Perfecting the Look of your Blog? 9 Gorgeous Blogs that will Inspire in No Time

I love shopping online – and I am certainly not alone.

There is a sense of thrill that I get every time I receive a package that I just don’t get when I am buying something from the shops. And then there are the discounts, which can not be beaten.

Now if you love to buy stuff online, you know this for sure – a website that looks dodgy, always turns out to be something that you would want to stay away from. Notice I said that ‘looks’. That’s the magic word.

On the web, how you look is how you project yourself to be. And you might not get a second chance.

But what is shopping online got to do with blogging? Yes, I am coming to that.

Looks can Break a Blogger – (of your blog of course!)

People buy stuff from sites that can be trusted. A professional image on the web is fundamental to creating trust, and getting the result you want.

Same thinking can be extended to the world of blogging. We are attracted to web pages that just look fantastic. Straight away we begin to the like the blogger, we feel if this person has spent so much time in getting the look – and feel – right, they must truly care about what they are doing.

We fall in love with their passion.

Their enthusiasm and love for what they do is contagious and we can’t help but get drawn into their worlds.

So yes, projecting the look that you think is the essence of your blog is crucial if you wish to succeed as a blogger.

I have also been working on the look of my blog for a while now, and the process have been anything but easy. While I am happy with what I have accomplished so far, there is still a part of me who wants to hire a professional to design my site. And I would if I could afford it. Who can blame me when these bloggers have set the bar so high. Although to be fair, all of them have been doing it for a few years now, while my blog is still newish – not yet one year old. Still, I know what to aspire to.

9 Blogs that are Pure Eye Candy

Really, I am blown away by the sheer beauty in their blogs. I actually prefer to go to sites to read their posts, although I am subscribed to each one of them so I do get their emails. Its just not the same thing.

So, here are my favourites, in no particular order. Check out their blogs to see what they are saying!

Inspirational Category

Balance in Me Anastasiya Goers’ blog

Momentum Gathering Katie Tallo’s blog

Live bold and bloom Barrie Davenport’s blog

Goodlife Zen Mary Jaksch’s blog

Reading for your success Scott Dinsmore’s blog

Zen Habits Leo Babauta’s blog

Writing Category

Write it Sideways Suzannah Freeman’s blog


Make a living writing Carol Tice’s blog

Minimalism Category

The Minimalists Joshua Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus’s blog


As you can see I mainly follow blogs on writing – and there are tons of them that are really good. I also follow some blogs on inspiration, and a few on minimalism. Undoubtedly, there are more out there that are just as divine. So tell me, which ones am I missing out on?

What sort of blogs do you follow? Which ones do you think are an absolute feast for your eyes. Which ones inspire you to give yours a makeover in terms of design and usability? Share the link, we would love to have a look.

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  1. ken
    Posted on June 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Like it. Found the info very useful. Thanks for the links to the other blogs, they are really clean. Nice to see examples. Good luck, and keep at it!

    • marya
      Posted on June 30, 2011 at 1:42 am

      Thanks very much Ken. Yes I agree, these blogs are very clean aren’t they. Well, that’s the look that really appeals to me and I understand if many people don’t agree. Hence inviting your favourites. 🙂 Cheers.

  2. Suzannah Says :
    Posted on June 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing my blog! I really appreciate your support.

    • marya
      Posted on June 30, 2011 at 1:43 am

      Thanks Suzannah for dropping by. I’ll just go over your post now. Parent, yes – writes double it!

  3. Joshua & Ryan | The Minimalists Says :
    Posted on July 1, 2011 at 12:52 am


    Thanks for the love. We appreciate it. That’s a great list to be on. Glad you love the simple design. Oddly, it took a long time to make things that simple.

    Thanks again,

    Joshua & Ryan

    • marya
      Posted on July 1, 2011 at 1:34 am

      Thanks very much guys. I love your blog. Cheers 🙂

  4. Brigid | The Inspired Notebook Says :
    Posted on July 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Marya, These are all great-looking blogs, full of awesome content from passionate and dedicated bloggers.
    The one I hadn’t come across before is The Minimalists, so it’s great to discover that here.
    Katie’s blog, Momentum Gathering, is one of my favourites. I love the header and the use of colour in the design and throughout her site. And of course her writing!
    A couple of other blogs that I really like are Brigitte Lyons’ Unfettered Ink (www.brigittelyons.com), Bryan Thompson’s Elevation Life (www.elevationlife.com)and The Alkaline Sisters (www.alkalinesisters.com). They’re all very different blogs, with different content, but great designs and worth checking out.
    Like you, I’m still working on my blog design. I’ve just spent a few hours working on my bookshop header and messed up some code and lost the header altogether. A web designer would be brilliant!!! One day that will happen, but in the meantime this is a great post to inspire me to keep working at the design, as well as the content!

    • marya
      Posted on July 2, 2011 at 2:38 am

      Hey Brigid. Good to see you. 🙂 Thanks for the links – I know of Elevation Life and like the blog. I will surely check out the other two.

      As for the blod design, I am happy with mine at the moment. But I know I would like to have it done professionally – when I have got the numbers (readership, not money) to show for it. Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

  5. ana Says :
    Posted on July 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I sure did enjoy browsing these sites…Hope to have some more sites like this for me to visit in the future..

    • marya
      Posted on July 2, 2011 at 2:34 am

      Thanks Ana. I always feel so inspired when I visit them. Cheers 🙂