Blogger Resources

We all have a story.  You need to tell yours.

We need to hear yours.  You’re the only one who can tell your story like you do.

Blogging has been one of the most helpful things I’ve done during my infertility story.  It’s given me a supportive, understanding community that has surrounded me during one of the hardest times of my life.  If you’re thinking about blogging during your own infertility experience, let me encourage you to do it!

Here are some resources that have helped me build this blog.  Some of the links are affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) if you make a purchase after clicking on them.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the resources.

Hosting

There are several free, fantastic blogging platforms that are easy-to-use and have a variety of design themes and options.  One popular service is WordPress.  I started off with a free Blogspot account, but switching to a self-hosted WordPress blog has provided me with more flexibility and control.  I use Bluehost for hosting.



Blog Design

I use the Genesis Framework, which is one of the most highly recommended and widely-used frameworks.  I also use the Lifestyle Pro Theme, which runs on the Genesis Framework.  Tanya from Blogelina installed the framework and theme for me (see below).

Genesis Framework for WordPress   StudioPress Premium WordPress Themes: Modern Blogger Theme
 

I also used Tasha from My Cute Lobster Designs to design my header, blog button and favicon.  Tasha was a pleasure to work with and has very affordable prices.

Technical Help

I knew I’d need some help when I decided to move from Blogger to WordPress.  Tanya at Blogelina took care of everything!  She was fantastic and I highly recommend her Blogger-to-Wordpress service.

I also highly recommend Chrissy from WebSpyred.  I hired her when I had problems with the blog’s speed and logging in, and I saw immediate results.

I use PicMonkey to make most a lot of the images and graphics you see on my page.  The basic membership is free, but if you want their premium fonts and graphics, you have to upgrade to their Royale level.  It’s usually $4.99 / month or $33/year, but you can get a free day to try it out.

Email List

I use Mad Mimi to send out my blog posts as emails.  It’s super-simple to use for your email list and their customer service is lightning fast.  They have 3 very affordable plans, and one is even FREE!

Mad Mimi Email Marketing

Productivity

  • I use Evernote to write my post drafts and keep them organized.  It’s fantastic and it’s FREE!
  • I listen to Focus@Will to help me concentrate while I write.
  • I also love the Blog Planning Kit from Kat at How They Blog.

FocusAtWill     htb-blog-planning-kit1-300

Books & Courses