Hey there! Welcome to my big list of blogging resources!
I’m curating all the best tutorials, references, and tools that have been helpful to me in my blogging journey and I think might be helpful to you as well!
If you have any questions at all, feel free to leave them in a comment or send me a message – I’d love nothing more than to help out to the best of my ability!
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My Blogging Journey Posts
A gallery of the blog posts I’ve written on my blogging journey so far – check back frequently as each new post will be added here automatically!
The Gathered Home Uses:
Web Hosting: You guys, I’m not kidding… My web host’s name is Cut All The Shit and that’s exactly what they do – no non-sense, simple, helpful, reasonable web hosting. Plus, their initialism is CATS, which this crazy cat lady adores! I have only good things to say about this Texas-based company, and if you give them a try, tell them The Gathered Home sent you!
Ad Management: I recently moved to Mediavine and I could not be happier with them! They are an amazing ad network and they really care about the bloggers they serve.
Blog Services: The Gathered Home is a WordPress site, built on the Genesis Framework from Studiopress.
Logo Design: Bonnie Kuhl from Archer & Olive. I featured Bonnie’s work in an Artist Spotlight post and was hit over the head with how perfectly her beautiful art fit with the theme of my blog, so I asked her to create a new logo for The Gathered Home and she hit it out of the park.
Email Subscription Service: Feedblitz. I’ve never had an issue with the service and they also serve my RSS feed – all the convenient metrics of Feedburner and none of the hair-pulling issues. Absolutely worth the monthly fee.
Pinterest Scheduling Service: I absolutely love Boardbooster because I rarely have to think about it! I devoted several hours up front to set up all my campaigns, looping details, and secret boards, and now I just devote an hour or two every week or so to maintaining it all.
My Favorite WordPress Plugins:
Content Views: I’ve used this plugin to generate the thumbnail galleries on many of my pages, like my Project Gallery. You can set it to auto-populate using specific categories or tags or just use specific post IDs. The best part: it’s free and mobile-responsive!
Akismet: I currently have 2,000+ comments in my spam filter right now! Thanks to this plugin, I rarely have to deal with spam.
SumoMe: This plugin lets me set up a minimally-invasive pop-up asking readers to subscribe to my mailing list. I love that I can keep it from being too annoying by setting it not to pop-up again for 30 days after a reader has closed the pop-up. And subscribers get added directly to my Feedblitz mailing list.
Vaultpress: I pay $5/month to have my site backed up daily with Vaultpress’s subscription service, so that if it crashes, I’ll be able to restore everything to the previous day’s settings. Worth it to me!