Last week, I talked about having a “pretty” blog design – or at least one that is visually appealing to your readers. Please, please, please tell me you have changed your blogger template to something a little more customized? Okay good. Now, we’re going to face another issue with blog design – social media icons.
Have you ever been to a blog and thought, wow, I’d like to follow along with this blog but I don’t use GFC? How can I follow on Facebook? There’s no button. Can I e-mail the author? Nope… can’t find a button for that either. If you were this reader, what would you do? That’s right, you would click the big x in the top right hand corner and say “oh well”. If you don’t make it accessible for readers to follow and contact you, they won’t. I’m not saying everyone will if it’s accessible either, but there is a higher likelihood that they will.
Your social media icons may vary (facebook, twitter, and pinterest seem to be standard along with rss and email, and some people use any number of other programs including bloglovin’, hello cotton, and google+) but they should always be placed in an easy to find location – usually in your header or near the top of your sidebar. They can be a standard link/button from facebook or twitter, but in case you couldn’t tell from last week, I’m not a fan of standard. Customize it whenever you can! So this week, I am here to show you 10 great resources for social media icon sets that you can download and easily install for free.
1. Beautiful Dawn Designs – 15 Colors, 2 Styles
2.Carrie Loves/Sweet Faerie Designs – 15 Colors
3. Her New Leaf – 7 Colors (2 not shown)
4. Craftiments – 10 Pantone 2012 Fall Colors
5. The Academy – 4 Pantone Colors of the Year 2011
6. Pink Moustache – 4 Colors, many other sets available on site
7. The Latest Find – 3 Styles, 17 Colors
8. CW Frosting – 3 styles, 6 colors
(I chose this pic because of the awesome color scheme –
there are many more besides Instagram though!)
9. Hazel & Agnes – 1 style, 9 colors
10. August Empress – 2 Styles, 3 colors
And just because I love you so much, here are a couple more resources that
were awesome but didn’t make my top 10…
Resistenza – 1 style
Kind Over Matter – 1 colour (includes instructions on recolouring)
**Many of these sites have instructions on installing your social media icons (it’s an easy job!) but if you need a great tutorial, check out this one on Her New Leaf.
And there you have it – no more reason to have a boring blog, and no more reason not to be accessible to your readers. Hope this helped!