I am by no means an expert on blogging and have a lot to learn but after spending almost seven years in the blogging world, I have had to chance to check out some awesome resources that I would like to share with you! These are some of my favorite websites, books, and posts that can be helpful for a newbie or a seasoned blogger!
Favorite Websites on Blogging
The SITS Girls
The SITS Girls was one of the first sites I came across when I started taking blogging seriously. Actually, I think it is what made me start taking blogging seriously. I was just blog hopping one day and saw the badge on someone’s blog and the rest was history! SITS is the place you want to go if you want to be a part of a great blogging community both through an active discussion forum and spotlighting members’ blogs through Feature Days (My SITS day is still a highlight of my blogging journey!). SITS is also a great place to learn technical skills through helpful articles and tutorials or through Bloggy Bootcamp, a blogging and social media conference for women. I had the pleasure of attending in Atlanta in 2011 and it was the perfect conference for this introvert.
Type A Parent
Type A Parent was founded in 2007 as the world’s first social media network for mom and dad bloggers but you don’t have to be a parent to benefit from all the resources that Type A has to offer. Type A provides the resources to grow your blog, learn about blogging and social media, and network with other bloggers and brands. In addition to the annual three day Type A Conference, they have added two one day “bootcamp” conferences for seasoned bloggers. Type A Conference 2013 was my first experience with a multi-day conference and it was a great step up from Bloggy Bootcamp but it wasn’t so large that it was completely overwhelming.
Independent Fashion Bloggers
Obviously I am not a fashion bloggers (unless an endless supply of yoga pants counts as fashion) but Independent Fashion Bloggers is an amazing resource for any bloggers. IFB showcases blogging tips (such as creating a community and getting organized), technical help (such as blogging apps and gadgets), and business resources (such as working with brands and monetizing). It is definitely a site worth subscribing to and you may even learn a thing or two about style while you are there!
Blog Clarity (formerly known as Momcomm) is the place to go for pragmatic, hands-on tips for writing, blogging, and social media. Melissa is a design rockstar as the author of Blog Design for Dummies. In addition to offering several hands-on courses, posts cover everything you need to run a successful blog from building a blog design that works to creating fresh content to increasing your traffic. If you are a hands-on learner like I am, this blog needs to be on your subscription list.
Top 5 Books & E-courses on Blogging
1- 31 Days To Build A Better Blog by Darren Rowse
Right as I started to get serious about blogging (and realize that someone, sometime might actually read it so I needed to get it together), I discovered The SITS Girls and they were doing signups to go through this ProBlogger book, 31 Days to Build A Better Blog*, as a group. It seriously changed my blogging life. I finally figured out what I wanted to do with my blog, jumped into social media by finally figuring out how to use Twitter, and, most importantly, was a part of an amazing community. 31 Days to Build A Better Blog* covers absolutely every aspect of blogging you need to know and most importantly it helps you know your own blog inside and out from your elevator pitch (how you would describe your blog in one sentence) to why you have chosen the niche that you did. The most unique thing about 31DBBB, per Darren Rowse aka the ProBlogger, is that each day you have:
1- A Task: Something to DO that day
2-Teaching: Each day you’ll be given great instruction on both the WHY and HOW of the task of the day.
This is a great tool to work through on your own as you are getting your blog started (or like myself getting your restarted) or to work through as a group which not only helps you build your blog but also helps you build your blog network. This book was listed put in the #1 spot on this list for a reason. I cannot recommend 31 Days to Build A Better Blog* high enough.
2- Simple Blogging by Rachel Meeks
3- Blog Pretty by Vanessa Gollasch
4- Content Brew by Melissa Culbertson
I was lucky enough to take the Content Brew* course the first time that it was offered by lovely Melissa Culbertson who is the creative genius behind Blog Clarity. This course is amazing for both new and seasoned bloggers to create and sustain an editorial calendar by learning new ways to keep a steady stream of fresh content not only for your blog but Facebook and Twitter as well. The class is now offered as a self-paced course so you can work through the content at your own pace. The best part? You will have unlimited access to course matters forever (well, as long as Blog Clarity is in existence). This course is worth every penny. I will definitely be taking the opportunity to work through this course again soon. The cost of Content Brew is $197.
