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Blogosphere: A series
Part Twenty-Five: It’s a LOGO, Hugo
Do you need a logo? Wouldn’t a photograph borrowed from the Internet do just as well?
Maybe. Maybe not. Once again we come to a point in the road where we need to consider what is needed based upon what it is that you, the new blogger, want to accomplish. For a commercial site, yes, a logo IS a must. It is your trademark, your signature.
If you are blogging for pleasure, to educate or entertain, and advertising is not on your list of things to do, the image you use (or choose not to use) can be anything you want.
While you could get away with “borrowed” photos or drawings at first, as the popularity of your Blog grows, so will your need to have a well-made personalized “trademark” for your site.
Finding or creating a Logo for your Blog can be a challenge. If you have graphics software, e.g. Photoshop, Xara, or one of the high-end photo and drawing apps and you are good with them and you have some artistic ability, you can design a Logo fairly quickly. If you lack the software, the skills, the time or the patience, doing so can be a trial of extremes.
That said, there are some easy to use logo creation tools out there. I’ve found “Logo Creator” by Laughingbird Software to be very easy to use. It comes with a good number of templates and gives you complete control when it comes text and object placement and sizing.
While none of the Logo creation tools I’ve found have been free, the prices are fairly low. At last look, Laughingbird’s Logo Creator was around $30.
While Microsoft’s Paint and other simple drawing tools are easy to use, they have much less in the way of useful features.
The creation of your logo, your trademark is important, but it is neither something you should jump into right away, or spend a lot of money on until you’re sure you will be keeping up your Blog.
Continued in Part Twenty-Six