It has been seven years since I started blogging. Yes, you read that right. I have been doing this for SEVEN years! And while I may not be using the same blog that I started all the way back then (though I wish I was) blogging has remained a strong passion of mine.
Someone recently asked me what tools do I use to help me with my blog. While I have tried several over the course of the past few years, a few have remained a constant favourite.
While I’m not sure if these can be classified as “tools” or not, the below websites and applications really help me organize and write better.
Pinterest is truly a godsend when it comes to inspiration. I am constantly browsing through this app. There are so many ideas out there that can help you. I mostly use the application to look out for guides and how-tos for my blog. Whenever I have a certain doubt or run out of ideas of what to write, Pinterest is the place I turn to.
I love how you can “pin” and store ideas and articles from all over the internet in one place. It makes it really easy to access when you’re in a rush and want to refer back onto something.
Another tool that I keep using is Google Keep. A friend of mine introduced me to this app and since then I have been using it almost every single day to note down ideas.
I always recommend having a note app on your phone if you are a blogger. It helps a lot when you need to jot down an idea that comes to your head while travelling or doing anything other than blogging. While any notebook app can do, I prefer Google Keep because it links up to my Gmail account. This makes it really convenient to access whether I am on my laptop or phone. It also keeps my notes safe since it syncs with my account and prevents me from “accidentally” losing them.
Canva is a tool that I discovered quite recently in my blogging journey. It must have been sometime last year when I saw a couple of bloggers creating beautiful graphics for their blogs. That was when I was introduced to this wonderful app.
Canva helps me create professional-quality graphics for my blog and social media accounts free of cost! It has a host of templates for every possible thing from which you can choose from and is very easy to use.
I started out using the app for my blog but I now find myself using it for my personal social media as well.
I have tried and tested almost every single photo editing app available. While Snapseed and photoshop are good, I found it a little hard to understand it. That was when I was browsing through Pinterest and came across VSCO edits that I could use. I find these set templates extremely easy to use and the pictures come out good too.
VSCO comes with presets that you can further customise to suit your liking. The app also suggests presets according to the photo you want to edit.
Free Image Websites
Ever write on a certain topic but cannot find a proper photograph in your gallery to use? That is when free image websites come in handy. While I try to use my own images as much as I can, there are certain times when I feel my own photographs aren’t good enough.
Free Image websites are sites that provide stock photos free of cost. You can use these images commercially (i.e on your blog) without having to attribute or pay the royalty for them.
NEVER take photographers work straight off Google Images.
A few of the sites I like to use are Pexels, Unsplash and Pixabay.
I LOVE GRAMMARLY!
This application has made my writing so much easier. There are times when my grammar or spellings are incorrect or I might include a typo without even noticing it. Grammarly points it out to me and suggests changes that I can make. If you are not a native English speaker this app would help you a lot.
I really hope a few of these tools help you along your blogging journey. If you have used them before let me know. Also, if you use some other tools that I have not mentioned here let me know in the comments.
Let’s help our blogging community grow!