I started Honey & Pine to be a creative outlet that helps busy women defeat overwhelm, simplify the essential, and find joy in every day.
It’s been a success and I know yours can too!
Since I started blogging a lot of people have reached out to me asking about how to start a blog, how to design a blog, and how to write content to attract readers. I’m also frequently asked about the best tools for blogging so I thought it would be helpful to create a page of my favorite blogging resources that you can refer back to as you build and grow your own blog. All of these tools help me operate, grow, and manage my blog.
Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links which help support Honey & Pine
All of my websites and blogs are hosted on Jolly Leaf. Their hosting plans start at only $0.99 and with their 1-click WordPress installation they make it incredibly easy to get your blog or website online.
Depending on your hosting plan, you can host multiple domains without needing to pay for extra hosting. They also provide daily backups so you don't have to worry about losing all of your hard work.
If you already have a blog or website, Jolly Leaf offers free transfer service so you don't have to worry about managing the migration. Just place the order and request the transfer. They'll take it from there. I highly recommend them.
The #1 tool I credit for my blog growth is Tailwind. Their service starts at only $9.99 per month and their smart scheduling system allows you to dramatically boost your online presence. Each month, Pinterest drives over 80% of my traffic and it's all because of Tailwind.
The Tailwind Plus plan (for bloggers) provides unlimited scheduling for pins so you can spend 15 minutes on Pinterest and schedule your pins for a week or more. You also have access to board metrics so you can identify your top performing boards and strategize your pinning schedule.
Use Photoshop or Canva to create a graphic then schedule iusing Tailwind and watch your traffic rise.
Tasty Pins is an essential plugin for WordPress bloggers looking to boost their presence on Pinterest. It is the easiest way to hide multiple images, graphics, and infographics in your posts for easy pinning and fast load times.
Ultimate Book Blogger
If you share books, book reviews, or book roundups on your blog, this plugin is a must-have. It automatically imports book covers, descriptions and data. Plus, it makes including affiliate links a breeze!
Email marketing has never been easier than it is with ConvertKit! ConvertKit was designed specifically with bloggers and online business owners in mind. They make it simple to create multiple opt-in forms, send your opt-in freebie directly in the email, and you're able to organize your subscribers with various tags and categories to help you easily target the subscribers you're trying to market to with your newsletter. Plus, each subscriber only counts once so you're not charged for the same subscriber multiple times. I switched to ConvertKit from Mailchimp and it was a great decision!
Creative Market is my top site for fonts, graphics, templates, icons, and more creative resources to help design and grow your blog. You're able to browse creative shops and connect with designers to find exactly what you need to build your brand.
Check the site every Monday for that week's freebies which often include fonts and templates.
Browse the site for media kit templates, rate sheets, and social media templates to help you keep your Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook accounts completely on brand with every gram, pin, or post.