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45 More Excellent Blog Designs

We, designers, are creative folks. And being creative, we permanently strive for inspiration — innovative approaches, crazy ideas, smashing concepts and, in general, unique designs which can help us to observe a given problem from a fresh perspective. This is why we always have some fancy design books laying around on our desk, and this is why we enjoy observing other people’s work — basically just because we can learn a hell of a lot from them. [Content Care Dec/07/2016]

There are things one can do a number of times without worrying about becoming boring. For instance, collecting and showcasing excellent blog designs. In this post we do it already the third time. Why? Web design lives in blogs; new developments appear there, that’s where the music plays. And that’s where you need to look for in order to keep up with current trends and developments.

This post presents 45 excellent blog designs with a perfect layout and unique personal note. We haven’t analyzed the content of the blogs; instead we focused on ideas, approaches, graphics and layouts.

If you miss some stunning blog designs in this showcase please let us know in the comments. However, it’s also possible that these designs have already been covered in one of our previous showcases:

Excellent Blog Designs from 2008 Link

Pat Dryburgh has probably one of the largest RSS-buttons ever created.

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The Risington Podcast

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Erratic Wisdom

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Iso50
Magazine-style, very stylish, and pretty impressive.

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Wilsonminer
A very thought-out design with attention to little details.

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Brandonmouth

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cause/affect blog

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Squawk
The “paper” theme in use.

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Sam Rayner

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Schneeballschlacht
Interesting not just because of two mascots, but because of a double-blog: two bloggers write together and against each other on both left and right sides of the navigation area. Interesting concept.

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Papuasia
Black and white at its best. Notice how well icons communicate information, block formatting in use.

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I Heart Luxe
A shopping magazine powered by WordPress.

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Cameron.io

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Plavackuv Blabolnik
Whatever it means…

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Nitram-Nunca

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Josh Spear

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Blogwhatdesign

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Spreeblick
Magazine-style design based upon WordPress.

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PushStandards
Soft colors, visually appealing layout and hand-written links at the top of the page.

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Brian Jeremy
Loves colors…

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Jamie Knight
Meet soft and cloudy design — that’s Jamie and his Teddy.

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Jeriko

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Clean, Simple Designs Link

theshaun.com
Seriously cool, elegant and simple.

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ExHero.de

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Tomas Marban

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Benjamin Tollady

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ManiacalRage

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Experimental Designs Link

TechGuyTales
Office notes, paper clips and wood background. Well, what do you expect? Sarcastic design fits to sarcastic blog entries.

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Qwertcity
Vivid colors. Used together, they may be not that appealing, but they just can’t be not eye-catching.

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Papel Continuo
Sometihng… completely different.

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Ideate

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Kulturbanause
The background determines the layout. You defintely haven’t ever seen a blog layout like this.

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Chris Contollini
An interesting integration of Google Maps into… well, a weblog!

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w3sh

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Ovavaho
Focus on illustrations.

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/11/50-beautiful-and-creative-blog-designs/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/08/corporate-blog-design-trends-and-examples/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/11/20-extraordinary-blogs-unique-post-designs/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/08/innovative-appraoches-web-layout/

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Sven is the co-founder and former CEO of Smashing Magazine. He's now writing Science-Fiction and at his Conterest Blog, where he focuses on blogs, content strategy, writing and publishing — all in German.

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    Awesome list, thanks :-)

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    I love it!, great, really impressive work

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    Great list of weblogs – I wish my day had more than 24 hours to have a look at all of them…

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    Yay for iso50 … Tycho is some good music

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    Very Pretty Weblogs

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    I liked erraticwisdom.com, but once you enter the site you discover that you cant read more than 4 lines with that fantastic font they use…

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    Plavackuv Blabolnik is in czech slang ;) and it means something like “Babbling of Plavacek” and Plavacek is name of author ;)

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    I love Erratic Wisdom, and if you check out where he came from (in terms of his previous designs – in the archive) I think it’s pretty remarkable.

    Looking forward to the day my site design is on par with these… I am, admittedly, an rank amateur (!!) and a big geeky fan of web design. Oh well, it’s fun… and super great to continually be inspired by the sites you guys feature. Thanks.

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    @Keith – yes, I see where you’re coming from.

    Thanks SmashingMagazine – a great selection of inpiration!

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    awesome……
    pretty cool

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    Some really stella design work

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    really cool sites. thank you guys.

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  13. 13

    Great list of blogs. I wish I could design my websites like that.

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    Thanks again guys, this is an amazing list.

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    A kind “thank you” for your generous inclusion. Best regards, B

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    Plavacek is not author’s name but nickname. Author’s name is Miloslav Leseticky.

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  17. 17

    nice list

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    very nice selection as usual ..

    thanks

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    Really nice stuff! I think that one fits as well: Link.

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    great examples. inspirational too.

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    Thanks for featuring my site (erraticwisdom)!

    @Rolando Bouza:
    Are you talking about the body font? It’s 12px Helvetica which is usually pretty easy to read. It renders oddly on PC’s, but I don’t think it comes with Windows by default.

    @Daniel Holter:
    Thanks again man!

    The archives he’s talking about can be found here. Some of my earlier versions are pretty hideous, but I keep ’em around so I can always remember how crappy of a designer I think I’ll be in a year.

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    In the name of the whole team, specially Franziska, our designer: Thanks very much!

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    Thanks for those wonderful examples. Amazing!

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    “…Em am I the only one who sees that David Hellmann ripped off electric pulp???…”

    That is exactly what I thought as soon as I saw it.

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    Thanks a lot for mentioning my site!

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    awesome collection! Thank you indeed.

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    I’m honoured to have my blog listed alongside such great sites, thanks very much. :)

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    nice collection…thanks for sharing :)

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    Am I the only one who is worried about the (color)noise of most of the pages? Some are so bad that i can hardly read them. And could someone please shoot down this electricpulp copiest? Man i hate it when people just copy!

    nevertheless, although i can find flaws with nearly every design, i do like the list because there are some fine examples on it.

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    Very very nice blog designs. My favourite is the Qwertcity.

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    I love these designs, the creativity behind them is just phenomenal! Kudos to the designers and thanks for posting this.

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    Thanks so much for featuring my blog’s design (PushStandards.com), I’m honored! I’ll just go link back to you now :)

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    Totally awesome guys, thanks for posting my blog :)

    And keep up with the AWESOME site you guys have!!!

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    great selection as usual..
    *inspiration….

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    Nice post, like always :)

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    Fantastic list as always ^_^ any update for beautiful free blog designs?

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    and where is the rip?
    they looks like electricpulp but at last, is see two different sides. and any have made a good job.
    i think the mainproblem is, the colors are similar but brown and beige is a good combo…

    i see no problem there, sorry

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    Check this out

    sirehdancengkeh.com change the rotating image function for random quotes, cool.

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    Nice bloglist. However (not to sound too critical), how about a list of something other than portfolios/blogs/personal sites? I’d like to see some examples of more conservative, elegant corporate sites – small businesses, realtors, travel agents, hotels, that kinda thing. Blogs are a dime a dozen, its just so rare (and I guess harder) to make a good list of business sites, which after all, are the bread and butter of any web designer.

    As much as I love grunge ink splashes and tattered frames, or glowing light tentacles, your Joe Schmo realtor rarely goes for the outrageous, and Id like to see what fresh ideas other designers come up with when they are somewhat limited in their creativity.

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    What is an excellent? OMG! These are shit.

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    Great list.
    And thanks for linking Papel Continuo.

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    Great bloglist, thumbs up!

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    Pretty nice list!

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    This is a nice list just for website design alone.

    I’ve also been listening to the Rissington Pod cast for a while now and have been really enjoying it. I know it’s not visual, but the “best podcasts” relating to design and development would be a really cool list.

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    Wow… thank you so much! It’s an honour to be mentioned on here.

    Just so everyone’s aware… I’m working diligently to get my site back online… I wasn’t expecting nearly this many people coming to my site in the last little while…

    I’ll let you know when it’s back online.

    Pat

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    The site is back up!

    I love my web host :)

    Pat

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    Very very nice all of them. Thanks for sucha good job. Papel continuo is the best for me! papelcontinuo.net

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    Great list of sites, guys. I read updates through my feed, but this is actually the first time I’ve commented here. Like others before have said, thanks for including us in your list and keep up the fantastic work.

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    Very nice list!

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    Very very nice ! thanks

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    Great collection!

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    very interesting list.

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    Nice collection, nice designs! I wish I had their artistic skills. :)

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    cool list. thanks

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    very fantastic,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,i m a regular vistor of ,the SMASHING.COM

    THNKS TO ALL THE TEAM….AND PRAY FOR HAPPINESS .
    OK

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    wow, inspiring collection.

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    I can see your hard work in that great list.Keep it up.
    Your lists are inspiring me

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    Jermayn Parker

    February 25, 2008 6:08 pm

    Enjoyed that list!
    Thanks

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    Thanks for the list Smashing! Great for inspiration.

    …and here’s my requisite & shameless plug for my frehsly-hatched redesign: CarbonGraffiti.

    Cheers!

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    thx for add my site…
    thx for delete my site…

    but really good pages!

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    great collection!

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    Sandeep Jangir

    February 27, 2008 3:19 am

    again great article!

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    Himanshu Kapoor

    February 27, 2008 10:50 pm

    There have been many sections on Blog design in the past and this is inspiring me to start my own. Thanks for these refereshing designs.

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    Great selecting of very inspiring designs.

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    Not all blog designs are my taste, but there are much ideas like always.

    Thank you for your great summry about blog design from past until now….

    From Germany

    Ralph

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    Nice layouts ! :D

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    Thanks for showing us the variety of unique blogs. Very nice.

