As bloggers we each have our own writing routine and blogging tools we use. We may add new things in an effort to streamline the blogging process and we hone our routines til they become second nature. I am a sucker for blogging tools and resources posts because I am always interested in finding out how others blog and what they use day in and day out. Today I am showing you the 6 tools I use each and every time I blog.
Blogging Tools I Use Everyday
Granted I have lots of tools that I use when it comes to blogging but the following resources get used the most and have made my blogging process that much easier.
When I started blogging I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it or would stick with it. Blogger was the way to go. After I found out that I loved blogging and that I was in fact going to stick with it I considered switching to WordPress. The cost and the fear of learning a brand new platform were both a bit intimidating but I am thrilled with the move I made and haven’t regretted the decision once.
Kudos to the bloggers out there that take their own photos. I wish I had the skill, the talent, the time, and the props. Sadly, I don’t. What I do have though is the Haute Chocolate Styled Stock Library and it is by far one of the best investments I have made for my blog. Hands down.
Rachel adds new collections and keeps the Library stocked with a variety of color schemes and photos that can keep your blog and social media accounts looking professional.
I love Pic Monkey. They make creating blog graphics a breeze. I love that you can upload your own fonts and add your own overlays to create graphics. I use Pic Monkey to create all of my intro images and featured post images as well as designing buttons for my blog. You can opt to use the free version of Pic Monkey or upgrade to the Royale version which gives you some additional design elements. The upgrade is well worth it in my opinion and the cost is minimal.
How to Create a Button for Your Blog
How to Create an Intro Profile Picture for Your Blog
Creating a Watermark for Your Photos
Designing Your Own Business Cards
Adding Screenshots to Syled Stock Photography
Getting the Most Out of Styled Stock Photography
Creating Blog Graphics
I use Canva to create all of my pinnable blog graphics (usually located at the end of my posts). Canva makes it so easy by having templates. Simply choose the Pinterest template and start creating your Pinterest graphic.
If you join Canva for Work you can upload your brand colors and fonts and have them right at your fingertips which will definitely save you time. You can save all of your designs to reuse them at future dates. I love that you can upload your own photos as well and create folders to keep everything organized.
Canva offers tons of design elements; whether it be free or paid, you can find stock photos, icons, backgrounds, and templates galore.
CoSchedule makes scheduling your social media promotions for each blog post so simple. You can do it all from within your WordPress dashboard. I love the drag and drop ease of scheduling your posts within their calendar as well. You can see stats on which posts were the most popular and schedule additional social media promotions if you so choose.
+Hootlet is a relatively new find for me and one that I use daily to promote my sponsors’ posts. By adding a simple extension to my toolbar I can read a post and share it with ease without having to log into Hootsuite and copy and paste links. I can post something right then and there or schedule for a future time and date.
Tailwind is responsible for my growth on Pinterest. I also use Board Booster as well but Tailwind is leagues ahead in my opinion. I used to think that they were lacking in some instances but they have truly upped their game and in turn, have made Pinterest one of my top referrals for blog traffic. They recently added a new feature that is still in the testing phase but it has the potential to do do wonderful things. I will be sharing more about tribes in the near future.
Each time I create a post that I want shared on Pinterest I use Tailwind to pin it to multiple boards at once. I can set a specific time for my post to get pinned or allow it to get pinned in the next available time slot (using a schedule that I have created).
I can see exactly when I have pins being pinned. If I need to switch things around I can do it with ease.
Tailwind is definitely a timesaver and a resource that I use daily.
What blogging resources do you use everyday?