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Hey there, welcome to our blog!

Blogging started out as fun, right?

Now, it’s a dire chore and something you won’t quit or maybe quitting is something you are considering. You only blog to keep the income coming or to please your eager readers.But while you still get excited over a comment and like, you wish that it wasn’t so boring tiring and time-consuming.

Well, guess what? IT DOESN’T have to be this way.

With our online Memo Pad, we share the best tips, tricks,and content with YOU, for FREE! Who’s We? Well, Train Of Thought, Farah Edzua, Sílvia and Shania,  and  are all here as a community, to give you the most informative advice related to blogging!

Please explore. There’re so many opportunities so seize them! We can’t wait to see you around!

Check out a video made by Shania, to get a better idea of what the BMP is about!

~ The Blogger Memo Pad Team

How to Create An Awesome Featured Image (Using Canva) To Make Your Blog A Brand

Images are the key to your blog’s success. Visuals have always been at the heart of your blog’s content. Everything has to look nice, pretty and appealing. Everything has to also look, consistent and blend into your theme as well as stand out from the crowd.

One way to do this is to have a template for your featured images.
Say what?
Okay, I might be making no sense but here’s what I mean:
Here’s mine @ My Bookish Life if you haven’t noticed:

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And even the BMP has a template:


Have you seen PaperFury’s?

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These are just a few examples, but it just helps give consistency throughout your blog. And though mine aren’t that developed just yet, it gives your blog some IDENTITY!

You want to make your blog known. Whenever someone sees a post of yours, they know it is ACTUALLY YOURS because it has your style written all over it.

In other words, if you’re featured images stay consistent, your blog will be known for it.

We’re going to be using Canva today, which is better than Picmonkey because you can edit your template over and over again. You cannot do this with Picmonkey. BeFunky is also a good example of templates.

Let’s begin then, shall we?

Wait! HOLD ON! Here are some things you need to know before you get started

Top Tips

 

  • Be sure to look at your recommended featured image size! You don’t want your image to look oblong and blurry on your blog! Go to your site’s information to see the recommended specs and go from there.  
  • Don’t copy other people’s styles. Be unique and make it match your blog theme.
  • Change up the fonts, colours as well as images for new posts but keep the layout the same. You can obviously keep the same font and colours to match with the blog theme.
  • Be sure to add a watermark which should be small to your images to help your work stay YOURS!
  • Canva requires an account so quickly make one!

 

1. Choose an image

There are so many great FREE stock photos out there that you can use. So take a look, Pixabay is my favourite for these but there are a lot of others like http://www.rekitanicole.com/ which are great too!

 

 

  1. Add an overlay

 

Adding overlays is most common. The colour for your overlay should be the colour of your blog. Make it transparent so you can still see the image but also have a hint of identity. Of course, you don’t have to add one, as it is YOURS!

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  1. Choose your colours

 

I use Tin Eye’s colour lab for this. Upload your image there to get a  feel of the colours. Then go! Copy and paste the hex code into a document colour on Canva and TADA!You’ve got your colour palette

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  1. Add text

 

You can be as creative as you like with this. Add your own text, play around with fonts and colours and you’ll end up with something like this.

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  1. Save It!

 

Name your design, download and upload to your blog post! You are done, and you have a perfect image! Now, use this template for all your blog posts and you’re good to go…

 

Now you have completed your design! Use this template for ALL your featured images and you’ve created your blog’s identity. BYE!

 

Hear What’s Up Story Contest!

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Hello everyone, I have decided to do a story contest! I’ve seen some really lovely contests out there and I thought I just had to be apart of the fun. This contest will be a little different than others. I going to give you a theme as well as the plot and some characters. This is my first contest ever so I’m going to need some participation, please share this post!!! The prize will be an endorsement of your story (it will be posted on my blog) a follow, likes on every post of yours and a free book!! Here is the theme:

Life of a teenager 

Main character: Girl or boy in middle/high school

Include comedy (if you can) romance, or mystery! Make up anything you want this is totally ALL YOU! The deadline for entries is February 20ththe winner will be announced that weekend. For me…

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New Theme on WP | Review, suggestions

☞  WordPress has a free new theme for us! I’m excited for this. I’ll take this opportunity to review and give suggestions and ideas to use the theme!

▼My Thoughts

The new theme has named as Dara. Dara is a classic and elegant theme for businesses. My first impression is great but personally, I think that Dara is a twin of Sela. They quite similar. I could say that nothing changes except the layout are bigger. The positive comment here is Dara is obviously better than Sela.

▼ My Suggestions

Here are the looks that I created using the Dara theme. You could use these as your inspiration if you’re looking forward using the theme.

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◎ Gray, Black and White

I’m in love with this one. Yes, I admit that there’s a huge gap between the header and the menus. I don’t know why is that happens and how to solve it. But the only thing I could remind you is you need to entirely cover the space that you have on the editing canvas (make sure you’re using the correct size for your header).

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◎ Pink

This is perfect if you’re writing about beauty. It has a touch of a hot pink color. As usual, I used the white color as the background. Personally, I love the way white color brighten up the blog.  As you know, Dara allows you to display your social media account under your header image.

Another tip for you, make sure that your menu’s content is minimum 5 pages only or it will look cluttered. I’ve made the mistake before and trust me, you don’t wanna be the old me.

☞  That’s it for today! I hope you found something new from this. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us in the comment section below! We’ll try our best to answer you. Comment down below your thoughts and see ya!

Get Your New Blog Up And Running (My Personal Tips & Secrets)

Guys! I got you some helpful tips written by Gilts&Glamz! These are awesome! Also, don’t forget to give a follow to her blog!

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Hello Beautiful People!

