Blog Graphics Tutorial For The Thrifty: Canva & Freepik

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I’ve previously done a post recommending the apps I recommend to create blog graphics, but as I still get questions about how to make graphics – I thought I’ll make a more detailed post. I hope you’ll find this useful and go off to create your own work. I would also love for you to show me when you’re done :D!

Warning: Very Image Heavy!
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Design Guide: 4 Apps for Design Success

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I’ve been getting a lot of questions on how I do my blog graphics and which program I use. In reality, I use a happy marriage of Photoshop CS5 + Freepik + Creative Market. However, I am well aware that not many people have access to Photoshop. Today, I’m listing out a few apps I’ve used in the past to create graphics, for these, all you need is a smart phone or tablet! They are great because:

  • They’re easy to use, no more reading tutorials on Photoshop for hours!
  • You’re able to work on your blog anywhere, you don’t have to be limited by lack of laptop or computer, this will appeal to all your dedicated bloggers!
  • They’re (mostly) free!

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Typography is one of my great weaknesses and I am trying to improve. With Word Swag, I can quickly whip up Tumblr worthy edits with time to spare.

PROS: Legible but aesthetically pleasing fonts, plenty of variety in terms of style, very user friendly. You can use both your own images or from a bank of photos with free royalty.

CONS: Some in=app purchases required, however there’s plenty of free content. Can’t add shadows or gradients to the text itself, limiting the variety of looks and sacrificing legibility at times. Limited to square crops. Continue reading “Design Guide: 4 Apps for Design Success”

The Secret Life Of A Book Blogger

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I’ve been seeing this float around on the blogosphere, and was really looking forward to doing this post. Thanks to the lovely Vane of Book With Chemistry for tagging me!

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How long have you been a blogger?

I started blogging on the 13th of June this year, so by the time this is posted my 3rd month blogoversary will be just two days away. It feels like I’ve been blogging for SO much longer, though. I salute everyone who’s been doing this for a year plus, now that I know how much time and dedication this hobby require. Continue reading “The Secret Life Of A Book Blogger”

Discussion: The Key To Beating Writer’s Block – The Book Reviewer’s Edition

Discussion-ReviewBlockBefore I started writing book reviews, a quick browse on Goodreads assured past-me that it would be easy *laughs hysterically* What could be so hard about writing out your own feelings and opinion, after all?

Then I started blogging and was introduced to a new world of pain.  While there were a couple of reviews that came to me very easily; for every one of those, there’s three that took me half of forever to type up. While I’m relatively new, so I only have about 40 reviews under my belt, here are some reasons why I find certain books more difficult to write about!  (Also some suggestions on how to get over the writer’s block, for those who suffer the same predicament)

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Tags: Blogger Recognition Award

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Thank you so much to the lovely Princessica of Books (edit: and Twins Turn Pages, just this morning, sorry it’s a scheduled post XD) for nominating me!  I am so behind on all my book tags, I will try and slowly get through them soon!

Here are the rules:

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

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I have been a long time lurker of the blogging world.  Since 2009, in fact!  I had a blogspot account in those days, but I was very poor at maintaining it.  That blogging stint lasted a total of 1 month, and I had 7 blog posts to show for it.  Then I decided blogging wasn’t for me and was content to watch from the sidelines and just read reviews sporadically until June this year.  As my real life schedule freed up, I found I had a lot of time to read books and wanted a place to document and motivate myself to conquer the TBR pile.  Now that I’ve started interacting with the community, I don’t think I’ll be able to stop any time soon!

Here are my tips, but I am also a newbie at this, so take my words with a few tonnes of salt!

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Be yourself & Find Your Voice are the most often quoted comments in Book Blogging Tips 101.  There’s a good reason for that:  the internet is filled to the brim with book blogs.  Not only on WordPress, but also Tumblr, Instagram, Blogspot, Youtube, basically every corner you turn there’s a site dedicated to books.  What makes your review stand out from the other thousands about the latest dystopian hit/terminal illness bestseller?  The beautiful you!  That is why it’s imperative you find your style and be truthful to your readers.  It won’t happen overnight (and definitely hasn’t happened to me yet haha), but after writing a dozen reviews you’ll find your x-factor! Continue reading “Tags: Blogger Recognition Award”