5- Media Kit Smash by Melissa Culbertson
10 Helpful Posts & Articles on Blogging
Color U Bold: The Ultimate Guide to Brand Identity As A Blogger
Make A Website Hub: Blogging for Beginnings Resources
Start Blogging Online: 10 Reasons Why You Should Start Your Own Blog
The Blog Maven: Finding Your Blogging Voice
The Thinking Closet: How to Revamp Your “About” Page
On Blast Blog: How to Start A Blog: The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need
Blog Pixie: 50 Fab Resources for Bloggers
Breakfast At Lilly’s: How To Plan Blog Content Like A Boss
Helpful Pinterest Boards on Blogging
I’m not one to brag but I have to admit that I have some killer boards on Pinterest covering everything blogging! I thought it was easiest to break pins down into categories to make information easy to find.
Advice From Other Bloggers – sometimes the best way to get the best information is to go straight to the source – other bloggers.
Blog Post Ideas – post ideas, writing prompts and blog challenges to keep the content flowing and overcome writers block when you feel stuck.
Branding Strategies & Plans – advice for building a branding strategy to represent yourself and your blog effectively.
Creating Your Brand (Who You Are As A Blogger) -defining your brand as a blogger and how to share it effectively with your audience and grow your community
Design Do’s & Don’ts – all things related to having a fabulous blog design including hands on design tutorials, essential design elements, and simple coding.
Design Themes & Mood Boards – this board helps cover the basic foundational aspects of every blog design – themes, templates, and mood boards.
Engagement & Community on Social Media – this board will help give your some ideas on creating a community around your blog and all you to become more engaged with your readers on all areas of social media.
Fun Fonts – oodles and oodles of fun fonts for blogs and all kinds of fun projects!
Getting In Front Of The Camera – Vlogging – I am terrified of getting in front of the the camera but i really, really want to get over my fears and get in front of that camera and tackle vlogging! Anyone else?
Getting Organized – when you are completely overwhelmed with ideas and working one or two jobs (or more) plus juggling a family and any sort of social life, you need a little help learning how to get organized and get a handle on managing your time.
Library of Resources & Books – this board covers a general list of resources, websites, ebooks, and courses that may help with all facets of blogging.
Media Kits & Business Plans -how to build effective and successful media kits and business plans for your blog and/or small business.
Monetizing Lesson & Tips – this board focuses on how to monetize your blog; work with brands, pr groups, and affiliate networks; establish an income, and properly disclose working relationships.
Photography for Blogging & Social Media –Advice and lessons on styling photos for blogging and instagram; easy ways to edit your photos; using the best settings on your camera for certain projects; and how to copyright/watermark your photos.
Productivity & Time Management – since we can’t add hours to our day, this board covers tip on getting organized with the help of blog planners, the importance of building an editorial calendar, and setting goals.
SEO Help -Focusing on SEO: “Search Engine Optimization” in order to take your writing to the next level. Not only does proper SEO bring in more readers, it also brings in more profits.
Stock Photo Resources – massive list of stock photography and illustration resources
Traffic & Growth -Posts and tutorials to gain a better understanding of analytics/stats, peak posting/scheduling times, and how to increase blog traffic.
WordPress Advice – this board contains information and tutorials specific to the WordPress.org platform including coding, plugins, and themes
Writing Tips – this board focuses on finding your own unique writing voice, how to establish your own writing style, creative ways to curate content, and endless lists of post ideas.
Disclosure: Some resources on this page include affiliate links. They are marked with an *. However I have personal experience with each of these products and found them extremely beneficial and would recommend them 100% regardless. These blogging resources are 100% amazing.
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