I’ve only been blogging for a short while (since December of 2010), but some bloggers have asked advice on some aspects of this great vehicle for sharing, called a blog.
I don’t consider myself an amazing success, but my subscribers have grown to over 6,500 and my page loads are over 280,000 per month.
And I still don’t do near everything that I’d like to do on the blog.
Because life still goes on.
I’m sharing what I have found, in my opinion, to be some real “gold mines” that have blessed me in so many ways, that I really can’t keep them to myself any longer (that’s kind of how I am about all “good finds” :-)).
I suspect that this list will be ongoing, but here is a list of the things that have been the most help to me in my blogging venture.
I think that you will agree that each one of these is top notch.
BLOGGING HOW TO
Amy Andrew’s blog is where I started and it’s where I keep going for blogging info.
Amy is super knowledgeable but also balanced. She’s a mom like me with limits on her time. We can’t do everything and she reflects that truth in all of her blogging recommendations.
BLOG HOSTING AND DOMAIN REGISTRATION
Both my domain registration and my blog hosting are with Black Chicken Host.
Their prices are a little bit more than the “big box” hosts and registration companies, but their service is GREAT GREAT GREAT! Sometimes you just get what you pay for :-). Oh – and they support plug ins too – try to find that with any other hosting company!
And they have a great mission statement too! They really would like to work with “simple living / whole living” type folks, but they are open to work with all types.
Come find out all that you can do with your blog. I promise, you’ll learn a ton while keeping your blog spiffy and secure. They have a great techie blog going as well with more info than you can shake a stick (or spatula) at :-).
I started my blogging journey with Bluehost.
They are a great hosting company with good service, great rates and great support. Numerous times they went above and beyond to help me with blogging issues and problems (including the time when some icky person put very undesirable images on my site. :-(. And their service is guaranteed.
I recommend that you go for the longest possible plan available. If at any time you decide to leave or cancel your service, they will refund the unused portion of your plan – no questions asked.
If you aim to have nice photography as a part of your blog, then a good camera is a must. I have a good eye, but there is no substitute for having both.
I ended up just going with the recommendations that my local friendly camera store gave me and they haven’t steered me wrong.
I shoot with a Canon Rebel T1i and I use a Sima 50mm F2.8 macro lens. I love both of them.
I’ve somehow been able to make it this far without a tripod but that is next on my list.
Genesis Themes by StudioPress Themes for WordPress
I am going to make the move to Genesis very soon. I’m with Genesis now :). I’ve been with a free theme (Atahualpa) since the beginning. Because, let’s face it – free is a really good options when you’re just starting out!
But I’ve been researching other themes for awhile now and Genesis has been recommended far and above over all the others. It’s not that much money and it has built in SEO helps. Also, their support forum has been touted as being fabulous.
Atahualpa has been good, but they had an update awhile ago that left no spaces after all punctuation on my blog. What a mess! I couldn’t figure out how to fix it and last I heard there still wasn’t a fix for it. So I never updated. Sometimes you just get what you pay for.
I am very happy with Genesis. I think my design is much more readable and the move has led to more traffic for sure :).
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