9.27.2012

Blog Boosters: Resources to Note


Now that I have shared How to Grow Your Blog Naturally, Nailing your Niche, and the Business of Starting Sponsorships, I want to share some really helpful resources that will hopefully help you with organization, growth, and motivation:) In fact, they are so thorough, I feel like I can refer you to these sites, and hang my hat with the Blog boosters series:)

#1. Get yourself a copy of Blog, Inc. - I pre-ordered Joy Cho's book on amazon, and when it arrived last week, I dove in immediately. To be honest, I was expecting it to be geared towards the beginner level of blogging. However, I devoured that book from front to back, and I soon realized it is both for the starter and the pro. I was taking notes the whole way through. She offers some very practical and helpful tips on everything from the start of naming your blog to making it a full time business. Blogging Etiquette, Social Networking, SEO, and What to Charge for Sponsorship are just some of the topics she tackles. In between chapters there are fantastic Q & A's with successful bloggers that I really enjoyed. Very honest, helpful, and inspiring perspective on their blog journey. It is a very easy read, and will help you in all areas of the blog realm.

#2. Be in the Know - Blog Series You Should Be Reading: I have come across some very helpful series on blog and business tips that you should definately be reading...

Design*Sponge has a Biz Ladies column that treads over every topic in the blog and entrepreneur world. The posts are loaded with helpful information. Recent topics include Quarterly Taxes Explained, Six Month's Worth of Blog content in Two Steps, and Connecting with your Brand.


Bri Emery and Katie Evans have an advice column that I soak up each week. Its so helpful to me as a graphic designer and blogger. Its worth going through the archives:)

Alt Summit Blog- You know Alt Summit through the conference they host yearly for bloggers, but did you know they have a resource blog? Weekly tips and information to answer all your questions from some of the blogging greats! They also now offer online classes that can give lessons and demonstrations to grow in a targeted area.


VMacandCheese has a Blog Tip of the Day series that is helpful and to the point. Media kit, social media, and boosting traffic are all topics she has covered so far. Love each one!

Any other series I should be aware of? Let me know!

#3 Stay Organized: The not so fun part of every business is bookkeeping and scheduling, but these are a few ways to make it not so boring and scary, and dare I say enjoyable?

Freezer meals Blogging in Stacks - I recently started doing a lot of my cooking on Sunday - making 3-4 meals at a time to save time during the week during that crazy dinner hour. It can be the same with blogging. Try and prepare a weeks worth of posts in one weekend so that you have a clearer vision of what you want to share and post, and gives you time to focus on other areas of your business during the week. This has helped me so much with prioritizing my time with my family as well as saving me the frazzled stress that comes with flying by the seat of your pants. You can still leave room for spontaneity and make changes before you post. This may not work for everyone, but its worth a try if you need help in time management.

Freshbooks - This is a program that I plan on starting with the new year. It offers an easy invoice and receipt tracking system that keeps everything in one place. For instance, you can download the app on your phone and enter the amount of gas you spent on a business related trip right in the moment. This was made for my type of personality and schedule. When you are on the go, have a busy creative mind, and little ones to love on, being committed to book keeping ends up getting pushed back till tax time. You can try Freshbooks  30 days for free.

Evernote - This is a fantastic program you can use both online and on your phone. An organization tool with multiple ways to take notes, add photos, clip web addresses, draw sketches, etc. Every time you login, it will sync your devices. There is a helpful web bar button to quickly save and document things you come across on the web. I use this program for design inspiration, font finds, image sources, blog post ideas, etc., etc., etc. Its a private way of staying organized vs. public pinterest boards. Check out Evernote here. Its free and easy to use:)


Hope you have found this series helpful! Follow these sites to continue growing your blog naturally, and making it the business you hope it can be:)
Love, Anna

P.S. As promised, will share a new DIY tomorrow!


31 comments:

  1. Such a helpful breakdown of useful resources. Thanks so much for taking the time to share these.

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy

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  2. Thanks for compiling all these helpful resources, Anna! I've been working on preparing a week's worth of posts ahead of time too - it makes things a lot less stressful to stick to the posting schedule I want (and allows me to enjoy free time more when the work I want to do is done!).

