A Blog Button…

Posted by on July 27, 2013

It took me an hour, but by the grace of God I finally succeed in creating a blog button by using Pic Monkey.

The button is a square collage of some of the images in our header (That’s why they may have looked familiar.) I love that picture of Father holding up the Monstrance, with the waving Flag in the background. And the  saint on top of Mary is St. Thomas Aquinas, Patron Saint of Catholic Schools, Scholars, and School in General. I thought he deserved to be up there, being patron saint of Catholic Schools and all…

For all my non-blogger friends, a blog button is a designed image that, when clicked on, links back to your blog. As you can see on the sidebar, there is a widget that says “Share your love by linking to us”. Underneath, there is a form with a bunch of HTML code on it. Whoever wants to “Share the love” inserts this code into the “Links” section of their blog, and my Catholic Homeschool Kids blog button appears, without the messy code underneath. It’s easier to understand if I just show you:

Catholic Homeschool Kids

<a href=”http;//CatholicHomeschoolKids.com” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://CatholichomeSchoolkids.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/CHK-Blog-Button-Text-Slant-Left.png” alt=”Catholic Homeschool Kids” width=”175″ height=”185″ /></a>

This is what is on the sidebar of our blog.
Whoever wants to put this button on their blog copies and pastes just the code (and not the image) onto their blog, and the image is pulled from our website and shows up on their Blog.

Catholic Homeschool Kids
This is what shows up on their blog: A button with out any code underneath.

If you’re STILL confused (I’m  not very good at explaining these coding / computer things), feel free to leave a comment. Also, while you’re there, let me know if you can’t see the text very well (It might seem to blend into the shadows), or if that’s just (perfectionist) me.

After trying many tutorials on How to Make a Blog Button, I found this one, and it worked for me: How to Make a Blog Button with a Grab Box

The button was made using PicMonkey, a free photo editing software. It is very simple to use, and can be used to make collages (*ahem*) and fun images. For example:

PopCorn - BeforeThis is a picture of Popcorn before…

PopCorn - AfterThis is worried popcorn after adding overlays and text.

Pic Monkey is a lot of fun. You can add overlays, speech/thought bubbles, frames, and lots of other fun stuff.  Plus, you don’t even have to make an account. But, like anything online, it’s a good idea to ask an adult before using it.

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What do you think about our blog buttons? How could we improve them?
Did my explanation make sense?
What do you think about Pic Monkey? Comment below, then send some of your Pic Monkey Creations to hi@catholichomeschoolkids.com, and I will add them to this post.

One Response to A Blog Button…

  1. libbie

    I added you to the WALKING IN CHRIST section & the blog roll at BBK