"I'm just getting started..."
I'm not an expert in starting a blog (my beginning was far from linear), but my friend Abby Lawson definitely is. She created the free 10-Day Blogging Quickstart to help you get a strong start and even decide if blogging is right for you!
I use Adobe Creative Cloud for just about every creative endeavor in my business. I use Illustrator and Photoshop to create graphics, Photoshop and Lightroom to edit photos, After Effects and Premier to create videos, and Audition for sound editing.
I design some of my own design elements from scratch, but I also have been known to purchase from Creative Market in the past. They have a little bit of everything design-related that you can imagine!