7 Must-Have Blogging Resources for #AMonthofFaves

December 7, 2016 Blog Tips 15


The lovely bloggers at Traveling with T, Estella’s Revenge, and GirlXOXO have once again produced December prompts that are both laid back and informative. I’m fascinated to learn the tools each of us use and have already incorporated a few from reading the bloggers’ posts who are participating.

These are just a few tools I consider must-haves for blogging.

First though, a disclaimer. Some of the links below are affiliate links. This means that should you make a purchase using one of these links, I may make a very small commission. Please know I will only recommend products and services that I use and love.

Number 1 tool is my MacBook. I’d be so lost without it. Scary to admit, but my MacBook is my ‘precccciiiooouuussss.’

Learning Photography ~ The absolute best instructor I’ve ever taken an online course from is Emma Davies of A Year with My Camera. She is not only an expert photographer but also has the credentials and personality to teach. Her methods are encouraging with recommendations on tweaks that take your photos to whole ‘nother level. Now she’s got a workbook that’s as amazing as she is!

SiteGround. Thanks to a recommendation, I’ve updated my hosting to SiteGround, massively upgrading my page load time. The customer service is prompt, helpful and they never make me feel like a ditz when I ask a question. . .17 times.

I’ve used Mailchimp ever since learning I ‘must have’ an email list. And I still like Mailchimp…but, I’ve found an email service that delivers the moon. So of course I went with moon delivery! Have you tried ConvertKit? OH. My. Goodness! So worth the investment!

Social Media Scheduling Tools I’ve tried several other social media scheduling tools and so far, CoSchedule by far, rocks my world. Their blog is chock full of goodness and information. Their response time is immediate. And, when I first signed up for the free 14-day trial I didn’t have a chance to try it out, let them know, and my trial was extended for another 14 days! Loved this company ever since.

UBB – Ultimate Book Blogger. I’ve been using UBB ever since it first came out and I’m using one of Ashley’s WordPress Themes at the moment. If you’ve been blogging about books for any length of time then you’ve probably ‘met’ or at least heard of Ashley at Nose Graze. Her book review plugin – ultimate book blogger is a great way to keep track and sort book reviews. Her theme is responsive and easy enough for me to tweak {the one who knows almost nothing about back end design}. Plus Ashley is incredibly quick to respond to questions or issues and I’m happy to support a fellow book blogger in any endeavor to earn a living from blogging.

Design Your Own Lovely Blog. Chock-full of ideas, tools and tips, Marianne’s ebook has been a tremendous resource for me. Plus, she’s always posting tutorials on her blog. If I have a question about anything blogging related, I check Marianne’s site and ebook first.

What tools do you use for blogging? Please do share in the comments!





15 Responses to “7 Must-Have Blogging Resources for #AMonthofFaves”

    • Stacy Millican

      I’d love to know what you think about ConvertKit! Still trying to decide on the investment but so far I’m loving it!

    • Stacy Millican

      Yeah I had a site audit done and the IT guy recommended switching. Made such a drastic difference. And I was truly surprised at the difference. I’ve also heard great things about Mad Mimi! Is it easy to figure out? That’s my problem – there’s SO MANY different programs to learn with blogging. It’s not simply write a review and post anymore!

    • Stacy Millican

      Oh do let me know if you end up using any of these recommendations! I’d love to know your experience with the different resources.

    • Stacy Millican

      oooo that sounds mysterious! I love having lots to discuss – yes, please, do email me! stacy@thenovellife.com
      and I’m happy to answer anything I can about Siteground. I swear they know me by name now. I’m not an IT person at all and when Siteground says their customer service will help with everything ~ well I had to put them to the test, right! 😉

  1. Elizabeth (Silver's Reviews)

    Love this post. So many great ideas…thanks.

    I have a MacBook too…love it.

    Going to check out CoSchedule.

    Thanks again so much. I missed your post for some reason or I would have featured it as a favorite of the week. 🙂

    I do remember last year that I found some good sites on your post.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My A Month of Faves

    • Stacy

      Thanks so much pretty lady! I’m so glad you found it helpful! Means so much to me when I hear statements like that 😀

      And I’m so with you on the MacBook! I’d be lost without mine. Thanks again for letting me know this was helpful 😘😘😘

  2. Allison @ The Book Wheel

    I LOVE UBB. I was a big fan of CoSchedule but all of their new features coming down the pipeline are only for upgrading, so I ended up cancelling (I was already on the mid-size plan). I’m also a big fan of Evernote. I don’t know how I would manage life without it!

    • Stacy Millican

      Can I ask which program you went with since leaving CoSchedule? There’s so many tools out there to choose from!

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