When I started my blog, I spent ages trying to find out where the best resources were. I had no idea which hosting site was best, where to find networking communities, or…well, anything. If you’ve had these same issues – or if you don’t know where to start – this section is for you.
Because I want to make your blogging life easier, I’ve compiled all of my favourite resources on one page. From “where to host your site” to “courses that make it all easier” to “where to buy vinyl records”, I’ve tried to find it all. If you have recommendations for things to add (or want your own resource featured here), email me!
Any links marked with an asterisk (*) are affiliate links. That means I can receive a small commission – at no cost to you – if you like the product enough to buy!
When you decide to start a blog, a lot of people want everything to be perfect before they start. They delay launching because they feel like it’s not ready. But really, all you need is a name & a logo!
Logojoy is awesome for this. You can enter your blog name & pick a few other logos/symbols that you like, and it’ll create options for you! Then you can pick one you like and change up the colours, adjust the layout, etc. After that, you can download for free… or choose the paid option and get a folder full of graphics for social media too! It’s a great option for just starting out, and it’s actually where we got the new logo for At The Barricade.
If you’re looking to get a logo that’s more custom, Kathy from Lace & Whimsy is my go-to girl. She designed my previous logo & header by hand and she was in Kesha’s “Woman” video (unrelated but still super cool). She also has a sticker shop on Etsy if you’re into cute stationary things. Affordable and easy to work with, I couldn’t recommend her more highly!
Alex Tooby is an Instagram marketing genius and her “Infamous To Influential“* program is what dreams are made of. No matter what you’re using Instagram for, her course is going to help you take your IG game up a notch. It’s an investment, but totally worth it.
If that’s out of your budget, her “Hashtag Hero” course is a great kickstart to your account as well!
Looking to start your record collection? I’ve got a few places online I’d recommend checking to get things going without breaking the bank:
– Amazon’s Vinyl Store* is honestly a lifesaver. Prices are always decent (or sometimes shockingly low), I’m constantly finding things I didn’t know existed, and they have a specific page for colour vinyl. PERFECT.
– Urban Outfitters is constantly putting out exclusive pressings. Every time I go to order something simple like a pair of shorts, I’m shocked to see my basket at $500. Then I remember how I add records and then sigh, exiting the browser. Don’t live like this.
– MerchNow is very niche. They only have records from bands they distribute merch for, but holy smokes the vinyl section scrolls on for HOURS. And a ton of the records are like… $5. I am not joking. I’m going to end up discovering a billion new bands just from ordering super cheap vinyl from their site.
I’ve been talking about VNYL for hours on YouTube, so they gave me a code to share with the world. It gets you $10 off a record in the Member Store when you sign up, just because I talked so much and you reacted so kindly that they want to give you something special!