Blog Tip of the Day: Make a Personal Style .gif!
By: Taylor Davies

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Now, I don’t want to toot IFB’s horn too much here, but we’re always encouraging you guys to get creative, think outside the box and try new things. Over the summer, we wrote a post about trying out new mediums on your blog, things like street style photos, video content and – you guessed it – animated .gifs!

While the Tumblr-sphere is full of .gifs ranging from cats eating pizza to models on the runway, you didn’t see too many on fashion and personal style blogs – until recently! I’ve seen so many fun and whimsical .gifs that add personality and originality to your blog content. To get an idea of how you can incorporate an animated image into your posts, I rounded up some examples I’ve seen on IFB community blogs recently:

 Katherine of The Style Tab used a .gif to show off how to style one holiday dress a bunch of ways.

Julia from Gal Meets Glam made a sweet .gif of her and her husband for Thanksgiving.

For Halloween, Liz of Say Yes to Hoboken made a cute and quirky .gif of a fun costume idea.

Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg call these only partially moving images they create “cinemagraphs,” and this one is from a recent editorial on The Glamourai.

So now I bet you’re saying, but Taylor, I don’t know how to make a .gif! That’s okay, because we have a post that will teach you how in 5 Easy Steps or Less! Now get giffing!

 

[Image credits: The Style Tab, Gal Meets Glam, Say Yes To Hoboken, The Glamourai.]

Comments

  1. Can Julia get any cuter?! Anyway. I’ve been wanting to put one of these up on the blog for awhile now. Thanks for the how-to…can’t wait to try it AND post it!

  2. Avatar of Lauren - Slowburn Fastburn

    Gifs are such a fun idea to add a little extra to a post! I haven’t made one to put on my blog yet, but they are so simple to make with the right program and I will definitely be doing it soon, maybe in my next outfit post!

    lauren
    http://slowburnfastburn.com

  3. Avatar of Nasreen
    Nasreen says:

    Had to click into the second link because I have no idea how to make .gif!! thanks :) this has given a lot inspiration :D

    http://lazyobsession.blogspot.com

  4. Avatar of Z
    Z says:

    LOVE making gifs. I’ve started doing little stop motion movies of clothes and outfits now, and LOVE IT!!!!

    Z
    http://www.are-we-on-time.com

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    valentiney says:

    This is great, just have some fears how it will affect page load and scroll lag issues. Then again GIF could create a more video-like feel to it , adding more life to the whole posts :)

    http://www.seedtizen.com

  6. Jeanie says:

    Oh I love fun gif files in blog posts.

    I used one here: http://www.inspiredwish.com/2012/10/aussie-curves-breaking-rules.html

    The post topic was breaking style rules. I included the gif at the bottom of the post for a bit of fun. I even pull a ‘fish’ face LOL. My readers seemed to enjoy seeing me being a bit goofy. It was something different that others in the blog hop hadn’t done.

  7. I made one of these about a year ago and it did really well on Tumblr! It was instructions for layering and I had not anticipated it’s success (I had a little less than 100 followers at the time) and once it took off, I was so surprised!

    GIFs are so captivating. You seriously can get lost in one for such a long time without even realizing it!

    Here are my layering GIFs:
    Layering 101 : How I Layer for 10 Degree Weather (Part One)
    Layering 101 : How I Layer for 10 Degree Weather (Part Two)

    And this is where I keep the rest of my personal style GIFs! (Just a few others)

    They are so much fun to make and I have plans to do more!

  8. Avatar of Lillian
    Lillian says:

    I’ve made many gifs before but I’ve never thought of using them in a blog post! This is such a great idea and i’ll be sure to use one soon. And the cinemagraphs look amazing, but maybe a bit to ‘technically advanced’ for me. :D

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    Anita Anota says:

    Good idea!! love it!

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    nyamburaaa says:

    I love GIFs.my blog header is a live typing gif…. http://arti-arte.blogspot.com/
    For tuts…i use http://yeahps.tumblr.com/

  11. Avatar of Nathalie
    Nathalie says:

    Great post! I love using GIFS! On my blog: El Cat’s Meow // http://www.elcatsmeow.blogspot.com
    I always add a gif to every post, I think its a nice way of showing how the outfit looks like in real time. I also can say this is definitely my differentiation factor from other blogs, and people just always seem to LOVE the gifs :)

    I would most definitely recommend using one in your next blog post!

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