The 7 Best Blogging Resources You Should Be Using

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When I first started blogging, I was truly winging it. I would have “posts” that were only a few sentences long, I would go days without using photos, and I would add a new category for every little thing. Then I started catching on to other bloggers, taking better photos, and deciding what I wanted to share with the world.  But these things didn’t just happen

There are several resources that I use, some daily, some weekly, and others constantly. These resources help me get my thoughts together, write my posts, and share them when I am finished. I don’t think I would enjoy blogging as much if I didn’t have these tools to help me along the way. The best thing is, some of them are free and others are totally customizable based on your needs.

Canva

Seriously this is a bloggers dream for images. There are so many different options on using this tool to create different marketing things, images, handouts, anything. There are built in templates for over 20 different things, from resumes and business cards to presentations and social media images. I typically create Pinterest images and blog post headers all within the same tool. There is a free version of this, which works really well, but I caved and bought the paid “Canva for Work” version which allows custom fonts, saves brand colors and includes additional templates.

Pixabay

The best place for free stock photos. There are several stock photo resources out there, but most of them are really unorganized. Pixabay has a search feature which saves the day when you are looking for something specific. Each image is added by a user or another service (like Uspalsh), tagged and available for free download in multiple sizes. Some people are even starting to add styled stock photos. Make sure you check the usage rights.

Trello

My daily lifesaver. Seriously, all of my thoughts about this blog, everyday life, my business, etc. are all housed in Trello. I have already dedicated an entire blog post to this tool, and I’m not ashamed to talk about it again. I even have a few more posts about other ways to use Trello, like planning for travel, planning a wedding, etc. This is a free tool unless you want the enterprise version, which I find unnecessary.

Evernote

I have had so many problems with posts being deleted from WordPress. I have no idea how this happens (user error, I’m sure) but it does and I’m doing my best to make sure it doesn’t ever again. I now type my posts in Evernote and then upload them to WordPress to save. I also love that I can use Evernote while I am flying and the post will be there to save when I am in wifi again.

Picmonkey

I started using this for Pinterest Images and Blog photos before Canva came around, now I simply use it for editing photos. If you don’t purchase Canva for Work, Picmonaey is a great way to use custom fonts, you can even save them with a transparent background and then upload to Canva as an image, you just won’t have as much flexibility. I previously paid for the Royale features, but don’t anymore since I pay for Canva.

Coschedule

Another product I absolutely love. I am all about streamlining my processes and getting my blog out there. This tool does both. Coschedule works directly with WordPress through a plugin, is incredibly user friendly and connects with your social media outlets. I have an entire post about Coschedule if you wanted to learn more.

Haute Chocolate

This is my latest investment for the blog and my business. Styled stock photos geared towards your “dream client”. There are beautiful stock photos for several different uses, desktop mockups, empty frames, coffee mugs, etc. I will be honest, it took me several months to decide if I would take the plung and become a member of this service. The price at first glance seems a bit steep, but after thoughtful consideration, it seemed like a worthy investment. I am a member to brand my blog and my business, which gave me even more reason to join. Now that I am a member, I am obsessed!

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What resources do you use for blogging?

 

 

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  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    I love these blogging resource posts! SO helpful! Thanks for not keeping all the secrets to yourself! This is great! Pinning!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! I use these so often and they save me so much time, I would hate to keep that from all the other bloggers 😉

  • http://www.thelowcountrymama.com Jacquelyn @ Lowcountry Mama

    A lot of these I’ve never heard of before and they sound like they will help SO much! Do you think Canva is better than using Photoshop?

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I’ve played around with Photoshop and it’s just too complicated for me when I am doing the same thing over and over. I use Canva because I can quickly select the size, play around with the photos and use their fonts all in like 3 minutes.

  • http://www.bourbonlipstickandstilettos.com/ Bourbon & Lipstick

    I have never heard of Trello but I cannot wait to check it out! I’m a huge fan of Canva, too. This is so helpful, lady!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Trello is a lifesaver, I use it constantly! I can’t believe such an awesome tool is free!

  • http://www.dreambigandbuytheshoes.com/ Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    I have never heard of a few of these-totally checking out Pixabay! I get the Haute Chocolate monthly free styled photos and like them. I need to work on other things before I invest in it monthly, but seriously great photos. This post is amazing!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Pixabay is awesome! I love being able to search through the photos instead of scrolling through trying to find ones I like. Haute Chocolate was seriously an investment, I did the annual subscription which saved a little bit, but it’s still a pretty penny. I’m glad you liked it- thank you!

  • http://alyssawithana.com Alyssa Guttendorf

    Love Canva and Picmonkey! The rest are pretty new to me… Definitely going to check out Haute Chocolate and your post on Coschedule!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      CoSchedule is amazing, especially if you have WordPress. I love how user friendly everything is.

  • http://www.portland-grace.com Portland | Grace – Travel Blog

    Love Canva – Just discovered a few weeks ago and I am obsessed. I like the idea of Trello – will be checking that out. Do you have any tips on how to effectively use Evernote – I downloaded it a little while ago, but I have not been able to incorporate for more efficient blogging process.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Trello is helpful in so many ways. I have a few different boards and love how easy it is to jump back and forth between them. I find Evernote to be really helpful to brainstorm posts, especially if there is a lot of research involved. It’s easy to add snippets of websites, include links and things like that, then I draft the post in the same note. I especially love it when I am traveling though, it’s so nice to be able to edit on my phone, iPad or laptop, and then save it to WordPress when I have wifi.

      • http://www.portland-grace.com Portland | Grace – Travel Blog

        Perfect. Thanks for clarifying how to use Evernote. I am going to try to incorporate it going forward.

  • Megan

    I used to use PicMonkey but for the last year I’ve been using Canva. It’s so easy and the finished products look professionally done sometimes! I’ve never heard of Pixabay one but will definitely be checking it out!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Pixabay is amazing! There are basically free stock photos out there for anything you need! They are great for backgrounds in Pinterest images and things like that.

  • http://ohhey-ilikethat.com Lauren

    Trello has been a lifesaver for me! And I’m so glad to learn about Pixabay!!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Pixabay is so helpful when you need photos!

  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    I seriously don’t know what I’d do without PicMonkey and CoSchedule! Both of them just make life so much easier for editing pictures and scheduling out social media! I haven’t used Canva that much, but I think I need to give it another try!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I love Canva, I am amazed with all the things it does. It just took a little bit of getting used to with all of the functions.

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