BLOGGING RESOURCES AND TIPS

After 10 years of blogging- through a lot of trial and error, I’ve found some great resources.  I often get the same questions from both new and experienced bloggers about what I use or can recommend, so I created this page for other bloggers in an effort to share what worked best for me!

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If you’re new to blogging or just deciding if you should start a blog at all, I recommend doing a little research. This book, for beginner bloggers came highly recommended to me from a few people I know who recently started their blogs. Learn from me and start out on WordPress NOT Blogger…

Photos and photo editing:  If I’m taking my own photos, I take them with my iPhone! I have the latest edition iPhone X and love the camera on this so much. I try my best to only shoot in natural light, but in a pinch, I’ve found these fun little phone ring lights are pretty amazing!

For editing, I use the VSCO app, I bought a few of the extra filters in the app. I tend to always use S2, but I recommend playing around with the app and getting comfortable with what works best for you.

BLOG GROWTH STRATEGIES:

I tend to listen to a lot of podcasts. Currently I’m loving The Simple Pin Podcast, Fohr Ground and the Influencer Business one by Trove.

Milotree– I just started using this plug in which creates a pop up on my home page and it’s been SO great! HIGHLY recommend for organically growing Pinterest, Instagram and your Email list! Can’t recommend it enough!

Tailwind-I feel like I’m so late to the Tailwind party, and I don’t know why I waited so long to join! Anyway, for those not familiar – it’s a social media platform used for growing your Pinterest following. As a design blogger with a lot of imagery on my site, I rely on Pinterest to drive traffic here. So, I’m  CRAZY about Tailwind! It saves me so much time every day! It was a little confusing at first, but hang in there, if I can figure it out…you can too! Get your free 30 day trial here.

There’s a million different apps for scheduling Instagrams and Tweets, but I don’t use any of them. I’m not too active on Twitter, and for Instagram I had a business account, which is now a “creative account” – b it lets me see a lot of stats, so I just try to post once a day, during my account’s peak hours, usually in the evenings.

SO that’s it in a nutshell! If you have something very specific you’d like answered, please leave me a comment or send me an email! Hope you found this helpful!

xx,

Sue