June 02, 2014

Top 5 Blogging Resources

Top 5 Blogging Resources, HTML, CSS, Blogger, Social Media

As a blogger, I never feel like I'm finished on making improvements.  There's always something to improve on whether it be brushing up on my blog design skills, trying out new photography techniques or writing better content.  I'm sure fellow bloggers will understand the feeling!  That being said I think it is a good thing to want to grow and improve so I felt it was about time I shared a few resources which I've found extremely helpful in doing so.  Here are my top 5 blogging resources.


1. Stylecasts by Pugly Pixel

You might have noticed our blog template has changed recently and it's all down to the CSS Pretty course by Pugly Pixel.  I think it's pretty important for a blogger to be able to make changes to their blog themselves so if you know nothing about HTML or CSS, I'd highly recommend you check it out.  Katrina breaks down each section with not only how to make changes, but actually explaining the reason why she does it.  Even though I'd say I'm fairly comfortable with the techy side of blogging, there's a lot I didn't know so I came out of the course with a much better understanding of code and done away with bad habits I've picked up over the years.

If you do subscribe to a 30-days access to CSS Pretty, you also gain access to all of her other courses including PS I Love You which is a photoshop tutorial course which is great for beginners.  $25(around £15) for 30-day access and $15 for all Style alumni if you've previously done one of her courses.

If you're looking for blogging e-course that focuses more on content, A Beautiful Mess has one called Blog Life.


IFB is a great resource for bloggers with regularly updated Blogging Tips, Tech Tips and business advice.  Whenever I'm feeling uninspired or looking for ways to improve our blog I always look through the archives and I'm bound to find something I never knew before.  One of my recent favourites is 15 Things To Ask Yourself Before You Publish Your Blog Post.


Chances are if you've seen a blog with social media buttons, it's highly likely it's from Carrie Loves.  If you're not too sure how to make your own you can access 40+ different colours with a wide variety of social networks and three sizes of buttons to choose from.


I found it pretty hard to find a decent Blogger template when we first moved our blog over from Tumblr but there's actually a pretty wide variety on Etsy for reasonable prices.  If you're not too comfortable making your own you can purchase any of these templates and import them directly into your blog but if that sounds too complicated, some Etsy sellers can install it for you.  If you're looking for a recommendation, Elevatormusik has a lovely selection available.


Looking for a good blog background can be tough, especially with copyright laws meaning you shouldn't really pick one up straight from Google Image Search.  Subtle patterns has an amazing variety of free to use patterns, all high quality and they won't be distracting from your blog content.  Blog designers can also use them for blog templates but make sure you credit them in your source code.


Not to blow our own trumpets but I thought it was worth sharing our post on Blogging Safety Advice as it's a topic I haven't seen a lot of bloggers mention.  In the post we go through accepting products from unknown brands/sources, sharing too much information and how your address might be available for the world to see if you currently own a domain name.


I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful!  We also have a pinterest board called Blog Resources and Freebies which we update every time we find something useful so if you're looking for any more resources, make sure you head over there.  We'll be returning with our regular beauty posts for now but let me know if this is something you'd like to see more of in the future.


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