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Starting a blog, and blogging consistently and well is a learning curve, and you are going to need some blogging resources. When I first started blogging, I focused solely on writing my posts. Later, I realized that I needed to somehow grow an audience but I had no idea how. This was back in 2011 when I started my very first blog. I was content with it being a hobby blog so I didn’t really give much, if any energy, to growing that audience or promoting. But when I started Tidbits of Care, I knew I needed help to really be successful in the blogging industry. World. Community. Whatever.
As a side note, I’m not sure I am successful, but this blog is certainly what I wanted my blogs to be like in the past.
Back to the main topic here, and that was me conveying that I began to seek out resources and knowledge to make my blog successful. And there were some resources that I made the decision to dish out some money for in order to really begin to understand things like SEO.
And today I want to share some resources that I use that I have found helpful and have helped me really learn a lot about how to blog.
Jenny’s Books for Beginners in Blogging
There are a lot of ebooks written by bloggers that can be great resources for those of you who are new to blogging, or are looking to improve in a certain area. Like how to conquer Pinterest. I haven’t purchased a ton of ebooks, but I have invested in a few.
The first one I invested in was Jenny’s A Beginner’s Guide to Blogging. This goes over a ton of important info, such as whether or not to niche down, an overview about SEO and DA, and her other ebook, A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Your Blog Following how to make your blog follower friendly, how to use social media to grow your blog, and paying attention to what your stats and followers are telling you. I cannot tell you how useful this as I began blogging. I have learned so much from Jenny, so definitely check out her book and her blog.
Jordanne’s Blogging Planner
Whoa, this is an amazing resource. When it comes to planning and being organized as a blogger, The Blog Planner by Jordan is the planner you need. Even if you don’t use all of the resources, it’ll help you realize things you ought be zeroing in that you might not be. Just flipping through the pages was an eye opener for me. You can print this out or use it digitally. So be sure to grab this resource.
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Social Media Supports
When you are a blogger, it’s important to have a presence on a lot of platforms. For instance, I have a Twitter account, a Facebook page, an Instagram account and a Pinterest account. Pinterest is especially important as many views can be obtained from Pinterest. And you want your branding to look the same across the platforms. Someone who has a lot of resources for Pinterest templates is Lynn and her package of 50 Pinterest templates.
I also love these Instagram Story Highlight Covers.
Being an old lady blogger, something I couldn’t figure out about blogging was how all these bloggers had such amazing Instagram photos. As in, the same kind of tone and colour scheme for their photos. And then I learned about presets. I haven’t mastered using presets to make my Insta page look the way I want, but I’m working on it. And I love these Ma Cherie presets as they are minimalist but effective. Presets are an important blogging resources that I had never considered or dreamed of but that are super helpful.
If you are really dedicated and keen to blow up your blog, there are a lot of resources out there that can help you do that. Bear in mind that blowing up your blog might simply mean (at first) having over a thousand pageviews in a month. If I could consistently do just that, I’d be jumping for joy. Point being, there is so much out there that help you grow as a blogger, and help you grow as a blogger. The best way to do so is to read blogs, engage in meaningful dialogue with the blogging community, and be present so others can get to know you. And be fair to yourself–you might blow your blog faster than someone else. Or slower. And that’s okay. We are all at different places in our lives, have different commitments and schedules and what I can do in a month is not comparable to what you can do in a month.
I hope all of these help you out as you seek to become better at what you do!
Do you have any other awesome blogging resources you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments.