Blogging has been an excellent outlet for me! I have always enjoyed being a stay at home mom but have often looked for ways to exercise my mind beyond home life. It’s easy for anxiety and depression to set in when there’s nothing to focus your creativity on. Blogging has given me that something.
- Are you looking for a way to improve your writing skills and exercise your mind?
- Would you love an online record to the happenings in your life?
- Could you use a little extra money? I’m not sure who would say no to that question.
- Do you love chatting it up online and helping others?
- Do you long for a creative way to express yourself?
- Are you looking for a way to contribute to the world, to get out of your own four walls?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, you just may be a blogger waiting to happen!
Here, I am sharing my favorite resources, in the blogging world!
The blogging resources I mention are affiliate links. I would never recommend a service or product that I don’t use and trust myself. Read my disclosure for more information.
My Favorite Blogging Resources
Agathon is the host I use … the place where my blogs live, in the big wide web. They are super responsive, if you need anything, and will go above and beyond to help you out!
Skin or Child Theme
The Skin (as Thesis calls it) or Child Theme (Genesis) is what makes your site pretty. It allows you to choose fonts, colors, layout, etc. It is like the decorations in your home!
I like the straightforward look of the Effectus Skin for Thesis.
Many bloggers love Restored 316 Child Themes for Genesis.
Pat Flynn has also created The Smart Passive Income Pro Theme with the Genesis Framework that is worth checking out!
If you have a blog, you need to collect emails from the start! ConvertKit is an email marketing tool that allows you to collect subscribers through an email subscribe box on your sidebar, opt-in forms at the end of posts, inline subscribe buttons in the middle of a post plus more!
With ConvertKit, you will be able to tag subscribers, send broadcasts (emails), automate courses, and, Oh My! The possibilities are endless!
ConvertKit charges a monthly fee which is determined by the number of subscribers you have.
One of the MOST important things you can do for your blog is to build an email list! Jennifer Maker has the most comprehensive course you will find to skyrocket your email list!
Check out her FREE List Love Introduction To List Building here:
The LIST LOVE Quick-Start Guide is available year round and a great asset to your blogging journey! If you are ready to invest in your email list, this is the place to start!
The LIST LOVE Master Course is only available a few times a year but you’ll want to jump on it as soon as you can get your hands on it!
G Suite allows me to have an email address with my domain name: firstname.lastname@example.org. I also store many of my PDF Printable files in Google Drive.
What is G Suite?
G Suite is a cloud-based productivity suite that helps teams communicate, collaborate and get things done from anywhere and on any device. It’s simple to set up, use and manage, so your business can focus on what really matters.
Here are some highlights:
Business email for your domain Look professional and communicate as email@example.com. Gmail’s simple features help you build your brand while getting more done.
Access from any location or device
Check emails, share files, edit documents, hold video meetings and more, whether you’re at work, at home or on the move. You can pick up where you left off from a computer, tablet or phone.
Enterprise-level management tools
Robust admin settings give you total command over users, devices, security and more.
Sign up using my link https://goo.gl/RKZDIs and get a free 14-day trial, and message me to get an exclusive discount when you try G Suite for your business.
Blog Stats Tracker
One thing I wish I would have done from the very beginning is track my blog statistics. Once a month is all it takes!
You guys, I have been blogging for three years and learned a lot from this FREE course! I went through step by step and sighed a sigh of relief to know I have been doing many things right. I also took action on the nuts and bolts I was missing. After taking this course, I am finally confident that my blog is set on a solid foundation!
This course was simple to take and provides resources to set up your WordPress blog for success! Understanding WordPress – How To Navigate Self-Hosted WordPress is the Nuts and Bolts course you NEED to build a solid foundation.
Need help managing your WordPress site? THIS is the place you need to go!
This course is taught by Tasha Agruso of Designer Trapped In A Lawyer’s Body. Tasha is an excellent teacher and I totally learn from her teaching style!
Affinity Designer is the program I use to create Pinterest and Facebook graphics! I LOVE it because it has so much functionality without a subscription! With a one time fee, you will be on your way to creating graphics, printables, plus so much more!
With over 31 million stock photos, videos, and vectors, BigStock has something for everyone! It’s Royalty Free images are a breeze to use and help you share your blog posts in the most professional way! Use the link below to receive a FREE one week trial that allows you to upload up to five images a day! That’s 35 free images!
Bonus: BigStock stores your files for you! What does that mean? It means you can use the digital file for your pinterest pins or graphics and then trash the original file so it doesn’t take up gobs of space on your computer. Then, when you need it again, just re-download it from your media files in BigStock!
Schedule Pinterest Pins like a pro with Tailwind! Tailwind saves time, maximizes your reach, and gives you insights of what’s working and what’s not.
I strongly suggest you open a bank account just for your blog! Even if you aren’t set up as a business, open a separate account in your name that is devoted to your blog finances.
Stephanie, from Six Figures Under, has created an easy way to record our blog income and expenses. She then provides a summary to pull it all together in a seamless way. Sure, you could create the forms yourself but she’s already done the work for us!
There you have it! Tried and true blogging resources I personally use or have heard raves about!
It’s time to get started on your blogging journey!
What are you waiting for?