Liking vs. Following a Facebook Page

If you have a Facebook page set up for a business, blog or other organization, there is a good chance people who have liked your page are not seeing your posts. It is also true that if you have liked a page, you are probably no longer seeing that pages feed. This is because the competition for feed space has increased dramatically recently. The excess of content and lack of space has forced Facebook to filter feeds in an effort to showcase the posts they feel are the most relevant. As you can imagine many brands, businesses, and public figures are pretty upset about the drop in reach. Facebook is forcing pages to pay to boost their posts, when in the past they’ve provided that same reach for free. So not cool.

Despite these changes, there are a few things you can do if you own a page to ensure your posts get better reach. First, ask those who “like” your page to also “follow” it. There is a button next to the like button that allows people to follow your feed. If those who like your page aren’t also following it, there’s a good chance they won’t be seeing many of your posts.


Second, you can post better content. The more comments and likes a post has, the better reach it will have on Facebook. So work on improving the relevancy of your posts.

So…if you want to be sure you aren’t missing any of our posts, please “follow” our Facebook page in addition to liking it. Also make sure you are also “following” all of the pages you like to be sure you aren’t getting left in the dark.

Color Love | Light Pinks & Blues

Light Pinks & Blues

Image source: Post Road Vintage

Pink peonies are by far my favorite flower. They add charm and nostalgia to any garden or flower arrangement with their large and fragrant blooms. Adding a few pink peonies to a simple canning jar can make a stand out center piece at any pink/ blue themed party.

Light pinks and blues also make stand out blog designs as demonstrated in some of our talented designers work. All of these designs are currently available in our $15 Blogger Template Shop.





Links To Love (and giveaway winner announced)


Happy Weekend All!  Do you have plans to go out?  Stay in?  Here are some things that we are loving this week.

– This DIY leaf bowl

– Have you ever suffered from this language quirk?  I must admit, I have from time to time.

– A great piece of advice for those wanting to start a blog.

– Wouldn’t you love to get a package addressed like this?

And now on to our August Giveaway.  Thank you so much to those of you who entered, and thanks even more for your kind words on our relaunch!

The winner is Tracy!

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Tracy, you can contact us right here to claim your giveaway package.

Thanks again to all who participated!  Have a lovely weekend!

From Board to Blog | Color Pop

Before we get started today, just a quick reminder to enter our giveaway here.  It ends tomorrow!


Today’s Board to Blog is all about COLOR!  We love seeing blogs that have a strong pop of it somewhere.  It doesn’t have to be a ton, just one or two bold statements that say that you are daring and bold.  The color pop style is for trailblazers and creatives – those who aren’t afraid to put themselves out there and say “look at me”.  People who gravitate towards the color pop style know how to mix patterns and colors and know how to play up those features without going overboard.  If you like this style, you might like a blog that resembles this.


Site Launch + A Giveaway


Happy Monday!  We are over the moon excited today to share our re-launch and newly branded site with you! Because we spend so much of our time making killer blog designs for you, our new design has been in our queue for quite some time, but we think you’ll agree that it was worth the wait!


Our new design features a crisp, clean layout and a modern, black, white and gold color scheme.  We think this will allow our portfolio to shine and our offerings to be the stars of the show.

We have a new fully-stocked Blogger template shop and our premade blog themes are better than ever.  We’ve listened to your feedback and now each of our blog templates and blog themes now come with a built-in navigation bar that you can layout any way that you’d like! Awesome, right?

With the site launch, we are going to be blogging loads and loads; offering you great tutorials, fresh new downloads, and a monthly giveaway with great products that we know you will love!

Let’s start with a giveaway right now, shall we?


This month’s giveaway features some of our favorite gorgeous items that we keep in our personal offices.  Every girl needs cute office supplies, am I right?

