I am Technologically Challenged!
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I am without a doubt the single worst person when it comes to technology! There I said it and what’s sad is that it is the truth!
To give you just a little example of my affliction – you know how all of you can use smart phones, digital cameras and all those neat things? Well to me they are tools from another universe and for the life of me I can’t figure them out and yet I see kids as young as 10 years old that can take images and even know how to download them onto the computer
What a sad state of affairs especially when you have a blog
you need to create different things, like logos or special text
fun things like like that!
While I may be exaggerating a little, the fact is doing certain actions is very difficult for me and I know many others are in the same boat. I have found a simple solution to at least one problem when it comes to using technology for making logos, buttons etc.
I have found a site called CoolText – Graphics and Generators where you can create pretty much any kind of logo or button for your blog or website that you want. It is a free service – yep you heard me.. Free!
Now that I have told you about this service, time to tell you a bit more about it – The founder of this site is Bryan Livingston and from what I could find out, this site was created in 1998 and was just updated in March ( I don’t think they are going anywhere!). As you can see on the image below and taken from compete.com, over the years people have come and gone, but it looks like CoolText is in the rise again with people using this service.
On the site you are offered a large variety of templates, fonts and colors to choose from and after you have created your masterpiece, you are given a variety of selections to choose from for saving the graphic ( everything from .Ping,.Gif,.Jpeg) If you want to see this tool in action here is a good video ( um if you don’t like the music choice, just mute the sound!)
I mentioned before that this was a free service, but if you are like me, you will be wondering what “free” really means? I will say that this service and I will use the words on the site:
You are welcome to use any of the generated graphics in any way, shape, or form without asking permission. If you’d like to thank us, please tell your friends about this service and consider linking to us.
In other words any graphics that you create are YOURS! But does that make it “free”?
While there is no monetary cost to you the user of this service, I feel that you also need to know that because CoolText uses third-party advertising companies to serve ads while on the site…oh heck I will just give the information using sites own words
We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Web site. These companies may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites to offer advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies.
What makes me think more highly about using this service comfortably is that you are given a link to the Network Advertising Initiative
On this page you can opt of one or all the third-party advertisers as is your choosing and to me that speaks to a company that is ethical and caring about its users.
Is there anything else that I should add? The only down side that I am seeing about this service is that you can only work with text, you can’t add any kind of image to go with the text. Maybe at some point they will add this kind of tool to their functions, it is hard to say. If they don’t I will still use this tool, but I will be hunting for other tools to add to my repertoire for the technological challenged!