There are a variety of reasons why we blog. Some do it as an extension of their passion about a particular subject. Others blog to connect with people about a specific cause. Still others do it because it's the cool thing to do and they're having fun with it.
Companies do it to enhance their brand exposure. And, along the way, many bloggers consider the possibility of making money as a contributing factor … to some extent or another.
Regardless of your specific objectives for blogging, it is clearly a modern form of communication. And, beyond your primary content, user-friendly design should simplify access for your visitors.
That's where images, such as icons, are quite useful. They reduce complexity by enhancing visual recognition processing as a component of a graphical user interface.
Granted image usage is both a heuristic endeavor and a matter of personal preference. But, a site with only text just doesn't have the same appeal as one with stylish and limited use of graphics.
Icons enhance the readability of navigation menus and item lists. For a user-centered site, they should be suggestive of the functionality with which they are associated … as metaphors for the text.
And, placement of larger graphics on a page serve to break up content into digestible sections in a similar manner to paragraph separations. Additionally, they're helpful in drawing attention to specific content and for calls to action.
So … without further ado … today … we present some of the resources we discovered that offer free, high-quality icons which you can use to embellish your blog. Most of these are in the PNG format. But, web icons can be in ICO and GIF format too as these also support background transparency.