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Discussion on: How to build your own blog in 2020 today

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Miranda

Thanks for sharing this! I want to add to the 'features' the importance of picking a topic that makes your blog easy to understand for a different person.

I just started my blog this month, Books on Code, and I'm still feeling out the core message.

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Tom Weston

Just checked out your blog! I love the design of the site (great colour scheme) and the content is really high quality as well!

I read your post on bad practice in HTML and found it to be a entertaining read, I also really enjoy the Head-first books, their Android Development book was the only one I could finish on the subject.

Just thought I'd give you some positive feedback and let you know I've signed up to the newsletter and look forward to reading your posts.

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Miranda

Wow, Tom, thank you so much! And welcome to the newsletter. Glad to have you aboard.

For the blog design, I started by building it from scratch, but after doing a bit of reading on blogs, I scratched that idea and used Squarespace to get something out immediately and evolve it as I went. Basically any small business who goes to me looking for a site, I tell them to just make a Squarespace site and to not stray far from the templates and example pages; if they do that, they can look like a designer. 😁 So I just took my own advice.

That said, my thought with the color scheme was this: a pinkish orange is cozy and nurturing, which is a color I do not see at all in tech (so breaking some norms!). But the dark backgrounds of the blog posts brings it back to a more traditional tech look. I chose big fonts and typography since a problem in software topics is that we only have so many stock photos of people on computers. The DEV community gets that, too, and is smart for including only headlines in its feeds.