Personal branding is becoming a hot topic on the Internet and it will be very rare to find somebody working online who doesn't have a twitter account and a whole raft of other social profiles. One of the most important branding tools and most effective way for people to hear your message online is a personal blog. These come in all shapes and sizes with lots of different types of content but we decided to choose a selection of 10 here that really get the branding element just right. The blogs are all very simple in their layout, get the key message across very effectively and help us build a great instant picture of the person behind the blog. Take some inspiration from these great examples and transfer some of that into your own personal blog...
Paddy is a designer and it really shows with his blog design as the layout is simple, clean and gets the message across instantly as to who owns the blog and what it does. Nice little touches like the picture changing on a regular basis means that the site will always look different when you go back to it too.
This has to be our favorite design in the entire list as it gets the message across and lets you find a few easy ways of contacting Vikki the second you arrive on the page. The key of the whole design is the simplicity and the fact that it relies on the content of the blog to do the talking as soon as you have digested the stunning design.
The design of this blog really is straight forward and it relies on the content to bring the whole page alive. iJustine's videos make great viewing and you will find lots of different ways to subscribe to them on this blog. She has profiles all over the web that have huge followings but this personal page just brings them all together in one simple place.
Where to start on this one? The man is a personal branding genius and his home page is no exception. This is where Gary will share his short business type videos as well as some basic thoughts on life in general. The blog is built on Tumblr and features TV appearances from the past, ways to contact and work with Gary and of course links to all of Gary's social profiles.
One of the best known bloggers in the world has built up great personal brand by writing consistently great content for his readers about how to blog and how to make money from it. The blog is super easy to navigate and allows you to find all the information you could ever need within a couple of clicks and it's real beauty is the professionalism while still keeping Darren's personal touch and sense of community not far away at all times.
Again this is an example of a professional who has a lot going on work wise and uses her blog as a sort of showcase for her work. The blog is cute in design and has simple elements like video and Flickr photo sharing to make it come to life and constantly have new content.
We picked this example as it shows how to bring all your different projects (Paul has quite a few) together successfully under one blog page without cluttering the whole blog and confusing people. Landing on the home page will show you that you are in the right place and a further click will bring you to Paul's blog or to any of the other companies he is involved with where you will find a further profile.
One of the best known personalities on the web keeps it simple with his homepage and has just created a simple landing page with his photo to ensure you know you are in the right place and links to his blog and some of the other important stuff that he does online. Not the sort of place you would be returning to every day but if you did land here looking for Guy you would be pointed in the right direction.
One of the top bloggers in the social media sphere keeps it incredibly simple with his blog design but lets his personality shine through in the content. There is one little picture at the top of the page that always serves as a reminder that you are at Chris' home but apart from that the branding is subtle and consistent.
Sabrina makes really lovely little websites and her design is very distinctive and that shines through on this blog. It feels like a fun blog to be on with the content always concise and to the point and although the design is light and fun all of the contact details and links to the serious work bits are all in the right places.