Hi, lady! If you clicked over to this page, we’d venture to guess you’re new to BFK–we’re so excited to see you! Let us introduce ourselves…
We’re Blair and Jess–the founders of Blogging for Keeps! Why Blogging For Keeps? Because we created this website for bloggers who are serious about turning their hobbies into hustles. We were tired of clicking on “blogging advice” link bait only to find generic, unhelpful, and non-actionable information. (Where is all the REAL helpful information?)
Our goal for BFK is to make this the single most helpful resource for lifestyle bloggers on the internet. So pour yourself a glass of vino, and stay awhile! Here is a little overview of the content you’ll find here:
Can you guess which one of us is obsessed with ranch dressing? Who could eat tacos for days in a row? Click on over to our About Us page to get to know us a little better! You can also follow us on Instagram @TheFoxAndShe and @JessKeys_.
The “Freebies” tab of our site is also referred to as our “resource library” — these are downloadable, easy to follow worksheets, checklists, and tips and tricks to help you with various blogging related topics. Everything from planning, to tracking your growth, to optimizing your social channels, and everything in between.
We’ll be adding new documents to this page frequently, so make sure to check back often. (Note: You have to be on our email list to access, so make sure to do that ASAP! It’s just above! You’ll also receive exclusive content not available to anyone else!)
The Blogging For Keeps blog is accessible from the homepage, and serves as a wealth of information on pretty much every blogging topic we can think of. Check back every Monday for new posts!
What types of topics do we cover? Whatever you tell us to! When you sign up for an email list, you’ll be given a chance to fill out a survey, and this helps us generate the content that is most useful to you! (So make sure to spill the beans on anything and everything you’d like a little more insight on!)
Join the conversation on Facebook and network, make connections, collaborate and learn alongside other like-minded bloggers!
The Best Blogging Resources!
Our favorite tools:
Our blogs would be nowhere without ’em! We use these platforms on a daily basis, so if you’re looking for recommendations, this section is a great place to start!
Bluehost: Who we use to buy domain names + hosting.
MailChimp: The easiest email provider to begin building your email list.
WordPress.org: The platform both of our websites are built on. (SEO Tips: This is different and much more customizable and advanced than WordPress.com!) If you sign up for hosting via Bluehost, you can install WordPress in just a few quick steps — the full tutorial is here!
Leap Pre-Fab Themes: A great solution for those wanting a professional site, but don’t have the funds to invest in a full web design. (Hint: Blair made them herself!)
ThemeForest: Another great resource for WordPress themes.
StudioPress: More WordPress theme greatness.
Asana: Will make you 1000 times more productive! We both use this to keep track of our projects, checklists, and deadlines. It works great for team projects too!
Planogram: Our favorite new tool for Instagram scheduling.
Photography software + equipment
We both use the Canon 60D with a 35mm lens! (Tip: Just buy the body of the camera, you won’t use the lens it comes with, anyway!) If you’re on a budget, the 50mm f/1.8 lens is also great to start, but if you can, we recommend the f/1.4 or f/1.2!
Adobe Lightroom: What we both use to edit our photos. It’s quick and easy to batch edit and export web-ready photos!
Adobe Photoshop: Recommended for graphics and fine-tune photo retouching.
VSCO Lightroom Filters: We both use VSCO Cam within Lightroom to apply presets to our photos to keep our image voice consistent.
Whew! That was a lot of info! If you kept reading this far, we’re pretty flattered. Make sure to join the email list (sign up above) so we can stay in touch! Hope to see you around here soon!
Blair and Jess