Are you struggling to launch your blog, mama?
You want to take it slow.
You want to learn - literally - everything about blogging before you launch your blog.
(And the learning curve with blogging is actually vertical, ammirite?)
I get it.
It took me 18 months to launch my blog.
So clearly I know something about overthinking, procrastination and perfectionism.
But there are actually a ton of ways you can save time, money and precious energy when you’re setting up your blog.
So stop wasting time and take a look at these 11 resources that’ll help you get that blog launched in weeks. Not months.
(OK, so technically, yes you could launch a new blog in a couple of hours. But #momlife right?)
1 | Squarespace
Ok we’re starting big with the whole WordPress Vs Squarespace shit.
Truth is, you could spend half your life - and sanity - trying to figure out which blogging platform is best for you. But it really doesn’t matter.
I’m recommending Squarespace here for speed and ease.
If you’re a first time blogger, with no technical expertise, no design skills, and even less time to figure that shit out….consider choosing Squarespace.
You can buy your domain name and hosting from Squarespace;
You can pick from one of their pretty templates -It’s almost impossible to build an ugly Squarespace site
Their customer service is out-of-this-world. Fast responses to your dumb questions anytime you need help.
You can give Squarespace a try free for 2 weeks with no credit card details required.
You don’t have to choose between WordPress.org and WordPress.com thing.
You don’t have to figure out how to ‘install’ WordPress.
And here’s a helpful guide on getting started with Squarespace from new mompreneur Lauren Hooker.
If you think Squarespace is for you, you can launch your blog even quicker with Megan Minn’s ‘Square Your Site’. Ready made Squarespace templates - it just couldn't be easier!
If you still fancy starting on WordPress, check out Elna Cain’s tutorial. She recommends Siteground - she’s a blogging genius and she has a ton of blogs, so just take her advice. Don’t even question it, OK?
2| The Bangin’ Blog Business Plan
And don’t you dare roll your eyes, young lady!
Yes, you DO need a business plan.
I pinky-swear promise it will save you a lot of time later.
I’ve curated a whole collection of blog business plans that are perfect for mompreneurs. But if you want to launch fast, check out this business plan. It’s not frightening or boring.
3 | The Brand Challenge Workbook
Ok the fun stuff.
Or, if you’re like me, the stuff you’ll waste months of your life on, if you don’t rein that shit in.
You need a brand for your new website.
But you aren’t branding Pepsi.
And you aren’t choosing a tattoo.
So stop overthinking it.
If you’re struggling, I can heartily recommend Lauren Hooker’s Brand Challenge workbook Just do what she says and you’ll be fine. (Yes, it’s free.)
4 | Creative Market
It would be lovely if you had the technical and design skills to create a one-of-a-kind, bespoke brand, with a fancy logo.
But most of us don’t
So head to Creative Market.
You’ll find pretty fonts, ready made logos, patterns, icons, stock photos, workbook templates (for your lead magnet) and lots more.
Just be sure to check what format the goodies are in before you purchase. I only use Canva, so mostly I look for JPEG or PNG files.
And yes, my pretty icons came from Creative Market.
No, I don’t possess any design skills.
Let’s move on.
5 | Canva
Fun story - when I first started, I planned to learn Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop before launching my blog. WTF??
Talk about time - and money - waster!
Illustrator and Photoshop are amazing - and good for you if you can learn how to use them. But don’t think that mad design skills a prerequisite to starting your blog.
I use Canva. The free version.
And I quite obviously DIY’ed my logo.
So if you’re just starting out, give Canva a try. And helpfully, I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to Canva tutorials. Enjoy!
6 | Stock Photos
When you’re new to blogging, seeing everyone else’s blogs full of pretty photos can be a bit intimidating.
But, let me tell you a little bloggers’ secret...you can have pretty photos on your blog too. And for free!
