The month of June has flown by and the blogging class I have been taking is coming to a close.

I have once again found Holly Becker of Decor8 blog’s class so enlightening.  I have been instructed by Holly and other fabulous guest teachers such as Jeanette Lunde of Fryd and Design.  Without her inspiration, I probably would never have considered and e-magazine (which I now am!).  Also, I was already a huge fan of Nicole Bach of Making It Lovely, who showed me how to find balance in work and life and how to grow your blog and possibly make income from it (I hope to one day, thank to my supportive readers!).  Katrina Tan of the Pugly Pixel showed so many creative ways to feature photos in more interesting formats.  I will definitely start to practice these tips and integrate them into my blog.

Since my blog is largely visually based, I found a great benefit from these photo teachings.  I especially enjoyed Holly sharing some of her favorite photo apps for my iPhone that I have already started to use.  One of these apps is instagram, which I have been using for a while but not really for my blog.  I love the effects that you can do to the photos right off your phone to enhance them.

Photo I took at a Sacramento River Cats Baseball game

I added a few apps to my repertoire on Holly’s recommendation such as Pic Stich. This app will combine two or three photos in various configurations:

Progress photos of a recent installation

I also like Labelbox, which will allow you to add fun labels to any photo:

My cat having a crazy moment

I also picked up a photo booth app.  I chose a free one called photoautomat, which is a lot of fun!

My sister and I being goofy

Bottom line, I loved this class and would recommend it to anyone wanting to blog.  It has a great support community as well and I look forword t contiuing to get to know the other bloggers in the class.  I will soon be sharing a few new favorite blogs of mine that have come out of the class.

Photos by Rebecca Ward