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March 17, 2016

SO YOU WANT TO UP YOUR BLOG GAME

yeah yeah yeah...blah blah blah. we've seen 29039 posts from...eh-hum...bloggers we won't mention about upping your blog game...and you gotta do this...and you gotta do that...and you gotta do the whosey-whatsy thing-a-ma-ring.

you know what. that's great. that's all wonderful if you have the freaking time. i don't have the freaking time.

here's what i want -

1. i want my blog to look good. i want it to reflect me. i don't want it to look like someone else's blog down the blog-block.

2. i don't want garbage stock photos that i had to pinterest "free stock photos" for and then dig through pinterest to find an actual legit stock photo site that has a stock photo i want. i could have taken my own picture in the amount of time it took me to dig for a great picture. i'd rather post a picture of kaye with crazy hair and call it a day.

and C. i'm okay with putting down a little cash to have the right tools to make my blog look professional and pretty. i mean...how much did you pay for your camera? you're telling me you don't want to put down $10 for a pretty font you'll use over and over again?

that's what i'm talking about today! instant gratification.

i'm taking a break from all the strategy talk about building your blog that's floating all over the place and replacing it with - here's a great tool to check out...trust me, it's going to be your new jam.

speaking of jam - i swear...i had to google jam in the urban dictionary. jam? i love jam. so maybe that's where it all comes from? jam is delicious and people generally love it? so that's why this and that are now your jam? whatever...creative market is about to be your jam.

and friends - i really really LOVE all of the goods i'm about to share with you. i'm on the creative market site constantly because it's such an amazing resource of talent and prettiness and it saves me a whole-lotta-time. so here-goes...
1 | styled stock photos
you guys...so many styled stock photos. SO MANY! they even start as low as $2. your you can buy a bundle of them for like...$25. it's crazy. think of all the pretty images you could create for your blog or instagram or or...your shop. love it.
2 | fonts...all the glorious fonts
i don't know what's gotten into me...but i'm font crazy. and then...once i get hooked on a font i use it over and over and over until i get sick of it. then i buy five more. it's a problem i'm looking into it. anyway...get yo-self a font. a unique one! use it to help brand your images and blog! suggestions? glad you asked...
hello beautiful // anter // gorgeous script
manhattan darling // boutique // malarkey
i'm currently the proud owner of manhattan darling and hello beautiful, but since i'm so obsessed with hand lettering these days...you can bet anter and boutique will find their way to me soon enough.

3 | illustrations
so...you know all those pretty watercolor flowers you see all over the place? ummm...so easy. just go buy them for $3 on creative market!

these are pretty. oooo...and so are these. but THIS...this watercolor set is 100% going to be purchased by me as soon as i finish this blog post. think of all the gorgeousness to be made!
watercolor flower set
but there's more than just watercolor, obviously. you can buy illustrations, little social media icons, and textures. textures that your new font would look great on! like these...
wood grain // carerra marble
4 | professional tools
guys...if i had known about creative market way back when i was pounding the pavement for employment i would have had the snazziest resumé around. 
resumé
you can purchase resumé templates. business card templates. flyer templates. you can purchase all the things. all of them. i'm not even looking for a job and i want to redo my resumé. ridiculous.

5 | wordpress themes
so...i know the big thing right now is to transfer your blog over to wordpress. you won't catch me doing that any time soon. i'm pretty much in love with blogger and i don't want to deal with the migration headache of transferring all my content, buying plugins, learning how to use said plugins and blah blah. however...if you're feeling like this is your cup of tea or you are already on wordpress...well...you're in luck. creative market sells a whole heap of wordpress templates ready to roll. you can buy them for your blog, your photography business, your new boutique...basically anything you want to pedal.

see what i mean! i'm obsessed. in the course of writing this post i have a flower set and a new font in my checkout basket. yes...instead of buying shoes or cute clutches...i buy fonts. this is strange.

happy almost friday, friends. see you back here for oh hey, friday! tomorrow!
17 comments on "SO YOU WANT TO UP YOUR BLOG GAME"
  1. I hear ya...there is so many posts right now going around with the how tos and why you shoulds, very overwhelming! Shoes to Shiraz

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  2. Gosh-all the grow your blog stuff is driving me bonkers I think. Its a great resource, but like you said, I just don't have the time nor do I care. I would also rather have a cute picture of my mini me instead of a stock photo that isn't even mine. I feel like thats fake? Is that weird!?
    And the whole wordpress thing..I actually started my blog on wordpress, found it to be too difficult, then switched to blogger. Blasphemy, I know. wordpress is just too difficult for this gal who is not at all tech savvy!

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  3. I absolutely agree and feel the same way about my blog!
    Thanks for providing this resource!

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  4. Thank you for sharing this!! While I would love to "up" GG's game, sometimes it takes all I have to turn out a half-way decent blog post. I big, heart-eyed, love that watercolor floral print :)

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  5. Wow! I did not know about this. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Good info Bell! Thanks lady!

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  7. Love this. I'm over the strategies lately... Like you, I just want my blog to look good!

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  8. Seems like everyone has jumped on the blogging better post bandwagon, did everyone get together to discuss this? Very overwhelming. Anyway, thanks for this! Going to check them out!

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  9. Such a helpful post. Thank you!!!!

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  10. Amen sista! Everyone seems to blogging about blogging and it's killing me!

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  11. I love creative market!! Font obsessed over here! They send out 6 free goodies every Monday and sometimes there are fonts in it too!

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  12. I am seriously dying....I'm so sick of looking at my blog every time I open it so I can imagine what others are thinking. I need to figure out how to buy some of these fonts and mix it up. I seriously have got to get in on the ball and put together a media kit too....ugh...so many blog dreams and so many real world tasks.

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  13. The resume builder looks like a great tool for developing a media kit also. Thanks for the introduction!

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    1. I'm going to have to pin this so I don't forget. =)

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  14. You crack me up! On Blogger here. But I also use Wordpress when I write for Daily Mom. I prefer Blogger. Changing even a font overwhelms me so not doing that unless someone else wants to take over my blog and surprise me. It pays well!!!! Anyways you are good at sales I must say, you've sold me even if I'm not in the market.

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  15. I don't think I'll ever switch from Blogger, way too lazy to even attempt that. But I would love some new fonts and photos - definitely going to check this out, thanks!

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  16. I love Creative Market for fonts, but never thought about all of the other things they offer. Thank you for sharing. By the way - what is the name of the font used for "creative market" in your 5 reasons to love creative market graphic?

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