10 Blog Designs That Will Make You Drool

10 Blog Designs That Will Make You Drool

Have you ever had a blog crush?

Not to weird you out or anything, but I kind of have crushes on all 10 of these blogs.

They are so beautiful, they kind of make me drool. But they’re not just gorgeous – they are packed with style and personality. They’re not just blogs – they’re experiences.

So…are you ready to fall in love with these ladies’ blogs, just like I did? Let’s jump in.

1. The Middle Finger Project

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Why I love it:

The moment you land in Middle Finger Project world, you know you’ve found something special.

From the Snark Mode/Censored toggle at the top, to the “word shitlist” footer area on the bottom, and everything in between, you feel immersed in Ash’s world – a snarky, irreverent, witty wonderland.

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It feels like every single thing on the blog was put there intentionally. And you immediately feel like you not only know Ash, you want to get to know her better.

Instead of being a bunch of content on display, The Middle Finger Project is an interactive website.

The opt-in area looks like a MadLibs workbook for adults:

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The contact form has dropdown menus, which include options such as “You can reply to me at [insert email address] as long as you promise not to A. Give my email address to Satan. B. Write back in a fake British accent. C. Use all capital letters. D. Send me an automatic reply.”

Who knew that filling out a contact form could be so fun?

What every blogger can learn from it:

Interactive, immersive blogs are the best. Can you find a way to make your blog more interactive?

Every component of your blog – from your footer to your sidebar – can be filled with your voice and style.

2. Wonderlass

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Why I love it:

Wonderlass is full of bright colors, pretty pictures, and free resources.

Allison isn’t afraid to be brutally honest with you, and she also isn’t afraid to shower you with gorgeously arranged photos, checklists, and helpful tips for your blog.

Plus, she wears black and white striped leggings in her photo. Pretty badass, if you ask me. (Not to mention her favicon is a donut.)

You can tell that Allison puts thought into every photo, worksheet, and blog post she puts out.

There are so many bright, gorgeous colors, and so many enticing freebies, that every time I visit her blog, I find myself thinking, Wow, I really need to up my blogging game.

You can spot her branded photos a mile away (which is how I found her on Pinterest. Check out her pinboard below).

And looking at her blog just makes me happy, because she’s so genuine, friendly, and all around awesome. (Yeah, I will probably overuse that word in this post. If you don’t like it, mentally insert your own variation.)

What every blogger can learn from it:

  • Make your freebies as enticing as a donut covered cupcake.
  • Include pictures of your actual worksheets in your opt-in boxes.
  • Choose a color scheme and stick to it. (We’ll cover that in the free 10 Day Blog Makeover Challenge. Click here to sign up.)
  • Take your own photos when possible.
  • And don’t be afraid to wear striped tights.

The Uncaged Life

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Why I love it:

Every part of the site makes it clear who Rebecca serves and how she serves them.

Just like The Middle Finger Project, it’s a customer focused, immersive experience. Notice the checkboxes above? If you click any one of them, you get an opt-in offer specifically tailored to you and your needs.

Scroll down, and you’re presented with another 3 options:
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Scrolling over these reveals Rebecca’s packages, created specifically for the 3 types of customers she serves.

What every blogger can learn from it:

Know who is in your audience. And, more importantly, be crystal clear about showing your readers whether they’re in the right place.

(Don’t worry about turning some people away – you want everyone – perfect fits and mismatches – to know instantly whether your blog is for them or not.)

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4. The Late Bloomer Revolution

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Why I love it:

The Late Bloomer Revolution makes you feel like you’re in a garden, full of blooming sunflowers. Everything, from the header area, to the subscribe box on the bottom, is wrapped in cute, friendly, illustrations.

What really comes to mind for me is Michelle’s attention to details. Scroll over the top menu, and a branch with leaves follows your mouse.

In the “This is where the magic happens” section, every graphic is “alive.”

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Move your mouse over the E-courses graphic and the spoon changes directions. The paper in the typewriter rises, and the sunflower gets just a little bit taller.

Her bullet points are little sunflowers. And each and every page has a beautifully drawn, unique but clearly branded header image.

