2 years into the game and it’s safe to say I still I love blogging; I love finding new ways to write and bring you all along for the story of my life. In order to make those things happen though I like to have certain tools in place to make things easier for me. This is an updated post sharing my 7 Favorite Blogging Tools.
Blogging like anything can be a lot of work; thank goodness for technology and other resources that make make it just a bit easier. One of my go to resources that I definitely cannot live without is Evernote. Evernote is a digital note-taking platform that has a cloud like feature available on any device where you can create notebooks with information behind them. This is where all of my writing magic happens. I used to like hand writing my blogs, but honestly it wasn’t easy to edit in that way. Evernote is the ONLY WAY I keep up with blogging. It’s pretty interesting to think about how much I really like Evernote for blogging, because it didn’t used to always be this way.
I’ve been using Evernote for almost 2 or 3 years now and it is an easy on the go way for me to access my blog posts, current or in progress; I can access my running list of ideas, add on the go, check things off and keep it moving. I could write my blog posts out using any type of program, but to be able to see my list of notes while I work on other pieces simultaneously is really dope AND helpful for me. The search feature makes it easy to find anything, as I work, it auto-saves so I never feel worried or stressed about losing anything.
Evernote allows me to stay organized and makes copy and pasting right into WordPress effortless because who is really about to re-type everything?
This goes beyond blogging. If you have a gmail account and you aren’t use Google Drive, I’m not even sure what to tell you. Google Drive is how I keep up with photos, documents, templates (for both of my businesses), contracts and the like. I’m not a “can you wait until I get home kind of girl” unless absolutely necessary. My goal is to be able to work remote anyway so creating this routine of access from anywhere really helps me feel like I’m living that out.
Aside from organizational purposes and business purposes, using G Drive is the easiest way for me to access my photos when it comes to blogging. The moment I take photos and edit them, I drag and drop (or upload) right into my Blog Photos section and now I have all the photos I need at anytime. I don’t know about ya’ll, but I’ve been on the go and someone hits me up asking for a head shot. I could easily tell them I’ll send it later when I’m on my computer, but sometimes later is too late and they need it immediately and in that instance, I’m able to send it right away.
Google Drive isn’t limited to just photos or documents, you can build out your G Suite with the apps and tools you need to help you work most efficiently. Inside of G Suite, I use Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Photos, Google Sheets and Google Calendar. There are a ton of other apps that can be integrated into your G Suite, so don’t feel like you have to use these, but if you’re looking to be more efficient with what you need to do, I would recommend giving these a try, ESPECIALLY if you already have a gmail account.
Aside from getting my daily aesthetics and inspiration fix, Pinterest is where I run to when I need blogging ideas or a more refined way to title something. Pinterest is the next best thing aside from Google and if you aren’t using it to search for things, you’re missing out. Everything from the quotes I find, to unique CTA’s for my newsletter, Pinterest never fails me.
Aside from what you can find on Pinterest, if you want to draw more traffic to your blog, you need to be sharing your blog post photos to Pinterest and linking back to your website. WordPress users (and most other platforms) have a plug-in or integration so you can Pin photos directly from your blog post. Instead of pinning just one, Pin them all because you never know who is going to be drawn to what. In the last several weeks, manually pinning photos from my blog and from Instagram has boosted my engagement not only on Pinterest but also on my site. Remember your goal is to get as many eyes to your content as possible.
iPhone 11 Max Pro
It’s no secret that currently the flyest phone camera is the iPhone 11 Pro Max. I haven’t used my actual camera in a minute and I don’t see myself using it for a while. With the right lighting, I don’t many problems at all, and for that I’m grateful.
I’m not saying go buy a new phone, but if you’re looking to upgrade due to the fact that you use your phone a lot, the Pro Max is a really good choice. Most of my photos for blogging and social media, with an exception of any shoots or any stock photos are all shot on my phone.
Stock Photo Subscription with Aff Creative Library
Stock Photos are still my holy grail for having nice imagery as far as blogging goes. I still feel the same way about them and my purpose for using them remains the same.
Paying a fee for a stock photo subscription takes the work out of me having to take photos for my blog. Someone else with more time and more creative freedom is worth the small fee. The reason why I prefer to pay for a stock photo subscription is because ALL of the free stock photos IN MY OPINION have been used and abused. I’ve seen them EVERYWHERE and while only those of us who use stock photos may know, it’s so annoying to see the same photos resurface time and time again. I’ve always felt this way about stock photos even when I had my first brand Gold Labl.
Aff Creative Library* was created by Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete*. Aff Creative Library is the third stock photo subscription I’ve had over the course of 2 years of blogging and this is by far my favorite. She is consistent, her imagery is gorgeous and it has not only been a benefit for my blog, but it has helped me grow and scale my second brand. All of that to say, depending on your use, a stock photo subscription is an investment worth making when it comes to blogging.
I use Mailchimp for newsletter subscriptions. I’m not going to go too deep into it on this post because I have 5 Ways to Grow Your Newsletter and 5 Ways to Build Your Newsletter List available for your reading.
Last but certainly not least, my A5 planner is one of the main ways that I stay on top of blogging. Using my systems to help me stay on track, writing down what absolutely must get done and celebrating myself for doing it has made a difference for me this year. I feel way less all over the place because my planner gives me a one day at a time scope.
All of that said, these 7 tools make blogging a breeze and continue to make it an experience that I look forward to.