Design Tip – How to add social media icons to your blog

design tip social media iconsSocial media is important in many aspects of our daily lives. Whether it is utilized purely as a casual way to keep in touch with friends or on a professional level, it is now our primary source of communication. If you want to be easily accessible, prominently display your contact information on your blog. A great way of doing this is adding some customized social media icons.Use something a little more eye catching rather then the typical links or default icon sets.

Here are the steps to get custom icons onto your blog:

1.) First things first, either create your own icons or download a set. You can find some free sets here or some that are a little more fancy for a few dollars here. If you want to try creating your own I’d recommend using Photoshop or Picmonkey. Rather then reinvent the wheel I found this amazing tutorial here on the step by step process of creating icons and then mapping them.

2.) Once you have your icons ready make sure you save them to a hosting site like Photobucket or Flickr. I’m using WordPress and often use my library to host my images. This is absolutely crucial! Otherwise you’ll end up losing all that work you just created.

3.) As I mentioned previously, I use WordPress. So this next step is based on the way the WordPress blogging platform is set up. After you have your HTML code from the image map site, log into your WordPress Dashboard and click on Appearances then Widgets. Create a text widget and paste the code in there. At this point you should be able to place the widget where ever you’d like the icons to appear on your blog. Keep in mind if you are using a free theme you are limited to the locations you can put widgets. For example, I use the free Adelle theme and all of my widgets are placed on the right side column.

If you aren’t using WordPress and would like help on how to add custom icons to your site, please contact me. I’ll be happy to help!


Technology has replaced face to face human interaction


I have a love/hate relationship with technology. I love it because there is so much information and ways to access things anywhere in the world at anytime. Today it has surpassed almost everything. Technology dominates our world.

In turn, technology also prevents people from interacting. No one picks up the phone to talk, they send a text message or make a post on someone’s Facebook wall. It allows us to be so impersonal.

Don’t get me wrong, I do go on social media sites on my phone, but I primarily use it for photos, driving directions, and restaurant menus. That convenience in itself is wonderful. Yet, I cannot stand people who consistently bury their nose into their phone all day. Why do people care so much about what is going on in people’s lives they know nothing about? When I see people at restaurants dining together and both of them are sitting in silence checking their phones, it saddens me. Do they not realize they are wasting precious time with someone they actually care about? Your Facebook and Twitter will be there tomorrow, but perhaps the REAL people in your life may not. If you lose that person, then what?

Anyone who has lost someone important in their lives knows it leaves an empty hole inside of you. It is literally the most painful feeling I’ve ever felt. All you have left to reminisce about are the good times. Will you be on your twitter feed when someone you love is gone?

So, stop, please. Put the phone down and sit an enjoy a meal or a conversation with a loved one. The joy we get out of this life is being able to form close relationships with people. As social media sites grow, they put a wedge between our lives and our internet lives. How and why are social media sites addicting? I can see wanting to stay in touch with friends, but the things people share on Facebook… TMI. Really.

Sometimes I feel like I am at war with technology and technology always wins. The battle is fruitless.

In the business world technology is a Godsend, but nothing beats the face to face meeting with a strong hand shake. A personal hand written thank you note shows genuine gratitude because you took a few minutes to sit down and personally write a note.

So, get off your phone, computer, game console, and go actually interact with someone.