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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?