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5 Apps To Help Bloggers & Influencers Stay Organized – Why I’m Moving Away From Traditional Organization Methods | Life Of Dahlia

Hey everyone, I’ve tried all sorts of ways to keep organized from using traditional diaries and notebooks to customized diaries like a bullet journal as well as going digital and using apps.

Today I wanted to share with you 5 Apps that I love using to stay organized.

Why I’m Moving Away From Traditional Organization Methods

In the past, I’ve loved using notebooks and a traditional diary set up but, to be honest, I forget about it and I don’t like lugging it around everywhere.
I’ve tried out apps like Evernote and Trello in the past, I like that I can brainstorm ideas, create to-do lists and categorize everything in its own board or notebook its great.
I’ve recently found some new apps that I’ve been trying out and I feel like this might work better for me personally. I love that I can have it with me all the time and I’m not lugging notebooks around.
I’m one of those people who have lots of ideas so its great to have somewhere to jot them down.

Digital Organization – Using Apps To Stay Organized

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Evernote

Evernote is a really good app that can be accessed from your phone, tablet or computer. It allows you to create virtual notebooks and keep unlimited notes inside.

Basically, you can create notebooks on different categories and keep all your related stuff inside.

If you’re using it for business you can share your notes and use the chat functions to talk with your colleagues.

Evernote is free but has two levels of upgrades which give you a thing like being able to view your notes offline.

Evernote allows you to do a range of things including capturing information from the web and saving it for later. In addition to creating notes, you can take photos on your device, add attachments, take audio and set reminders just to name a few.

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Trello

Trello is super similar to Evernote but is more based around To-do Lists.

Like Evernote, you can also access from your digital device or computer which makes it super easy to access from anywhere.

On Trello you can create boards like with Pinterest but instead of saving inspiration you can add cards, create checklists and more.

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Mindly

(mind mapping app)

Mindly is a more recent app I have come across, Mindly is another great app for brainstorming.

I personally love using this in conjunction with apps like Trello and Evernote. I can brainstorm using Mindly and then take my ideas and expand on them. Creating notes and to-do lists to get ideas fully formed.

Mindly can be accessed from your Apple or Android device or via the Mac store. I would love if they made this accessible on Windows computers as well that would be fantastic.

This has to be one of my new favourite apps, on the free version of the app you get a couple of board or mind maps which you can start brainstorming.

You can upgrade for a few dollars and have unlimited boards I believe.

Its pretty straightforward you can give your mindmap a name and then add themes or categories. Of which you can expand on and on and on and so forth.

You don’t have unlimited space on each map but you do get plenty of space.

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Calendar apps

(google calendar)

I love using my calendar app on my phone, I either use my Samsung Calendar app or my Google Calendar app. Though I am preferring the later.

The great thing about the Google one specifically is that I can sync it with my other devices or view it on my computer.

You can also make specific Calendars for different things, for example, I have one for my blog specifically and then one for more everyday stuff.

I Also enjoy using the tasks feature on my calendar to remind myself of everyday things that I want to get done.

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Dropbox (for sharing on social media) *

Dropbox is an awesome app that can also be accessed from your computer, it allows you to upload files and share them privately. It could be just for yourself or to share with a friend or client.

I use this mostly to upload my photos to share on social media but I also use it occasionally to share stuff with friends or family.

You can create folders and upload different types of documents or media what is great is that there is no compression like if you shared via Facebook for example.

Again Dropbox is free but has upgrades for more storage and business features.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post and are inspired to check out some new apps for keeping organized.

What are your favourite Apps for keeping organized? Let me know

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Update: If you notice some of my recent blog posts are missing Its because I’m updating a few they should be back up soon.

Hey Everyone, Welcome back to another ‘Blogging Tips & Tricks‘ post, today I’m going to be sharing with you how to create a banner for your blog.

Today I’m showing you how to use Canva to create your blog banner, I usually use Adobe Photoshop to create this kind of stuff but Photoshop is expensive and not accessible to everyone so that’s why I chose to use Canva.

This walk-through can be used to create a banner for your Blog, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

What is Canva?

So I know some of you probably haven’t heard of Canva before so I’ll quickly let you know a little bit about what it is. Canva is a website & app that is free and easily accessible via multiple devices. Canva allows you to create multiple types of designs for your blog, website or social media. You simply click on a template and then you can tune it to your specifications from their stock library or upload your own images to place in your documents.

I’ll be showing you how to use Canva to create your banner, read on to find out how.

How to Create A Banner Using Canva

First, you will need to sign up to Canva.

Extra Tip – I do find using a computer is better it gives you more options like creating custom sized documents.

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Once you have signed up you should see this page as shown above.

From here you can scroll through to find a ‘Ready-made Template‘ size (if your creating a banner for your facebook, Twitter or Youtube) or click on ‘Use Custom Dimensions‘ in the upper right-hand corner if you want to customize your sizing.

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I’m going to use custom dimensions because I know the size I need, but you can choose to use a ready-made template if you’re not sure.

To create a ‘custom sized document’ simply add your dimensions and click ‘Design‘.

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You will then be taken to your new document, which might look something like this.

On the left-hand side of the screen you will see a few different options, ‘Search’, ‘Layout’, ‘Elements’,’Text’, ‘Background’ and ‘Upload’.

How To Add Images To Your Design

To add images to your document, you can click on ‘Elements’ to choose from the ‘Stock Library’ or choose to upload your own images via the ‘Upload‘ tab.

For this demonstration, I’m going to pick from the ‘Stock Library.

Stock Library

There are a few options here, simply click on the ‘Free Photos’ button to scroll through free images or use the ‘Search’ field to customize your search.

I’m going to create a banner for a beauty blog so I’m going to do a custom search for beauty or makeup related images.

Once you enter your search term, you will also be given the option to search both ‘Photos’ and ‘Illustrations’ or narrow it down to just one type, by simply clicking on one you want.

Some designs will be ‘free‘, but some may have a cost applied to it, I thought this was important to point out.

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Once you pick your image simply ‘drag and drop’ your image onto the document.

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You can then enlarge your image if you want to and place it where ever you think looks best.

I choose to enlarge and move mine to one side giving me plenty of room to add text.

Changing Your Background Colour

On the left-hand side, you can choose the ‘Background’ tab to customize your ‘background‘ or ‘document‘ colours.

In a second I’m going to try and match the background but first I want to show you another little trick that you can do with your images.

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Playing With Filters

Click on your image to ‘Highlight‘ it, above you will notice a few options appear, on the left-hand side ‘Filter’,’Crop’ and ‘Flip’. And on the right-hand side ‘Copy’, ‘Arrange’ (This only works if you have more than on item on the page), Transparency’ transparency_symbol, ‘Link’ link_symbol, and ‘Delete’delete_symbol.

What I want to play with is the ‘Filter’ option. Simply click on the ‘Filter’ option and a new tab will pop up, here you can scroll through and apply different ‘Filters’ to your image. You can also lower and increase the filter which will alter how it effects your image.

I chose one that would remove the pink background so that I could more easily match the background colour.

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How To Add Text To Your Design

Next up adding a ‘Title’ or ‘Heading‘ to your banner, here is where you can add your ‘blog name’ or ‘title’ to your banner.

Click on the ‘Text’ tab on the navigation bar on the left, It will give you the option to add a ‘Heading’, ‘Subheading’, or ‘body text’. (You can also choose from text templates for various document types but I’m going to just show you how to add the standard text to your document.)

Click on ‘Add Heading‘ and it should appear on your document.

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From here you can place it anywhere on the document that suits you.

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Editing Your Text

To ‘Edit’ your text, just click on it and a box should show up around your text, from here you can just start typing.

To add a ‘Subheading’ click on ‘Add Subheading’ and the process is exactly the same as we just went through with adding your heading.

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Changing Up Your Font

To change your font click on the ‘Font’ tab in the upper left-hand corner, you will get a ‘Drop-down’ menu with all the ‘Font Options’ available.

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Changing The Size Of Your Text

You can also change the size via the ‘Font Size‘ tab next to the ‘Font‘ tab.

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Changing Your Text Colour

If you would like to change your text colour, click on the ‘Rainbow Box’ and a tab will appear with your ‘Colour’ options, click on the ‘+‘ for a custom colour.

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Downloading Your Finished Design

Once you are finished, to download your finished file click on the ‘Download‘ option in the ‘main navigation’ bar, and a pop-up tab will appear with your file type options.

Click ‘Download‘ to download your design.

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More Information On Filetypes

Click on the ‘i’ icon to find out more about the different file types and what they are best used for.

PNG‘ is the recommended file type for this type of design and this is what I personally use for my designs and photos because it gives me better quality than ‘JPEG’ but still has a smaller file size.

