Welcome to my Blogging Resources page!
Creating and maintaining a blog takes a lot of effort and hard work and blogging requires many different skills including writing, photography, social media marketing and promotions, creativity and more. I wrote this resource page with services and websites that I use with my blog, to hopefully assist you with the creation and maintenance of your own blog. I hope that you find it useful and helpful!
Hosting your blog and having your own domain name allows you to have so much more freedom and control over the design and content, as opposed to using the free WordPress or Blogger platforms. I have had many blogs throughout my life and have always hosted them on the free platforms until recently, when I decided to purchase my own domain name (a URL or web address that has your blog name.com instead of .wordpress.com) and hosting package.
After doing a lot of research and reading about the pros and cons of a variety of different web hosting packages, I finally decided to go with BlueHost and have been satisfied with my choices and have had no problems or issues to report with using Bluehost.
Bluehost offers three different levels and packages of web hosting at the most reasonable and affordable prices that I could find and you can install WordPress easily with one-click. They are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week via phone or online chat to help you. I have personally used their customer service (online chat) and my questions were solved, so I was pleased with their level of service. I have also read positive reviews from other bloggers about the customer service. I also love Bluehost’s simple and user-friendly website design.
Designing my blog and choosing a theme was the funnest part about purchasing a self-hosted blog. But it was also challenging and overwhelming because there were so many theme designs to choose from and so many ways that I could customize my website!
I searched many websites and browsed through countless themes before I finally found one that encompassed the exact look that I had imagined my blog having. I purchased the Florence theme from Solo Pine Designs. Solo Pine also offers a beautiful collection of other themes to choose from with all of them featuring a simple, clean and minimalist design which I love. As I am not really a tech-savvy person when it comes to coding and such, I had many questions when I first started my blog and the customer service from Solo Pine was fantastic! They were thorough and friendly in their email responses to me, responded promptly, and answered my questions in a way that helped me to understand better, without using too much technical jargon.
If you are looking for a minimalist, responsive and reasonably-priced theme for your blog, I would highly recommend Solo Pine.
Educational Resources & Helpful Links
Here are some links and online guides that I have found helpful for my blog.
A Beginner’s Guide to SEO – Check out this comprehensive and easy to understand guide to gain a better understanding about SEO.
Everything I Know About Social Media – Brenna’s blog post is a wonderful and refreshing read about social media, featured on her blog called The Battered Suitcase.
A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media – Check out this comprehensive guide to social media for blogging.
Social Media Marketing – Check out this list of free courses to learn more about social media marketing.
Every Single Thing I Know About Travel Blogging – Check out this blog post from The Battered Suitcase to read more about travel blogging.
The Content Upcycle Method – If you’re looking for how to start earning money with your travel blog, this website is a good resource.
My Not-So Straight Path to Making Money From Blogging – I have enjoyed reading this post and learning strategies for monetizing my blog.
Social Media – I love following the travel blog called Legal Nomads and Jodi has written some fantastic advice about social media!
The Boss Babe’s Guide to Social Media – Sign up for this email newsletter and receive a free social media guide.
Amy Lynn Andrews – I love this website and it has lots of great information about social media and blogging.
A Nectar Collective – Melyssa Griffin offers SO many blogging and social media resources in addition to online courses as well. This is one of my favourite blogging resources.
Wonder Forest – This website has some great resources about blogging, social media, and SEO.
ProBlogger – ProBlogger is a really helpful website for bloggers with topics on content creation, SEO, writing and more.
Social Media Examiner – If you’re looking for the latest research and news about social media and blogging, this is the place to find it.
Using Google Analytics for Your Blog – Part One, Part Two and Part Three – These guides were so helpful for me to learn about how Google Analytics works and how to gain a better understanding of my blog’s statistics.
SEO Basics for Blogs – If you want to know more about the world of search engine optimization, this is a great article that explains the basics in easy to understand language.
How to Use Evernote for Blogging – EverNote is a great product for bloggers and I loved reading this article about how best to use it.
The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Google Analytics – This is a helpful guide to learn more about Google Analytics.
Mail Chimp is an email marketing website that allows you to build and design email subscription lists, a variety of campaigns, signup forms and send email newsletters or simply your RSS feed with new posts, to your blog subscribers. Mail Chimp is easy to use and I love the simple design of their website. There are lots of options for customizing and designing your email newsletter and signup forms as well. Mail Chimp is completely FREE to use if you have 2,000 or less subscribers on your email list, which makes it a great option for new bloggers who are just starting out.
Although I have not yet created my business cards yet, I have heard many positive reviews about Moo from other bloggers who have created business cards using this website. You can design your own beautiful-looking and professional business cards at very reasonable prices.
Social Media Tools
Feedly is an RSS-reader type of website that allows you to add your favourite blogs and create lists so that you can stay updated with all of your favourite blogs in one convenient place. I have lists for my favourite travel, vegan and lifestyle blogs and it’s usually the first website that I check in the morning to read new posts from my favourite bloggers. I enjoy using both their website and the smartphone app.
I use the free version of Buffer to schedule my Twitter updates for new blog posts of mine at specific times. I love the clean and simple design of this website and it’s so easy to use. Buffer allows you to schedule updates for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media websites. You can add links and upload photos to your updates and are also able to track insights for each post (how many clicks, etc.). The free version allows you to schedule up to ten updates in the queue at any time but there is also the option of upgrading to their premium plan to allow for more updates. I have found the free version to be sufficient for my blog at this time.
Pocket is a convenient bookmarking smartphone app and website that allows you to save links to blog posts and articles around the web and then read them later in one place.
Hootsuite is a great tool for social media scheduling like Buffer, but their free plan allows you to schedule an unlimited amount of updates to your social media channels. I use Hootsuite for sharing posts and articles from my favourite bloggers but I prefer the web design of Buffer for scheduling updates for my own blog posts.
Please contact me via email at brittanymariathiessen [at] gmail [dot] com if you have suggestions for other links and resources that could potentially be included on this page.
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If you have any questions about anything, please email me at brittanymariathiessen [at] gmail [dot] com.