Blogging Resources

blogging, social media and writing resources

In the course of my work at Little Love Media (where I guide bloggers on how to take their blogs to the next level and organize book tours for new or self-published authors), I have shared many links to various resources. I have also mentored a couple of new bloggers, again, pointing them to some useful sites so they can help themselves, so to speak.

I thought I would share some of those favorite blogging and social media resources here for easy reference.

Disclosure: A few of these links are affiliate links. Any purchases made using these links helps to support this blog. 

Blog Designers

Designers I Have Worked With

The Strategic Mama

Vanita Cyril is one of my go-to gurus for all things WordPress and SEO. And what do you know? She designs websites and blogs too! She focuses on those who want to create an online business presence.

Nap Warden
Cynthia designed my first WordPress blog, and when I changed blog names/ domain. She does illustrations as well, which lends a great customized touch for any design.

Designers Who Have Rocked Other Bloggers’ Socks Off

I haven’t worked with these designers before, but I’ve heard great testimonials from other bloggers!

Krizzy Designs

Creative Kristi Designs

Jess Wright Design

Elaine Griffin Designs

Improve Your Blog

A couple of people (me included!) and tools to help you improve your blog.

Little Love Media – Blog Evaluations + Strategies, Blog Book Tours

Blog Clarity – Content Brew CourseMedia Kit Smash and Pinning Perfect

Bear & Beagle Creative -  Helps small businesses and bloggers to harness the power of content marketing, including SEO.

First Site Guide – Want to blog but have no idea where to start? This is your first stop!

CommentLuv Premium – 8 Plugins In One (including commenter’s last post, anti-spam G.A.S.P, and many more)

PicMonkey – Easy and free online photo editing website. Pay an annual fee to access their premium features.

Fotor – Another great free online photo editing website. 

Canva – Design your own posters, blog headers and graphics!

Free Stock Photographs

Need photos for your blog posts but don’t have time to take one yourself? Here are some great sites to go to (note: please use free stock photography with care, and always attribute them properly).

Free Digital Photos 



Photo Pin

Snapwire Snaps


Boss Fight

Death To The Stock Photo

Writing Tips and Prompts

These are my favorite places to go for writing tips, and to get ideas for blog posts.

Writing Strategies by Sluiter Nation

600+ Blog Post Ideas Bank by Kludgy Mom

Daily Prompts by Plinky

Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop by Mama Kat’s Losin’ It

The Write Life

Social Media Resources

These are a few basics you need to know if you want to rock social media. 


How to Get More Likes On Facebook


How to Verify Your Pinterest Account

8 Types of Images That Get Your Images Pinned and RePinned

Check Your Pin Count On Any Blog Post or Page


Twitter Tips: Essential Basics

Twitter Tips: How to Make a List

Twitter Tips: Professionalism and Best Practices


A Recipe for the Perfect Google+ Post

Organizing Resources

Blog Planners and Printables

I love these awesome blogging organizing tools!

Weekly Blog Planner by That’s Vandy {free download}

Daily Blog Checklist {free download}

Blog Sidebar Checklist {free download}

9 Things Your Blog Should Contain

Free Printables For Building a Blog Notebook

Technical Resources


The Strategic Mama – I love Vanita! She helped me SEO my business site, and made what is technically challenging, very easy to understand. She’s also a WordPress whiz, and my go-to for any problems I encounter with WP.

Moz Blog


Freelance/ Writing Opportunities

These sites has great information on where and how to submit to websites outside of your blog, including paid and unpaid opportunities.

Beyond Your Blog

Be A Freelance Blogger


Make Money – Advertising & Sponsored Posts Networks

These sites connect bloggers to brands, offering sponsored post and product review opportunities, and some offer you the opportunity to sell ads on your blog.


Clever Girls Collective

Collective Bias

Massive Sway

BlogHer Publishing Network

Social Spark

The Motherhood

Parent Tested, Parent Approved

Business 2 Blogger



Blog Meets Brand

PR Duck

Blog Friendly PR


Bloggers Required (UK-based, but with opportunities for USA, Canada, worldwide)

Brand Meets Blog (Australia-based)

Passionfruit Ads

Information Resources 

I read these blogs/ websites regularly for the latest in blogging, writing, and social media. 

The SITS Girls

Blog Clarity

Blogging Betties

Eli Rose Social Media

Twelve Skip

Business 2 Blogger

Blogging With Amy

Social Media Examiner


Jeff Goins Writer

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If you have any resources you’d like to share, or would like your website/ company listed here, send me an email at alison {at} writingwishing {dot} com.

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