In the package:

– gold leaf embossed notebook for jotting down thoughts and blog post ideas
– sleek black office tray for organization and collecting odds and ends
– stylish black pencils
– lip balm (because you need to think about yourself each day while you are creative blog awesomeness)
– gorgeous gold stapler (because functionality should never be boring)

To enter:

Leave us a comment below letting us know your favorite blog template in our new Blogger template shop.  You can earn an extra entry by following us on Facebook and an additional entry by sharing on twitter with the hashtag #designerblogsgiveaway.

Winners will be announced this coming Friday.  (US residents only please).


August Desktop Wallpaper



How is your summer treating you, friends?  It’s August and that means a new desktop wallpaper is coming at ya!  Download it here and enjoy some bright summer color all month long.

Trending: Tribal


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Have you noticed the tribal trend everywhere you look lately?

Tribal design is hot right now. Inspired by the southwest, tribal style is comprised of the colors of the desert – sun, water, desert plants, sand and clay. Mix in basic shapes like triangles, circles and simple lines and you have a million tribal combinations.

We want to know.  Do you love the tribal trend or have you moved on?

Links To Love

linksjul25Happy Weekend!

Here a a few links we are loving this week:

– This print shop

– Famous art pieces recreated with Legos

– A well-designed summer movie night

– How do you decide who to follow on Instagram?


Printable | Summer

summerpostIt’s Wednesday!  How about a free art print to get you through the rest of the week?  Our summer art print is an 8 x 10 and can be downloaded right here.



Cleaning Up Your Sidebar


One of the biggest disadvantages that bloggers can create for themselves is the aesthetic of their blog.  Readers will judge your blog within the first few seconds of looking at your page.  You could have the best content in the world, but if your blog looks sloppy, readers aren’t going to want to stick around.  Here are a few tips on how to clean up your sidebar to make it more appealing.


Take the above blog.  The basic design is clean and straightforward.  The post image is nice.  The content is promising.

The sidebar is a distracting mess.  The widgets don’t line up, the media buttons are awkward, the ad doesn’t fit.  It needs some work.


The about section should match the overall look of your blog.  I know there a million great fonts out there and you want to use them all, but DON’T!  Use the same fonts that come with your blog design.  If you don’t know what they are, ask!  Ask your designer.  Use font identifying sites to see if you can get a close match.

You can see on the example above that example on the right is justified to the left instead of being centered on the page.  One of the easiest ways to clean up your page is to make sure that all items are centered in your sidebar.  Simply putting <center> before the widget code and </center> after the code will give you a nicely centered item.


There are hundreds of different social media icons available on the web and it is tempting to use some on your blog that stand out and make them different from other sites.  DON’T!  Try to find some simple icons that match your site.  You want these to blend into your page.  The icons themselves are recognizable enough for them to stand out on there own.  This is one area where it is best to be understated.


One of the biggest blunders I see with blog sidebars is poorly sized advertisements.  Generic ads come in several preset sizes and many bloggers, not knowing the dimensions of their sidebars, put up the ads they like best.  This can leave ads that are cut off.  This looks terrible and does a disservice t0 the companies that you are representing.  Try to place ads that are the width of your sidebar, or a bit smaller so that they fit nicely and can be shown in their entirety.  If you don’t know the dimensions of your sidebar, ask your designer.  They would be thrilled to help.  If you don’t have your own web designer, try downloading Firebug for the the Firefox browser.  This plugin allows you to hover over web elements to find out information about them;  information like width and height.

A few other sidebar foibles you would do well to consider:

– Limiting blog lists.

If you want to make a list of favorite blogs or websites, keep it short.  And endless scroll is annoying to readers and is an unwise use of space.

– Removing blog counters.

You should care about how many people visit your site.  Your readers should not.  They should appreciate you for your content, not your popularity.  Blog counters can come off as desperate and you aren’t desperate!

– Removing blog badges for your friends’ sites.

We know that you are well-intended supporting your girlfriends’ blog – but endless amounts of linky buttons clutter your sidebar and distract from your aesthetic.  If you really like a blog or product, write about it.  It will be flattering to the subject and will drive more traffic to their site than a sidebar link.


Ah! Now doesn’t that feel better?