Blog Tip Thursday: Resources for Growth

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Every week, we share one of our favorite ‘how-to’ posts about blogging, social media, and the community we LOVE to love. Our desire is you consider HLB a resource in your efforts to blog BETTER – we want to be stronger bloggers ourselves, and we see the desire for stronger posts and cleaner designs. We understand wanting to know the BEST plug-ins, aps, programs, and resources to keep your site in tip top shape. And nothing makes us nerd-out more than getting super meta about all things blog-world. We’re not experts, we’re simply bloggers ourselves – sharing our own experiences, tips and tricks of the trade each Thursday with a BTT post. We welcome your questions, your suggestions for future topics, and your ‘how-to’ post recommendations at healthylivingblogs@gmail.com!


There are so many wonderful resources out there if your aim is growing as a blogger.  If you want to become better at any single area [content creation, social media influence, increase of subscription, design – the list goes on and on!] of your blogging career, I’d bet there is someone out there in the vastness that is the internet who is willing to point you in the right direction.  I follow several blogs, websites, and social media accounts each week, looking for knowledge on getting BETTER at doing what I love to do.  Here’s a 4-3-2-1 countdown of some of my favorite places to find inspiration, knowledge, and discussion on all things bloggy.

Four Facebook Pages to Like & Priority to Your Feed

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Wooden Spoons Kitchen
Recent status updates to help convince you:

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LKR Social Media
Recent status updates to help convince you:

  • “There are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.” – Thomas Edison
  • The Number One Secret to Get Subscribers (Hint: It’s Not What You Think) http://bit.ly/VROOA4
  • The first step in your 2013 plan – anchor the why, the whom and the what http://bit.ly/UGxGjH

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Buffer
Recent status updates to help convince you:

  • “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
    Found at http://buff.ly/Sc8GCH

  • Here is a fantastic list of the top Social Media tools for you to explore. Hopefully there are a few new ones in there for you:

  • Need some tips to step up your blogging game?
    21 top bloggers gathered the best tips on how you can make the most of your next blogpost here.

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Alt Summit
Recent status updates to help convince you:

  • Have you been following our Illustrator series? Check out Illustrator 106 as a quick and easy way to spruce up your blog photos!
  • Join Damask Love and her project Drawn Together, a chance for us to use our passion for creativity to help, in a small way, to heal the community and children of Newtown, Connecticut. She is accepting craft supplies or donations to help make this possible.

  • I’ve seen several people asking about blog designers. More designers have been added to our ‘service providers‘ page. These are talented designers you can hire and Alt thinks they are kind of awesome.


Three Pinterest Boards worth Browsing

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Blogging Tips & Tricks – from us at HLB!

It’s more than just the basics behind starting a blog.  We love spending time with other bloggers and social media lovers, chatting all things bloggy and our Pinterest board, Blogging Tips & Tricks, is proof of our desire to cover all there is to cover.   The HLB Staff  hunts down tutorials, discussions, and tips posts on all sorts of internet and community talk.  Social media, writing prompts, suggestions for questions to ask yourself, design ideas, resources lists… I could go on.  Check it out, give it a follow, and start to find the inspiration you’re looking for to improve your website, writing, marketing, and more!

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Blog Designs from Savvy Julie

If you do any sort of on-your-own designing or if you are thinking about a blog redesign in the future, start following Julie’s Blog Design board.  Here she collects inspiration of designs she comes across while browsing that fit her design esthetic or spark some inspiration for her work with Savvy Blog Services.  For those of you who do your own image creating or other design work, you’ll find the pins pointing you to free tool downloads, tutorials, and type guides especially helpful.

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All Things Blogging & Social Media from Writing Wishing

The title explains it all.  On Alison Lee’s All Things Blogging & Social Media, you’ll find an abundance of information on branding, writing, sharing, growing followers, social media manners, productivity and time management tips and so much more.  Seriously, that is just the tip of the ice burg, folks – visit this board if you are ready to dive in and get your internet hands dirty.


Two Twitter Accounts to Follow

@MaryBaum20 of Food and Fun on the Run
Proof:

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@ChefKatelyn of Chef Katelyn
Proof:

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One YouTube Playlist to Get Through This Year

35 Social Media Marketing Video Tutorials by Queue Publishing

What are your favorite resources for learning how to blog better?

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