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January blogging challenge:
ZERO TO HERO: 30 DAYS TO A BETTER BLOG
Created by a team of top blogging experts (i.e., us) based on years of scientific research (i.e., writing blogs), we’ve created 30 days of digestible blogging assignments that will get you from “What’s this blog thing?” to a blog you’re excited and proud to publish. To participate, simply bookmark this page, and check in each day at noon EST for a new task. All past assignments are also listed below.
DAY 7: DO SOME MORE PERSONALIZING
I am working on my college thus keeping my page the way it is, yesterday I have a poll about Paul walker movies, please take our poll. I also have a funeral to attend thus this is what I can do for today's assignment.
Picking a theme you love is just the first step — next, you have to make that theme your own. There are lots of ways to do this, from picking a custom font to writing your own CSS. Today, start with the basics — a header and/or background. (If you’re already set with those, then write CSS at will!)
Today’s assignment: create and upload a simple header, or test out a few different backgrounds.
- Because these are free, simple ways to add instant personality to your site.
- Because photos, images, and colors work with your title and tagline to tell new visitors about your blog.
Not sure what we mean by “header”? It’s the image or text across the top of your blog. Check out this example — on the left is the standard homepage for the Oxygen theme, and on the right is a magazine site that’s added its own header:
Most themes allow you to upload a custom header. To verify that yours does: check out this list, of hover over you blog’s name on the left of the admin bar across the top of your screen and click “Customize” to open the Customizer. If you see “Headers” as an option, you’re ready to go. Most themes also allow you to set or upload a custom background, which you’ll find under the “Colors” section in the Customizer.
You can change headers and backgrounds whenever you want, so don’t worry if you’re not totally sure what you want to do, or don’t have a logo for your blog. Start simple – pick a photo you like or that represents what you want your blog to be, and go with that. If you’re comfortable, try an app like Piction to layer text over an image. As you keep blogging, you may land on something else, or decide to design something (or have something designed) to reflect your personal brand.
A blog’s background can be an image, color, or pattern. Choose a color that complements your header image, upload a photo, or browse our recommended patterns. You can do all three — and preview your background before you decide — from the Customizer.
Preview a few different header and background images or colors, and note how the feel of your blog changes. Try something simple, and something ornate. Try a photo, try a solid color. The ultimate goal is not to design The Perfect Header, but to continue deepening your understanding of how visuals influence your content, so you can continue refining the look and feel you want.
If today’s task is quick work for you, or you decide to skip it, take the time to visit today’s forum thread— there’ll be lots of folks looking for advice and support!
When you’re ready, review the instructions for uploading and previewing headers and backgrounds, which also have some great examples. We’ve also got some advice on picking visuals for your blog. If you don’t have photos of your own to use, learn to source images from Creative Commons.
To chat with other Zero to Hero participants, visit today’s forum thread.