I have changed my blog theme a few times. I thought having some limited site functionality (can’t embed videos or G Docs) was because of the theme I was using, turns out, it’s not.
Something I would like to change on my blog but don’t know how:
- In the Home page (get there by clicking my website’s title in green), under the slider there are snapshots of each post. I would like to add more snapshots to the page. Currently, only 5 snapshots can be shown at a time. This is the same on every page.
Changes I made to my blog theme:
- I changed the blog post date to month/day/year because this makes sense to me.
- I added a social media tag (Twitter).
- I added a manual post slider and set the timer to 2 seconds. It took me a few seconds to understand what a manual post slider was.
Why did you make this change?
- I read the date by month/day/year
- I could build my Twitter PLN more
- I like the manual slider as it shows what I’ve been doing
How might it positively impact the way readers interact with your blog?
- quicker to find posts when the date is month/day/year
- readers can follow me on Twitter and I can follow them
- readers can easily see the most recent blog and any photos I have created or used
Visual hierarchy: I think many visual hierarchy principles are included in the layout templates of build your own websites (like Google Sites, Wix, Weebly, etc.). For instance, the theme I am using for this blog:
- the blog title is huge and aligned left (big size gets noticed first, left side gets the most attention)
- twitter tag and the search bar are in the upper right corner (follows Z pattern of scanning a webpage)
- site menu runs along the top of the page but under the blog title (follows Z pattern)
- slideshow of most recent blog posts, some have photos (shows content of blog quickly)
- when clicking on a blog post, there is a large comment box at the bottom with a bright green comment button (bright colors get noticed more)
- post text is aligned left (gets most attention
What I’m doing differently:
- chunking information, using whitespace more
- using bullet points and shorter sentences
- adding a photo to each blog post
How will you change your blog posts or lessons after reading about visual hierarchy principles?
Moving Forward: I think knowing more about visual hierarchy principles will help me to create online presentations that better hold student attention long enough for them to scan information and to find keywords. I’m also going to share Simple Media Group’s infographic: How People Read Online that Joel posted with my colleagues and students.