Thursday, March 7, 2013

15 minutes to a better blog: Free resources 1



by Tori Bowman of That Pair of Crutches. Tori contributes weekly with tips about how to improve your blog. See her others posts here

Today I'm going to share a few of my favorite tools to instantly spruce up a blog or post! They are simple to use and totally free. There are a lot of free design resources out there that are worth just that, but these elements will make your blog look professional and cohesive, rather than just a modge podge of whatever freebies you could get your hands on. Even still, use with moderation!

Photoshop Arrows: Arrows are the perfect way to draw attention to specific pieces of a photo, or a certain item in a curated post. Because this set from Creature Comforts has so many options, it fits well with a lot of different design styles and would look great on almost any blog.


Patterns and Textures: Patterns and textures are a simple way to add interest to your blog. Use these patterns for a simple background for you blog, or drop the opacity and add it over a photo, as labels for a post, or even to create your own digital washi tape!

Web Fonts: We've talked about fonts before but they are SO important! Google Web Fonts has some amazing options that you can not only use for a simple type logo or on photos and collages, but that can be integrated into your site and copy to help you further customize your blog and keep your site's look consistent. 

Icons and Graphics: Whether you want to use an icon on a photo, or customize your social media buttons, Entypo is the site for you. Head on over and check it out! They are really simple to use and are yet another tool to help you control the look of your site. 

What tools have helped you? Searching for a specific tool we didn't mention? Let us know and we will try to find it and share in a future post!

P.S. Is there something you're dying to know or learn about improving your blog? Ask away and we'll get your questions answered in future posts!

15 comments:

Jessica said...

Nicely designed free templates have always been a big help for me. And patterns.


jessica / www.teamwiking.com

Emily Wignall said...

Thanks for the info! Such a big help to us new bloggers! Just fyi...your link for the google fonts isn't working ( I just think it's a small typo at the end). Thanks!

the homesteady said...

thanks for posting these!

The House That Lars Built said...

@emily, thanks! I fixed it!

Club Narwhal said...

Hi, Brittany and Tori! I love this blog series and have used a lot of your tips recently. I would be interested in reading a more nuts and bolts type post about how to organize content, particularly older material, to make it accessible for newer readers. Thanks for posting such excellent stuff!

Sally said...

Oh cool, thank you! These little tidbits are so helpful.

Anathalia said...

I love the arrows! thank you for posting! :)

amy c @ thisheartofmineblog.com said...

These are great tips! Thanks!

Melissa said...

PicMonkey is a great site for making collages and getting text onto your images. I used it a ton before I learned Photoshop. Photoshop is way better, but PicMonkey is pretty great for being free :)

Thanks for sharing the arrows...I will definitely be using those!

I Love Gifting said...

Am I missing something here? None of the links seem to be working:-( How to do I access these resources?

The House That Lars Built said...

@I Love Gifting

Which links aren't working for you? I tried them all out and they work for me??? I'm happy to send the links separately.

Ez said...

Thanks so much for including my photoshop brush set in your lovely resource post! I'm honored! xo Ez

Ana said...

With all these resources, I need to start properlz blogging ASAP :D .

Jay Kapadia said...

Great resources, but what might be super helpful is if you updated your sites CSS so your links are either a different color or has an underline it. Was very difficult to find the links.

Noor said...

I have a ton of freebies on my site for bloggers.