Certainly, there are talented people who are both, but unfortunately I am not one of those people.
Lately, I have been obsessing over the blog layout, design, fonts, colors, sidebars, EVERYTHING!
For some reason, I have never been happy with my blog's design.
My question is -- How important is a blog's design anyway?
As I said, I am not a code master, or even an apprentice. Before I started blogging, I had never heard of HTML or CSS. Some bloggers still probably do not know what they are.
I have spend many hours looking up tutorials to try and fix one little thing in the design that bothers me. For example, do you see those social media buttons on the right sidebar? I spent two hours making them. Honestly, an experienced coder can whip those out in no time.
I know I am stressing too much on the little details, but I have always been taught that the devil in the details. Every little thing counts.
If the color of my header does not match the color of my background my head starts to hurt. Even if one little icon is out of place I have to spend at least half and hour trying to get it back to where it belongs.
I am like Van Gogh. I am my own worst critic.
When I visit other blogs, of course I notice their design. It is incredibly difficult for me to ignore the design of a blog, no matter how hard I try.
I cannot help but notice (and sometimes judge) the design of a blog. I cannot help but like blogs with color, style, organization, and something a little different that makes it stand out.
I want my blog to have something different too. So, I spend hours looking for tutorials and videos and anything to help me figure out the maze that is coding.
I think I may be developing some kind of complex.
Should I care if my sidebars are crowded if they show the things that I love? Can there ever really be too much color?
I know that an unorganized or mediocre blog design does not mean that a blog is amateur. But I have always been taught that looks matter, especially with first impressions.
It is really the content that matters for a blog, but can the delivery affect how someone sees the content?
I will admit that I can be distracted by a crowded sidebar or a large header. Then I cannot truly focus on the content. I am diagnosing myself with both OCD and ADHD.
My dilemma is:
Should I be shallow and let my blog design rule my free time and possibly consume the rest of my sanity or be content with the progress I have made?
Am I alone in my impossible quest to conquer coding and achieve the perfect blog design?