Blogging Resources You Can’t Live Without

Blogging Resources, Abby Lawson, Building a Framework, Tailwind, SiteGround, Hover, Restored 316, MailChimp, Genesis Framework

Starting a blog can be a daunting task and I had no idea where to start.  I was nervous spending the money on a course or other blogging resources, but felt like I really need to make the leap and actually start the blog I had been thinking up for so long.  What if I fail?  What if I’m terrible at it and no one wants to read it?  I had to push these thoughts aside and do it.  So, I purchased a blogging course and everything else followed.  The resources in this guide are all things I have personally used and would recommend to others.  As I get further into my blogging journey, I will likely update this resource list to include new resources I’ve discovered.

This post contains affiliate links.  For more information, see my disclosures here.

Abby Lawson’s Building a Framework – Course & eBook

This course was amazing!  It literally went step-by-step through starting and creating a successful blog.  I would HIGHLY recommend it to any bloggers-to-be and newbie bloggers who are feeling a little lost.  I purchased the course before my domain or hosting or anything else blog related.  Abby and Donnie do a phenomenal job of explaining the ins and outs of a new blog.  I would have been so lost without them!

Hover – Domain Name

I registered my domain name and email address through Hover.  By purchasing through Hover, I have an added layer of protection should something happen to my hosting provider.  I’ve also been told it makes switching between hosting providers a little bit easier.  If you use my special link above, you will receive $2 off of your first purchase from Hover.

SiteGround – Hosting Provider

SiteGround is a popular choice for a web host.  I went with them SiteGround because it is relatively inexpensive, the customer service is great, and it was simple to set up.  The hosting plans they offer are a good price and can go up to 100,000 page views a month for the highest paid plan.  I like that I’ll be able to stick with SiteGround for a while.

Genesis Framework – Parent Theme

The Genesis Framework from StudioPress has a lot of plugins available that make customizing your site much simpler.  I don’t know anything about coding, so by using the Genesis Framework, I save a lot of time and money.

Restored 316 – Child Theme

This is the pretty part of your blog.  This is where you can change the colors and look of your site.  I found it was challenging to pick a theme because there were so many beautiful options.  My advice is just to pick one that you really like and go with it.  You’ll likely change your mind in the future and buy another theme, but if you wait for the perfect one, you’ll never start.  There are many child theme creators out there, but in my search for the “perfect” theme, I continued to come back to Restored 316 and eventually decided on the Delightful Pro theme.Another benefit by using the Genesis Framework + a child theme, is that when updates occur, I don’t lose the customization of my site.

Tailwind – Pinterest Automation

LIFE SAVER! All I can say about Tailwind is that I would be so sad without it.  I was able to schedule two weeks worth of pins on Pinterest and then forget about it.  There aren’t many things in relation to my blog that I can forget about for two weeks, but Pinterest was one of them.  It is super simple to use and made my life a whole lot easier.  Two thumbs up for Tailwind.

MailChimp – Email

I’m currently using MailChimp to send automated emails to new subscribers and to send my Weekly Update to all subscribers.  I don’t know all of the features, but automation and setting up campaigns seems pretty simple.  I have a small list of subscribers, so it all seems to work well.  I currently do not pay to use the service because they offer a free option, up to 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month.  I’ve heard others like ConvertKit or other email services better, but MailChimp is working for me right now.

Like I said at the beginning of this post, as I find more amazing blogging resources, I will share them here to help make your lives easier too!

This post contains affiliate links.  For more information, see my disclosures here.

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