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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5 Ways a Blog Will Help Boost Your Business

5 Ways a Blog Will Help Boost Your Business

Do you blog about your business? If your answer is “no” you could be missing out on one of the best marketing opportunities the web has to offer.

I’m not going to lie, starting and maintaining a blog can be a lot of work. But all that hard work will pay off.

Here are five reasons why you should be blogging about your business.

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Hello & Welcome to the New and Improved Eclectic Quill

Hello and Welcome to the New and Improved Eclectic Quill

If you’ve ever visited Eclectic Quill before – welcome back! You’ll notice that I’ve made some huge changes.

I have a brand new design.

This one will be obvious to those of you who have been here before.

If you love this design, I have some good news for you. It’s a premium theme bought at ThemeForest. (Please keep reading if you want to know why an ex-website designer bought a theme.)

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