Blogging isn’t easy when it comes to accumulating followers! Having filled one blog up already, and acquired three years of blogging experience, there is one method for attracting attention to your site that stands head and shoulders above all others. And the great thing is, anyone can do it!
You are either going to need the experience to design the logo that people will present on their page once they fulfill all the requirements. I will offer up some tips on this, which really only requires some very basic designing skills… Or? Get some Schmuck like me to design it for you…
And since I have been nominated for this: ‘Superhero Award’, like any good guy in leotards, I will naturally assist anyone in distress… It’s someone who does a better job for others than they can do for themselves! They are tireless leaders of the blogging community, willing to help the downtrodden, fight for truth, justice, and The Madagascar Way! ‘Akunamatada’! This information will become invaluable to you later, so pay close attention.
Inventing a Theme
Things don’t always come to you right away. As in this case, you can be working on an entirely different project when suddenly something pops out at you. I was busy making a web page for my next design project for you on: ‘Depth via Gradients and Perspective’, when using a mirror filter, I made 20 reflections of a Tribal Tattoo Motif brush, and saved the outer ring around the sun, as a separate file, so I could quickly complete this project.
I first made the logo this large so that I could work with greater persicion. The last step is to shrink it down to size, which makes it more precise still. That will be presented for my friend, at the end of this post.
Putting it all Together
If you don’t have a mirror filter to create symmetric, abstract, sun-rays, some motifs are designed just for this purpose, and can be found at places like ‘Deviant Art…’ You have to pay for brushes at: ‘The Adobe Exchange’ now, so it’s a good thing I collected up all the brushes I could when I had the chance…
For the background, I simply added a reflected gradient with the ‘reverse’ box checked, as a gradient overlay in Photoshop CS3. I did the same with a black circle on a new layer, except I used a radial gradient. The super guy? It just so happened I have him on my other site: http://lidtop.wordpress.com in my ‘designs’ category. There’s loads of useful web site (or blog) designing materials which you might want a boo at. This guy is an ‘extract’, which means you can just drag and drop him from one file to another…
Here’s The Magic Part
Whether you’re hosting the award show or participating as a nominee, you both win! The host wins because he/she attracts followers who all want to know the outcome. And the nominee wins the award, leaves behind three quotes and nominates three other bloggers, with a short abstract about why you chose them. Then the nominees have to get nominees to get the award and well, you can see how something like this can quickly snowball. Staging one of these once every three months or so can really give your site a boost! Here’s the logo with instructions on how to take it for your very own…
This has been reduced to 200 x 230 pixels. Press ‘PrtScn’ right now… Sometimes it’s alt/PrtScn or Ctrl/PrtScn… Then open your graphics application and first choose ‘File/New’… Then choose Edit/Paste. Make sure your view is at 100%. Select the logo above with your crop tool and hit ‘enter’… You now have the award only, to save and name as you please.
For my ‘Family Award’ I had to find ten (10) bloggers worthy of mention, direct people to their sites and write an abstract about them. I didn’t think I could do it, but it was not only easy, but interesting! I gained new friends from who I mentioned, plus people that were drawn to the blog. Think you could do this yourself? It’s easier than it looks!
Footnote: If you’re interested how to set this up, the contest page is here: