Starting your own online blog is a great way to document your weight loss and encourage others at the same time. It can feel like finding your way through a MAZE! But it doesn't have to! I've gathered my favorite resources and websites and listed them all here for your reference. You won't need all of them right away, so just bookmark this site so you can come back in the future. As I find more sites that I believe that you'll benefit from, I will add them to the list.
Go go ahead! Dig right in!
Other Blogs/Websites to Check Out
This is the program that Melissa and I are using to teach us how to eat properly, in the right proportions and in the right combinations. We both truly believe in this and highly encourage you to check it out as well.
Smart Passive Income
I love listening to Pay Flynn's podcasts on my way to work each day. His speakers remind me that we all start in pretty much the same spot...and success IS possible!!
A free place to organize your thoughts and ideas...amid other things.
A cloud-based file storage and syncing service. They have a free plan which will get you 2GB of storage, which isn't really that much, but hey! It's FREE! Or, they have a paid plan which costs $99/year or $9.99/month and with that you get 1TB of storage.
A website full of Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets, most of which are paid, but they do have a few freebies.
Well, as they write on their homepage, Totally Rad is "a team of artists and engineers who make simple, fast and beautiful editing tools for creative photographers." Definitely worth checking out!
This site is FULL of resources! Everything from fonts...to templates....to themes....and lots more!
This is open source software that you can use to create a blog, website, or even an app. WordPress.org is basically where you can get the WordPress software and then go host your blog/website on another server. WordPress.com is where you can get the WordPress software and host your blog/website on WordPress's server...for free. BUT, there's a catch. You have to abide by WordPress's Terms of Service, which means you may not be able to change/adjust your blog in the manner that you want to. You just have to decide which is best for you.
There's lots of ways of going about building your blog/website, but my recommendation is to begin with the Genesis Framework. It gives you the foundation upon which to build the rest of your site. Then you can make it pretty by buying a Genesis Child Theme, but it all begins with the Genesis Framework.
Pretty Darn Cute Design
Remember a moment ago when I said after you get the Genesis Framework, then you get the Genesis Child Theme? Well, this is one of the sites where you can purchase a beautiful child theme to make your site look just the way you want!
This is a free text editor for anyone who is confident in their coding and editing.
A free open source FTP solution. FTP stands for "File Transfer Protocol" and is used to transfer files between computers on a network. What does that even mean you ask? It means it's a free way that you can transfer any changes you make (via a text editor, like Komodo Edit) to your actual website/blog.
This is a free grammar checker! Can you hear the angels singing yet?? I said, IT'S A FREE GRAMMAR CHECKER!! Anytime you make a grammar mistake, it lets you know and gives you options to correct the mistake. BEST THING EVER!!
Tons of free pictures and videos that you can use for personal AND commercial use! Sweet!
Selling Things on WordPress
A well-known safe and trustworthy site to send and receive payments online.
Social Media Help
A useful site that will allow you to set up automatic pins for Pinterest and Instagram.
An easy-to-use site where you can use the drag-and-drop feature to design beautiful graphics.
Awesome WordPress Plugins
A responsive WordPress Slider Plugin that allows you to display your pictures in a variety of ways on your blog/website.
A free eCommerce plugin that allows you create a store on your blog/website and be able to sell your products.
Page Builder by SiteOrigin
A free plugin that helps you design your website/blog to make it look just the way you see it in your head.