For many people who are interested in blogging or publishing their words, just figuring out where to start can be the biggest challenge. This page is a list of resources which I have either personally used during my blogging and writing journey, or I have great admiration and trust for the linked content and the people presenting it.
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How to Start a Blog: The Super-Easy 5-Step Beginner Guide – This post will walk you through setting up your blog.
Crystal Paine’s blogging classes – These are in a slightly different format from most all-inclusive blogging courses. You purchase each course separately, as you are ready. Start with her free Blog Start-Up 101 evergreen webinar to learn more. Crystal (of Money Saving Mom) has a calm and encouraging style which is always refreshing.
Elite Blog Academy – This course is only available once per year, and it’s definitely worth the money if you’re a new blogger with big dreams, or if you’ve been blogging for a while and your blogging experience isn’t turning out the way you had hoped.
The step-by-step course framework will take you from the very basics of blogging to becoming a full-fledged business. Blogging is not for the faint of heart, and this course requires a willingness to buckle down and get to work. That said, for those who are willing to do the work, it also comes with a 100% money-back guarantee.
SPECIAL NOTE: Elite Blog Academy is currently closed to enrollment. If you have ever thought about blogging, you should sign up for the waiting list. Signing up does NOT obligate you to purchase the course, but you will be one of the first to hear about new freebies and information for the next class.
Although Elite Blog Academy is currently closed, you can still grab some awesome FREE resources, which I’ve linked to below. Click on the photo to learn more about each resource.
Note: Signing up for these does NOT obligate you to purchase the course.
Bluehost – This is the hosting company I have used for Filling the Jars since I began blogging in early 2016.
SiteGround – The hosting company I am using for this blog, juliehage.com
TinyPNG – Use it for every image you upload to your blog. The “lighter” your images, the faster your site will be.
Tailwind – This program is an official Pinterest partner and will help you schedule your Pinterest pins. It can help you figure out the best time of day to post, shuffle your posts, etc. I like the visual layout and drag-and-drop capabilities. Click HERE to get a credit to try your first month free.
Buffer – With the free version of Buffer, you can schedule up to 10 Twitter and/or Facebook posts at a time. My two favorite things about Buffer are being able to preview and choose various images for Twitter, and the ability to “re-buffer” a post without having to completely re-write it. The paid version allows more posts and more social media accounts.
Hootsuite – I like this program mainly because you can schedule a ton of Twitter posts for free. The paid version is extremely powerful, and you can set it up with feeds from other social media sources to streamline your overall social media scheduling time.
Canva – I find this photo and graphic creation program extremely easy to use. It’s what I use for all of my blog graphics and many of my printables. Plus, it’s free unless you use the premium options.
Unsplash – Free photos to use as you wish (Creative Commons Zero).
Pixabay – Mostly free photos. Some require you to credit the photographer, so be sure to check before you download!
Make Money Blogging at Any Level – Victoria Pruett – Even if you think your blog is too small to make an income, Victoria’s tips will teach you that you CAN earn money from your blog even with low monthly page views.
Inbox Invitation – Sarah Mueller – If email marketing seems too overwhelming, this book and the optional collection of email swipe files can help.
Google products – I use pretty much everything Google. Google Docs, Sheets, Keep, Calendar, Analytics, Gmail…. Google syncs across all my devices, which is awesome!
Evernote – You can organize your writings and notes into notebooks with tags, etc. The free version can only sync across two devices, so keep that in mind if you decide to try it.
Dropbox – Online cloud storage. I used it as a backup for non-Google documents, photos, etc.
Scrivener – It took me a while to get used to this writing software. Some people love it, some just don’t get it. I like it due to the visual nature of seeing scenes and notes all laid out on a corkboard-style screen.
Grammarly – This picks up grammar errors as you write. The paid version is even more powerful. I use the Chrome browser extension, but I notice it doesn’t do anything when I’m working in Google.
Hemingway – Another grammar and editing app. This one picks up sentences that are hard to read, lets you know what grade level you’re writing at, and more. It’s pretty interesting to run your writing through this app!
KDP Rocket – Now THIS is something I cannot live without! If you are interested in publishing on Amazon, this program is PACKED with useful information!
Draft2Digital – For when you want to self-publish more widely than Amazon.
Favorite Writing Blogs & Websites
Elite Blog Academy Blog – Blogging tips and information.
Well-Storied – Kristen Kieffer’s site is packed with fiction-writing information. Plus she has great workbooks!
NowNovel – The team of writers consistently offers up amazing writing advice.
The Write Life – Resources for how to write for publication, and where to sell your work.
Kindlepreneur – Dave Chesson’s site is my go-to place whenever I have questions about self-publishing or marketing on Amazon.
Goins, Writer – Jeff Goins’ blog was one of the first I started reading when I finally got myself back into writing in 2016. Read the blog, join the challenges, learn.
Hustle & Groove – Lise Cartwright’s website is a fantastic treasure trove for those who really want to self-publish. I devoured her blog for many months, and finally got the opportunity to work with her as my writing coach in the summer of 2017. She’s just as positive in person as she is on her blog. 🙂
Make A Living Writing – Carol Tice pulls no punches about what you need to do if you want to make the leap to writing full-time.
Writing Careers: The Business Behind Becoming an Author – This article reviews several options for creating a career from your love of writing. I like that it also gives tips about ‘red flags’ to look out for when pursuing different paths to your dream. (Thank you to Amelia and Stacey for the suggestion. 🙂 )
EA Deverell – Eva Deverell has created a fabulous library of writing and planning worksheets, and most of them are free!
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