MY BLOGGING TOOLKIT.

 

I’ve realised that I use certain apps and particular methods to keep my blog ticking over nicely, so I thought today I’d share with you what helps me, kind of like my blogging toolkit if you will!

 

A journal

A few months ago I bought myself a creative journal that I’m now obsessed with! I use it for all things blogging, and also Instagram idea’s too. I find it so handy having everything in one place, whether that’s blog post plans, or things I want to brainstorm more about. I create a blogging to-do list for myself every week in my creative journal which makes me feel very organised, and means I know what I need to do for which posts that are going live that week!

 

WordPress

I bought my own domain from Godaddy, but I blog on the WordPress platform. I love it and find it so easy to use, although a few years ago I did use Blogger which is still good, especially if you’re new to blogging and want something a bit more straight-forward.

 

Canva

For every blog post, I make a Pinterest graphic on Canva to use once the blog goes live, but in all honesty I’m not that knowledgeable where Pinterest is concerned so I don’t have any tips I’m afraid!

 

Bloglovin

Every post gets published on Bloglovin, which even though gets a hard time, I still use it everyday and I think many others do too. It’s where I go to read most of my favourite blogs as everything is in one place which makes it a lot less faffy.

 

Buffer

I schedule all my tweets on Buffer (I just use the free version, which means I do it every few days) where I promote all my blog posts. I’m not sure how much of my blog traffic comes from Twitter, but I do have a fair few followers over there so I guess it can’t do any harm. I usually do about 4 tweets a day and space them out throughout evenly.

 

Tea, and snacks!

Of course if your blogging, you need tea and snacks right? I always have a cuppa next to me when I’m doing my blogging mojo, plus a sweet treat next to me to keep my energy levels up 😉 It’s an essential isn’t it!

 

What’s in your blogging toolkit?

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  • Haha tea and snacks are definitely the most essential of essentials when it comes to blogging for me as well! On a more serious note, I looove Canva too – I’ve recently discovered that they have CV templates too which is so handy! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Ooh that’s good to know! I feel like they offer so much for free which is so good 🙂

  • I love the last point, blogging just isn’t blogging unless there is tea and snacks! haha xxx

    • Totally! As soon as I open the laptop, I go and boil the kettle 😉

  • Amy Eade

    I still use Bloglovin, in fact it’s how I catch up with all my faves! And I do still get a fair amount of traffic from it too 🙂
    Amy xx
    callmeamy.co.uk

    • I love Bloglovin! I hope it picks up again soon because I find it so handy 🙂

  • Tea and snacks are definitely vital!
    In addition I rely heavily on my phone; instead of a journal I have a list of blog titles to write about, useful links and a task scheduler in the Memo app. I’m obsessed with pretty notebooks and journals and the phone definitely doesn’t have the charm but sometimes I can’t fit a journal in my bag so having everything in the phone works best for me 🙂

    Teresa | outlandishblog.com

    • Ooh yes the notes app is great! I actually used it for a blog post idea today 🙂

      • Alyssa

        Yes, Notes is SO useful!! I find so many people completely underutilize this app, particularly if they use all Mac products. When I was in uni I took all my school notes in the Notes app on my computer. Then, if I had a spare moment, like in the line at the grocery store or waiting for the bus, I’d pull out my phone and all my lecture and study notes were available.

        Now I use it for jotting down ideas, or important links, or formatting clips, or hex codes, etc.. Such a brilliant app.

  • Alyssa

    This is such a useful post! I’m brand new to blogging, so still getting myself established. I hadn’t heard of Buffer before, so I’m definitely going to try them out. Canva really is incredible, isn’t it? I’m still blown away by how quick and simple it is to pull together graphics. I hadn’t really considered Bloglovin, it’s not something I had ever used before as a consumer, but maybe something I should sign up for and start using. I’ve also found TinyJPG.com to be great for optimizing large images with absolutely zero compromise on quality.

    Alyssa | Between Fox and Hare