Favorite Creative Tools

My Favorite Creative Resources for Blogging

Creating content online means becoming a student of all-things-online. There’s a lot to keep up with. Therefore, this resource page is regularly updated– And by “updated” I don’t mean it will just get longer. If any of these tools or resources no longer work for me–or no longer work at all, I’ll  update the list. I’ll add new resources too once I’ve used them long enough to know whether or not they make the cut.

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E-COURSES

Blogging, General

31 Days to Blog Awesomeness, Fistbump Media, LLC

  • Focus: How to build a blog. The technical side.
  • Recommended for: Beginners or anyone needing a refresher course
  • Summary (From their website): “Does the world of blogging sometimes feel overwhelming? Have you ever felt like you’re out of your league when you compare your blog to those of others who have gone before you? You started blogging for a reason, and you shouldn’t let anything get in your way. You can make your blog awesome. And 31 Days to #BlogAwesomeness can help you get there.”

Comments: The people behind Fistbump Media LLC created a simple self-paced, video-driven course to guide new bloggers through the nuts-and-bolts creating a blog for the first time.

*Note: You will find blogging courses in Udemy, too.

Udemy

  • Focus: All
  • Recommended for: All
  • Summary (for their website): Udemy is an “online learning and teaching marketplace with over 40,000 courses and 12 million students.”

Comments: Udemy’s enormous catalog offers something for everyone. Big names like Seth Godin (freelance) , Guy Kawasaki (entrepreneurship) and Gary Vaynerchuk (personal branding) offer courses through Udemy.

TIP: Udemy runs sales offering deep discounts on courses. Join their list to be notified of the next sale. Groupon regularly offer’s Udemy deals. Search for discount codes on Groupon.

 

Writing e-Courses

Tribe Writers, Jeff Goins

  • Focus: Honing your craft as a writer. Find your voice and your message.
  • Recommended for: Anyone desiring to write for an audience.
  • Summary: Tribe Writers is thorough and timeless.

Comments: Jeff is a professional writer and writing coach. He practices what he preaches and he’ll inspire you to move forward with your dream to write.

Podcasts

Create If WritingKirsten Oliphant 

  • Focus: How to create and sell without selling out.
  • Recommended for: Anyone desiring to “turn readers into raving fans.”
  • Summary: 

Comments: Kirsten’s “weekly podcast features interviews with successful writers, publishers, bloggers, and other artists, providing inspiration and authentic platform-building tools.”

The Ray Edwards ShowRay Edwards

  • Focus: Copywriting
  • Recommended for: Anyone who wants to learn the art of copywriting from the best copywriters in the industry.
  • Summary: Ray covers a multitude of topics through his conversations with other artists in the field. He’s informative and entertaining.

Comments: Listen in to learn the greatest copywriters in the industry today. Look out for his Virtual Copywriting Summit. It’s gold mine of information–and free if you catch it live.

The Portfolio Life, Jeff Goins

  • Focus: You are more than what you do.
  • Recommended for: Everyone creating content online
  • Summary:

Comments: You will learn a lot about finding and growing your “tribe”.

CREATIVE COMMUNITIES

Create If Writing

Discover Your Write Self

500 Words

Everything But The Posts 

BOOKS

On Blogging

Authorpreneur: How to Build a Business Around Your Book, Nina Amir

Everything But the Posts, Becca Ludlum

How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul, Ruth Soukup

How to Blog A Book, Nina Amir

No B.S. Guide to Freelance Writing, Ian Chandler

Will It Fly, Pat Flyn

On Business

Your Blogging Business: Tax Talk and Tips from a Bookkeeper Turned Blogger, Nikki Hughes

On Introverts

Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain

On  Time Management

Tell Your Time: How to Manage Your Schedule So You Can Live Free, Amy Lynn Andrews

On Writing

Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott

Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide for Creating Ridiculously Good Content, Ann Handley

Inventing the Truth. The Art and Craft of Memoir. Edited by William Zinsser

The Memoir Project, Marion Roach Smith

On Writing Well, William Zinsser

Writing About Your Life, William Zinsser

Writing to Learn, William Zinsser

The Writing Life, Annie Dillard


NEWSLETTERS

Useletter, Amy Lynn Andrews – Tips & news for succeeding online

Jeff Goins – Writing inspiration & coaching

Freedom with Writing, – Freelance writing how-to & paying opportunities


EVERYTHING ELSE

Apps

WordPress

Scrivener

Evernote

Grammarly

Connecting & Scheduling for Social Media

Hootsuite

Buffer

Repost

Photo & Image Creative Resources

Canva

PicMonkey

Phonto (Put text on photos for Instagram)

Photographic Images

Creative Market – Images, photos, graphics, Themes, & Fonts

iStockphotography – Royalty-free options

Pixabay – Royalty-free options

UnSplash – Royalty-free options

Plugins

Yoast SEO

SumoMe

Broken Link Checker

Analog Thinking Tools

Coffee

Bullet Journal

Pen

Blog Hosting

Blue Host

Site Ground

Email Service Providers

Mail Chimp

Mad Mimi

Money Savers

Groupon

Honey App

Monetizing Experts and Resources

Amazon Associates

Matt McWilliams

Share-a-Sale

Smart Passive Income


This list is updated regularly and that doesn’t mean it just gets longer. When any of these tools or resources no longer work for me–or no longer work at all, I will update the list. I’ll new tools once I’ve used them long enough to know whether or not they make the cut. I’ll tell you about that too. Please add your email if you’d like updates automatically.

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