This blogging journey is quite the ride for a girl like me. What do I mean by that? Well, I’m not exactly tech savvy. In fact, I have only ever used my phones and computers for the bare minimum. And a little social media. I have never utilized them to their fullest potential, and never really had much interest in learning more. I’m a nurse and a mom/wife. I didn’t really need much tech background to complete those tasks. However, since starting the blog I have had to learn to utilize the internet and my computer in ways that I never knew existed. I thought it would be nice to combine some of those resources into one place for those who have asked me about how they would go about starting their own blog (you know who you are 😉 ).
I started my blog using BlueHost. The thing that I have liked about them is that they hold my domain name and my WordPress site. I was pleasantly surprised as to how cost effective it is to own your own website. There are several extras available, too. For example I was able to set up an email address email@example.com, but then have all mail forwarded to my gmail address. Also, the BlueHost customer support team has saved my bacon many a time without a question as to whether or not I’m in over my head. Which I sometimes feel I am.
BlueHost does have several options for free themes, which I appreciate. But I ended up purchasing an inexpensive theme and also my logo off Etsy. There are several price points available in the shops on Etsy, and I was able to get both for about $35.
Another resource I found that is incredibly helpful is Canva. The cool part about this site is that it is useful for more than just blogging. They have templates for all sorts of things, which is nice because I know nothing about graphic design. Many of the layout options are free, but there are some available that have a fee associated. I haven’t paid for any yet, but may consider it in the future.
I recently installed the MailerLite plugin, which is free as well. This plugin allows for up to 500 subscribers for free, and I feel that is a reasonable deal. I am still trying to figure out how to make it work best for me, but that’s the fun part about this process — I’m learning and evolving every day!
The last free option I have used is Unsplash. This website has thousands of stock photos available for use, and they are completely free of copyright. This is huge, as you can imagine. Especially for me, since I’m still working on my photography skills!
Going forward, I really want to gain access to either Lightroom or Affinity for photo editing. These programs cost money, and I just haven’t gotten to a place where I feel comfortable spending money for them. That said, the day is coming very soon. I realize that due to the nature of the majority of our content being visual, I have to focus on quality visuals. It’s a process, people!
So there you have it! What resources do you know of out there? Any tricks I should be aware of? I would love to hear about it!
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