Think of your sidebar as the kind of home base and hub for your blog. It's likely on every page, every post that your readers will view, there is your sidebar. They can't escape it, and they shouldn't want to.
Short About Me ParagraphI'm talking two sentences maybe, or even just a few key words that really sum up what you're about. I don't want to have to click a bunch of links to find out even minor details about the person whose blog I'm on. I want to know the basics at a glance, and if I want to know more, I'll click your About button.
Social Media Buttons
A Search Bar
Recent Posts / Popular Posts
A Bit More Optional
Facebook Like Box
Bloglovin' Follower Counter
Google Friends Follower
Completely up to you, I have listed some of my main categories up in my top link bar. My favourites are just out there and some of the others are listed under categories. Some people use this to list everything in existence, I definitely do not. I have about 5 of my most commonly used categories in the list, and then all of the other and potentially lesser used categories I leave for people to find on their own.
Mostly I would just say put in your sidebar what you would want to see in other people's sidebars. Stalk other people's blogs for inspiration. Just keep it neat and organised, and try not to let one specific feature take up too much space. Like your archives being 75% of it. You also don't want your sidebars contents to go on longer than your homepage of posts goes on for. That would be bad.
Lastly know what width your sidebar is, and make sure everything in it is the same width, or at least centred so it looks neat!
Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you find this helpful if you were looking for a way to change up the current look of your blog. And don't forget to love your blog and love how it looks! It's yours after all!
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- Template Design Basics
- Creating a Photo Header
- Setting out a Blog Post
- Add Your Blog Link to Comments
- Create a Favicon for Your Blog
- How to Remove the Frame on Bloglovin'
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