I will be the first to tell you, that I am no pro at blogging. In fact, I just started my blog back up the beginning of August this year!! So far, I am loving it!

I am no pro, but I think that I have learned a lot since starting again. I do what I enjoy, and I get to share my experience with all of you!

Today, I am going to share my best blogging resources with you. These are the sources that I have personally used and love. Resources that I have found to be the best of the best. Resources that have helped me grow my blog and my social media following.

So, I hope that whether you are contemplating on starting a blog, or have already started one, you can take some of my tips and implement them into your blogging adventure!


Best blogging resources to help start, grow, and market your blog

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First and foremost, I personally used SiteGround to get hosting for my blog. They are super affordable, with rates starting out at $3.95/month. Before I used Bluehost, and while they were good, I feel that I didn’t get as much support as I do with SiteGround. If you are contemplating on starting a blog, I completely and whole-heartedly recommend SiteGround. Right now you are able to get 60% off with my link!



Creative Market

Once I had my site set up and ready to customize, I knew that I needed a theme that would be fun, creative, and would pop to my readers. Now, I cannot tell you that I am 100% satisfied with my site, it is still a work in progress, but I really to love my theme! Creative Market is where I purchased my theme. They have a variety of themes for very affordable prices, some as low as $6.99! That is a steal. They also have templates, fonts, and whole lot of freebies that you can download each month. If you are in need of a theme or anything else, check them out!



Anyone who blogs will tell you that you need to start an email list ASAP. I am no different. If you have plans to start a blog and expect to make side income with it, or even attempt to try and get a full time income, then you need a reliable email provider. Insert ConvertKit! My favorite email provider. I have used others, but nothing compares to ConvertKit. They are affordable and have AMAZING support. They have webinars on how to market your blog, grow your email list, and easy video tutorials on how to get started. With my link, you can get a month long FREE trial. Check them out, you won’t be disappointed.



What can I say about Tailwind? Well, for starters, they are AMAZING! Gosh, I don’t know where I would be on my Pinterest and Instagram game without them. For those of you that have no clue what Tailwind is, they are a scheduling site. Meaning that I can go in and set up pins that I want to be scheduled at a later date through Tailwind and I don’t have to worry! In order to gain momentum with Pinterest or Instagram, you need to be active at pinning throughout the day. Yes, I know, we all don’t have time to be on Pinterest ALL day. That is why I love Tailwind. They do all the work for you.

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Another added bonus to Tailwind are the Tailwind tribes that you can utilize. Tailwind tribes are like Pinterest Group boards. You can join a tribe and pin pins there as well. Other tribe members will repin as they want or see fit, then you get double the views and re-pins! Tailwind has seriously grown my Pinterest account substantially. I have literally gone from a couple hundred views a month to over 62.5K just since starting my blog in early August. Now, if that isn’t motivation to start using Tailwind, I don’t know what is! Get a free trial with my link!


There you have it, my must have resources for blogging. Like I said before, I just started my blog in August of this year and I am already up to 2000 page views a month and growing and have over 100 subscribers, and I can honestly say that it was with the help of the above resources.

Blogging resources for you to start, grow, and market your blog

I mentioned before, I am not a pro blogger my no means, but I do hope that by me NOT being a pro, you will see that I am just an average Joe blogger who is trying to help YOU with growing your own audience and gain more blog traffic. These have helped me tremendously in growing my blog, and if it helps me, surely they will help you too!!


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23 thoughts on “Best Blogging Resources

  1. Great post Raechelle! I always love finding out what other bloggers use to make their site so awesome. I haven’t actually tried ConvertKit yet, but I’ve heard GREAT things. I definitely want to give it a shot.

    Oh, I love the pin by the way! 🙂

    Posted on 09/24/2017 at 3:33 PM
    1. Thanks Maya,

      I thought that if you saw this, you’d like that! 😉

      Posted on 09/24/2017 at 3:34 PM
  2. These are great ideas! I joined Tailwind but haven’t used it yet. I’m definitely going to now!

    Posted on 09/25/2017 at 8:22 AM
    1. Love tailwind, I’m sure you will too!

      Posted on 09/25/2017 at 2:56 PM
  3. It’s great that you are sharing what you have found helpful. Good luck with all your future blogging endeavors!

    Posted on 09/25/2017 at 11:31 AM
    1. Thank you, Lisa!

      Posted on 09/25/2017 at 2:56 PM
  4. Great blog with good tips. I also love your theme. its clear and easy to use.

    Posted on 09/25/2017 at 12:05 PM
    1. Thanks, Leanne.

      Posted on 09/25/2017 at 2:56 PM
  5. Awesome. I haven’t yet tried Convertkit due to it’s cost. I can testify for Creative Market though. They send freebie every Monday and they gave awesome IG story themes as well as planners and digital downloads. It’s awesome…. The one stop shop for digital products.

    Posted on 09/26/2017 at 11:50 AM
  6. Great resouces! I love Site Ground, and I’ve heard such good things about Tailwind!

    Posted on 09/26/2017 at 3:28 PM
    1. Kristen, you definitely need to try it! Get a free trial, nothing to lose.

      Posted on 09/26/2017 at 7:39 PM
  7. I am so trying to get Tailwind to work for me. Next step is trying the tribes!

    Posted on 09/26/2017 at 3:35 PM
  8. Great post! I use almost every single one of these! 🙂

    Posted on 09/26/2017 at 9:16 PM
  9. thanks for this info. Definitely helpful

    Posted on 09/26/2017 at 11:32 PM
  10. Thanks for sharing these resources. Glad you are enjoying blogging, these resources are very helpful.

    Posted on 09/28/2017 at 7:59 PM
  11. Great post, I love site ground too. They have been so helpful to me. Going to have a look at the rest of your links now!

    Posted on 09/29/2017 at 2:32 AM
    1. Thanks, Danielle!

      Posted on 09/29/2017 at 2:00 PM
  12. Wow, sounds as if you’ve gotten off to a fabulous start! I didn’t realize Tailwind is for IG too. Getting on Tailwind finally is on my October to-to list!

    Posted on 09/29/2017 at 11:05 AM
    1. Hi Flossie,

      I absolutely LOVE Tailwind. Saves me so much time, plus the tribes gives my pin double the audience.

      Posted on 09/29/2017 at 2:01 PM
  13. Thanks for the tips. I do agree. Siteground are great. Thanks for the explanation of tailwind. I will certainly be using them in the future.

    Posted on 09/29/2017 at 4:07 PM
  14. Such good content for new bloggers like myself who are growing and need info!

    Posted on 09/29/2017 at 5:54 PM
  15. These are great resources!! I’ve been blogging for a while and these are tools I still need to utilize better.

    Posted on 10/18/2017 at 8:27 AM
  16. This is an awesome post! I use all of these blogging tools on a regular basis. I love creative market!

    Posted on 10/19/2017 at 12:25 AM