Now, I don't know about you, but I love to save my $$$, as much as I love to splurge. And there's nothing better than getting great results without splashing out on your life savings. Who's with me?
Blogging is one of those things where it's so easy to be tempted to spend a lil' more than what is fair on your bank balance, so let me be your guardian angel *waves*, and show you budget-friendly ways to spice up your blog.
TEMPLATESTemplate-wise, Etsy is where it's at, since Blogger and Wordpress default templates don't quite cut it for me. I snagged mine over there for only a fiver (how good is that?), and it's perfect for my needs. There are literally hundreds out there; QuinnCreatives, Syncboost and KayBrighton have some of my faves for Blogger, and aiwsolutions and ScrapStudioES have great affordable options for Wordpress. Just remember to check if it is Blogger or Wordpress made and make sure it's mobile responsive!
A new header is an instant refresh to your blog. I personally made my own, using PicMonkey, which I swear by - it's really easy to use and is ideal for all my wants and needs. Thinking fonts, GoogleFonts have a myriad of options to scroll through at your own leisure, as do free font websites such as dafont.com and fontsquirrel.com. Alternatively, if you want to go a step further, many other bloggers and Etsy designers design them for you for a small cost.A self-hosted domain adds such a professional edge to your blog, I think. It may seem scary at first to take the leap, but Tilly's post here breaks it down for you - it's especially helpful for you Wordpress users. I opted for GoDaddy.com when I went self-hosted since it seemed like the best choice and a few YouTube tutorials later, girlabroad.co.uk was up and running. For the first year, you pay £5 and in the following years you pay £12 - only £1 monthly - how good is that? A self-hosted domain isn't essential, but it really is worth investing in, if you want to take your blog somewhere.