New Features Released in the Blog & Web Designer Workshop!

July 2, 2012 By The Blog Designer Network

We have been successfully teaching The Blog Designer Workshop for over two years, producing hundreds of savvy designers who have started their own design businesses! During that time, we’ve experimented with different teaching methods, materials, and ways in which you can learn how to do this yourself. So we created a new and improved Blog & Web Designer Workshop that covers more information, with more take-away materials, and hands-on interaction than ever before!  It also fully encompasses how to create print graphics, and make fully functional websites that integrate e-commerce plugins, forums, and more using WordPress.

Register Here and use the code “earlybird” for 40% off! theblogandwebdesignerworkshop-2100787

This workshop is unlike any other we’ve ever created, giving you the tools you will need to start a business with design and coding skills. This fun and interactive class will provide you with:

  • Detailed PDF notes of every class.
  • EDITED videos you can refer to at any time.
  • The Genesis Theme Framework ($80 Value) and Child Theme of choice from to practice with.
  • All-encompassing HTML and CSS training that includes advanced techniques in WordPress, PHP, and more.
  • Worksheets that you can use to wire-frame your own website, and brainstorm creative ideas.
  • Homework and assignments that will help build your portfolio.
  • A private discussion board to participate in, and learn from other students and the instructor(s).
  • Access to knowledgeable and professional instructors and successful web designers who have been in the business for years.
  • Private mentoring upon request. (Addt’l fee.)

By the end of this course, each student should have their own graphic or web design studio launched and ready to take on business.  Instructors will take a vested interested in the success of each student during the course. Students who wish to take this class should have a desire and aptitude for creativity, the internet, and an entrepreneurial spirit.  New designers will be featured on the Blog Designer Network’s website and regularly promoted based on their skill level and participation.

Due to the nature of the course, only 25 registrants will be allowed.

Class is every Thursday ONLINE from 7pm-9pm Mountain, 6-8pm Pacific, 8-10 Central, 9-11 Eastern. You simply have to follow the instructions to login at the right time. You will not be seen or heard, but will interact with a speaking instructor via chat.

Students who have previously taken any of the Blog Designer Workshop series are eligible to receive all the materials, or even attend the class with special permission and if space allows. Contact us for details.

Register Here and use the code “earlybird” for 40% off!

Special thanks to the following designers for allowing us to use their portfolio samples for the image in this post! (In order from top to bottom, left to right.)

Nina’s Design Studio
Priceless Design Studio
Grey Bloom Designs
Creative Girl Media
Jula Studio

How to Use Tumblr {Tutorial}

November 30, 2010 By Cheryl

If you are anything like me, you subscribe to a lot of blogs. And on a daily basis you find things you want to remember………maybe a great craft tutorial, recipe, how to edit photos or maybe just something you’d like to share with your readers or friends. Well, what if you had an easy way to help you remember all of that great stuff you find online?

People, I would like to introduce you to your new friend {with a GREAT memory}………Tumblr is a free and lightweight blogging platform, aimed at making it effortless to share text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, phone, desktop, email, or wherever you happen to be, and doing it the quick and easy way!

I use Tumblr as my “online idea notebook” and I call mine TidyMom Finds. Go ahead a click over, take a look, I’ll wait………………

Fun isn’t it? Just a collection of pictures and links to things I’ve found and like.

Don’t worry, it’s not time consuming. I know many of you are thinking ” I blog, facebook , and twitter…how could I possibly add another platform to that list?” But Tumblr is SO easy after you sign up and set up your tumblr blog, you add content with just a few clicks…… can even have it automatically send out a tweet when you add a new post.

Come along, I’ll show you some of the basics!

First remember………..Tumblr is about SIMPLICITY. Not a place you have to worry about making all fancy with pretty layouts and such. You literally sign up and can begin posting with in a minute.

After you sign up you can customize your Tumblr blog by clicking on theme and you can choose from several themes, each will determine the layout of your page. Appearance will change colors. Save and close. Play around with it for a bit until you find a look that you like. This can all be changed later if you wish.

Below you can see how I customized INFO on my Tumblr blog


Click on SERVICES to have your Tumblr posts sent to Twitter or Facebook.


Here’s a look at what your Tumblr Dashboard will look like


See how I’ve circled “Goodies” – click that, it’s what is going to make Tumbling so quick and easy! You will just drag the “Share on Tumblr” bookmarklet to your toolbar – see the RED ARROW in the picture above.

Now you are all set to start Tumbling. By having that bookmarklet you wont even need to go to your Tumblr Blog to make a post.

I’m going to share how I post to my TidyMom Finds, but you can play around with it and post how ever you’d like.

I don’t go looking for things on my tumblr blog, I just add to it when I’m browsing sites. Anytime I see something that I want to remember or share with others…….this is what I do.

*Note, be SURE you are on the permalink and not the main blog address.


  1. Click “Share on Tumblr” in my tool bar. A tumblr box will pop up and it will automatically add information from the post. (you can change the Name/Post title if you wish)
  2. I usually add a little bit of text next tumblr3-1784036
  3. Click the “photo” tab if you want a photo from their page to add to your tumblr post
  4. Click on a photo you wish to have in your post
  5. Click “create post”

The Tumblr Box will say done and close. That’s IT!

If you want to check your Tumblr Blog to see if it posted just click your Tumblr url to see.


Now when I’m ready to bake Christmas cookies, I’ll know where I found some good ideas and tips!

Click here to see the post on my Tumblr blog. Basically all it is, is a link to Bake at 350 blog post about her Personalized Christmas Ornament cookies .

See, it automatically posted to my Twitter account as well!


and if you ever need to edit or delete a post, go to your dashboard and to the right of each post you will see delete edit


WHEW!! I know it seems like a lot……..but really it’s so simple and a great way to keep track of things you want to remember and/or share.

I keep a link to my Tumblr blog, TidyMom Finds in my “connect” buttons on my blog


Now go sign up and start tumbling!!