Hello friends! I blogged earlier about offering some insight in to blog design and customization. I thought I would start off by sharing some of my favorite resources that I use for my blog posts.
Some of you may know that my blog crashed last year and I basically lost everything. I was able to save my posts so I could keep the memories, but I lost all the images and work I had put in to my blog. As time went on, I saw this as a blessing. I wanted to create an image / brand for my blog.. but where I had been blogging for years and my style and thought processes had changed so much over those years, my blog was a mixture of everything. This drove me crazy.. to tell you the truth! As I started sharing new posts on my “new” blog, I knew I wanted to keep things clean. I wanted my blog to feel put together. That’s why I use stock photos for a lot of my blog posts.
When you read a blog post, you’ll notice at the bottom of that post is a recommendation for additional posts you can read. You’ll notice that those posts all look like, they look uniform. That’s what I love.
My images all look the same because I use a temple that I made, and I use stock photos and text over them to create the graphics for my blog. (I can share more on this later) This makes it easier for me to share my posts on social media as well. When I post them on instagram, they look uniform and “together”. That was something I wanted to create with my “new” blog. I still have a ways to go before I create a good solid foundation, but for now this is a good start!
I only use one website to get my stock photos. This website is called UnSplash. (not an affiliate link) These photos are free, and they’re licensed in such a way that you can put them on your blog posts, social media, add text over them, basically whatever you want. Some photos you have to be careful, because the person who took the photo or created the image put a certain license on it to where you have to have special permission to do certain things, or purchase an extended license to even use the photo. So watch out for that. On Unsplash you can browse / scroll through the photos or search if you have something in mind you’re looking for specifically. Once you see an image you like, just download it and it’s all yours. If you browse through my previous posts, you’ll notice that most of those images with text on them are stock photos from this website. Sharing all my secrets, y’all!
I think a big thing lately is fonts. I get my fonts from two separate sources. The fonts you see on my blog posts, side bars, etc.. those all came from Google Fonts. I found a font I liked, and incorporated that font in to the code of my blog. I understand this is a topic for another day, and I will touch on this very soon! I was under the impression that if you have certain fonts on your blog posts, but the person reading your blog doesn’t have that font downloaded to their personal computer, your font may not show up. It would revert to some sort of default font. (I do realize I could be wrong about this!) Long, long ago I started using Google Fonts in hopes of that not being a problem for my readers.
A second resource that I use for fonts, and graphics, and elements, and just about EVERYTHING else is Creative Market. I LOVE Creative Market. Every week they have free fonts or elements you can download. I get 99% of my things this way. They always have bundles of different things that you can purchase for a discount, but once per month they have these “Big Bundles” that you can purchase that have tons of just about everything Creative Market provides at a huge discount. I’ve done that once or twice, too.. mainly to get some great fonts and graphics for my blog. I like to design things too, so I am able to use the things I find for that as well.
Here are the free goodies that are out this week : (Week Starting 2/20/17) CLICK HERE
The Big Bundle for February has already expired, but you can still take a look at what it included so you can see what those are like! I will try to remember to share the next one on my FACEBOOK PAGE incase anyone is interested!
I tend to find something I like, or find something that works, and stick to that. But, if you have a resource you use and love, I’d be so excited to hear about it!
Earlier I mentioned that I created a template and that’s how I do the graphics for my blog. I thought I’d explain that quickly! I have a MacBook Pro, and I use the PAGES program for all my blog design things. I’d love to learn Photoshop, but I really struggle with it! I think that’s something I’m going to try and conquer this year. I guess I need to actually purchase Photoshop first..haha. I have a pre-made setup on my pages document where I just switch out the photo and the fonts to create the graphics on my blog. I also have a place where I put the current colors I’m using on my blog, as well as the color code so that I can incorporate that in to the code of my blog. I use this document (that is several pages long) to design logos, and welcome side bar messages.. anything you see on my blog was designed on pages. (anything that I’ve added) So, it CAN be done even if you don’t have expensive design software!
I think next time I will show you how I incorporate these images on to my blog.
I hope this is helpful! I know it may be boring to some, or stupid to some, but I hope it’s helpful to SOMEONE.
Have a wonderful weekend!