Scroll Down for more information on saving your design for later  \/ \/ \/

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Saving Your Design For Editing Later

Canva usually will ‘Automatically‘ save your design but just in case you can find it via the File tab in the ‘upper left-hand corner‘.

Click’ and a ‘drop-down menu‘ will appear, click on ‘Save‘ and this will mean you can find it later on via the ‘main page‘.


I hope your all enjoying this series as much as I am.

I’m hoping in the future to write about some more advanced topics, including what apps I like to use for social media and organizing, But I thought It was best to touch on the basics first.

I also plan on adding video walk-through’s to these post in the future for those people who prefer to watch instead or read but this all takes time.

Thank you to everyone who continues to read my blog and follows me on my blogging journey I’m really grateful. Its lovely people like you who make me want to keep going and see where this journey takes me.

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Blogging Tips & Tricks – So You Have Created Your Blog, Now What. – Finding Blog Post Inspiration | Life Of Dahlia

Hey Everyone, If you have been following my ‘Blogging Tips & Trick’s‘ series you may have read my ‘Why You Should Start A Blog, which talks about starting a blog, Creating A Blog which goes through how to create a blog on WordPress & Blogger. And ‘Choosing a Theme For Your Blog which talks about finding a theme for your blog and editing it to suit your style.

Now that you have your blog set up your probably wondering what now?

Coming up with blog post ideas can be hard at times but it doesn’t have to be, I’m going to share with you how I come up with ideas for my blog posts and share a list with you to prompt some ideas for your blog. These may be more beauty, lifestyle ideas but hopefully, they will help you get some ideas.

How I Come Up With Ideas

I find inspiration from lots of places, but I do find that searching Pinterest or following other bloggers or Youtuber’s can be a great source of inspiration. Its okay to be inspired by ideas from other people there are many types of post out there that are common types of posts among bloggers like favourites, empties, etc, which no one will be offended if you borrow these ideas.

However If you find something truly unique that you would like to do your own take on like a ‘tag post’ it’s always polite to credit the original creator. I’ve done several ‘tag posts’ and I always credit the original creator. For example, ‘If I Could Only Choose One Tag‘, ‘Unusual Products I Love‘ or ‘Secret Loves: LE & Discontinued Products That I Love’, I’ve credited every single creator and included links to the original post or video.

I was finding a lot of different posts about blogging and social media tips and trick, and while there is an abundance out there I wanted to put my own spin on it. I find that a lot of the posts out there can be really overwhelming especially about starting a blog, so I was inspired to give people something that might be less overwhelming.

I’ll be including some links at the end of this post that to some blog posts that may include some more helpful ideas than the ones I’m going to give you below. You will also be able to download a pdf with some of the ideas I’ve included in this post to take with you to keep handy when you are coming up with ideas for your posts.

Note: these blog post ideas can easily be translated into video ideas if you have a youtube channel.

If you know of the original creator of any of these ideas and I haven’t properly credited them please comment below this post and I will add the proper credits next to the idea.

Beauty Blog Post Ideas

  • Monthly Favourites – Share your favourite or least favourite products of the month.
  • Favourite or Go-To products – Share your favourite or Go-to products that you use all the time. It could be hair, skincare or makeup.
  • Product Reviews – Share product reviews, It could be new products that you have purchased or review one of your favourite products.
  • Current Skincare Routine – If you have one why not share what you are currently using.
  • Project Pan – (intro + updates) If you do a project pan why not document it.
  • Makeup or Product Wishlists – Whats on your wishlist? Share new or existing products that you are interested in.
  • Empties – Share products that you have used up, did you like them and would you repurchase?
  • Wear Test – Testing the duration of a product, like a lipstick or foundation.
  • Must have affordable/ drugstore product essentials – include number in the title for example 4 must have drugstore products.
  • Seasonal makeup essentials – for example summer, winter.
  • Seasonal go-to’s – for example go to products for summer.
  • Favourite Products from a favourite brand – talk about your favourite products from one of your favourite brands, what do you love about them.
  • First impression – your thoughts after trying a product/s for the first time.
  • Recaps – could be monthly similar to favourites or follow up to a haul post or try out/ first impressions.
  • Beauty or product subscription box haul and/or
    try on – do you get a subscription box do a haul or
    review post and show what products you receive.
  • Beauty bucket list – things you would like to learn or
    achieve (credit – it’s me Hunter.)
  • Best and worst products of _____ (year) – what were your favourite or least favourite products of the year.
  • Anti- haul or products that do and don’t interest
    you. (credit – I believe that Kimberly Clark is the original creator of the Anti-haul.) The idea of an Anti-haul is to talk about products that don’t interest you and talk about why they don’t.
  • Product haulsbeauty, fashion, etc
  • Product hacks – how to, d.i.y
  • Seasonal makeup looks – holidays (Christmas, new years), seasons (summer, winter.)
  • Products you would or wouldn’t repurchase – talk about why you would or wouldn’t repurchase.
  • __* brands I want to try out (optional include number for example 3 beauty brands I want to try out.)
  • Products you loved that other people didn’t like – hyped up products that you liked that a lot of other people didn’t, talk about why.
  • Products I didn’t like that other people do – hyped up products that a lot of people liked that you didn’t, talk about why.
  • Declutter- decluttering your stash let people know what you are getting rid of and why.
  • Beauty makeup collection– could be a series.

