Saturday, January 14, 2012

Saturday Link List: the January resources edition

Welcome to my Saturday Link List!  I have a lot of links in my bookmark list saved up from 2011.  I'm cleaning out this month so I can get organized and start rolling out brand new links in February.  The recipe link list last week was very well received so I'm continuing this week with the resources edition.  I've included links with blog resources, Etsy shop resources, and more.  Enjoy!

If you are looking for a way to change up your blogging routine for 2012, consider guest posts from some of your favorite bloggers.  Dave has some great tips for how to do this successfully.

Hopefully you already know that the short answer to this is yes.  For more information about the topic, check out this forum thread on HubPages and this article from

This is a great resource to bookmark if you like to find images online for your blog posts and/or online articles.

This is another great resource to check if you're looking for ways to mix up your blog routine.

Thank you to Margaret of SplendidLittleStars for sharing this link with the BBA.  This blog has lots of memes (over 450!) organized by day of the week with new ones posted each week.  If you aren't already participating in at least one meme 1-2 times per month at a minimum, I highly encourage you to consider it.  It can be a great way to challenge yourself while getting new blog followers.

I am finally making an effort to use Twitter more effectively.  I am slowly working on greatly reducing the number of people I follow so I can interact with the ones that I do follow.  I am also finally using Hootsuite to schedule regular non-promotional links for my followers.  I highly encourage everyone to do both of these things.  Check out this article for more great Twitter tips. had a good Twitter article this week, too, which you can check out right here.

There are not a lot of people (besides me) on HubPages writing about Etsy.  I like to promote the good articles about it there when I can.

If you aren't sure that you can really accomplish for your business through blogging, check this out.

Adding the commentator widget and including featured items and shoutouts during my monthly news post at the beginning of each month has been very successful.  One of the most valuable things that I get out of my blog is feedback and interaction.  I want to make sure that I show my appreciation for this.  Think about doing something on your blog to recognize the people who comment regularly.

For those who want to step up their advertising in 2012 with new blog buttons, check this out.  She uses Picnik for this tutorial so you don't need Photoshop or a lot of photo editing skills for this.

Create your own link list and grab a button for your post or simply spread the word on your blog.

Saturday Link List

Did I feature your work here?  Grab a button for your blog or web site!
Saturday Link List

Did you use one of the resources, tutorials, or recipes from my link list? Leave me a link in the comments or send me an e-mail ( with your photos and stories. I would love to post them here.

Stay tuned next week for the January resources edition!


  1. Great post with great ideas. I will read again.

    I love your new blog style. The topper is just perfect and the colorful images really draw me in.

  2. I bookmarked the page with the free photo links - easier than bookmarking each link - tho I prefer clip art and animations. I like the essence of something rather than the thing itself.

  3. thanks for the resource links - I'm always interested in how I can use keywords and twitter for enhance my marketing.

    Come visit my new Saturday Link List, all thanks to rose!

  4. Lots of great information. I saved it in my favs for future references. Thanks for sharing!

  5. First, I have to tell you that I LOVE your new banner!!! It's really eye-catching!

    And second, thanks for another great list of awesome links! The Google one is definitely handy and the free images is great too!

  6. Rose, these are some really great resources! I've clicked on nearly all of them to go read- thanks so much for passing on your wisdom!

  7. What a fabulous Link List! I will definitely be checking these out! Thanks for sharing, Rose!

  8. Wow - lots to check into here! Thanks!

  9. These are some awesome links! There's a lot of information here.


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