If you are thinking about starting a blog, below you will find everything I used to create this one. Everything from my hosting service to the courses I have taken and found indispensable.

Some of these contain affiliate links which means I receive a commission, at no extra cost to you,  if you click on the link and make a purchase. 


 Bluehost is the hosting service I use. They have great customer service and one-click WordPress installation.



I use MailChimp as my email service provider. You can use the free account until you have over 2,000 contacts. You can also send up to 12,000 emails per month with the free account.




MiloTree is great for lead capture. You can choose which social media site you want people to join, or even choose your email list. It puts a pop-up on your site.



Tailwind is great! It’s a Pinterest pin scheduling app and I love it. I schedule all my pins and as a result, my monthly engaged and monthly unique viewers have skyrocketed.



I use pixabay for all my free images. They have over one million royalty free stock photos and videos that you can use on your blog and/or website.



 I love Canva! I use it to design all my Pinterest pins and Instagram posts. And it’s free. I thoroughly recommend you check it out – even if you don’t have a blog it’s great fun to play around with designs.




I use affiliate marketing on my blog to earn an income. ShareASale is my favourite as it has 100’s of merchants and you don’t have to have a huge following to get accepted for most of them. Join, Earn Cash!



 I love Elna Cain’s courses and I have almost completed every one of them! Her knowledge is indispensable and she has a unique, yet friendly way of teaching using a combination of written and videoed lessons.

Her courses include:

  • Write Your Way To Your First 1K – this is the first of Elna’s courses that I completed and I highly recommend it.
  • Ready, Set, MailChimp For Bloggers – this is the second course I completed and I found it indispensable. Make sure to print out all the extra resources Elna adds. I am always digging into it.
  • Ready, Set, Blog For Traffic – this is great. It explains that although SEO is important, there are many ways of getting traffic to your blog and they’re all explained.
  • Writer Website In A Weekend – it isn’t hard to get a blog or website up and running. If you’re not sure how then this is the perfect course.
  • Pinterest Perfection Masterclass – Pinterest isn’t just a great place to find information on crafty things. It is a search engine. This course will help you master Pinterest once and for all.


If you do decide to start a blog, I hope the above resources are of help.


Enjoy the Journey,

Lara xx