Dear Donna (my mother-in-law),
I know that it seems like we go through this every year. You always call your son, saying that you are struggling to think of something to buy me for a present. And I recognize that I am officially one of the worst people in the world to buy presents for because I am so picky and have an opinion on everything. But I wanted you to know that this year, it should be a lot easier! I am really trying to up my blog game, so I have created a list of gift ideas for you. And yes, I know it might seem weird to buy me some of these things, but hey, bloggers are weird people. Trust me; all of these would be awesome presents, and I would be happy with any of them![clickToTweet tweet=”Bloggers are weird people to shop for, but any of these presents would be great!” quote=”Bloggers are weird people to shop for, but any of these presents would be great!”]
Successful bloggers say that the money is in the list, the email list that is. ConvertKit is an email marketing service created for bloggers by bloggers. They have so many different customizable opt-in forms, sequences, etc. And they have the best customer service out there. ConvertKit costs $29 a month. You could treat me to one month or several. Either way, I’d love to have with ConvertKit.
Can I just say how much I dislike spell check? I don’t know about you, but I always make silly mistakes like typing “and” when I meant to type “an,” and spell check never catches it because, well… “and” is a word. But there is a new app out called Grammarly that changes all of that. You keep Grammarly up and running on your computer, and it spell checks everything whether it’s a Word document, something in WordPress, an email, etc. And it’s a lot more advanced than the traditional spell checker so it eliminates mistakes like “an” vs. “and.” I would loooove to have Grammarly. A yearly subscription is $139.95, but there are also monthly and quarterly plans too.
Lots of people, including myself, use PicMonkey or Canva to make pins for Pinterest and other social media images. But there is a new resource called Stencil. Stencil is different because it connects to your social media accounts (Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Buffer), and lets you immediately upload the images you create. It potentially can also be way cheaper than Canva (Canva charges per image). Stencil costs $108 or $216 a year, depending on which plan you choose. And you know that I would really love anything that could make blogging faster!
Speaking of social media images, Tailwind is an app that lets you create a schedule and then pin pins to Pinterest according to that schedule. This is great because Pinterest gives preference to users who pin a lot, but it’s impossible to sit there and play on Pinterest all day. I have your grandbaby to take care of! So Tailwind would do all the work for me. It costs $119.88 for the year or $15 a month.
People say that if you need to know anything about blogging, this is the book to read. Abby Lawson goes through, step-by-step, everything from how to conceptualize your blog to how to use social media. The advanced version of Building a Framework also has a lot of videos featuring other bloggers, so you get a well-rounded understanding of how to create a successful blog. I would really love the Master Package of this! It costs $75.
Compared to all of the other gift suggestions I have given so far, this is one of the cheapest. It’s only $25, but people say its worth double that! Lena Gott of www.whatmommydoes.com gives detailed instructions on how to increase your blog traffic and get lots more pageviews. And, she apparently she also goes over all of the things that she tried that didn’t make any difference. That’s some serious honesty right there, and I think it will be a huge time saver for me to have this book.
I hear people talking about Michelle Schroeder-Gardner all the time. She blogs at www.makingsenseofcents.com and earns $100,000 a month blogging. Isn’t that just crazy? Think of what I could do if I earned $100,000 a month! I would take you out for lunch all the time! Anyway, Michelle says that half of that comes from affiliate marketing, meaning people buy stuff from her site and she gets some of the money. I would love to know how she does that, and her Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course teaches you how. It costs $197, but like I said, it might be a huge return on your investment:)
Okay, so there’s my list. I hope this was helpful to you. Your son wants me to tell you that, if you don’t like any of these gift ideas, you can always get me one of these. Please don’t though; I have a feeling he will just steal it from me.
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