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Year Of The Cloud 2

Branding your blog posts

We all know that content is king. We’re continually bombarded by the message on all the SEO sites we visit. I am however one of those people who need both written content and visual content.

A few years back I sent on Michele a silly graphic relating to a dot EU promotion that Blacknight was running. I’d been taking pictures of the cat with my new camera and working as a freelancer from home always means that a slight cabin fever situation kicks in from time to time and hey presto he loved the graphic. Personally I don’t think it’s that great today but it was a start.

Kitty needed the munnies

I think a week or two later and Michele used another picture on the site (he had been adding stock images to all his posts to make them as I said a bit more visual) and this time I ended up branding up that image a little bit and changing the size to fit in with the blog design. I came up with the slogan as well which I was rather proud of. Again it was for a domain promotion.

To .Be or not to .Be

Shortly after that I ended up coming up with a standard design we’ve used on most of the blog graphics (not all the time … time factors into things sometimes) and also started sourcing most of the images we use on the blog graphics and not to mention coming up with silly captions and marketing ideas for them.

Standard Blacknight Blog Graphic Format

Well it’s a while on and I’ve ended up making a lot of these graphics taken a few photos .. used pictures of the cat as well :) The big question sometimes for me is just how much time do you invest in them. For us the answer seems to be a bit sometimes it’s a 5 minute job other times it takes quite a bit more time.

Blog Graphics

It can be a pretty time consuming process sourcing images. Coming up with an idea. Finding an image within the budget. Trying to make things fun bring a smile to peoples faces and ultimately we hope lead to the Blacknight brand becoming stronger. Personally it’s something I enjoy a lot and we’ve gotten good feedback in the past whether it’s for the blog images the newsletters or adverts we run.

So what do you think is it worth the effort we put in? Do you even notice or care?

The recent Year of the Cloud promotion for example starts as a “I need a blog graphic for a promotion promo code cloudyear

O … K … ? :) (generally my usual response to these kinda requests)

Moving on and I have a think about it while doing a few other bits and pieces … and we get to this stage … still a mockup

Year Of The Cloud

Obviously I’m thinking Chinese new year here which is I think on the 23rd of January. Bit boring it’d be fine liked where I was going with the Year of the Cloud / Dragon thing … BUT Michele says … can we get a dragon in there somewhere and hey presto I go searching for a bit sourcing imagery … another iteration / idea … scrap that another idea … nope and … finally and we end up with

Year Of The Cloud 2

Add in a silly byline and people seem to love it big question for me is will it convert to sales and make our brand stronger. I’d love to hear some peoples thoughts. Is it worth the effort we go to?

(By the way shameless sales pitch why not get a great discount on cloud hosting over on the Blacknight Blog)


Hello World

Hello world!

I don’t really think any new blog is complete without the Hello world blog post. Maybe it’s my programming background in me that leads me to think this way but it’s something I like to include on new sites. This blog post may be a bit more special in the fact that my Daughter was born on the 21st December 2011 so Hello World takes on a bit of a new meaning here.

Hello World

Over the past few years I’ve kept meaning to get my professional website up and running and well client work always seems to take precedence and I only ever end up with a holder page of some sort for Forbairt.ie

That changes this year it’s 2012 and my main new years resolution is going to be GTD ( Get Things Done ) apart from the other obvious resolution 1920×1080.

I generally end up making a list of a few things every year that I want to get done and one or two get done others don’t. I’ve a lot of exciting projects and goals on the cards this year and I’m going to keep track of them here. Not to mention one or two other interesting links. The site is going to be a bit bare till I get more content in but I’ve all the placeholders there for now with a few more to be added so now I just need to write some content for the site. Tweak some graphics and CSS things and get on with the writing of the content.

Happy new year everyone