I’ve been writing this blog for a little over 11 months. In that time, the blog has come a long way. The writing has changed, the design has changed, the content has changed, and with all of those, my blogging tools have changed. After the blog underwent a major evolution a few months ago, I’ve finally settled into a solid groove, with the help of the blogging tools I use every day. These tools have helped to grow my blog and my skills to the website it is today. I’m constantly discovering new blogging tools, but these have been some of my favorites!
-Hootsuite: This is the tool I use to schedule all of my posts for Facebook and Twitter. I’ve used both this and Buffer. I’m not at a point right now where I’m willing to pay for a scheduling tool, and I prefer Hootsuite’s free plan to Buffer’s. You can schedule as many posts as you want, which is great!
-ViralWoot: This is the tool I use to schedule my pins on Pinterest. I pin my new post each day, and schedule pins out for a week or two on relevant boards. I like ViralWoot because it’s free for up to 100 pins per month and it accomplishes what I need it to.
-MailChimp: This is the tool I use for my email list. I haven’t taken advantage of RSS emails or newsletters yet, but I’ve been building my email list and plan to start sending out newsletters in the near future.
-Canva: I can’t say enough good things about Canva. This is what I use to create all images for my blog posts. I love their pre-made options for text, graphics, layouts, backgrounds, etc. If you haven’t tried it, you definitely need to. It’s so simple and they have tons of free options.
-PicMonkey: I don’t use PicMonkey very often, but it is my go-to tool for editing photos.
-Google Drive: I started using Google Drive for Docs and Spreadsheets during my wedding planning process. I made checklists, budgets, comparison charts, etc. Now that the wedding is over, I use it all the time for blog stuff. I use the Spreadsheets to track monthly stats and income/expenses. I write lists of post ideas in Docs.
-Google Calendar: I use this a lot of blog stuff too! I have designated for link parties, twitter chats, etc.
-Dropbox: This is where I store all the images for my blog. It’s nice to have them in a place like Dropbox, especially when I was working outside the home, so I could work on blog stuff from any computer.
-Yoast SEO: SEO is a relatively new concept for me, and this plugin is a huge help! I’m trying improve my search traffic and I feel that this plugin has allowed me to do that significantly.
-Google Analytics: This is the tool I use to track my blog traffic. I have the app on my phone and probably check it too often throughout the day. I use the desktop version for more detailed information.