blogging resources

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

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.

 

Favorite Books & Ecourses on Blogging

 

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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.

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This book, Simple Blogging by Rachel Meeks, is amazing. Between working, family, and illness, time is of the essence and if I could meet Rachel in person, I would give her the biggest hug (and probably totally freak her out). This book is amazing and completely refreshing. This definitely helped renew my passion for blogging and give me a great perspective on balancing my life and my blog. It reminded me that if I didn’t take time away from the computer (or all electronics for that matter) to focus on our families and ENJOY our lives offline, then what would we have to write about online? Simple Blogging is the book for if you want to grow your blog but you’re not sure what else you can do; or if you wonder if you’ll ever make peace with your email inbox again; or you just really need good blogging advice from a friend.

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The last blogging book I read was called Blog At Home Mom by Christin Slade (you can find her blog at Joyful Mothering). It was definitely not like any other blogging book that I had ever read. The tagline says “Balancing Blogging and Motherhood” but the key to finding this balance doesn’t lie within us but within Him.When we are in sync with the Spirit, then everything else can fall into balance. God’s calling for our lives, which may include being a wife, being a parent, or being a blogger, is dependent on our walk with Him. The book is beautifully written and its not written like a traditional blogging book in that it teaches you SEO, coding, or analytics but talks about planning, organizing, the power of the schedule, and caring for your marriage and your Spiritual walk. Told you it wasn’t like any of the others! Blog At Home Mom and Simple Blogging are similar in some ways but they each give you a new refreshing perception so both warrant a read.

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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.

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This is the newest course offering from Blog Clarity and I have not had the chance to take it yet (hopefully soon!) but I wanted to include it on the Favorite Blogging Resources. I have known Melissa for several years now and she is one of the most genuine and authentic people I know. Just by knowing her and the heart she puts into everything she does, I have no doubt that this class will be just as outstanding as the last. The Media Kit Smash starts at the bottom by expelling the basic components of a media kit and then builds up to creating the perfect bio, knowing which stats into include in your media kit as well as reader demographics, and finally what to do with it! You can click over to the Media Kit Smash page to see the schedule!

 

Help 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.

Love Your Design - all things related to having a fabulous blog design including hands on design tutorials, essential design elements, and helpful plugins.

Pretty Pictures - this board covers blog photography tips, tutorials on enhancing images for blog posts, and sources for stock images and graphics.

Branding & Community - topics range from creating a top-notch about page, building your brand across social media platforms, and engaging and growing your community.

Organization & 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.

Writing Tips & Post Ideas – enough post ideas and prompts to keep you writing as well as some writing resources to keep the grammar nazis away.

Monetizing Lesson & Tips - how-to’s on creating a media kit, working with brands, and realistic ways to earn money through blogging

Getting In Front Of The Camera – Vlogging - Giving flogging a whirl is definitely on my to-do list and these resources give you tips on how to vlog as well as tools you need like cameras and lighting.

General Blogging Tips – anything that couldn’t fit well in any of the other categories such as

Disclosure: Some resources on this page include affiliate links. 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.