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!

 

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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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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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EPIC Blogger Hacks That You’d Never Seen Before

Hey there, the lovely bloggers! I gathered you awesome blogger hacks that new for me.  Trust me, this hacks will make your job a lot easier! I’m more than happy to see this post to be published because I’m sure that most of these hacks will help you!

1 | Huge Space Gap (2 ways)

Have you ever feel how annoying it is when your space gap is huge? Like you’re typing your post and there’s one point where you want the next sentences to be in the next line but still, in the same paragraph. It may be complicated for you to understand but it literally a self-explanatory. Personally, I find it super annoying and now I FOUND THE SOLUTION FOR IT! 

  • The 1st Way ( For Phone, Ipad user ) 

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  • In your post, below the title column, there’s Visual and HTML tab. I’m sure that you’re on the visual tab. Click on the HTML tab and it will take you to the HTML version of your post.

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  • Find the sentences that you want to be in the next line and then click the enter button.

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  • Click on the Visual tab (right next to the HTML tab) and you’re done. That’s the final result after you do the easy steps.
  • The 2nd Way (For Computer user) 

This is the easiest way so far to solve the problem!

  • You literally need to go to the sentence that you want to be in the next line
  • Then, on your keyboard, hit the SHIFT + ENTER at the same time!

That’s it for the second way. Mahriya told me about this and I’m shocked because this is way easier than the way for the phone user!

I hope that I’m not the only one who has this problem. For real, I’m super glad for it because this is seriously my life saver!

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2 | Social Media Icons on the Sidebar

Have you ever wanted your social media icons to be arranged side by side on your sidebar? but you can’t because it won’t allow you to do that. Seriously, I’ve been wanted to do this for so long until I saw Mahriya did this. I quickly asked her how she did that and she said that it was from a youtube video.

I know that it was published years ago but seriously, I’m shocked that it works perfectly. You definitely need to try this out. Oh if you’re wondering how to make your own Social Media Icons, check out this post and it may help you with that 🙂

Yes, I know that is is literally 2 hacks that I have for you but I hope that you’ve found something new from this post! Comment down below your thoughts or anything and see ya!

~FarahEdz

Wednesday Wisdom: Quick Tip

Happy hump day everyone!

It’s Shania here from Life As Shania, and today I am going to be giving you a little bit of Wednesday Wisdom.Basically, Wednesday Wisdom can be a quote, motivation, information, or a quick tip!Today I am going to be sharing a Quick Tip!

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  • Put Aside Time To Create Good Content

Good content doesn’t just appear.Spend around 30 minutes on each post, or more!Don’t just use 10 minutes, and call it done.Put in tags, organise the posts in categories, create a featured image for it.And once you are done publishing, don’t forget to share.This will help you place effort into each and every one of your blog posts.

Hope you guys enjoyed our first Wednesday Wisdom!Stay tuned for some more!!

XOXO,

Shania

Interview With Georgie | Blogger Celebrations(Let’s Party!!!)

Before I start, I know some of you might know that I am taking a mini break from the BMP. This is not my last post just yet as there are more Blogger Celebrations due. Once I have completed all requests, I will not be posting anymore. Thanks for understanding!

Hi, all! It’s me Train Of Thought!

Today is our first Blogger Celebration here on the BMP! I’d like to introduce you to Georgie @ VIUNIVERSALI ! I’m going to be celebrating her into the blogosphere. So, she’ll be Georgie and I’ll be TT (Train of Thought) and without further a due, let’s begin!

TT: Hi,Georgie! So great to have you here on the BMP, how do you feel being on here?

Georgie: Hi! Thank you so much for having me, I’m so thrilled. This is the first opportunity I’ve been presented with since joining the blogging community so I’m very grateful!

TT:Well, that’s great! Let’s actually get into the real post, shall we! What is your blog about, in a paragraph?

Georgie:My blog is called Vi Universali which roughly translates to ‘Universal Energy’. I believe we are all connected and in a world where everything feels so disconnected, I am constantly striving to communicate and to share and to talk about the things that really matter. I post anything and everything on my blog from random musings to creative pieces I have written, recipes to travel, mindfulness to meditation, fashion to philosophy.

