I have been working on this for almost a full month now. It helps that in a past life (aka when I first graduated from college) that I used to be a Software Analyst/Web Programmer. However, any language that you don't use regularly you forget, so I have been slowly poking through different on-line tutorials and tips to get it set up just right. It has probably taken a combined total of 30-40 hours of work, but I am really happy with the results. This was also my first foray into graphic designing and I am quite pleased with how they all turned out. Check out my new button below! You can grab one over on the sidebar if you would like!
- Buttons: The Ultimate Round Up of Buttons from 1st Web Designer was a fantastic resource for ideas for social media buttons.
- Fonts: There is no other resource than Dafont.com as they have the best font resources ever. I even found fonts similar to the ones used in the Facebook and Twitter logos so I could make my social media buttons custom colored to match the blog!
- Brushes: Ok - this was the turning point in my blog design - learning how to install custom brushes into GIMP so I could make those cool burnout details in the header! Free Brushes.com and BrushKing were two fantastic sources.
And if you don't feel like programming - check out this beautiful collection of blogger templates from Blogger Tricks. I almost went with one of these - but I wanted to combine some of the best ideas in all of them so I ended up customizing my own. That site has great tips on customizing your blogger blog including video tutorials that show step by step how to do some of the more complicated things like adding meta tags and creating favicons.
There are also some new fun things that I would like to take you on a tour of if you don't mind. I have decided to add personal ads to the blog and there are now four new 120 x 120 ad spots that are available. Info and pricing are in my Sponsor section and I do have a special ad launch price if you are interested! Sponsors of Frugal with a Flourish will get more than just an ad button - I am offering a full range of promotional activities. So if you are interested, please drop me an email.
Next, I really did appreciate your survey feedback from last week and there were two things that you overwhelmingly wanted. One was video tutorials (cringe!) so I will work on that. The other thing was a Facebook Fan Page. Most of you seem to be on Facebook, so I have created a new Facebook Page. Please hop over and join me there! There is also a link to this, my twitter feed, and all my subscription options over to the right!
I hope you like the new design! Please poke around and let me know ASAP if a link is broken or there are any other issues! I have been obsessively tweaking colors and fonts for days now! Are there any specific questions you have about the redesign that I can answer for you? Have you tried to do something similar? Lemme know!