Sunday, 19 January 2014

How To Add Social Media Icons On To Your Blog

Good Day Everyone,

I hope you all had a great weekend? I think it's fair to say that I spent almost the entire weekend glued to my laptop. After avoiding it for as long as I could, I came to the realisation, that I could avoid it no more! That's right, I'm talking about embracing the world of social media. For someone like myself who is sooo not tech savvy, I purposefully stayed away from it. However, as I've had more and more people ask me whether I'm on Bloglovin' or Twitter or Instagram, I decided that this was the weekend to take the plunge. I'm starting of slowly with Bloglovin' and Twitter only at the moment to see how I get on before embracing anything else.

Getting myself set up on Bloglovin' and Twitter was a pretty painless affair. In fact, I wondered why I'd put it off for so long. I then decided that the next step in this, embracing scary techy things move, was to get these social media links on to my blog. Well, this is why I had put this off for so long! It sooo was not easy and I was having my fears realised. I literally spent a whole day Googling and Youtubing for tutorials / info on how to add social media icons on to my blog. On top of this, I also spent quite a while trying to figure out where I could get these icons from, preferably for free. Even when there were glimmers of hope with finding a video or web page that I thought would have the answer, lulling me in to a false sense of security, I was then faced with a language that I didn't really understand... HTML, widgets, JavaScript and so on.

As the sun had set, and my joints were screaming out to me to be stretched with some vertical movement, I had all but given up for the day when I came across THIS blog post. As I nervously read the post, watched the video embedded in it and clicked on the links enclosed, I could sense that this was what I'd been searching for. However, before allowing myself to scream a mission - mission that felt almost impossible - completed YES, I restrained myself and set to work on following the instructions and YES it worked! OMG - I could not believe it! You can see the results for yourself! I now have social media icons... on my blog... that work! And I got them for free. Plus I didn't have to edit any HTML stuff! "Hallelujah!" I could hear my brain cells singing!

The lovely Pam, from DIY Design Fanatic, had saved my sanity. In her blog post, Pam shares THIS video by Emily from Blogoholic Designs that showed me how to incorporate social media icons on to my blog in a way that I could actually understand! Pam also shared THIS link to Craftiments, where thanks to Kirstin, I could download free social media icons - how amazing is that?!

Oh the satisfaction, not to mention, the immense gratitude I felt towards people like Pam, Emily and Kirstin who made the impossible possible for people like me that just aren't at the forefront of modern technology. I cannot tell you how happy these three wonderful ladies have made me, and I also felt a little proud of myself for persevering when my brain was saying, "STOP, no more!".

Having recovered from the emotional roller coaster of this weekend, I began to think that there must be others, like me and Pam, who would benefit from Emily and Kirstin's wisdom and generosity. With that in mind, I decided to create this post in the hope that it might help someone else, just like Pam's post helped me. It may even help you :o)

And now I can sleep easy tonight, with a sense of achievement, knowing that it wasn't a wasted weekend being glue to my laptop. Oh and another great thing to come out of this, I now have three new blogs discovered that are right up my street.

Love Sheen xxx

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