I have been blogging here at Brocantehome.net for more than fourteen years now and in that time the blogging landscape has changed so very much: from a time when blogging was all there was to these halycon days of Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook Groups.
But blogging remains my first love and over the years I have shaken off the kind of Shiny Object Syndrome that is many a blogger’s undoing in a world where we are bombarded by new apps and tools, to establish a successful business, an easy workflow and a set of tried and tested tools that make my working life a breeze.
So to save you the time and effort of hunting for the answers in a time when we are all abundant with possibility, I bring to you my own list of essential tools and apps and hope that you will find them as helpful as I do.
Siteground: Do a survey of all the bloggers around you and you will find that many of them recommend Bluehost, for the simple reason that Bluehost offer a very generous affiliate program. But having suffered the trials and tribulations of Bluehost for so many years, I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I finally made the move to Siteground and I have not looked back since. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
New Kajabi: My Salon is hosted by New Kajabi and I swear there isn’t an online membership host with better customer service than this amazing company. My entire membership program is hosted by New Kajabi, alongside all my landing pages,
Shopify: All my individual downloads, PDF’s and affiliate recommendations are hosted in and sold on Shopify and after many years of research I can honestly say that I haven’t found a better, more comprehensive way to sell my products whether physical or digital, online.
WordPress: Like the majority of blogs online today my blog is built on WordPress and after many years of trial and error I have settled on themes built by the amazing Lauren at Restored 316 Designs, because they are feminine, simple to install and the documentation is second to none.