6 of the Most Overused Fonts and What to Use Instead

6 of the Most Overused Fonts and What to Use Instead

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. That means I earn a commission if you make a purchase using one of my links. But don’t worry, I only recommend products and services that I like and think you will find useful.

Last Monday I suffered from what I’m calling a computer malfunction, but the truth of the matter is I got a virus. My anti-virus was down for about an hour and in that time I managed to get a virus.

I want everyone to stop reading right now and make sure their anti-virus is up and running properly.

I tried everything to get rid of this virus, but what I ended up doing was reformatting my computer. I was able to fix the problem doing a nondestructive reformat – this means restoring your computer to the point that you bought it, but your files are not touched. So, while my files were safe (my clients can breathe a sigh of relief here), I lost all my fonts. If you’re a graphic designer or fontaholic like me, you can understand the emotional stress this caused me.

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5 Business Lessons We Can Learn from Breaking Bad

Five Business Lessons We Can Learn From Breaking Bad

I know this post is so 2008, and I’m a little late jumping on the Breaking Bad bandwagon, but I just binge-watched all five seasons.

Breaking Bad was more than an intense, roller-coaster ride of a television show. It was also a great learning resource for creating a new business from the ground up. Walter White was an amazing entrepreneur. And I think we can all learn a few things about running a business from watching him, and Jesse Pinkman, build their business from nothing.

(And consider this your disclaimer that EQ does not in any way endorse the making, selling or doing of drugs. So don’t do, sell or make drugs, kids. And in case you’re like me and are a little late watching Breaking Bad, I tried my best to not include any major spoilers, but I may have failed. )

I think the greatest and most important lesson that we can learn from Breaking Bad is:

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The Three Graphics Every Blog Post Needs

The Three Graphics Every Blog Post Needs

Today I’m going to let you in on my own little secret. I create only 3 graphics for every blog post for sharing across all social media platforms.

A while ago I wrote about the importance of having a great graphic for every blog post you publish, and now I’m going to show you:

The 3 Graphics Every Blog Post Needs for Sharing on Social Media

  1. 735 x 1100px for Google+ and Pinterest
  2. 1080 x 1080px for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
  3. 1200 x 630px for Twitter, Facebook, and my Blog’s feature image.
The three best sizes of images to use on social media

These are only an example and are not to scale.

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Love What You Do Printable

Download this Weeks Inspirational Printable: Love What You Do

Remember when I wrote about settings goals at the beginning of the month?

Setting up an Etsy shop to sell printables has been a dream of mine for just over a year now. This year I decided to switch things up and make it a goal. And as it turns out,

goals are achievable.

I’ve decided to celebrate my small success by giving a gift to you.

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How to Set Goals That You’ll Actually Accomplish

How to Set Goals That You’ll Actually Accomplish

Did you set any New Year’s Resolutions for your blog or business?

I think we all have some things we say at the beginning of the every year. Something like:

“This is my year.”
“New Year, New Me.”
“This is the year I will finally accomplish [that thing you’ve been saying at New Year’s for the past X amount of years]”

And we all need to stop.

Let 2016 be the year we set goals instead of making New Year’s Resolutions.

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How to Survive Your First Months of Blogging

How to Survive Your First Months of Blogging

Being the new kid on the blogosphere block can be really overwhelming and frustrating.

Whether you are just starting out or have been around for a little while (or you deleted your old blog and are starting over), you probably feel frustrated and overwhelmed. It always feels like everyone else is getting more hits, making more money, and doing it better than you.

If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time on Pinterest and inevitability at the beginning of every month (if you follow a lot of bloggers) your Pinterest starts to look like this:

 

Pinterest Screenshot -- Successful Bloggers

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How to Make Your Facebook Cover Image Look Awesome on Mobile

How to Make Your Facebook Cover Image Look Awesome on Mobile

Have you ever seen a Facebook cover photo that looks amazing on your computer, but looks awful on mobile?

I encountered this exact problem when creating the Facebook cover photo for the EQ page. I dove into making the image at the Facebook recommended dimensions of 851px by 315px. While my cover photo looked great on my computer, something was missing on mobile. And that something was about a quarter of my information that had been cropped off on either side.

Facebook cover image on desktop computer

Facebook cover image on mobile device with sides cropped offThis happens because the whole image isn’t displayed on mobile. Facebook displays the full height of the image but crops the sides to fit the much smaller mobile width. Plus the profile picture displays larger, obscuring even more of the cover image.

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25 of the Best Halloween Stock Photos You Can Use for Free

25 of the Best Halloween Stock Photos You Can Use for Free

Have you been looking for the perfect free Halloween stock image and coming up empty handed?

I thought I was crazy when I had the idea for this post. But there is a surprising lack of Halloween images that are both amazing and free.

I started with this amazing list of free stock image websites from Olyvio (if you haven’t bookmarked or pinned this list yet, go do it now), but most of search queries ended with “0 results for Halloween.”

Therefore, most of these images are the “non-cheesy results” found after wading through hundreds of images on only two different stock images websites.

Click the photo to go to the original posting and download a higher quality image. You need to create a free account to download some of the images. (Always double check that the image you want to use is CC0 (free for commercial-use) in case it changed since I included it in the list or I made a mistake.)

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A picture is worth 1000 clicks: the power of visual content

A Picture is Worth 1000 Clicks: The Power of Visual Content

Did you just publish a blog post without creating an amazing image to go with it? If you answered yes, you could be missing out on a ton of readers and social shares.

Think about your own online experiences:

  • are you more drawn to Facebook posts that have an image?
  • do you find it easier to read long blog posts that are broken up by graphics?
  • are you active on Pinterest?
  • have you ever used google image search instead of web search?

You probably answered “yes” to at least one of these questions.

We’ve all heard the saying “A picture is worth 1000 words.” But I like to say “A great online graphic is worth 1000 clicks.” While not as catchy as the original saying, it’s just as true.

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What is the difference between raster and vector images?

What is the Difference Between Raster and Vector Images?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a raster image and a vector image? Read on to learn the difference between these two image types and when to use each for best results.

Raster Images

All photographs and images online are raster images.

A raster image is made up of tiny squares of color information, called pixels or dots. They are measured in dpi (dots per inch) for

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