I had done an older post talking about Paint.NET and in it I showcased how the Dragon Blogger logo was created but because the post title and most of the article was really about Paint.NET few people could find it and I had more people contact me later about where I came up with my Dragon logo from and why I use and chose the name Dragon Blogger.
When I started blogging I was looking to have something to do with “blogger” in the site name and my persona, I was going to be a new blogger starting out in 2008 and I knew that I wanted to share all my experiences as a blogger with my readers and detail out my own blogging progress and path to learning how to grow an audience, make a little money…etc.
I had gone through many Logo Design Samples and even more names for my site originally, but believe it or not I started my poetry blog Wanderer Thoughts Poetry before I created DragonBlogger.com. At the time this blog was a BlogSpot blog and I only had it up for about 25 days, then I started DragonBlogger.com on WordPress and recreated Wanderer Thoughts on WordPress as well a month later than DragonBlogger.
Those that really know me know how much of a Dungeons and Dragons fan I was growing up and I have always had a fascination for dragons and particularly liked dragon artwork and stories behind dragons. Not mindless beasts, but the kind that are portrayed as having ancient wisdom, power and such. When I decided to get my dragon tattoo a few years back (1 year before I even thought to start a blog) I had no idea at the time that this tattoo would be the framework for my blogging logo and site.
Hence the dragon tattoo and creature inspired me with thoughts of eventually gaining wisdom and power with age and being able to share it back with an audience, DragonBlogger.com was born in theory but I wanted a really cool dragon logo and I was not an artist by any means. I didn’t have the money to hire someone to create logos, and I really liked my tattoo so I decided to see if I could turn it into a logo.
Paint.NET was a free paint program that allowed almost Photoshop like editing and I just experimented until I was able to transform the tattoo above into my logo today.
Then when I redesigned my site, I knew I needed more of a horizontal logo and for the first time I considered doing away with this logo I had been using for two years. Fortunately, I was able to modify my original logo and take segments of the tail and rework it to be like a serpent slithering.
Because I wasn’t a good artist, I couldn’t figure out how to draw the dragon to seamlessly curve into the tail properly and make it look good, so I designed it to cut off right as my header meets my navigation drop downs at the top of this site. But basically all of this logo work is from the same image and from the original tattoo.
That is the story behind the DragonBlogger.com name and logo, and though it may not be the most professional logo I am kind of partial to it as it is a part of me as this blog has turned out to be.