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  3. Excellent tips for the fashion forward blogger.

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  4. Can't wait to check these out! I sincerely thank you for sharing these tips. I am devoted to being a "student" right now and soaking up all the info I can both for blogging and my jewelry business :)

    Have a great weekend Anna!

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  5. I love this! I still need to get to the book store to pick of Joy's Book!!! It's not available in Nook format, waaaaaa =( I'm def going to check out the other sites you listed! Thanks for the awesome post =)

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  6. Thank you so much for all of this fantastic advice.
    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  7. I love your posts on this and LOVE how helpful you are to your readers. Appreciate all the tips and resources you share along the way!

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  8. Thank you for the collection! It's really helpful- pinning it for future reference! xoxo

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  9. okay...first of all, i clicked over to amazon & ordered this before i even finished...i have been looking forward to this read! (even got local same day delivery so i can start reading it asap!)
    secondly...i am LOVING this series!!! keep it up :)
    and now i am looking so forward to checking the other noteworthy series :)
    XO brynn

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  10. So helpful as always!! Bookmarking this page to come back to!
    -Annie
    (www.livesimplybyannie.com)

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  11. thanks so much for your nice words about my book!
    xo,
    joy

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  12. Great tips! Thank you! Also, I have been wanting to pick up Joy's book! Now it's a must- thank you!

    xo

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  13. Such great tips!! Thank you so much for sharing. It is so helpful to read advice from well established bloggers like yourself!

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  14. Love this resource post, and it led me to discovering your blog! Thanks for the advice and links - I'm going to have to give Freshbooks and Evernote a shot.

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  15. Wow, I had no idea all of these resources existed. Thank you!!!

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  16. Great resources! Thanks for sharing. Breanna Rose has a great column called Be Free, Lance. It focuses more on freelancing than blogging but it's fantastic. http://blog.imbreannarose.com/category/be-free-lance/

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  17. this post is such a great resource, i'll definitely link to it in my weekend links!

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  18. These are wonderful tips! Thanks for sharing! Joy's book is in my Amazon cart RIGHT NOW! I need to order! :) Rena Tom (http://renatom.net/category/blog/) also has great information about the business side of not just blogging, but creative stuff in general! :)

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  19. oh yes! helpful as always. Thank you for sharing these. bookmarked!
    - {darlene}
    @ www.fieldstonehilldesign.com

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  20. I just happened to order Blog Inc the other day - can't wait to sink my teeth into it once it arrives! Glad to hear it was filled with great advice :-)

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  21. Excellent and very helpful information Anna - thanks! My friend and I were just talking about where to find some of this information last night, perfect timing :)

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  22. Guuuurl...I can't even tell you how helpful this list is! I didn't even know that Joy had a book (and I call myself a blogger!)! The doing the posts a week in advance is totally genius...every time I stockpile even a couple, I'm impressed at how much more "in control" and inspired I feel! Thanks for the tips, doll!

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  23. This post is so helpful, Anna! Thank you so much for posting this!

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  24. Anna thanks so much for this post! I've been on the fence about Blogging Inc but it's nice to hear a review from a fellow blogger. Also, I just recently managed to get a week of posts in advance and it has rocked my world!

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  25. great list of resources! thank you for sharing!

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  26. thank you for the helpful resources!! i am buying that book today. done.

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  27. amazing tips!!! thanks for sharing

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  28. THANK YOU for the awesome resources! so helpful for me as i grow my blogging business :) xo

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  29. really insightful and helpful post, great stuff. i'm new here and just having a nosey around

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  30. Thank you dear for the once again amazing bunch of tips and resources. I already follow blindly all post series with tips, but I can still find apps and softwares very time consuming and kind of unnecessary (yet). However, I know that sooner or later I will have to dive into them and what's better than knowing first hand which ones are the best, right? Thank you so much. Have a nice Sunday!
    Lisa | Happy By

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  31. I love this series, Anna, thank you so much for doing these posts! And I use Pocket instead of Evernote. I wonder if there is much difference between the two!

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