When I first started blogging, I knew very little about blog design. I knew a lot about graphic design so creating graphics for my blog posts came naturally for me, though I’ve drastically improved even my post graphics over the last 18 months or so. Blog design was a new world to me, one I always had wanted to explore. In college, I wanted to change my major to web design, but my school didn’t have a program for it so I kept with graphic design and told myself I could always learn web design later. Luckily, I stumbled into a hobby turned business where I was able to do just that.
Hiring a blog designer isn’t for everyone. Even though I own a blog design business, I am a huge advocate of helping others learn the technical skills they need to make their own graphics or do their own blog designs. My thought process behind this is simple: there are some people who can learn the technical side of graphic design or blog design easily and there are others who won’t learn it as easily or choose not to. If you can learn it and wants to put the time in to do so, I say more power to you! For others who don’t want to learn it or don’t have the time to, there are blog designers out there that they can work with.
If you’re on the fence about hiring a blog designer or maybe you haven’t thought about it at all, here are five questions to ask yourself that will help you make the decision.
Do I have the time and/or technical skill to learn this?
It may be blunt to say it this way, but if you get overwhelmed writing a blog post that has some HTML, creating an entire blog design may not be for you. However, if HTML is fun, exciting or interesting to you, maybe it is something you can take up! I think every person instinctually has an idea of whether learning HTML or blog design is something they’re capable of doing. Even if you’re capable of it, you also have to value your time. If you’re a stay at home mom who is juggling three kids under 6, you may decide that it’s worth the investment to spend the time with your kids instead of learning to code. Each person’s situation is unique and you have to be honest with yourself about your needs and abilities.
Am I trying to make money off of my blog?
To me, this is one of the biggest questions to ask yourself. When I was just blogging for fun and new to the game, there wasn’t as much of a need to spend a lot of time on my blog design. It was totally okay for me to change it every few months or not be 100% satisfied with the design. However, the more my blog grew and the more serious I was taking my “hobby,” the more it seemed that I needed to really hash out my blog design one last time when I switched to WordPress.
If you’re making money off of your blog, it may be time to consider hiring a professional blog designer.
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Am I up to date on current and upcoming design trends?
This is huge. We all can recognize that there are certain blog design trends. Maybe it’s certain fonts, watercolor graphics or sidebar layouts. But what about knowing what’s an upcoming trend or how to spin a trend in a new way? Blog designers are constantly working on new design ideas and following design trends. This will help your blog stand out, instead of blending in.
Do I have the programs and/or tools I need to create high quality graphics for my blog?
I personally work in Adobe Illustrator for 99% of the things I do within graphic design. It’s one of the top programs out there and it creates seamless, high quality graphics that are perfect for the web. I wouldn’t recommend using PicMonkey or another free software to create the graphics for your site. These kind of programs are totally okay for creating an in-post graphic, but for headers or sidebar graphics, I think a more professional program is totally necessary.
If you have access to these programs and have the knowledge to learn them, more power to you! I say go for it.
Can I fix my site if I break it?
The first time I “broke” a site, I was really freaked out. It happens to all of us (or at least certainly to those of us who had to teach ourselves). The beauty in having that happen is that now I know how to fix those types of issues. When I first started doing my own blog designs, I made a lot of mistakes. I learned a lot and I’m so glad that I learned the things I did that have made me a more competent designer. But it takes a lot of patience and a lot of time to have to redo things if something ends up disappearing or breaking in the middle of a design.
You may not know what kind of things may break while creating a blog design, but think about whether you’re the “mister fix it” type and would be able to remedy a possible issue while you’re creating your own blog design.
If you’re on the fence about hiring a blog designer, there’s nothing stopping you from giving it a try! Create a new Blogger account or set up a test domain for a self-hosted WordPress account and see how it goes! Who knows, you may just find a new passion!
If after reading this post, you’re thinking, I definitely would need to hire a blog designer, head over to my shop to fill out the design inquiry form and get you scheduled. I’m currently booking only two more spots for the end of July!