As we welcome a new year, you may have goals to get back into blogging (like I did!), blog more often or increase your reach, or even start a blog for the first time! I have compiled a list of basic, simple, easy necessities for you and me as we dive back into blogging together.
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First things first… Content. It really is king. My goal for this blog is to engage and encourage young (and not-so-young!) women with practical advice, spiritual nourishment, and relevant content. I find my ideas from my own experiences and circumstances, as well as what God has been putting on my heart. I love BibleGateway for my faith-based posts.
After content, the other elements of blogging must be learned, but they aren’t quite as challenging as you’d think. These four guides can help us master the additional elements:
- I love this free printable blog planner from A Virtuous Woman. It is so colorful and has many different printables as well as unique calendar tracking pages. Her Blog Post Planner page is one of my favorites.
- This gorgeous and free blog planner from Jennifer Dawn is so pretty in pink. I love the Accounting page and the To Do page. Print as many as you need!
- If you’re looking for a blog strategy planner, this guide with applicable questions from Create If Writing is spot-on! I’m looking forward to using this one in the upcoming future as I get my blog off the ground.
- Building a Framework is an ebook and a collection of blog binder printables for new and established bloggers alike, and I cannot recommend it enough! It was written by Abby of Just a Girl and Her Blog who has grown her blog into a full-time business, so she really knows her stuff. The ebook contains a list with descriptions of the ten essential pieces your blog needs, examples of good content, an entire section devoted to how to take good-quality photos and make nice graphics, several chapters about how to use various forms of social media, and tons of legal ideas I never would have thought of. I highly recommend it! This is the ebook that got me back into blogging.
Blogs are not novels… They need pictures! I use stock photos from the free website Pixabay for most of my images. I also like Negative Space and Minimography. The resources at PicMonkey are very handy for editing photos, adding text, etc. I also love Canva, and I especially love that it has an app for when I’m on the go. Attractive and inexpensive graphics are not hard to find or make.
Last, but not least… hardware. I love my Logitech wireless optical mouse. It has a cute chevron pattern and is much better than the limited trackpad on my laptop. This mouse has lasted longer than any other wireless mouse I’ve used.
When I’m not taking notes in my blog planner or on my iPhone, I’m sketching out ideas in my spiral-bound notebook. My absolute favorite is this teal notebook with gold polka-dots from greenroom. Unfortunately, Greenroom Co. products are only available at Target. Do you see another Target run in your future, perhaps?
Maybe you’re a more established blogger. What advice do you have for me and fellow “new” bloggers? I also recommend Jump into Monday’s more exhaustive list if you’re ready for the next step.