8 Blogger Themes that Might Make You Consider Using Blogger Again

Blogger is one of the original hosted blogging platforms, from the guys that went on to start Twitter after Google bought it out. Blogger is where many of us cut our blogging teeth, and was the first place many people moved after leaving their old Geocities sites behind. Today, though, Blogger’s popularity has been eclipsed by WordPress.com, Tumblr, and social networking in general which has kept many from focusing on writing a full blog.

Blogger seemed to stagnate for years, but in the past year, Google has done a lot to make it a much more modern blogging service. Let’s take a look at the new Blogger and its improved default themes, then check out 8 of the best new Blogger themes from our parent company Envato’s ThemeForest.

The New Blogger

If it’s been a while since you’ve tried out Blogger, you might be pleasantly surprised to see it today, especially if you already use other Google services. Blogger’s been integrated with Google+, with options to share posts automatically, and now you can use your Google+ profile as your Blogger profile. Right from the dashboard, you can see built-in basic Google Analytics, as well as Google Reader integration for subscribing to blogs. The blog post editor looks like a mini-Google Docs now, instead of the old basic editor. It’s a big much for a post editor for my tastes, but still, it’s basically all of the features you’d expect from WordPress or any other full-featured blog post editor.

The new Google Docs-like blog post editor

When it comes to designing your site, Blogger has a lot more options than before. There’s a number of built-in dynamic view themes that make your site more like an app than a standard blog. They’re all fully responsive now, and you can tweak everything from your colors to custom HTML. You can even use Google Fonts in your blog theme without having to add any extra code. Many of the new themes are nice enough to rival the standard themes on other blog engines, and if you take the time to tweak, you can really make a nice blog in Blogger with the new features.

The new Blogger themes

Great ThemeForest Blogger Themes

Blogger’s new features have made theme designers start taking Blogger seriously. There’s been a ton of new beautiful Blogger themes on our parent company Envato’s ThemeForest marketplace. We’ve gone through them, and rounded up some of the best to share here. They’re cheaper than themes for many other blogging engines, and they might give you an idea for your next great Blogger blog!

The Firestorm

The Firestorm

A unique 3-column theme, Firestorm gives you an innovative way to share your thoughts, stories, and more with the world. The background is filled with a photo that slowly pans with a unique Ken Burns-style effect, and the theme includes a HTML5 audio and video player so you can turn your site into a rich multimedia experience easily. It’s filled with features you’d never think to expect from a theme, but that are nice to find, including a Google Docs-powered contact form and Disqus comments, which is less common to find in a Blogger theme.

Quickly

Quickly

Want a Pinterest-style blog? Quickly might be just what you’ve been wanting. It turns your homepage into a way to quickly preview and share all the articles, pictures, videos, and more that you’ve posted. It’s fully responsive, turning into a tablet and smartphone optimized interface very nicely with all of the mobile-sized post widgets it uses by default. If you want to customize it, Quickly includes extensive documentation so you’ll know exactly what to tweak to make the theme your own.

 Sinjai

Sinjai

Most people would think of Tumblr or other more specialized sites for a photo blog, but Sanjai can turn a Blogger site into a beautiful photo site. With its clean design, it’s a great way to showcase your photography or make a topic photo blog about the great shots you discover. Sanjai includes a WordPress-style customizable widget bar to help you include all the info you want on your site.

Festzeit

Festzeit

Many of us have used WordPress to make promo sites for businesses and events, even when they really didn’t need a blog, just because it’s so easy to use. Festzeit makes it that easy to make a full-featured brand site on Blogger. With space for large images and custom pages like a Google Docs powered contact form, customized Google Maps, and a calendar to show your events, there’s not much more you could ask for a simple way to make a beautiful business site. Next time you’re making a site for an event, this is a great theme option to turn to.

Mono

Mono

Mono brings a clean, modern blog style to Blogger, in a theme that could be easily mistaken as a default WordPress theme. That’s not an insult; for those who might have otherwise considered using Blogger for their site, it might be a great option for starting a blog. It includes a sidebar with social network integration and a list of popular posts, and uses SVG icons so your site will look great on any screen.

Point of View

Point of View

Point of View gives you an elegant yet dramatic way to share your photography with the world. You can choose from a grid-based layout or a more traditional site that focuses on your content more than your photos. Either way, it’s customizable and works great as a portfolio site or a standard photo blog. Blogger looks like it just might be the idea site for photobloggers with all these new themes!

Lepores Fabulas

Lepores Fabulas

Another unique 3-column design, Lepores Fabulas has a number of unique features that would make it interesting on any blog platform. It has a top hidden widget to save extra text, such as copyright info, and has separate scrolling and stationary columns so your site can contain as much info as you want while still being manageable for your visitors. It even uses CSS3 to add special effects such as a hover glow to your site name.

  • Price: $14
  • Designed by: virtuti

Sandal Jepit

Sandal Jepit

Looking for a blog theme that’ll showcase your content with preview pictures, or work great as a photo blog? This might be just what you’ve been looking for. It’s easily customizable, letting you host your pictures on Blogger or on another service of your choice. It also has integrated social bookmarking services and Blogger’s own threaded commenting.

Conclusion

With these great themes and Blogger’s new features, Blogger’s definitely worth looking at again. We’d love to hear if you’ve been using Blogger recently, and if you’d consider making a Blogger site again.


  • http://blog.qoyyuum.me Abdul Qoyyuum

    I’m currently using Blogger. Been using it since 2009. Love the new changes. Just wish it had even more features that blends with all other Google services.

    Google Sites is still crappy though.

    • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay

      Cool to hear!

  • http://theremcycle.com Matt

    I’m using Blogger again, after not using it for a couple of years. Decided to start blogging again to see where it goes. I’m currently considering Sandal Jepit and the Quickly blog to give my blog a better look. Thanks for posting!

  • http://www.bloggertheme9.com/ Peter Jackson

    Hello Matthew Guay,
    I am Peter. Sir have a look on our page for blogger templates. (If you find any of our template worth sharing on your next “blogger template” article) It would be our pleasure.
    Thanks in advance.

    Regards
    Peter Jackson

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