Recources

A lot of different tools went into the creation of this blog. I have made a list of great tools that I personally recommend to anyone looking out to create their own blog.

Hosting

SiteGround Finding a great company to host your website with is not an easy task – at least it wasn’t for me. Earlier this year I signed up with SiteGround and got blown away with how much they offer for a low price. It’s very easy to install WordPress on sites hosted with SiteGround and they have very fast loading times. I have been in touch with their customer service at the beginning as well when transferring sites that were previously hosted with another company and was so impressed with how fast I got my questions answered. Their tech support is made up of seriously competent and friendly people. I am very happy with SiteGround as a host and recommend them to anyone looking to create a website.

Hardware

Canon EOS 700D I take all the photos I put on my blog myself. Great looking photos are essential for a great looking site, in my opinion. 5 years ago I got a semi professional digital SLR camera and have never looked back. Technology has come quite far and it’s possible nowadays to take a good photo with a smartphone, especially if you are good with editing programs, but I think the results still do not compare to those achieved with a DSLR.

Bamboo Fun I got this cute little graphics tablet almost ten years ago and it still works perfectly. I love to draw and wanted to include self made illustrations on my blog. I have used the Bamboo Fun graphics tablet to make the succulent & cacti wreath illustration on my blog banner and hope that I can work more illustrations into my content on here in the future.

Software

GIMP I use GIMP to edit my photos and to draw illustrations with. It is a free, open source image editing software with an immense list of functions, which is constantly expanded upon. I am very grateful for the developers of this software who made it available to use for free. It is a great alternative to expensive image editing software such as Photoshop.

Plugins

Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (GADWP) This plugin is a great tool to track the traffic on your website. This is a must-have if you want to know whether there is anyone out there looking at your site. Knowing how much traffic you are getting and seeing developments as a reaction to trying different things is crucial to learn what content people want to see.

Making your post easy to share is crucial if you want your blog to attract more readers. I use jQuery Pin It Button for Images to give readers the option to pin any image from my blog, Simple Share Buttons Adder to display share buttons on every post and Instagram Feed to display a preview of my instagram in the sidebar.

Yoast SEO If you want to be found by search engines such as Google, it is important to have your posts search engine optimized. Yoast SEO is a great plugin that assists you in doing just that. This is another free plugin essential for running a successful blog in my opinion.