This past week, I did a full blog makeover--new colors, new fonts, new format. I opened up Photoshop and InDesign (although my computer hated me for it), whipped up some designs, sent them out for critques, and picked the header you see now. I've even put together my own branding packet, to try and make my posts more cohesive. And while I was able to put my newly-learned HTML skills to use (thanks, electronic publishing class!), I certainly needed some help along the way. Here are the sources I used to bring my blog a little more up to speed!
// Free Brushes.
12 High Res Dry Brush Stroke Photoshop Brushes by Spoon Graphics
Photoshop Brush Set by Matt Heath Illustration
Photoshop Dry Brushes by Trzown
// Linked Headers.
Custom Blogger Header w/ Navigation Links by Wonder Forest
// Free Fonts.
// Social Media Tips & Tutorials.
The Only 5 Blogs About Blogging You'll Ever Need to Read by Hoda of JooJoo Azad**
*There are other free font websites out there, but Font Squirrel is ideal--it shows you exactly what this free font can legally be used for (print, web, ebook, etc. are all different permissions)
**JooJoo Azad is one of my favorite blogs. Seriously, Hoda is amazing. Go check her out!
Something I've been considering for a little while now is a "Friday Five" link up. How do you guys feel about this? I was planning on rules that encourage engagement, such as posting a comment on the link before yours. I would feature one or two of the posts and bloggers from the previous week's link up. While each post would have to involve some sort of "Friday Five" or "Friday Favorites" list, they could also include other topics in the same post. Let me know your thoughts!
Do you design your own blog? What resources do you use?
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