Calling all bloggers, boss babes, and small business owners! Today’s post is all about you! While I fully believe that blogging should be personable, centered around community and interaction, sometimes we have to rely on tools to get the job done. With that being said, stop what you’re doing and check out these essential blogging tools to bring your blog to the next level. Seriously, once you start using these tools, you’ll realize how much time you are saving.
Essential Blogging Tools and Resources:
WordPress.org // This is the platform that I have chosen for A Blissful Haven. I am no expert when it comes to Blogger vs. WordPress vs. Squarespace. The only recommendation I have is to do your research and ask bloggers who use each platform their pros and cons.
Buffer // My life would be lost without Buffer. I use Buffer to schedule all of my Tweets and Facebook promotions. As a full-time worker, if I did have a way to automate my social media promotions, I would never have time to either work or constantly post.
Planoly // One of my main goals this month is to really work on my Instagram account. Every blogger knows about the crazy algorithm change that is effecting everyone on Instagram. Instead of complaining about it, I’m going to stop looking at my follower count and focus on the quality of my photos and planning my feed. The BEST way I have found to plan my Instagram account is through Planoly. I’m obsessed with the fact that I can move photos around, write captions, include hashtags, schedule posts, gain inspiration, and track insights in one app. If you haven’t used Planoly, I highly recommend it.
Tailwind // This is a great scheduler for Pinterest. Not only can you schedule pins but you can join tribes. Tribes are a group of bloggers that share their pins in exchange for other people to repin them. Typically in all of the tribes, if you leave a pin then you have to pin someone else’s. If you are looking for tribes to join, you should check out X and X.
IFTTT // IFTTT stands for If this, than that which is a website where you can go in and schedule “recipes”. For example, If I post to Instagram than it will post to Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, if that’s how I choose to do so. There are hundreds of recipes you can select from. Again, this is a great way to get your content to other platforms through automation.
VSCO // I use VSCO for almost all of my editing needs. While I use it for editing, I also use it for my Instagram feed theme. If you go to Pinterest, you will find lots of editing options to create your own theme.
Google // This is seriously my holy grail for keeping everything organized. I utilize Gmail for all my email needs, Sheets to track income and expenses, Docs to plan out ideas and write drafts and Calendar to keep deadlines, blog posts, personal appointments, and events organized. In addition to all of these features, I recently signed up for Google for business which allows me to customize my email to include my site name so it looks like firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planner // While I use Gmail’s Calendar, there’s just nothing better than my own planner. I love writing down deadlines, blog posts, appointments, setting daily goals, and creating to-do lists. Does anybody else get the satisfaction of crossing out an item on their to-do list? I just love that feeling.
What are your essential blogging tools?
How do you keep your sanity as a blogger?