Beauty Tags or Challenges (original creators credited below)

Lifestyle Blog Post Ideas

  • Blog Intro – Introduce yourself to your readers.
  • Personal Stories – tell a story about an experience you have had.
  • Travel Wishlist or Bucketlist – Share a list of places you would love to travel to.
  • Bucket list – What are some things you would love to do or goals you would like to achieve.
  • Reverse Bucket List – Similar to a personal story you talk about something that you did or a goal you have achieved.
  • How To – Is there a skill that you have that you would like to share with your readers or something you know how to do, why not write a blog post. Remember to include pictures to help people follow along if you do this in a tutorial step by step style.
  • Food (recipe)- Do you have a favourite Recipe, why not share it with your readers (include pictures)
  • Food (what I’ve been eating) – If your interested in sharing food on your blog why not document what you have been eating by sharing pictures and a few words on each item you ate.
  • Room tour (share your creative space)
  • Resolutions/ goals – talk about goals or resolutions you have for the year ahead.
  • Fashion D.I.Y’S – Do you love taking a piece of clothing and making it your own share a step by step tutorial with readers/viewers.
  • Travel hauls – Share your travel purchases.
  • Travel recap – what you did on holiday.
  • Introducing My Pets – You could probably come up with a better title, but most people love animals so why not share yours with your readers.
  • Favourite books, movies, tv shows. – could be a list or review of a particular book or movie.
  • Favourite Instagram or YouTube accounts to follow – these are fun and easy little post, share with your readers Instagram accounts or Youtube Channels that inspire you or that you just genuinely enjoy.
  • Organization – how you stay organized or how you keep your collection organized.

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Download my list here to keep a copy close at hand, I’ve included a few blank pages for you to write down your own ideas.

Where You Can Find More Ideas

As I mentioned before I’ve also included a few links to blog posts that might also help you come up with more ideas for your blog posts,

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope its inspired you to get writing. If you have any questions just leave a comment below and I’ll answer as best as possible.

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Blogging Tips & Tricks – Finding The Right Theme & Editing It For Your Blog |Wordpress.com| Life Of Dahlia

Hey guys, welcome back to the next instalment of my blogging tips and tricks series, last time I went through ‘Creating A Blog’ and today I’m going to share with you ‘how to choose the right theme for your blog and how to edit it.’

I will be doing a two-part post sharing with you how to pick and edit a theme on both WordPress.com and Blogger.com. In this post, I will be going through picking a theme on WordPress, If you want to know how to choose and edit themes on Blogger you can check it out here.

Let’s Get Started

Alright let’s get started, the first thing you will need to do is click on ‘Themes‘ on the left-hand side under ‘Personalize‘.wp_theme_1

From here you will be taken to the ‘Themes‘ page, where you can choose a theme. Choosing the right ‘Theme‘ can be hard its all trial and error, so give yourself some time to play. The great thing about ‘WordPress‘ is that you can try out and customize any ‘Theme’ before pressing ‘Publish‘.

There a huge range of themes to choose from, you can choose a ‘Free’ theme or a buy a theme. If you decided to upgrade from the ‘Free’ domain then you will have more options.

‘Scroll Down‘ to browse through the ‘Themes‘.

To ‘Filter‘ the results choose to only view ‘Free’ or ‘Premium’ themes or search by ‘Features’, ‘Layout’, ‘Number of Columns’, ‘Subject’ and ‘Theme Style‘.

