A Little Black Dress, for Your Blog

Monday, July 14, 2014

The other day a reader asked me, " How are you doing these poster type things you've been using as the main photo on your blog?" This question made me happy because it meant that this reader had noticed my swag, my Word Swag, that is. 

Word Swag is an app that allows you to create beautiful custom text layouts in a matter of seconds! No, this isn't a sponsored post for Word Swag. I'm simply telling you about this app because I love it and I think you'll love it too. 

I learned about Word Swag last month at the social media conference Y'all Connect. In her talk, social media guru Kim Garst spoke a lot about the value of visual content. Articles with photos get 94 percent more views, she told the audience. In fact, Garst believes every brand should develop a visual content plan. She even wrote an e-book to help you do that. (You can download 17 Quick and Easy Ways to Create Visual Content here.) 

As I mentioned in my Y'all Connect recap post, while listening to Garst's talk I realized that if social media is like a cocktail party (which people often say), visual content is your little black dress. It makes you look good and gets people's attention. And once you have it you can show that you're beauty and brains.

Lately, Word Swag has been my favorite place to shop for a little black dress for this blog and for the See Jane Write blog. 

When I wrote about the inspirational networking event Cupcakes and Conversations I used Word Swag to highlight the main message I took away from this event. 

I've also been using a website called Canva to create graphics for my blogs and even for fliers for See Jane Write events. 

I used Canva to create a graphic for the Bloganista Mixer that See Jane Write hosted last month. You can check out pictures from that event here.

And I used Canva to create a graphic for the Bloganista Mini-Conference that's set for Saturday. 

What apps and websites do you use to create visual content? 


  1. Hi Javacia, I love your blog. I just found you through the BlogHer14 app, I hope to meet you in person. I would love to attend one of your mixers if I lived in your area. I am in Cali and I hope to see you at the conference. BTW that Canva app is totally over the top. Thank you for the tip! I am using it as we speak. Take care! Following you on BL and Twitter.

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