Saturday, December 28, 2013

20 Blogging Resource Links for Goths

Really, it's no surprise that many Goths are also bloggers. If you don't live near other Goths, it can be difficult to try and connect with the community. More and more the idea of a net.Goth (or a Goth whose primary outlet for their spookiness is web-based) is shedding it's bad reputation. So, to celebrate that, here is a post of 20 Blogging Resource Links that I think Goth bloggers could use.



Web Design:

1. Goth blogs are usually a bit differently designed than other blogs, but if you want some pointers on how to pick fonts, designs, layouts, etc. then this post and this post by Aimee (a professional blog designer) on Fancy Little Things is right up your alley.
2. When building a blog design it can be pretty difficult to determine what you really need (and super easy to forget the important stuff when you're distracted by all the cool widgets out there.) So, to keep things simple here are 9 Things your Blog Site Should Contain. Then you can build from there.
3. Looking for fonts for your blog's design? 1001 Fonts has 142 Free Horror Fonts that you can download and use as you wish.
4. Do you know how to make custom clickable social media buttons that look professionally made? Something Swanky taught me how with great, easy-to-follow instructions here. Bonus!: she has many of the vector images you need in this post.
5. When I bought my domain name I felt like I'd reached Blog Adulthood. It might seem unnecessary (and you certainly don't have to, not everyone has $15 to spare every year) but if you need just the littlest bit of convincing, here's a great article on Why You Should Purchase Your Own Domain Name.

Post Ideas and Topics:

6. First and foremost, a bit of self promotion: My post of 50 Goth Blog Post Prompts from last autumn has a bunch of topics specifically targeted for Goth blogs.
7. Need to write a post quickly (or do you just work better under pressure)? No Passive Income wrote a post on How to Write a (Great) Blog Post In Under An Hour that is just perfect for you.
8. Having trouble beating "blogger's block"? Last time I had truly bad bloggers block I was able to use this article by Blogging With Amy which has 50 Ways to keep you interested in blogging and writing great posts every time.
9. I can't tell you the number of times I finished writing a post and hit the pretty, shiny orange "Publish" button right away. Bad blogger! To keep me (and you) in check, here are 8 Things to Do Before Hitting Publish On Your Next Blog Post
10. Find relevant post inspiration on the Goth and Horror history at Goth Almanac, which includes release dates, birthdays, and other events related to Goth.

Blog Photographs and Visuals:

11. Looking for a good online image editing software if you can't afford Photoshop? Pixlr and PicMonkey are excellent alternatives for basic or advanced image editing--for free!
12. Okay so Goth isn't all about fashion, but most of the Goth blogs I tend to read are fashion-focused to some degree. This Chick's Got Style has a post which lists 9 Fashion Blog Photography Tricks to get good photos every time.
13. Do you take a lot of pictures of small objects like jewelry or makeup? Then here are some instructions for DIY Photo Backdrops.
14. If you don't have a point and shoot or a big fancy camera, you can still get a lot of mileage out of your smartphone camera. If you're stuck, here are some great tips for iPhone photography which should also work for other smartphones.
15. Want to protect your post visuals and make sure that people know where they came from? Make a quick, free watermark for your photographs using Picmonkey by following this tutorial by A Typical English Home.
16. It's not paranoid or narcissistic to check if your photos are being used elsewhere on the web (with or without your permission.) Follow this tutorial which explains how to check who is using your images and where.

Upkeep and Growth:

17. Want to keep and engage your readers? Independent Fashion Bloggers has a fantastic post of 10 Ways to Build an Insanely Loyal Blog Following which has some pretty easy ways to get your readers to stick around.
18. Blogging is all about making connections, right? Well, supposedly, but it can be disheartening when you're not getting comments and you feel like you're just blathering into the ether. So, here are 5 Reasons You're Not Getting Comments, and what to do about it.
19. Can you tell I love Independent Fashion Bloggers? Because I do! Here's another one of their posts, 23 Ways to Promote Your Blog post once you've written it.
20. Now that you're all on top of your own blog, what about spreading the love to others? Homeschool Blogging wrote a quick 5 Reasons You Should Be Guest Posting, which I love (and really should get my butt in gear about. Anyone need a guest post? :P )

Do you have any helpful posts or links that discuss blogging, especially Goth related? Or do you try to stay away from running your own Goth blog?

6 comments:

  1. Thank you very much! My blog is barely a week old and I'm still finding my footing. A lot of helpful information here. You nailed my reason for starting one- Moved away from LA, the mecca of other goths, and I need a new way to connect to people.

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  2. I'd be up for a guest post! :P Given you've been to Scotland, maybe something about how goth differs between continents, or where you would take people in your city (and vice versa for Scotland).

    I've been footering with my blog recently, so this has been helpful - I definitely need to learn about proper blog design.

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  3. Wow, this is an amazingly helpful article! I've been trying to get back into blogging and just seeing all the tabs pop up as I click all these links is getting me inspired :D Thank you!

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  4. this is really helpful! thank you for such an informative post!

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  5. Thank you so so much for this post. It's incredibly helpful. Even if the only thing I manage to do is add linkwithin to my blog, it's still an achievement for me! I'm such a dunce with technology!

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  6. Sweet, lots of great ideas! I've been wanting to start up a blog

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