Thursday, July 12, 2012

How to Design A Blog for FREE {ebook review & giveaway}

I am really excited about today's giveaway! I first stumbled across Growing Home several months ago. As I read, I realized we are the same age, got married the same summer, and she has a daughter Katie's age and a son Benjamin's age. And, we are very like-minded in so many ways. So fun to find someone with so much in common--and kind of a bummer to find out she lives all the way in Canada!

When I came across Jacinda's blog, I was also impressed by her lovely design--especially when I realized she did it herself even though she's not a tech-y!

She recently released her new eBook, How to Design a Blog for Free. I had been wanting to change things around here for a while but hadn't been able to fork over the money to have a web designer do it and never dreamed I'd be able to do it myself.

Here is the Table of Contents from her site:

Chapter 1: First Things First
Chapter 2: Getting Started
Chapter 3: Header 101
Chapter 4: Button Image 101
Chapter 5: Social Media Image 101
Chapter 6: Photo Tabs 101
Chapter 7: How To Install Your Header
Chapter 8: How To Install A Button
Chapter 9: How To Create A 2-Column Row of Ads
Chapter 10: How To Install A Button With A Grab Box
Chapter 11: How To Install Social Media Icons
Chapter 12: How To Install Photo Tabs
Chapter 13: Miscellaneous Creations
Chapter 14: Further Resources
 So, I paid the $4.99 for the eBook and got to work. Boy was it worth every penny!

Using the helpful and really easy-to-follow tutorials in How to Design a Blog for Free, I was able to design and install:

A new header

A new button (and the "grab a button" element in my sidebar)

Add social media icons

And arrange my sidebar ads in a neater looking two column lay-out  

It completely for free, without any fancy software. And, it took so much less time than I expected it would--less than 4-5 hours for the whole thing.

Jacinda has kindly agreed to give away TWO copies of her eBook to y'all! If you don't want to wait for the end of the giveaway, you can buy How to Design a Blog for Free on sale for just $3.99 through the end of this week.

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    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  2. I would design CouponBlessingsNow ( :)

  3. I just got this book and I read it right away! I can't wait to finish redesigning my blog. I'm not going to enter the giveaway since I already have it. :) Love your new blog design!

  4. I have waited so long for a book like this!!