I know and understand that things are quite difficult for you as a newbie blogger. Don't ask me how I know, because I was in the same position like you some years ago. But the question is, "What drives us to keep coming back to our favorite blogs?" Is it the design or the content? The answer is obvious Content is king: Your content will decide if your audience will yearn for more or be disappointed in you. The difference your content makes in your audience's lives is what counts. Any other thing is just a cosmetic. Avoid plugins: Before you put on your gloves for a fight, let me clear myself hereâ€”plugins are good. Without them you won't be able to do some awesome things on your blog. What are plugins, anyway? In simple English: Plugins are software component that helps to extend the functionality of your site. Plugins can do almost anything you can imagine on your site. If you're running a fully hosted site, you can't use plugins because it's just not possible. And for those who are running a self-hosted site, you can install as many plugins as you want, but you must be careful before installing them.My experience: years back, I installed some plugins on my blog while trying to create a landing page, but was not satisfied with the result until I stumbled on the wrong one which made me lost access to my WordPress admin page. Thanks to iPage 24/7 live support. They came to my rescue.Note: If you're to install a plugin, be careful and read the warning it shows before activating it. If your theme has been used with the plugin before, there will be no warning. But if not, a warning will show up telling you that your theme has not been tested with the installed plugin before.Plugins are very important in self-hosted sites, but too much of them can be dangerous, which can make things more complicated for you. Keep it simple: Your blog is not a contestant in a beauty pageant contest. So why waste most of your time on beautifying your blog? Maybe you need a reminder why you started blogging in the first place. Is it to make a difference, to inspire lives or is it to flaunt its beauty? Go back to your purpose if beautifying your blog is taking most of your time. Blogs that look simple are scannable and readable. Simplicity will make your content enjoyable for your readers. What you should do instead: Focus on the content of your blog. What you should always think about as a newbie blogger is how you can come up with ideas that'll resonate with your audience. Remember, you're a writer not a designer. Your words are all that matters and not the look of your blog.