So you’re all stoked on your new blog venture huh? Finally chose a domain, linked up with a hosting company and now you’re ready to dive in…but one small thing is holding you back..you’re logo.
You might be wondering if you really need one right now, or how long you can go without one. If you’re like me, you wanna cross CREATE LOGO off your to-do list. And if you’re like most people, you will spend more time than necessary getting this done.
While a logo IS important to your brand, it’s also a small piece to a much bigger puzzle, truth be told, a lot of people will waste weeks perfecting it. First of all, my advice is not to spend more than one week developing it. Whether you’re creating it yourself or paying someone, a week is long enough to get this done. My point is that if you don’t set a timeframe, projects like this could take foreverrrr to complete. Don’t get hung up on the small details, be decisive. Trust me, your time is much better spent writing, filming, etc. to build your blog.
Do you need a logo?
Yeah, you do. It could be something as simple as the name of your blog in a cool font style. Personally, I found that to be the easiest way to move things along. I used Canva.com to get this done, you might want to check it out. I highly recommend it because by default it gives your template to work off of, is free, and super easy to use.
Do you need a logo designer, or is this a DIY situation?
This all depends on how crafty you are and what your budget it like. Someone with a meek amount of creativity might explore different logo designer options, but I think most people are fully capable of designing their own logo. Lucky for you, I have experience in both these areas and wold love to share my findings 😉
Looking for a logo designer to help out with a custom logo? Try these:
Birdies Lab: I found Andra through a Facebook group. She was recommended to me by an inquiry and does great work! Everything is done online and her turn around time in usually just a few days. Great response time, professional, and most importantly for new bloggers, she’s extremely reasonably priced.
Facebook Groups: I’ve mentioned these in previous posts and I will continue to advise using Facebook groups for inquiries such as logo designer recs. I have found so many helpful resources in Facebook groups. From hiring someone to getting detailed advice, Facebook groups have been extremely helpful.
Fiverr: Fiverr.com dubs themselves as the freelance resources for the lean entrepreneur. Basically, you can get all kinds of freelance work done for five bucks. Pricing can increase based on need. I personally have not used it, but if you’re a new blogger, you should explore this option for a variety of services
Designing your own logo? Try these:
Canva: Has been somewhat of a Godsent for me. While I would really love to a savvy Photoshop user, I’m not. I think having basic skill in Photoshop have been very helpful, but when it comes to creating imagery pieces in less than 30 minutes I head to Canva.com. They have imagery/documents template, a variety of font styles, icons, shapes, lines and so much more. Basically, it’s a user-friendly version of Photoshop (kinda). It’s membership based so you’ll need to create an account. It’s free for the most part unless you want to use certain images and features. Another cool thing about Cana is that they have an app for iPhones now…and the timing of this blog is perfect because it appears that Canva just added a logo template section 👐 go check it out!
PicMonkey is not something I’ve used before, but it seems to very popular with fellow bloggers because I’ve heard it a ton. I browsed the site and it looks like it allows you to edit your photos, make collages, and leverage other graphic design elements. If Canva isn’t your jam, I’d try this one out.
Photoshop, is definitely a software that is highly recognizable and is great to build your skills with. I will say it’s very robust and has a bigger learning curve. But I don’t think there is anything you can’t YouTube. I’ve got the creative cloud, and you can get your free trail here.
So guys and gals, take one of these options or explore them all and see what works best for you and your style. Just don’t get caught up for a long time trying to hash this out. Best of luck 😘