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Like I said earlier you can click on any ‘Theme‘ and try it out before ‘Activating’ it on your blog. To do this click on the ‘3 Little Dots‘ on any ‘theme’ and it will give you a ‘Pop-Up Menu‘ as in the image above. You can also find ‘Information‘ on the individual themes or view a ‘Live Demo‘.

For this demonstration, I will be using the theme ‘Edin’.

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Customization

Whatever theme you choose, you will be taken to the ‘Customization’ design page, here you can play around and see what the theme looks like ‘Customized‘ with your logo, banner, etc.

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Site Identity

Click on the ‘Site Identity’ Tab to customize your ‘Site Title’, ‘Tag Line’ and ‘Add A Logo‘ or ‘Site Icon‘.

Later on, I will show you how to upload a ‘Header‘ or ‘Banner’, some themes will give you this option separately and some will give you the option in this tab.

Edin’ gives you this option via a separate tab.

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Fonts

Moving on, the ‘Fonts’ tab allows you to change your default fonts.

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Headers

The ‘Headers’ tab will allow you to upload a header.

Click on ‘Add New Image’ button.

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Here you will have the option to ‘Upload’ an image to use as a ‘Header’ or ‘Banner’ for your blog.

Don’t forget to add a ‘Title’ and ‘Alt Text’. In another post, I will talk about the importance of adding Alt Text and naming your files, for SEO purposes.

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Once you have selected your ‘Header‘ image it might look something like this.

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Menus

Next up ‘Menus‘, here you can add links to ‘Pages‘, ‘Categories‘, ‘Blog Posts’ and ‘External Pages‘.

Click on ‘Primary Menu‘. (You also have the option to add other menus’

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Here you can edit your ‘Main Menu‘. You can add links via the’Add Items‘ button, you can select to add other ‘Pages‘ or ‘Categories‘, ‘External Pages‘. If you decide to create new ‘Categories’ once you start posting to your blog you can add them on your main menu so your readers can easily access different types of blog posts.

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If you decide to add more than one menu, this theme allows you to add it in a few different places. This can be helpful to add to the things in ‘footer’ if you choose to do so.

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Content Options

‘Content Options’ allows you to change up a bunch of things like what you want to be displayed. Whether you choose to have a ‘Full Post‘ or ‘Post Excerpts‘ displayed on your blogs ‘Main Page‘, having ‘Excerpts’ means people have to ‘Click to read‘ the whole post. This is a good option because it makes it easier for people to scroll to find what they are looking for on your blog instead of scrolling through full posts to find what they are looking for.

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Widgets

Another really great option you can add to your site is ‘Widgets‘, they allow you to add things to a ‘Sidebar‘ or ‘Footer’.

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Say you want to add things to a ‘Sidebar‘ you could add some ‘Information About Yourself‘ or ‘Add an Image’. There are a lot of options, You can include ‘Follow My Blog‘ and ‘Sign-up Buttons‘ to get people to sign up to your blog. This is a great option for getting people to receive a notification when you post to your blog.

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You can also add ‘Widgets‘ that show or link back to your ‘Social Media’ pages like ‘Facebook‘, ‘Instagram‘ or ‘Twitter‘.

Another great option is adding the ‘Recent Post‘ widget this will show all your recent posts and make it easy for people to find your other posts. ‘Widgets’ offer so many options have a play and find out what works for you.

Homepage Settings

I know this is a long post but bear with me we are almost done. The next tab is the ‘Homepage Settings’ tab which gives you the option to choose between having a ‘Static Home Page‘ or displays your ‘Latest Blog Posts’.

A ‘Static Home Page‘ will be a page that you create and set as your homepage. This a page, not a post there is a difference. WordPress gives you the option to create both, for example, you might want to create an ‘About Me’ page to help your readers know a little bit about you If you wish this could be your ‘Homepage‘.

Theme Options

‘Theme Options’ allows you to change a few like ‘Menu Style’, ‘Side Bar Position’, ‘Thumbnail Ratio’, etc.

You also have the option to show multiple pages on your ‘Home Page‘, for example, you might want an image at the top or multiple, you might want to show your ‘Blog Posts‘ below, or have ‘Contact‘ or ‘About You‘ information.

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Testimonials

If you’re offering a service through your ‘Website‘ you might want to include some ‘Testimonials‘ about your business.

