Hey, beginner blogger (or blogger-to-be)!
I am so glad you are checking out this page! Once upon a time I was an aspiring blogger who searched the web for inspiration and ideas about how I might once manage my own blog. Since then blogging has been an incredible source of creativity, learning, and extra income, and well, I pretty much just like talking about it all the time. Hence, I created this Start A Blog resource page. I wish you the best on your blogging journey and if there is anything I can do to help guide you in the right direction, shoot me a message!
On another note, blogging has even lead me to be a part of a few podcast opportunities including being a guest on Elizabeth Scala’s nursing career podcast Your Next Shift. (That was a seriously fun experience, you can check it out here!)
I included a few blogging posts and resources below that helped to get me started on the right track and I will continue to add to this list as I try new things. Good luck!
As with any new side hustle, you will need to invest a little money so you can learn the ropes from people who actually know what they are talking about.
Here are two blogging experts that I can, in good faith, recommend. (If you don’t believe me, look at their recommendations. They are amazing!).
Building A Framework: By Abby Lawson
This was the first blogging course I ever took and it pretty much covers everything you need to know about setting up a blog from scratch. It is easy to follow and highly actionable.
If you are a nurse or other healthcare blogger, I highly recommend starting with this one. Creators Brittany Wilson and Kati Kleber are both published, award-winning authors who are also considered the Godmothers in nurse blogging. They are especially great because they go into more detail about patient privacy concerns and other considerations that healthcare bloggers need to be aware of. Click the following link for access and information about the course: Nurse Blogging 101
Pinterest has changed tremendously over the last year and seems to have algorithm updates almost weekly. Mastering Pinterest takes a lot of work and if you want more traffic sooner then a good Pinterest marketing course should be on the top of your to-do list.
If you want to understand how Pinterest can grow blog traffic you need the Pinterest Ninja Course.
A blogger colleague of mine, Megan Johnson, created Pinterest Ninja to help people increase their blog pages views by the thousands. I did the course when I was on maternity leave and I was able to increase my blog traffic from 0-1000/day in 3 months. Seriously, read some of her reviews. Her course is invaluable.
I am almost completely paperless, except for my editorial calendar (which I use as a hard copy for pretty much everything that goes into my blog). You can find editorial calendars online, but I have found that by using my hard copy of EPIC blog and my scheduler on WordPress that I stay super organized. I always manage to stay on top of deadlines.
At some point I would love to create my own editorial calendar for bloggers. Until then, my EPIC blog editorial calendar is super helpful!