Blogging Resources

I thought I would share some of my favorite blogging and social media resources here for easy reference.

Disclosure: A few of these links are affiliate links. Any purchases made using these links helps to support this blog. 

Improve Your Blog

A couple of people (me included!) and tools to help you improve your blog.

First Site Guide – Want to blog but have no idea where to start? This is your first stop!

PicMonkey – Easy and free online photo editing website. Pay an annual fee to access their premium features.

Fotor – Another great free online photo editing website.

Canva – Design your own posters, blog headers and graphics!

Free Stock Photographs

Need photos for your blog posts but don’t have time to take one yourself? Here are some great sites to go to (note: please use free stock photography with care, and always attribute them properly).

Free Digital Photos



Photo Pin


Boss Fight

Death To The Stock Photo

Life of Pix

Barn Images


Writing Tips and Prompts

These are my favorite places to go for writing tips, and to get ideas for blog posts.

Writing Strategies by Sluiter Nation

Daily Prompts by Plinky

Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop by Mama Kat’s Losin’ It

The Write Life

The Step by Step Guide to Creating Hundreds of Blog Post Ideas by Digital Rhinos

Blog Designers

Designers I Have Worked With

Nap Warden
Cynthia designed my first WordPress blog, and when I changed blog names/ domain. She does illustrations as well, which lends a great customized touch for any design.

Designers Who Have Rocked Other Bloggers’ Socks Off

I haven’t worked with these designers before, but I’ve heard great testimonials from other bloggers!

Krizzy Designs

Social Media Resources

These are a few basics you need to know if you want to rock social media.


How to Get More Likes On Facebook


How to Verify Your Pinterest Account

8 Types of Images That Get Your Images Pinned and RePinned


Twitter Tips: Essential Basics

Twitter Tips: How to Make a List

Twitter Tips: Professionalism and Best Practices


A Recipe for the Perfect Google+ Post


Social Media Management Tools

Organizing Resources

How To Create an Excellent Product Roadmap + 15 Actionable Templates – Here you may find the most successful Product Roadmaps used by product managers today.

OSI Affiliate – Easy-to-use affiliate software that makes it easy to recruit and empower affiliates and influencers to promote your brand.

GroupApp – Perfect for businesses who look to create membership communities and engage their customers

Blog Planners and Printables

I love these awesome blogging organizing tools!

Weekly Blog Planner by That’s Vandy {free download}

Daily Blog Checklist {free download}

Blog Sidebar Checklist {free download}

Free Printables For Building a Blog Notebook

Technical Resources

First Site Guide: A really helpful website to get you off the ground when you want to start a site for your business, or blog for fun. I really liked this post about the ins and outs of website hosting.

Moz Blog


PDF Invoice Generator

NTFS Permissions Reporter


Freelance/ Writing Opportunities

These sites has great information on where and how to submit to websites outside of your blog, including paid and unpaid opportunities.

Beyond Your Blog

Be A Freelance Blogger

Make Money – Advertising & Sponsored Posts Networks

These sites connect bloggers to brands, offering sponsored post and product review opportunities, and some offer you the opportunity to sell ads on your blog.

Clever Girls Collective

Collective Bias

Massive Sway

BlogHer Publishing Network

Social Spark

The Motherhood

Parent Tested, Parent Approved

Business 2 Blogger



Blog Meets Brand

PR Duck

Blog Friendly PR


Bloggers Required (UK-based, but with opportunities for USA, Canada, worldwide)

Brand Meets Blog (Australia-based)

Information Resources

I read these blogs/ websites regularly for the latest in blogging, writing, and social media.

eCommerce Marketing Podcast – Marketing Podcast for eCommerce Marketers

The SITS Girls

Blog Clarity

Eli Rose Social Media

Twelve Skip

Blogging With Amy

Social Media Examiner


Jeff Goins Writer