MY FAVORITE BLOGGING RESOURCES
I mentioned many of my favorite blogging resources throughout my post on how to start a blog, but those were but a drop in the bucket of tools I use every single day to make this dream a reality. I told you, IT TAKES A VILLAGE!
Below are my favorite blogging resources and the ones I would recommend to anyone. I use only the most user-friendly options (let’s be real, that’s out of necessity), and typically go where I can find the best deal. Happy blogging!
Computers are hard and SiteGround is my blogging guardian angel. They do everything for me (or at least show me how to do it myself) and their support is the best customer service of ANY COMPANY I’ve ever dealt with. MWL would be nothing without these geniuses. You couldn’t ask for a better web host.
After years of using free online programs, I finally upgraded to Adobe Lightroom for serious photo editing. It’s simpler to use than Photoshop but lacks none of the possibility. (See an example edited photo in this post). You can preset filters to make editing your photos a snap.
Pinterest has single-handedly helped grow my web traffic but managing it is a pain and a real time-suck. Tailwind is an easy to use program that does it all for me, offers great analytics, and saves me about a million hours a month. Use this link to get a free month of Tailwind to see if you like it!
Mailchimp is the email marketing program I use to send out my monthly newsletters and new post alerts. It’s sooo easy to use (and pretty fun actually) even a monkey could do it. Seriously, I’m proof. Also, it’s free if you have less than 2,000 subscribers – so give it a try!
MY GO-TO BLOGGING GEAR
The actual, physical things I need to get the job done.
Not pictured: loads upon loads of coffee
Your camera is nothing without an SD card (I’ve tried). I prefer the bigger SD cards that hold, no joke, 9,999+ pictures (according to my camera screen) but always, always, always have a backup (or two or three) on me. Ain’t nobody got time to run to Walgreens or its foreign equivalent.