Blogging

Sometimes people ask me about my blog. How did I design it? What services do I use? What platform am I on? You get the idea. So I’ve listed some of the products and services that I use regularly below.

Note: Some of these links are affiliate links and I will get a small commission (at no extra cost to you), if you purchase them through this website. I have only listed those which I use and personally feel good about recommending to others. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

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Studiopress

I use the Genesis framework created by Studiopress and their free child theme, Sample. I really like Genesis because there is a lot of customization available and plugins. It’s also relatively inexpensive. Especially since I used a free child theme which means I can make changes to the child theme and when they update WordPress and they do it several times a year it seems I won’t lose anything.

Genesis Framework for WordPress

 

Tailwind

Like a lot of people the majority of my traffic comes from Pinterest. I use Tailwind to schedule my pins and to help me analyze they way I pin, my boards and more. Tailwind allows me to schedule pins for any site and from Pinterest itself but they also provide analytics on even the basic plan which includes keeping track of popular pins, group board engagement and your referral traffic.

 

Picmonkey

I use Picmonkey to edit my photos and to make graphics from for my site. They have a free version which I used in the beginning but once you start to use it you really get hooked. It’s very easy and fun to use. The annual fee is so small and you get access to some really cool graphics, fonts and tools which I have found to be well worth the price.

PicMonkey Photo editing made of win

Equipment

Many people ask me about my photos. I started with an iphone but quickly realized that I needed a DSLR. I currently use an older model Canon Rebel T3. It’s pretty pricey but worth it.

In addition I use a 50 mm lens for 90% of all of my photos. This special lens is very reasonably priced and works great for close shots like projects, food and flowers.

For room shots or larger areas I use this wide angle lens.

Lastly, and I’m sure you’ve heard of this. I really started to see a difference when I started using a tripod. This will allow you to take pictures in lower lighting because it will keep the camera stable and then you can photograph the image at a very low speed. When you shoot at a low speed the slightest movement will make your image blur so this is definitely worth it. My husband bought this one for me for Christmas and I really like it. It’s heavy duty which is great because I use it all the time for every image I shoot. 

If you have any questions about any of the programs or items please feel free to email me at [email protected]