Thinking about starting a blog or have a baby blog? Then this post is for you!
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I don’t usually go onto my blog to promote items whether physical or online. However, there are a couple of really great blogging resources and tools that have helped me put this blog together over the past year and if you’re interested in blogging, or learning more about the industry, I think it would be helpful to tell you a bit more about these tools and resources. One of the most helpful resources on my list is Building a Framework, an e-book and course by Abby Lawson from Just A Girl and Her Blog.
This past year I read the original edition of the e-book and found it really helpful. As it turns out, Abby just recently relaunched Building a Framework! Instead of just recommending the e-book, I want to provide you with the top 5 tips I learned from pouring over the material the past few months.
Top 5 Helpful Lessons from Building a Framework
Tip 1: The Importance of Choosing a Name
I chose the name The Professional Mom Project before reading Abby’s book. Thinking back on it now, I likely would have looked for a shorter name or perhaps gone with with just my name, at least for the URL. At the start of the e-book Abby talks you through the process of choosing the perfect name for your new blog.
I did know about the importance of using a .com rather than another domain so at least I got that right!
Tip 2: Decide on a Theme Early On
I started with a free blogging theme because I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy blogging or want to stop after a few months. Upon realizing that I really enjoy blogging, I decided to go for a premium theme. It took me a long time to decide on my current theme (The Market Theme by Restored 316 using The Genesis Framework) but so far it’s been the right choice.
If I did this again, I would probably investigate themes a bit more closely early on as Abby suggests. In Chapter 7 Abby goes into great detail about choosing a theme, why you should choose a framework along with a child theme (and explains what all of this means).
Abby also provides a helpful list of questions to consider when deciding which theme to use.
In retrospect, I should have investigated all of this stuff in a bit more detail and would likely have gone with a premium theme from the start.
Tip 3: Which Plugins to Install
Oh my goodness there are so many WordPress plugins out there! (Do you even know what a plugin is?) How is a new blogger supposed to know what they are and which ones are important?
Abby explains what plugins are and provides a helpful list of key plugins that cover all of your bases as a new blogger. Now that the updated version of the e-book is out I have to go through my plugins and determine which new ones I should install based on Abby’s helpful suggestions.
I also had no idea about follow and no follow links until I read Abby’s book. Now I use and a helpful plugin to take care of that for me.
Tip 4: Examples of How to Connect with My Email List
I’m not really a self promoter and I don’t like being in my readers’ faces, especially to those people who are awesome and choose to follow my blog (which you should do btw). In Building a Framework, Abby gives helpful step by step examples on what type of emails to send, how often to send them and other key details. While I haven’t implemented many of these steps myself yet, I look forward to setting up an email sequence and getting into a more regular email routine.
Tip 5: Importance of Photography, Props, Lighting Etc
My photography thus far is pretty basic. I use my iPhone and try to do the best I can. I have limited time at home during the day (since I work full time), so when I’m making a recipe, the picture is usually taken at night under my kitchen lights.
The dishes in all of my posts are the ones we use daily, we have a black granite counter top so that’s usually the background and we eat everything I make so I have to take my pictures quickly before everything gets cold! I’m inspired by Abby’s tips to improve my photography with proper lighting, props and backdrops.
In chapter 16 Abby does a great job of explaining some technical photography terms and techniques. Upping my photography game is next on my list after getting my email under control.
Building a Framework is such a great blogging guide I could keep going with all of the things I’ve learned so far but to really get the benefit of this resource, you’ll have to pick one up for yourself.
Click on this link to learn more about Abby and Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook.
Have you read Abby’s book? What was your best take away? Please share in the comments below.
For more blogging related tips and resources check out these posts:
- Helpful Blogging Tools and Resources
- My First Year Blogging, What I’ve Learned so Far
- 5 Blogging Mistakes I’ve Made (and you don’t have to)
- 5 Free Apps for Bloggers
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