Something feels different around here….
I absolutely looooooove the new design and I’ve had tons of fun pouring over sites like Creative Market, trying to figure out what to do. I did buy some things for the site, but I tried to find a lot for free and get the most out of whatever I did have to purchase. So I thought I’d share them here.
- Theme: My new theme is called Olivia (also the name of my sister!) from 17th Avenue Designs. $35
- Font: The font for the header is Champagne & Limousines. It is used in the Olivia theme, but you can download it for free here. $0
- Header: To make the header, I used this really ancient technology called Powerpoint. “One Little Library” is written in the Champagne & Limousines font, and I added the little flourish from this gorgeous bundle of graphics. $5
- Images: I’ve been on the hunt for awesome stock images, graphics, etc. to use on the blog for free because I have little artistic ability and I can’t afford to pay for decorations on each blog post. Creative Market has free goods that change periodically, so I check there a lot and have already downloaded some fun things, like the abstract backgrounds used in this post. I also got some fun icons I’ll be using soon! $0
- Images: Then I discovered unsplash.com. The photographers who post their work there have relinquished all of their copyrights and put their work in the public domain. That is a wonderful gift! And seriously, these pictures are GORGEOUS. Like this one:
Obviously, these costs (and not costs) were only part of OLL’s new look. I still have to pay for web hosting (through Blue Host) and plugins like Akismet (spam blocker).
In full disclosure, one of the reasons I wanted to upgrade the blog was so that I could try out making some money off of it. My husband and I live in the LA area and we are trying to save for a house, so every little bit helps. Therefore, you’ll find some affiliate links in my posts and maybe eventually some advertisements. Right now I’m just an affiliate for IndieBound and Creative Market, because I truly love the work that they’re doing. I wouldn’t recommend to you something that I didn’t believe in, and even if they didn’t have affiliate programs I would be recommending their services/products to you. I’m also not going to work in links that don’t make sense with the content of a post.
So to comply with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines for bloggers, you’ll see disclaimers like the one at the bottom of this post in every post that includes affiliate links, and in book reviews for which I was sent the book by a publisher. If you’re a blogger and you have affiliate links and/or get books for review or are somehow materially compensated for anything on your blog, I encourage you to check out Michael Hyatt’s tips for complying with the FTC guidelines. Michael is the CEO of the publisher Thomas Nelson and has some fantastic advice.
I’m always looking for ways to improve my site and improve my writing. Have you found any great blogging advice? Where do you go for inspiration?
Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”