Are you a content creator? Do you blog, design, or create art?
So do I! That’s why I’m here.
I’ve been blogging or making webcomics in some form since the early 2000s. I bought my first domain in 2003 and have come a long way since then. But where would I be without any help?
That’s why I want to share a number of people and resources that have made this site possible. Whether they helped me directly or along the way, I’d be a decade behind if I had had to do it all myself. So, here’s a list of fantastic places to check out if you are a content creator of any sort.
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The number one resource I’ve found for blogging has been Amy Lynn Andrews. I first discovered her when I googled a quick question about setting up a blog. I’ve found myself checking the site over and over whenever I had a new question, leading me to eventually discover the Knowtbook, an ever updating resource for all things professional blogging. If you’re serious about bringing your passion to the public and want to know how to make a living at it, the Knowtbook is indispensable!
Of course, I can’t forget to mention ProBlogger, another excellent resource for those who want to take blogging all the way. There is a ton of content there covering a whole range of topics!
Art and Design
Want to know where I get my graphics? I make them in Photoshop CS6, in part with textures, brushes, actions and occasionally stock photos from Creative Market.
And let me take this moment to tell you how absolutely amazing things got for me when I discovered Kyle Brush Photoshop brushes. I had been searching for good watercolor effects in Photoshop for years, even going so far as to paint my own watercolor swatches, scan them, and turn them into brushes and patterns (though it has served me well). When I discovered that someone had made incredibly realistic brushes that create real painting and stylistic effects, well…where was my wallet? I couldn’t grab it fast enough.
My website theme utilizes the Genesis Framework and is of my own design, though I’d recommend checking out the child themes for offer as well. I would never go back to trusting a theme that didn’t come with a guarantee of continuous updates and SEO/mobile responsive design. If you’re thinking of making the leap from a free blogging host or a free WordPress theme, do it. I’ve been dinged in the past by Google for not having a mobile responsive theme, and the reason was that I was using an old free theme that hadn’t been updated in years. Gone are those worries. Studiopress (who makes the Genesis Framework) is always keeping up with the latest standards in WordPress theme functionality and presentation, so you’ll never have to worry.
That being said, if you haven’t heard by now, WordPress.org is the way to go if you want to get set up with a professional blog. It doesn’t cost anything, though you will have to pay for your own hosting and domain (I use DreamHost). Nervous about setting things up when you were used to Blogger or WordPress.com? Go check out Amy Lynn Andrews and Problogger from earlier!
Personality and development
Personality Hacker has been one of my favorite resources for personality. In their words, they’ve “got an interesting and accessible take on Myers-Briggs, Enneagram and so on” and I would completely agree. They break down key concepts in understanding MBTI and function stacking in a way that makes it easy and fun. Also, there are a ton of rich resources on there for any questions facing personality enthusiasts. I’d be lying if I didn’t say Personality Hacker was a big help when I was attempting to understand some of these concepts.
One of my other favorite resources for personality is Personality Junkie. Again, these guys were there when I was beginning to make sense of my own personality, and thanks to them, I’m able to share what I’ve learned with you.
Check back for more, this list will grow as I do! Thanks for stopping by.