I like to think I’m a minimalist when it comes to blog design and layouts… less is more. When I design sites my clients usually want a one-column or two-column layout depending on there needs & wants for the project. I don’t necessarily mind a three column layout as long as it remains clean & streamlined… but, if it gets too busy then it won’t be a pleasant experience. And, making your blog pleasing to the eye is one of the keys to keeping your readers engaged and coming back.
There isn’t a lot of variation for a one column layout, the content is front and center – the star of the show.
My personal favorite. The two column layout can be displayed like the image above content/sidebar. And, you could also switch it up and go sidebar/content. Which ever fits your flow is going to be the best decision.
The three column layout offers the most flexibility, but like I mentioned before be careful the “look” of your blog doesn’t get too busy or overwhelming. The image above is set up as sidebar/content/sidebar, but you could also do content/sidebar/sidebar, or sidebar/sidebar/content.
So many choices!
For any of the layouts you could also separate out the footer into two or three columns to add more room for widgets. And, you could also swap the menu & header areas.