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I hope that gives you some basics on editing your ‘WordPress Theme‘ for your blog, The best option really is to play around and see what you can come up with that makes you happy. I do believe less is more so I would say as long as it looks tidy and is not overwhelming go with it.

Choosing the right theme can really help sell your blog to people, if you’re a foodie, why not include a banner that includes some food illustrations or pictures. If your a fashion blogger why not include a picture of yourself in your favourite outfit.

My next blog post will be on ‘Finding Inspiration’ for blog posts, If you were looking for How to edit a Theme on ‘Blogger.com you can find that here.

I hope you are enjoying this series as much as I am until then I hope you have fun creating your blog.

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Blogging Tips & Tricks – Finding The Right Theme & Editing It For Your Blog |Blogger.com| Life Of Dahlia

Hey guys, welcome back to the next instalment of my blogging tips and tricks series, last time I went through ‘Creating A Blog’ and today I’m going to share with you ‘how to choose the right theme for your blog and how to edit it.’

I will be doing a two-part post sharing with you how to pick and edit a theme on both WordPress.com and Blogger.com. In this post, I will be going through picking a theme on Blogger, If you want to know how to choose and edit themes on WordPress you can check it out here.

Let’s Get Started

First off you will see this screen when you log in to Blogger, from here you will need to click on ‘Themes’ which you can find in the sidebar.

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You will then be taken to this screen.

You can scroll down and find all the ‘Theme’ options available. You will notice that there is a Customize and Edit HTML buttons, if you have knowledge or HTML then you will have the ability to further customize your blog. Blogger also allows you to upload custom ‘Themes’ by clicking on the backup/restore button in the upper right hand corner.

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This is an advance step but this area also allows you to backup your blog.

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Back to the ‘Themes’ page, if you scroll down you will be able to see the options available for each ‘Theme’, you can also click to preview each ‘Theme’ to take a closer look.

You can ‘Apply to Blog’  or click on the ‘Customize’ button to try it out without committing just yet, this allows you to try out options and see what it might look like and once you have something you are happy with you can ‘Apply’ to your blog.

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This is the screen you will see if you click ‘Customize’, you can still scroll through to see how the themes look on your blog, which is a great feature.

On the left you will see a series of tabs, ‘Themes’, ‘Background’, ‘Advanced’ and ‘Gadgets’.

In the ‘Background’ tab it will give you the ability to change up the colours of your ‘Theme’ and add an image as your ‘Background’. For now, I’m going to leave mine as is.

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‘Advanced’ gives you a whole lot of options, including Background colours for the body. fonts, font colours, options for you feature post colours and so much more. If your Advanced and know how to use CSS you can further customize the look of your site.

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Depending on your ‘theme’ options may look a little different.

In the ‘Gadgets’ tab you will have options on what you want to appear on your site, including the option to ‘show about me’, ‘show pages’, ‘Archives’, etc.

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Some ‘Themes’ will also give you the option to change the layout of your page, and ‘Adjust the width’ of your page, like in the image below.

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Another option available for some ‘Themes’ is to edit your ‘Mobile View’ this can be found via the main ‘Themes’ page.

Some themes have an automatic theme available and others you choose the option. Once you click on the little cog icon you will be taken to the above page, you can choose from the themes via the drop-down menu.

While Blogger does have a few options, its a lot more simplified in some aspects but doesn’t give as many individual options in this section of your themes.

You have the ability to customize menus and widgets via other parts of the site.

If your theme doesn’t give you the option to play with the layout in the ‘Customizer’ then you can edit it from the ‘Layout’ tab in the main sidebar. From here you can edit the way things are laid out, add widgets to your ‘Sidebar’ or ‘Footer’ for example.

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To add a Widget or Gadget you can click on the ‘Add a Gadget’ button and you will get a pop up with the options available, you can add lots of different things from custom ‘HTML/Javascript, to ‘AdSense’ for monetization, have a scroll through and play.

That’s about it for basic customization for Blogger.com, choosing the right theme can be hard that’s why I think it’s a fantastic idea to use the customization tool to play before committing to something. If ones not working for you try another.

Choosing the right theme can all come down to personal style and what your blog is about. When choosing a theme, think about what you are posting on your blog, if its a food blog add a background or header for your blog that includes food.

Another little tip, try not to over clutter thing but putting too much in your sidebar, If you want to add your Facebook, Instagram that’s great, play around and see what works but remember to keep what relevant to your blog.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I look forward to seeing you for my next blog post.

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