Georgie:I am always raw, open and honest in what I write and strive to be true to myself – the internet is inundated with perfectly polished images of individuals and their lives and I want to reverse this idea that everything we share has to be flawless, and instead promote authenticity and the value of being real. My blog is still in the very early stages so I hope that you can join me as I grow and continue to share in my tiny corner of the internet.

TT: Great, want some cake? I’m getting hungry, you?

Georgie:Aaah, you really think I’d turn down cake?! Never!

TT: Haha, who could turn down CAKE? *munches* Ahem, anyways, what are some things you’d like to achieve/celebrate in your blogging journey?

Georgie:My primary goal with my blog is for it to be a place on the internet that, as I’ve said, is real. A little pocket of cyber-space that is completely free of societal pressures, norms and expectations, a place that encourages people on their own journey of self-growth – because after all, we are all constantly growing, and I believe that the best way to truly become the people that we want to be is to encourage and support one another, to share and express and communicate in the most vulnerable, passionate, genuine way.

TT: Some of your favourite bloggers, people who you’d invite to the party?

  • Nirrimi (http://fireandjoy.com/) – her blog is a stunning work of art celebrating all it means to be human – to be open and honest and vulnerable, to love and to lose, to feel the whole spectrum of emotion and celebrate life in all its crazy glory. She is both a talented photographer, musician and a genuinely lovely person.
  • Emma (https://themessyheads.com/) – Emma has built an entire business from her blog, but not only that – a way of life. This achievement is hugely inspiring to me. Emma encourages her readers to embrace the messiness of living and shrug off the idea that everything has to be perfect.
  • Lauren and John over at Hot For Food (http://www.hotforfoodblog.com/) – Hot For Food is a vegan food blog who I’d for sure invite to the party if it meant I could sample some of their delicious creations. Two of the best vegan chefs I’ve ever come across and also two genuinely nice people. I’d for sure recommend them if you want some easy, tasty comfort food inspiration!
  • Brooke Saward (http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/) – Brooke documents her travels on her blog and Instagram ‘World Of Wanderlust’ and shows that travelling on a budget without any scams or unrealistic processes is entirely possible. Her message is ‘anyone can do it’ and that to me, as someone who has a constant ache to travel, is very inspiring.
  • And of course everyone here at the BMP!

TT: Awww thanks! Those all sound like amazing bloggers. Well, I guess you are waiting for your gift! What’s one thing you’d like to as ask about blogging? Anything and I’ll answer!!

Georgie:The blogging industry is incredibly competitive and it can be very difficult to get your name out there, network and encourage people to view your blog. What are some tips and tricks you have for accomplishing this? I’d love for my blog to grow so that I can share my writing with more people and take blogging around the world with me as I travel (this is my ultimate goal!), sharing my self-growth, observations and life lessons along the way. I’d love to hear some ways in which people can be encouraged to come and visit my space on the web!

TT:Yes! That is very true. There are so many blogs out there, it is hard to stand out from the crowd. Firstly, I’d say don’t copy anyone else, let your personality shine through. And secondly, interact. Commenting on other blogs is probably the best way to get noticed. Networking is the key to getting noticed.Make social media accounts and join other bloggers. Join the fun, by participating in events, such as the 2016 Blogger Awards (there’s still time to vote!) And thirdly, offer something no-other blog offers. Make your blog unique and personal. Add your own quirky twist to it and your readers will grow. Lastly, comment back and talk to your readers. Whilst looking for new followers, be sure to interact with the readers you have already. Be friendly and always comment back and comment on their blogs. Show your appreciation.

TT: What’s your wish? Blow out your candles, and make one!! Tell us what it  is… Can we make it come true?

Georgie: My biggest wish is to grow my blog to a point where I can take it around the world with me and work with brands I love on projects I am passionate about – being able to make something I love my work is my biggest ambition and I am prepared to strive every day until I accomplish my goal. Isn’t that what life is about?

TT:I hope your wish comes TRUE, one day!

TT: Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging essentially because of my previous answer – I am a very creative person and do not want to spend the rest of my life in a conventional 9-5 job where I feel restricted. My basic philosophy in life is to keep moving so that you never become stagnant or stuck in what you are doing.

