As I’ve been doing this blogging thing a little while now and it seemed a good idea to pass on a few of the things that I’ve learned over the five years that I’ve been doing this. In easy and often geeky steps you’ll be taken through the steps and point out the pitfalls of taking your blog seed and growing it into something really amazing.
This post is moving more away from the technical to the aesthetic and how as bloggers we can make our posts and pages not only look pleasing but give them a unique look and feel.
To give an idea of the kinds of thing you’re looking at these are some examples of personalised images I’ve used in featured images to grab the poor unsuspecting blogger into my web:
Here is a bit of a mix up of ideas and some things have worked better than others. At first I was using Power Point to create these and it was pretty good for doing it I have to say. But after a while I began learning about Canva. Canva is an online picture content creation tool (www.canva.com), using either the provided stock pictures or by uploading your own to create headers, covers, templates etc…
Many of Canva’s stock pictures are free but of course many aren’t but are reasonably priced. With this and the graphics tools available these kinds of headers can be created and they help identify you, the blog and the content of the post at a glance.
With this I have some tips for creating your blog graphics:
- Don’t put your blog address on – If it changes you’ve got a lot of work to do replacing it.
- Do put on what the individual blog post is about – This will help with pinning and advertising on social media.
- Give it an individual look – Make it sing out your blog.
- Make it stand out, either with the image or with colours.
These aren’t rules – as the pirates say they’re mor like guidelines but from my experince this work for me. As always make it work for you. I hope this has been useful, if there are any WordPress things that upset or confuse you, let me know. Maybe I can help and maybe there’s a blog post in it!
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