What every blogger can learn from it:

  • Pay attention to the small details.
  • Ask yourself, How can I delight my blog visitors in a unique way?
  • Those little things do make a difference.

5. Yoneco Evans

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Why I love it:

Yoneco’s site is simple but very beautiful. She used Bali as her inspiration, and you can feel that warm yet exotic touch on every page of her website.

Flowers, paper lanterns, and bright and colorful photos are dotted beautifully throughout, making you feel like you’re on a mini-vacation with a trusted friend. And they are nicely balanced with lots of white space, unique fonts, and a clear brand.

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What every blogger can learn from it:

Yoneco’s site was built on the Genesis framework. She built her own blog, using free stock photos and Canva/Pic Monkey. Pretty amazing, right?

You don’t need to hire a professional to build your blog from scratch – you just need to have a vision for how you want your blog to feel for your readers. (If you’re interested in learning more about how to shape your blog around your unique vision, check out the 10 Day Blog Makeover Challenge. It’s free.)

Also, simpler is better.

8. Forest North Books

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Why I love it:

Forest North Books is built on Squarespace – a super easy platform to learn, from what I’ve heard – by my friend Brenda.

Like Yoneco’s site, Brenda’s site is simple but beautiful. Her theme is trees, and nature, which you can see throughout her website.

Her blog feels like a comfortable place to rest before going back out into the world. Her branded graphics are simple and profound, and they just make you smile.

(Like this one)

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Above all, I love Brenda’s blog because it gives you room to breathe, and dream. You don’t feel like she’s trying to get you to do something, just inviting you into her world.

What every blogger can learn from it:

As noted with Yoneco’s blog above – simple is better than cluttered every time. Brenda doesn’t have sidebars, her logo is extremely simple, and there is more white space than anything else.

Include only the essential elements in your blog design, and leave everything else out.

9. The Branded Solopreneur

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Why I love it:

The Branded Solopreneur was designed by the most badass designer I know – Dre Beltrami.

Dre’s site uses a color palette of grays and yellow, which is consistent throughout. All of her graphics are beautiful, catchy, and different. If you see one of them on Pinterest, you know it’s hers. (One of my favorite parts of her graphics are her little flourishes, from frames, to watermarks, to flags.)

Her voice infuses every inch of her site, from her post titles to the language she uses in her posts. And you can immediately find what you’re looking for, whether that’s a branding mini-course or a chance to work with her on your branding.

What every blogger can learn from it:

Above all, be consistent. Stay consistent with your colors, consistent with your fonts, and consistent with your voice.

Be intentional about your branding, and stick with it.

10. Nashadka

Why I love it:

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Nashadka is the blog and website of one of my Have Your Cupcake members, Natasha Nashadka.

Natasha is an incredible artist, and her blog design perfectly highlights her art. Every blog post is accompanied by a gorgeous original painting, branded by her tastefully done logo/watermark stamp.

You can ogle at her original paintings, or you can watch a relaxing time-lapse video of her painting them.

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What stands out for me is that Natasha knows her superpower – her artistic skill – and every part of her blog celebrates that incredible talent.

What every blogger can learn from it:

The key to designing a memorable, drool-worthy blog is knowing what makes you unique, and then using all of the design elements – fonts, graphics, colors, etc. – to showcase your superpowers.

10 Blog Designs That Will Make You Drool

In all of the blogs listed above, one thing remains constant.

Even though they all look different, feel different, and appeal to different audiences, they are all a clear expression of the blogger’s unique voice and personality.

When you visit any of these 10 blogs, you feel like you really know the blogger. You feel invited in.

That’s what I want your blog to do for your readers, too.

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  • Peggy Nolan

    Jam packed post Daniela. I already love Michelle’s blog…and I love her header image. It was my favorite when she was asking opinions 🙂 I started looking at the other blogs and damn if I didn’t catch blog envy…and that will drive me crazy. I’m a one show woman 🙂

    • Daniela Uslan

      It drives me crazy, too Peggy! Your blog is great! Don’t let the envy get you down!

  • Love Wonderlass (the blog and the design)! Some of these others I haven’t heard before so clicking over now to check them out 😀

    • Daniela Uslan

      Cool, let me know what you think!

