Blogs that inspire(d) me and other blogging resources

How to transform your blog

Hi all! It hasn’t been easy to set up this blog. I wouldn’t have done it – and been so happy with it – if not for the help from some bloggers out there so worth my acknowledgment and a huge THANK YOU! 🙂 From changing from Blogger to WordPress, starting to use MailChimp, to finding a beautiful theme (with wonderful support from its creator) and having a logo designed, the rookie I used to be has even adventured herself in some coding! (and loved it!) I just think it’s fair to mention all these people here, after all, they are the blogs that inspire(d) me and other blogging resources that sooooo helped me to create The Writing Shed. If you are starting a blog, or are in the middle of a “revamp” in yours, these are the people to look for. Ok, I will forget someone at first, but I’ll continue to update this page, ok? Here we go… Blogs that inspire(d) me! (*this page contains affiliate links*)

 

Design your own blog
Design your own lovely blog – Marianne’s blog is so pretty! I can’t resist coming back and checking her blog’s news!

 

You Made my Day blog - Amaia was just the person I needed to make me take the jump and move to WordPress. She was also a helping hand when I set up my MailChimp account and created my first newsletter.
You Made my Day – Amaia was just the person I needed to make me take the jump and move to WordPress. She was also a helping hand when I set up my MailChimp account and created my first newsletter.

 

The Thinking Closet - Lauren's blog has all things pretty, not to mention that it's like a box of surprises. Loads of blogging tips, crafts and journaling tips.
The Thinking Closet – Lauren’s blog has all things pretty, not to mention that it’s like a box of surprises. Loads of blogging tips, crafts and journaling tips.

 

A Prettier Web - Mel's "pure WordPress knowledge" - plus video tutorials!
A Prettier Web – Mel’s “pure WordPress knowledge” – plus video tutorials!

 

Just a Girl and her Blog - Abby and her super-hubby are together in this amazing blog. Not only a great blogger, crafter, creative mind, but also one of the sweetest persons I've ever "met"!
Just a Girl and her Blog – Abby and her super-hubby are together in this amazing blog. Not only a great blogger, crafter, creative mind, but also one of the sweetest persons I’ve ever “met”!

 

Thank you all from the blogs above…

you inspire me

 

Now, in all these blogs I found all the tools I needed to make The Writing Shed a beautiful website for you to hang around, to visit and feel at home. These are the tools that “make” The Writing Shed:

 

 

Genesis is the framework you need for the best performance of your WordPress blog. Also, it can be used with tons of different themes. Get yours here!
Genesis is the framework you need for the best performance of your WordPress blog. Also, it can be used with tons of different themes. Get yours here!

 

This Abby's step by step guide to set up your blog. Whether you are new to blogging, or have been trying for a while (like me!) this is just perfect!
Abby’s step by step guide to set up your blog. Whether you are new to blogging, or have been trying for a while (like me!) this is just perfect!

 

Bluehost - Bluehost is the first and only hosting service I've ever used for my blogs since I've moved to WordPress. (I have two)
Bluehost – Bluehost is the first and only hosting service I’ve ever used for my blogs since I’ve moved to WordPress. (I have two)

 

This book (or e-book if you prefer) has a lot of tips to help you take your blogging one (or many) steps further. I have mine as a paperback, so I can put post its and highlight things that I can go back to whenever I need.
This book (or e-book if you prefer) has a lot of tips to help you take your blogging one (or many) steps further. I have mine as a paperback, so I can put post its and highlight things that I can go back to whenever I need.

And then… when you finish setting up your super awsome blog, how about having it tested for free? 🙂

Get your website “peeked” at! All you need to do is go to their website and type your blog address. (it’s really free to use 3 times a month. If you want to upgrade, you have to pay. To find out the difference click here)  “A normal, everyday user” will take a look at your blog and give you a perspective of it. I’ve written a post about it, if you want to find out more.

peek

 

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you can take away loads of tips from the gorgeous blogs and also the other resources I’ve posted here.

If you need anything, please leave a comment, or contact me on Facebook, Twitter  or here.

Hope to see you around soon! 🙂

Dani.

What do your readers think of your blog?

peekHi all!

First of all, I’d like to thank all of you who have been visiting my website. I hope you’ve enjoyed.

I’m “recycling” this post from The Writing Shed to remind you about Peek. In search for help to have a great blog for you, I came across this comment on a Facebook thread once about the website.

You’ve probably heard of it already, or perhaps even tried it. Well, I did. The first time I sent my website address for review (yep, you get 3 reviews in a month for free), I must confess that I was dreading  the email with the review video (yes, it is that cool!), but about 15 minutes later, there it was in my inbox. What it said? Gosh, let’s just say it needed some change, hehe. I imagine they have volunteers to look at the websites and review them. They have to answer three questions:

1) What’s your first impression of this page? What is it for? 

2) What is the first thing you would like to do on this page? Please go ahead and try to do that now. Please describe your experience.

3) What stood out to you on this website? What, if anything, frustrated you about this site? Please summarize your thoughts regarding this website.

I get a bit upset with some of the reviews of The Shed(of course, it’s my website, I’ve been working hard on it!) and the fact that some reviewers don’t really try to click on things, and keep saying they don’t know what the blog is about.

Anyway, it’s been a great eye-opener. At least it’s given me some ideas to work with. I hope you’ve liked the changes. Click on the picture to watch a video of how Peek works: