This weekend I’m leading a blogging hands-on platform building class at Proverbs 31 Ministries She Speaks conference. The focus of the workshop is content and I’m very honored to be a small part of such an incredible conference. This is my third year attending and I really can’t say enough positive things about it.
Can I just tell you that I don’t know everything there is to know about blogging? No, I surely don’t. But, what I like to do is find the people who have the blogging and writing answers. When our workshop meets together this Saturday, we are going to collaborate and brainstorm and talk about all the great places and people you can go to when you need a little guidance on writing or blogging.
Today I wanted to share my favorite blogging resources with you. This is not something I would typically share here on my blog, but I am receiving a lot of email requests asking questions like:
- How do you find time to blog?
- How did you get started blogging?
- How much time do you spend blogging?
- How do you start a writing ministry?
Whenever I notice a pattern to the emails I’m receiving, then I will typically write a blog post to address the issues. So consider this a “bonus post” if you will. While I can tell you that every single person has a different writing or blogging journey, and God’s plan for each person’s work is unique, writing and blogging takes work! Having the necessary tools makes it all the easier.
So, of you have some great suggestions for your favorite blogging resources, we’d LOVE it if you would share them with us in the comments. I’m hoping that you will add your favorites and we’ll have a great time collaborating! Ready?
This video is wonderful and is Michael Hyatt’s instructions on building a self-hosted Wordress blog when you know nothing about blogging is a great instructional video. This video is designed for bloggers who want to use their own domain name, such as michaelhyatt.com or myname.me.
This step by step guide on how to blog by Amy Lynn Andrews is one of the best. And guess what? It doesn’t take hours!! Just 15 minutes!
If your goal is to earn money while blogging, for whatever personal or business reason, then I can understand that, even though I never started writing for money. I don’t recommend that you begin writing to make money either. But I honestly can’t invest tons of hours writing or blogging without earning an income. See exhibit A in the right sidebar labelled “Woj Tribe.” This book made a HUGE difference in the way I began to view ministry and business through blogging and really helped me understand blogging in an organized fashion. Even if you never plan to make a dime from blogging, I strongly believe that this book will help you become the best blogger you can be.
4. Blog Planner
When I purchased and read Ruth Soukup’s How to Blog for Profit book listed in point 3, I had never before heard of using a blog planner. This little tool gave me incredible insight and understanding. Not that I’m perfectly executing the plan… ahem… but honestly, I was too haphazard and didn’t see the value in planning. Now I KNOW the best way is to be organized first. If you have no big picture, your goals will be crazy difficult to reach. Ruth offers a great blog planner that I’ve been using for over a year. Her intention is for the planner to be used in conjunction with her book mentioned above and the instructions for using the planner are in the book. I know I said this before, but if you never plan to try to earn money from your blog, you will still benefit greatly from the planner itself, even if you never use the profit portions of the book.
5. Blogging Conferences
Across the US, there are several writing and blogging conferences I have attended or know the organizers personally. Conferences are a wonderful way to expand your blogging hobby or career. For blogging, I recommend the Allume Conference as I attended it for two years and found it very helpful for beginner level blogging. For writing, I recommend She Speaks Conference (writer’s track).
6. Free Book Review Programs for Bloggers
Many publishers give free books to bloggers in exchange for reviews. Below you will find the programs of which I am aware and have used at some time in the last five years:
Blogging for Books by Waterbrook Multonomah
BookLookBloggers by Harper Collins- Thomas Nelson and Zondervan
Bethany House Blogger Review Program by Baker Publishing
FOR CHILDREN”S BOOKS:
Tommy Nelson Mommies by Tommy Nelson
7. Training Services
One of the most important parts of blogging is accountability. If you are not a disciplined person who can keep yourself accountable to your goals, then having a partner for this is pertinent. You can find a blogging friend or training service that focuses on keeping you accountable to your ministry goals.
I’ve not personally used any of these services, but they are highly recommended by my blogging friends.
For leadership, speaking and writing: Compel Training by Proverbs 31 Ministries
For platform building: Platform University by Michael Hyatt
For focused, purposeful writing: TribeWriters
I hope you have enjoyed this special bonus post for my She Speaks Conference friends and all the others who have emailed me and asked: Can you help me with blogging?
Best wishes on following God’s best for you!
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