Stock photos are a great time - and money - saver for bloggers. And luckily, there are lots to choose from. Here’s an epic blog post rounding up more than 18 places to find free stock photos.
If you’d like to buy some photos, I can recommend Elle’s Styled Stock Society - pay monthly to get access to hundreds of pretty stock photos.
And Kayla’s Ivory Mix Stock Photo collection. You can choose to buy photo packs or a subscription to her stock photo collections. (Not aff links)
Free or paid, just be sure to check the licence conditions to make sure you’re using the photos appropriately! You don’t want to find yourself in legal trouble trouble!
7 | About Page Photo - Shoot Guide
You will need to take at least one photo for your about page - no one trusts blogs that don’t show at least one photo of the writer/owner. Fact.
Now, I hate having my photo taken - I’d literally rather have a colonoscopy than go on a ‘photo shoot’. And it took a few attempts to get decent photos of me.
So I’ve put together a little photoshoot workbook and guide to help you get fab photos first time.
You can download it immediately- just click HERE or the image below - for free. No email address required.
8 | Blog Content Calendar
Once you’ve built your beautiful website, you’ll need something for people to read on there.
But what in the name of Greek yogurt are you going to write about?
If you’re not sure, don’t worry.
Every new bloggers goes through a ‘shit, what do I write about now’ moment.
So I highly encourage you to check out Meera Kothand’s little book ‘1 Hour Content Plan’.
The Kindle version costs under $5 so it’s one of the best value blog investments you can make. The plan takes you through choosing content that’s right for your blog and you and how to come up with ideas in the first place.
And it legit works!!
I reread this little gem often and it never fails to give me ‘quick get me a pen nowwwwwwww’ flashes of inspiration.
Meera has been featured in places like SmartBlogger so she’s the real deal. She’s your Fairy Blogmother.
9 | Find Your Blogging Voice
Do you remember High School English?
Well, now’s the time to forget everything you learnt.
Because writing your blog is wayyyyy different from writing an English paper.
So you need to relax, chill out and find your blogging voice. I mean, your unique writing style that’s going to keep readers drooling for more. But it’s not easy. It takes time and a bit of thought.
Here are a few helpful articles to help you nail down your blogging voice:
10 | Beginner Blogger Course
Have you bought a blogging course, mama?
When you’re just starting out, it’s easy to waste time - and money - buying ALL the courses. And that’s natural because blogging has a pretty vertical learning curve.
But make sure you only buy courses that are truly useful for where you are in your blogging journey. Anything else is a waste of time and money.
For example, it’s crazy to buy a Facebook ads course, if you don’t even have a mailing list yet. And please don’t buy an email list course, if you don’t have a domain name yet. See what I mean, mama?
So I recommend checking out Elna Cain’s courses. Elna lives over at Twins Mommy and has several great courses for new bloggers.
Ready Set Blog for Traffic at $45
Pinterest Perfect Masterclass at at $19
These are the courses I wish I had when I’d started out!
11 | A Blog Coach
Ok, I know this sounds crazy. But I’ll explain.
A blog coach can help you develop a blogging strategy, set realistic goals, and keep you accountable. And that’s just what a beginner blogger needs.
I know it sounds like an expensive investment. But let’s look at the alternative…
you spend heaps of cash on courses you never finish;
you waste lots of time googling stuff you don’t even need to know about yet;
and lose motivation and give up your blog dreams because you’re not getting anywhere.
Hands down, the quickest way to launch that blog is to have someone holding you accountable and helping you develop a strategy.
Launch Your Blog Fast - Done is Better Than Perfect
Take it from someone who took 18 months to launch a blog, done is better than perfect.
You can revamp, rewrite or relaunch your website later.
Set yourself small daily goals and you’ll soon be ready to launch your blog.
Let me know in the comments what’s holding you back and I’ll dig through my bag of tricks to see if I’ve got anything to help you.
Don’t forget to pin for later.
Good luck, mama! I can’t wait to see your new blog!