I say why not get down to some business today, the business of blogging of course! I have read so many blog posts recently advising new bloggers and they’re all great, so much you can learn from each and every one of them, and I’m actually really proud of myself when I say that I had actually been following the most important and common advice all along 🙂 whatever it was that I was doing was floating my boat and it came as a surprise when one lovely blogger requested that I share my secrets and tips on how to build and grow a new blog. I’ll be honest and tell you that deep down it feels great 🙂 so here it is; just some real, personal and honest advice or call it ‘secrets’ if you will.

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Canva | Your Best Friend | How to use it for your blog // 1 // Featured Image Hacks

Hey lovely bloggers, Farah Edzua is here writing for you, my tips and experiences on Canva. Some of you already know about this but for the newbies, you may not know about this awesome hack! 

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What Is Canva? 

I bet that some of you may ask yourself, what is Canva. Canva is a free site that has a variety of tools and templates that help you to create the best graphic for your blog but however, they offered you a premium package if you want to be more advantage. It doesn’t require any skills in order to make beautifully designed graphics. That’s one of my main reason, why I liked it so much.

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Way to use Canva for your blog (1)

  • Your Featured Image Template 

To be honest, I’d never seen any ways that easier than using Canva method. Some of you did make a featured image for your posts while some of you, didn’t make it and personally, it doesn’t matter if you want to make it or not. It’s all up to you but for those who make it, I got you the easiest method in order to make your own personalized featured image.

  • Open Canva site
  • Create a new design 

Note : Choose the size for your featured image and I think presentation template works well.

  • Start to get creative!

At this point, you’re the one who decides what is your graphic going to look like. You could make your own template or even use the template that Canva has offered you. You could use this as your guide.

 

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This is the very basic one but however, you could customize it to match with your style

 

How it works?

So basically, it could save you so much time. You literally need to go to Canva and click on the template that you made and change the title, your post category, and the background. Then, you could quickly save it to your computer and upload it to your post!

That’s it for today post. I hope that you found something new from this and help you out in the future! Follow if you aren’t already to see more helpful posts from other BMP Team. Like and comment down below your questions, thoughts or anything related to blogging and we’ll try to response to you as fast as we could! ☺️

🎉Good Luck, Bloggers!🎉

 

10 things to include in your media kit

Hey, happy pixels!! 

What is Media Kit?

A media kit is simply an information packet about a business or product. You can make one to promote your blog. For example, you can send it to blogs or brands to explain who you are, what do you do and to propose a collaboration.

It’s a useful tool. It collects information about your blog that answers your investors, collaborators, and clients questions about you. You can think about your media kit as a marketing tool. Actually, it is.

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A media kit should be visual, attractive and simple. You want to grab the reader’s attention, but the main information has to be easy to find. Remember that the time people dedicate to that kind of things is limited, so you have to be visual and interesting.

A good way to design your media kit is to use tools as Canva. Another good way is to look for free printables on Google. Remember: visual and simple.

There are lots of contents suggestions. From my point of view, the top things that you should include in your media kit are:

Media kit contents

  1. The name of your blog; add your logo, or your picture if you don’t have a logo.
  2. A brief information about you and your blog. Who are you, what exactly is your blog or business. Just 3-5 sentences. Be clear. Add a link to your blog and your mail or contact info.
  3. Previous collaborations. Who were your collaborators, what did you do for them and a link to your work? If you have good opinions about your job, you can include them here.
  4. WordPress and social media statistics. If you still don’t have large numbers to impress, you can omit them or use your growth trends. For example, in just 3 months, the number of blog followers has increased 200%.
  5. What kind of collaborations you do. Which services are you offering? You’ll send your kit with a personalized proposal for each blog or company, but here you can offer different options. Include here a call to action: send me a mail, call me for more information…Include your contact info again, or just include it here, not above.
  6. Add pictures. Be proud of your hard work. Show it.
  7. Convert the kit to PDF.

Make a list of blogs/brands you would like to work with. Send your media kit.

Make changes if it does not work.

Are you interested in having a media kit? I think it’s an interesting tool. Especially when a blog it’s starting to grow. Even before that.

Are you going to make one? If you have any doubt or if you want to share your experiences with your media kit, feel free to leave a comment.

Love,
Sílvia.

 

REVAMP YOUR BLOG DESIGN NOW FOR FREE! | Wednesday Wisdom

Hey guys! Who’s here are bored with the blog design that you currently have? If yes, We have a good news for you! We’re open for those who wanted our service to revamping their blog! You could make a request on our contact page if you are interested in that.

In the comment blank space, write: 

Revamping Blogs service

Theme colour ( eg: black and white, pink, purple) :
Any graphics theme (eg :beach,emoji,classic,clean) :
Any message? :
Email :
The way for us to design your blog:
Your Social Media Link :

We’ll give you a new :

  • Header
  • Blog Icon
  • Background
  • Refresh your sidebar (if needed)
  • Theme (if needed)

and add some graphics as the final touch.

We have two ways in order to customise your blog:

  • You add our Blogger Memo Pad account ( @thebloggermemopad ) to your blog
  • We’ll send you our ideas for your blog including your new graphics

All of this isn’t requires any money but however, you’ll need to: 

  • Give a credit to us on your blog and include our site URL (sidebar or pages)
  • Share about your new blog look (include our site URL) on at least 3 of your social medias
  • Write a post about us
  • Follow this blog
  • Follow Our Social Medias Account (  Twitter, Youtube , Pinterest)
  • Follow Our Blog ( The Girl With Coffe, Life As Shania, The Happiest Pixel, My Bookish Life)
  • Pin 3 of our post on your Pinterest Account

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? GO AHEAD AND REQUEST US YOUR DREAM BLOG NOW! 

~The Blogger Memo Pad Team