I love blogging – taking pictures, feeling productive when I hit “publish”, and thinking I may have put out something positive in the world just feels great. However, I definitely consider myself a “noob” and am constantly learning. I noticed that several of the bloggers I have connected with share their resources for bloggers, and I thought it was a fantastic idea. Therefore, I compiled a list of what I personally use for Curated by Cherish.
I expect this list and even its contents to change, but I hope you find it useful! No matter what, I will only recommend what I truly use.
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I use siteground to self host my blog. It is so important to self host your own wordpress blog because it gives you 100% ownership of your content! This means you can share your content how you want and on your own terms with your website on siteground!
I do use both my Samsung S9+ and my DSLR camera fairly interchangeably. In the beginning of my blogging days, I tested out several cameras and found that I preferred my Canon t6i DSLR over the Sony a5000 or another beginner-level Nikon. The Canon t6i is a great entry-level DSLR that is easy to use and understand. I also love that I can easily connect it to my phone via WiFi to transfer photos over for the blog or instagram!
However, there are two accessories I highly recommend for your DSLR camera! The first is a Pancake Lens. This is a great, versatile lens that allows for a good range of focus. You can use it for landscape photography or portrait photography (without needing to give yourself too much space from the tripod to subject!) The “pancake lens” I use is the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 and I honestly haven’t found much use of switching between my other lenses since getting this one! If you have to choose your first prime-lens, this is the one I would recommend!
The next accessory is great if you are taking photos of yourself or don’t want to shake your tripod too much (as in with low-light conditions). That accessory would be a remote shutter-release! I use the Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote to take all of my selfies without having to run between my camera and my mark every time!
Finally, lighting is key to great photos! Therefore, one of my favorite tools are the Neewer 700W Professional Soft-Boxes. These lights are great for product and portrait photography – I never feel as confident as I do as when I am using these Neewer Soft-Boxes for my portraits!
I love using Canva so much that I pay for their pro version! Canva has both a desktop-based website and an app so you can use it anytime. This tool is great for creating blog images and great content for instagram stories.
One of my favorite features about Canva is the ability to resize photos based on what social media site you want to optimize your photo for. I also love how I can use it to create not only stunning blog images, but I can embed video as well to really catch the eye of someone scrolling past Facebook or watching my instagram stories!
If you pay for Canva Pro, you also get thousands stock photos at your disposal!
Social Media Marketing
I honestly haven’t used any paid tools, yet. However, I’ve found tons of free resources for bloggers!
Bloggers and Youtubers I recommend
- Boss Girl Bloggers by Ell Duclos (Pinterest is her specialty!)
- Cynspo, who just started her Facebook group so we can all help each other grow.
- heyDominik is a youtuber that specializes in Instagram strategies.
- Sorelle Amore is the OG “Advanced Selfie” photographer. I highly recommend eating up her content to better your selfies for social media and your blog!
Expect these resources to evolve
I am by no means a seasoned blogger. Therefore, as I learn and Curated by Cherish evolves, I expect my list of resources to evolve, too. Eventually, I would even like to consider myself a resource! Until then, just remember that blogging takes a lot of work (there’s a reason I kept dropping it when I was working full-time). Use the resources you have and create your community.