Thursday, 9 August 2012

Blogging resources

On my first blog anniversary I wrote a post called Planet of the Blogs which included a list of blogging resources.  I wanted to share these because blogging was such a mystery when I started.  After blogging for over 5 years, it is time to provide a more comprehensive list of resources I have found.

NOTE: Over these years I have found that these resources change and move so I will try and keep it up to date as much as possible.  There are many many more resources out there but these are ones I have stumbled upon and found useful.  Suggestions or Questions are welcome.

Advice for new bloggers

Copyright

Writing Recipes

Writing blogs:

Australian ingredients

Useful links with comment discussion about the difference between Australian and American ingredients:

Searching blogs

Blog event listings

Bookmarking

Book databases

Photography
There are heaps of posts giving advice on photography.  Here are a few that I have found useful:

Statistics
  • Google Analytics - free statistics software (if you are happy to share your data with Google).  It allows you to collect statistics over time.
  • StatCounter – statistics software - free if you just want to see stats for the last few days but costs to see stats in more detail.
  • Technorati – I used to find out who was linking to my blog through Technorati but it changed and I found it harder to find info. I have also used Google Alerts s but it hasn't seemed so useful for this.
  • Site Meter - an audience tracking tool - I have only seen it recommended but have not looked at it myself.
  • Blogger and Wordpress also have blog statistics information as part of a blog account.

Design tools
  • Canva - a graphic design site that will help you arrange photos in a collage or do lots of interesting graphics and texts on your images (free service as far as I can see but sign up required)
  • Shabby blogs backgrounds - free backgrounds- I used this until recently but have been warned off them due to malware.  Am on the lookout for other backgrounds I really like.
  • picmonkey - I use this a lot for collages.  It also can be used to edit photos.  It is free with no sign up required for a limited package or you can pay for more sophisticated design.
  • Photosnack - I haven't used it but have seen Jac at Tinned Tomatoes using it for slideshows

Technical stuff like html and Blogger

Content theft

NOTE: While collecting links for this post, I found a useful list of resources at the Hungry Australian.

Update - I am adding a few new links here as I see them but I just saw the 150 links on How to be a Food Blogger by Recipe Girl - a great resource.

19 comments:

  1. VERY useful, Johanna. Thanks for this. Will link to you later in the week as I'm sure there are lots of folk who'd find this list helpful.

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    1. Thanks Wendy - that's great if others find this helpful

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  2. wow Johanna! This is SO incredibly helpful! I seriously have spent the last 15 minutes looking at all your various links! THANK YOU!!

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    1. thanks Gf happy tummy - I actually got caught up in reading the links when I was putting together this post - so much good info out there

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  3. This list must have taken you quite some time to pull together. Thank you for doing all the hard graft, this is a great list of resources.

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    1. Thanks chele - actually it didn't take me that long to put together but I have been collecting the links for a while (just had a day when I didn't have enough energy to put up a recipe so it was easier to finally put this up)

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  4. This is incredible - what an amazing resource. I can't wait to read all the tips (esp your own ones, even though I have pored over lots of them before). Five years is very impressive, congratulations!

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    1. Thanks Lucy - hope you find it helpful - happy reading!

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  5. This is very helpful Johanna! I wish I had found this when I first started blogging! :)

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    1. Thanks Nigella - so do I, though I suspect a lot of this info wasn't available at the time

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  6. This is so helpful Johanna - thank you. It's also a little daunting (I've just opened a whole the links I hadn't seen and my browser now has many, many tabs!), but some of the points you cover / mention are so important.

    Congratulations, too, on 5 years of blogging! What an amazing achievement. Your blog is certainly something to be proud of and I'm sure I'm not the only one that uses you as a 'first stop' for many things cooking and baking related :)

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    1. Thanks Kari - oh I always have too many tabs open on my browser (even IT guys at work have commented on it). I go back to some of these links when I want some particular info so it is good for me as well to have them easily accessible - glad my info is helpful to others

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  7. This is so useful even if you've been blogging for a while like I have!

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    1. Thanks Joanne - we are all still learning no matter how long we have been blogging

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  8. What a lovely helpful post - I wish I had known about these resources when I started. In fact, I still need to read them now, four years in!

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    1. Thanks Caroline - if I had a list like this when I started out I would have done things differently - even now it is a lot to take in!

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  9. Great links--will bookmark! I also use Google Reader, but sadly they, too, are going to close down. . . I think some time in 2013. Not sure what I'll use at that point! *sob*

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    1. Thanks Ricki - I didn't know about Google Reader - when Bloglines changed hands I had lots of links bookmarked there which made the change a bit of a nightmare but I hope I will cope with the Google reader changes better but I hate these systems changing - since the resources post I did in 2008 I have seen quite a few of these systems change so it seems inevitable

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