I love books with beautiful covers. Beautiful typography, pastel colors, those books that have that sort of tumblr thing going on…my greedy shallow eyes sought them out every chance they get. There have been so many wonderful stories with amazing characters, but will you believe it…I ignored them all because they had covers made of stock images. I am mean like that, I guess. Please don’t eat me up. I mean, just…look at the plethora of book beautiful-ness (ignore insulting grammar) that just makes you want to jump into the book and read it already.
Like I said, typography. Can you believe though, that I have read only Tease and Eleanor & Part out of these four? That must mean that I don’t have a HUGE weakness when it comes to pretty covers, right? RIGHT? On second thought, it could also be that I don’t really have enough money…well.