Now that I've been blogging for awhile (I can't believe it'll be four years in September!), I thought I'd share some of my favorite blogging tools and resources that make things a little easier and faster. It's definitely taken time and effort to find these, so I wanted to share these with other people who might find them useful as well. I know I sure would have liked a post like this when I first started out blogging.
CoSchedule // I have to admit that it took me a very long time to try this out. I'd heard about it for months before I finally gave it a go, but I'm so glad I did. It makes scheduling and planning my posts so easy. Everything is in one place. As well as being an editorial planner, CoSchedule (affiliate link) also allows me to schedule tweets to share my post as well. Once I press schedule on the post, everything is taken care of for me. To hear more details on how I use it and what I find useful, you can read my review here.
Canva // If you're a blogger, you'll know that graphics are essential. Not only do they have to convey your brand to readers, they also need to look professional. I've used a few photo editing programs in the past, but I have to admit that Canva is my favorite hands down. I've even had more success on Pinterest because my graphics are so much better than older ones that I've made with other programs. More pins on Pinterest = more pageviews on my blog.
Epic Blog Planner // If you're more of a pen and paper person when it comes to blog planning and scheduling, check out the Epic Blog Planner (affiliate link) from By Regina. If you're a regular reader you'll know that I love Regina. She has so many awesome resources for bloggers and freelancers. Seriously, her site is a goldmine of awesome stuff and information. It didn't take much to convince me to give her blog planner a go. What I like most about it is that there's lots of space to plan goals. At the end of each month there's space to fill out stats and compare them to the month before. You're being kept on track as well as having concrete numbers so see how your goals are coming along.
Blue Host // When I finally took the plunge and decided to make my blog self hosted I went with Blue Host. They had one click WordPress install, which is awesome for technically challenged people like me. With the help of a video tutorial I was able to do it all by myself with absolutely no problems. I was sure I was going to need my brother's help, but I didn't. They also have awesome customer service. Whenever I have a question or a problem they've been great at answering and figuring it out for me. If you're considering taking your blog to the next level and self hosting, I'd definitely give Blue Host (affiliate link) a try.
Windows Live Writer // Before I started using CoSchedule, I used Windows Live Writer for years. I found it pretty intuitive to use. One of the things I found really helpful was that as I wrote the post, it was formatted just like how the finished post would look on my blog. It made adding photos and links super easy. For more details on Windows Live Writer, check out my review here.
DropBox // Deciding to sign up for DropBox has saved me soooo much worry. Not only do I use it with the Up Draft Plus plugin to back up my blog, but I also use it to store all my blogging files – everything from stat spreadsheets to photos and graphics. Knowing that I have that important files saved in a safe place means I don't have to stress. It's also really easy to create folders and make sure everything stays organized. Because DropBox cloud based, that means that I can access any of the files I have saved there from any computer that has access to the internet.
TailWind // My latest discovery has been TailWind (affiliate link). If you haven't heard of it yet, it lets you schedule pins to Pinterest. I've tried one other service that does the same thing, but I found TailWind to be much more intuitive and easy to use. Plus, you get to try it for free with 100 pins before you decide if you like it enough to pay for it. I've been wanting to write a review of it for awhile now, but it just hasn't happened yet. Now that I've mentioned TailWind here, I'll have to make that happen sooner rather than later.
Now that you know mine, what are your favorite blogging tools?
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