  • Monica Bruno

    I really love this post, Daniela! It’s amazing how the blogger’s personality shines through in each one. I was familiar with a few of these, like Natasha’s (she’s so taleneted), Dre’s and Allison’s blog, but not the others. I love them all, especially Forest North Books. Thanks!

    • Daniela Uslan

      Thanks Monica! I’m glad you like the blogs. They are all fantastic!

  • Rhi

    Great list, some of these are great blogs I’d never heard of before.
    http://scruffy-duck.net

    • Daniela Uslan

      Thanks Rhi! I appreciate it!

  • Aimee McDonald

    Wow, these are all so interesting and unique. Can’t wait to dive in and explore each!

    • Daniela Uslan

      Thanks Aimee! I’m glad you enjoyed the list!

  • Kimberly Alford Vogan

    Some great tips!

  • Daniela Uslan

    Thanks, Brooke! I know you’ll love the Middle Finger Project as much as I do!

  • Daniela Uslan

    Thanks, Brooke! I know you’ll love the Middle Finger Project as much as I do!

  • Daniela Uslan

    Thanks, for the big ass high five and the warm fuzzies, Dre! I’m so glad we’re on this crazy business building and blogging journey together!

  • Daniela Uslan

    Thanks Brenda! I’m glad you liked the blogs!

  • Thank you Daniela. These are beautiful and I can’t wait to go back and really explore these.

  • Angela Clerehugh

    Great post and already learning a few things before the makeover challenge has started

    • Daniela Uslan

      Thanks Angela! I’m excited to have you in the challenge!

  • Sarah Jensen

    So many fantastic ideas to really engage with your community, make it crystal clear what you do + how you help them AND stand out in a noisy online world. Thanks for the great read!

    • Daniela Uslan

      Thanks Sarah! I am glad you enjoyed it!

  • Alissia Haggard

    You picked some great ones! I love Wonderlass and Branded Solopreneur- will be checking the others out too!

    • Daniela Uslan

      Thanks Alissia! Have a great day!

  • These are great. Very interesting blog that I will definitely go check out!

    • Daniela Uslan

      Thanks Teresa! I appreciate that!

  • Lisa Northey

    Like someone else mentioned, it’s great to see a SquareSpace site featured in your list. While I’m super-happy to be a SS user myself, I haven’t found too many other SS sites to follow. So, I’m looking forward to diving into the Forest North Books website!

    • Daniela Uslan

      Lisa, you will love it. Brenda is so great. And I am a big SquareSpace fan. I feel like I’ve never seen an ugly site built on SquareSpace.

  • This is fabulous! I love all of it! So much to learn from! Thanks for sharing all these unique blogs 🙂

    • Daniela Uslan

      Thanks so much! I am glad you enjoyed the post!

  • Hi Daniela,

    When I saw the headline for this post, I assumed you were going to list 10 generic blog design ideas… but wow! You went a step further than that, didn’t you?

    Most of these blogs I’m not familiar with… of course, we both know Dre Beltrami. I just finished completely re-branding and relaunching my blog in the last couple of days, and I constantly found myself asking… WWDD?

    (What Would Dre Do?)

    I adopted her practice of using a simple color palette and using it throughout my branding… social media pics, featured images, YouTube thumbnails, fonts, opt-in forms, etc. Such an easy thing to do, yet so many people (including me) usually don’t.

    I love the look of your blog, by the way.

    Also, I wanted to mention… later in Q1, I’m going to be putting together an expert roundup post exclusively for freelancers. We’ll probably be talking about best sources for new business. As I recall, you’re a freelance writer. Would you be open to participating?

    Best,

    Brent

    • Daniela Uslan

      Hi Brent!

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I am glad that you enjoyed the post, and congrats on your redesign. I will definitely check it out! Dre is such a great designer and person, so it’s great that you could take some of her ideas and run with them. I would love to participate in your roundup post! My email is daniela@danielauslan.com if you want to email me your question. Have a great day!

      • Wonderful! I’ll be in touch when I start putting it together. Thank you!