When I started my blog nearly two years ago, I had no idea all the work that goes into it. You don’t just think up something clever, post it and have a million readers. You need to make your posts pretty and thought out, promote on social media and network your booty off. It’s not the way to overnight success, so we all need all the help we can get. Here are just a few of the blogging resources that I couldn’t live (or blog) without.
I would love to buy and learn how to use Photoshop, but it’s not cheap! Who knows if I’ll ever invest in Photoshop, but in the meantime, I love using Canva – both on my computer and on my phone. It’s free (or you can pay for the upgraded version) and I use it whenever I need to make a graphic, like the one for this post!
Buffer is a fantastic timesaver. You link up your twitter and/or facebook accounts and then you can pre-schedule your social media posts. Each morning after my post goes live, I go into buffer and schedule a couple tweets promoting it. I also love to be able to share friends’ blog posts as well. So much better than having to remember to space your tweets out all day long. It’s a great way to keep your social media promotions organized.
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I looooove using Google Docs. I can easily access my documents from whatever computer I am on. I can organize my blog post and content ideas here. I also keep a running list of websites and podcasts that I want to pitch. I also use Google Docs for my content calendar, which I got from…
I’ve mentioned a few times recently that I was doing the Content Brew course. I am cheap and always skeptical of spending unnecessary money, especially on my blog since it’s a “hobby.” But this course was reallllly helpful in getting me organized. It is $50 and the best part of it is the pre-made content calendar. The course helps you brainstorm ideas and now I have blog post ideas for at least through August. The posts still need to be written, but now I don’t have to worry about a lack of ideas. Plus the calendar is just for your own use, so it’s very flexible. I haven’t invested much in blog courses, but definitely felt that this one was helpful (and no, I’m not getting paid to say this). If you have trouble coming up with blog post ideas and keeping organized, I think this course is totally worth it!
I use the Afterlight App for nearly all my photos before I post to Instagram. I guess this isn’t really a blog resource, but it’s related to social media, which is related to blogging. You can use the app to edit any photos on your phone as well before you post them to your blog, so it’s great if you take lots of phone photos.
So those are just a few of my fave blog resources – share what some of yours are.