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    this design is very talent. designers feeling the atmosphere of our time with speed, replacing actions and culture of young people

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    Hey! Ripp off?? Thats a bad comment there…. Yes there is a small similarity to the background but nothing more than this. Getting inspiration from another website or other designers is not unsual tactic.

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    Just a quick heads up to everyone who’s been checking out patdryburgh.net. A few weeks ago I changed the design, and stopped using my large RSS Icon. However, a few days ago I did make it available for download on my portfolio at atrickdesign.com. Just go to the blog section, and download the .zip which contains a transparent .png of the icon.

    Enjoy!

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    thanks cordoba

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    can you make one that has Allie Dimeco i have A Fan Blog and i need One!

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    Thank’s a lot for this review..!!

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    Really impressive!

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    Really its very good and nice layouts .I like all.

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    Those are very beautiful blog designs. I love the Kulturbanause a lot. It is very unique and beautiful. Very nice design for inspiration.

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    Thanks for the links. Toogle looks nice and also I dig that under contact they have their Xbox Gammer Tag. Pretty slick. Gonna remember that one. Also check out http://culturesoak.com/

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    Eccellente elenco di utilizzo Blog Design, bella esposizione.. sarà un valido punto di riferimento per la realizzazione di un nuovo . Thanks!

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    Shame my friend’s WordPress blog isn’t on here. He blogs a bit, but the stars of his site are his great photographs. Nice dark design that is very masculin too.

    http://www.ivovic.net

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    boy minor kitchen land joke

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    OnervenIrrark

    November 9, 2008 7:49 pm

    Good site! Successes in future

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    Hello, excellent site, very rich in content and correctly carefully thought out

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    Hello! Good site, simply super!

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    Great list man. I like these designs. :clap:

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    cause/affect blog is going to make me mad:-D I love that simply style

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    Great blog theme…

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    cool

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    Gosh, really awesome!!!

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    Very sweet collection, gonna use some ideas for redesign my blog with flash elements . Especially I like designs with vector elements.

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    I like the way Chris Contollini use Google Map for his blog.

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    Nice post you got here. It would be great to read more concerning this matter.

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    Great post. (sorry just testing your comment form :p)

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    nice i love this post

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    great stuff :-) good work!

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    Add one more blogger blog in your collection its looks so awesome. Blog Name is Tech Boy Arena. URL- techboyarena.com and do check out its wallpaper Gallery its really very unique

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    i altogether accept with what you say simply as im from france and my english is not that good im not convinced if i understood everything right. I would enjoy if you could post a translated variation of your articles, so i can unterstand them better. promise to read over again presently here!

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    I keep listening to the news talk about taking free online grant applications so I have been seeing around for the greatest site to acquire one.

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    on our desk, and this is why we enjoy observing other people’s work — basically just because we can learn a hell of a lot from them.

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    devlet hastanesi randevu

    March 2, 2011 5:45 am

    if i understood everything right. I would enjoy if you could post a translated variation of your articles, so i can unterstand them better. promise to read over again presently here! .devlethastanelerirandevu.com

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    devlet hastane

    March 14, 2011 4:01 am

    if you could post a translated variation of your articles, so i can unterstand them better. promise to read over again presently here!

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    All the themes look creative and some of them just wonderful. I am looking forward to use some of these themes in my upcoming blogs. I especially liked the theme by Papuasia. With just white and black it provides a classic and retro look. Kudos to all you guys.

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    Exquisite collection. I’m in to web designing for a while. I just hope to see more exclusive updates on blog design.

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    Nitesh Ahir

    May 19, 2011 10:26 pm

    Hello Snev,

    Thanks for make me aware about importance of Blog Design. Its really very much important. Eye catching blog designing may be the great source for people to stay at your site long time.

    I am looking forward some Blog Design layouts. You provide such a excellent list of Blog design layouts. I like it so much and going to implement Blog design, by getting ideas out of them some very soon.

    Really cool and excellent list you providing.

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    I like this post! very interesting and informative, you provide such a excellent list of Blog design layouts. thanks for sharing this wonderful post!

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    Absolutely cool stuff here! So how do I get the code for these great sites. is it possible to download (and even pay for) them? Would really love to use some or are they copyright protected?

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    Absolutely cool stuff here! So how do I get the code for these great sites. is it possible to download (and even pay for) them? Would really love to use some or are they copyright protected?

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    Oh my goodness! an incredible article dude. Thanks Nevertheless I’m experiencing problem with ur rss . Don’t know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anyone getting identical rss drawback? Anyone who knows kindly respond. Thnkx

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    I enjoyed reading your nice blog. Congratulations, and keep posting to us. Do have some sort of email system where your blog posts emailed to me?

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    Wonderful collection !!!!! I really inspired by this and will definitely focus on to do some better by using this collection, in my future projects :-)
    cdndesignstudio.com

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    excellent blog designs, very useful for my next blog

    Thanks for sharing great post.

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    Towab Muhammad Yusuf

    January 2, 2014 11:52 am

    These are great, thanks

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