Blogging on a Budget: 42 Free and Inexpensive Resources to Get You Blogging in 2020

It’s January – the year is still fresh and people are still setting goals and making up resolutions. And one of those resolutions might be to start a blog in 2020. And why not? It’s a lot of fun, and you can start blogging about pretty much anything.

But can you start a blog for free?

Let’s face it, it can get expensive, and there are a lot of glamourous websites out there that will tell you to spend a lot of money. But not all of us have that sort of money to burn when we’re just starting out or doing this as a hobby. It’s easy to see the value when blogging is your job, but if you’re just beginning? You’re going to make missteps and mistakes and it is just too easy to burn your money on things that don’t work for you.

I’ve been blogging for a while now, so I thought I’d help out those newbie bloggers (or the more experienced bloggers who are looking to up their game) by compiling a list of resources to get them started.

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4 Lessons Learned After One Year of Blogging

While Alyssa Lost in Space might only be a year old, the truth is that I’ve been blogging for a long time. I mentioned this when I discussed my reason for starting a blog, but I’ve been blogging on and off since 2010. That’s a loose decade of experience right there.

And yet I don’t think I learned as much in those first nine years as I did last year. I thought, as my blog’s first birthday has just passed, that it would be a good time to reflect on this past year and to consider what I’ve done, what I’ve learned, and how that might help me going forward

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Why Notebooks Make Great Gifts (& 52 Ways to Fill Them)

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It’s the holidays, and let’s be honest, sometimes brainstorming great gift ideas is hard. But there is one item that comes to mind every year, something I’ve received as a gift myself a few times. It’s super versatile and can be enjoyed by pretty much anyone.

And that item (if the title hasn’t already made it clear) is the notebook. That’s right. Those sheets of paper bound together that hold all your ideas and creative thoughts.

I recently finished my digital notebook experiment and it’s really reinvigorated my love for notebooks and stationery. I firmly believe that notebooks make a really versatile and reliable option for gifts. So I set out to brainstorm how many ways you could use them to prove that very idea.

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Why Do You Blog?

And that title is not just to bait you. I really want to know.

As of writing this, there are reportedly 500 million blogs out there on the web. There are so many of them, and yet I don’t really know anyone in my real life who keeps up with one. In fact, I’m certain there are many people who have visited a blog for one reason or another but have no idea what a blog even is. They’re incredibly popular, and at the same time kind of obscure.

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7 Ways to Use Evernote

So, I’m obsessed with Evernote, if you weren’t aware, and it has become integral to my workflow. There are three very specific reasons why:

  1. It’s cloud-synced and I have apps on all of my devices so I can access my notes from anywhere
  2. It can organize everything into notes, notebooks, and groups of notebooks. Not to mention the tags I can use to further coordinate notes between notebooks.
  3. Powerful searching function. It can search my freaking handwriting. I can scan in pictures of my notes using the app itself and my hand-written notes become searchable. It blows my mind every time.

It’s for those reasons that Evernote has become my go-to for pretty much anything. I’m sitting at 142 notebooks as of writing this. But what exactly do I use it for? Well, the short answer is a lot of things. Here are seven of the big ones.

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Five Easy and Inexpensive Tricks for Better Flat Lay Photography

Let’s be honest, no matter where you go on the internet, there are going to be pictures. They’re essential at this point for establishing brand, creating content, marketing, etc. And the bread and butter of that is the flat lay because it works great for product photography.

And if you don’t know what that is, it’s pretty simple: a flat lay is a photograph taken from above, with items arranged in a way that looks visually appealing. You’ll see them all over the place on Instagram, and it’s a super-easy way of creating aesthetic or relevant images for your blog or social media feed.

A few examples of my own flat lays. I try to keep the look and colours similar so my Instagram feed looks distinctive and kinda matchy.

It can seem pretty intimidating at first, but I really encourage you to try it. You have nothing to lose by pulling out your camera or phone and snapping a few shots. Eventually, you’ll learn what you like and what works for you. And there are plenty of resources out there to help you sharpen your technique. I’ve done it for a while now, so I have a few suggestions that are easy and inexpensive, and will really help you step up your photography game.

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