Blogging is such a versatile platform – you can take it anywhere, it allows you to say anything you desire and it can lead to so many amazing opportunities in so many different industries. I wanted to share all of the observations and thoughts and musings I had inside me, wanted to document my journey of self-growth, realisation and discovery in the hopes that there are people out there, staring at the words I have written on their screen, feeling connected and reassured, people who can relate and grow with me. I started blogging because I wanted to claim a space of my own in the vast and mysterious online world that reflected not only the person I am inside but the person I wish to grow into.

TT: LET’S get into the party mood! Where else can we find you on the internet?

Georgie: You can find me on Instagram at ‘georgieccox’ where I share more of my personal life (again, all in the hopes of encouraging vulnerability, authenticity and honesty). Otherwise, I’m blogging at Vi Universali and I hope to see you there! Thank you so much for having me, it’s been a pleasure.

See you soon.

Georgie

Thanks so much Georgie for being on here!! It means a lot to us!

Do you want to have a blogging party and be featured on our blog?Yes? Sign up here! We’ll be there…How do you feel about blogging? Can You relate? Comment below!

How To Create Your Own Blogging Survey

Hi, Train Of Thought here from My Bookish Life!

So,  a few months ago, I launched my FIRST ever blogging survey, which you can check out here for my personal blog, My Bookish Life. As bloggers do, I was researching and came across this idea to create one for your readers and whilst collecting lots of data you can improve your blog. I found the process a bit unexpecting so, today, I want to share with my blogging experiencing with ‘blogging surveys’ and share some of my tips and tricks of setting them up, writing questions and collecting responses that help YOU with your blog! Let’s begin…

What Is A Blogging Survey Exactly?

Okay, a blogging survey is a survey which allows you ask your followers and readers questions about your blog. For e.g, ‘How long do you like my posts to be?’ or ‘What type of posts do you enjoy the most?’ They will take this survey, which shouldn’t be too long, and then you can collect your data and improve your blog based on your results.

How Do I Set One Up?

There are tonnes of websites which allow you to create a simple and easy survey but the one I used and prefer is Survey Monkey. While the free version, only allows 10 questions, It is still by far the most simple, efficient and perfect survey software out there. And anyway, you don’t want your readers to spend hours on your survey, you want them to read ya blog! I’m not going to go step-by-step through how to set up an account and survey as it is pretty straightforward. Comment below if you do want one of those posts.

Alternatives:

  • Google Forms
  • Polls (Go Daddy)
  • The WordPress Poll System

How do I Create The Right Type Of Questions?

It depends on what you need help with. My survey was about my blog as a whole. But, the may be specific things you need feedback on. Like design or your content. If you check out my survey, I linked to previously, you can see an idea of some questions.

For Design and Theme of your blog, ask these types of questions:

  1. Is my blog easy to navigate around?
  2. Does my theme appeal to you?
  3. Can you find everything you need quickly?
  4. Is my blog too hard to read? (e.g, too bright)

For Content and Posts of your blog, ask these types of questions:

  1. What types of posts do you enjoy the most?
  2. Do you think my …… posts are too long?
  3. What type of writing style do you like
  4. Are you okay with my blogging schedule (currently every Monday and blala)

Think of any questions. If you want your whole blog in general mix in both of these types and a few random ones like ‘How often do you visit my blog?’ or ‘How did you find my blog?’

How to put my results to good use?

So, now you’ve got your data, what do you do? What use is it? Okay, um read it?

Firstly you need to look at your data. If a majority of people say your theme is ‘too hard to navigate around’. Then you need to change your theme to something easier. If one person says your posts are too long and everyone says it’s fine, then keep with the normal length of your post. Majority rules here. If most say they like your ‘baking’ blogs the best, then post those the most. Make it your niche.

Things To Keep In Mind When Creating A Survey!

  • Make sure you have multiple choice answers for most questions as it’s easier to collect data and analyse it.
  • Do not host a giveaway if someone completes your survey. You’ll get invalid responses from people who are only doing it for the prize!
  • If your site is hosted on WordPress.com, you won’t be able to’embed’ it on your post as it has JavaScript. You will have to link to it.
  • Have fun!

Goodbye,

I hope this helped you figure out ‘everything you need to know about blogging surveys’

Comment below with your questions and queries. Link to your blogging survey, I’d be happy to fill it out!  What are your experiences with blogging surveys?