10 THINGS I CAN’T BLOG WITHOUT

10 THINGS I CAN’T BLOG WITHOUT- sincerelykenzThere are so many amazing tools and resources floating around the blogging world that can enable you to produce a blog post with a little bit more ease. Here are my top 10 resources that I absolutely can’t blog without:

 

1.WordPress

WordPress is like the Holy Grail for me. It pretty much is the only way that my blog is alive in the first place, if that makes sense? This platform makes it extremely easy to publish posts, edit my theme, and all of the other jazz that comes along with blogging. I’m not the most technology-advanced person out there, so I am thankful that this platform is simple and easy to work with.

2. Email

Sometimes I wish texting didn’t exist, and that everything was just via email instead. Why? I don’t know, to be honest. My email account(s) is a must have when it comes to blogging because it is the major form of communication between my audience, sponsors, and I. I personally use Gmail because I found it was the easiest to understand.

3. Editorial Calendar

Thank God for this bad boy, it is so helpful! An editorial calendar is a calendar with every single one of the blog posts that you plan to publish on a monthly time span written down. I have mine set in (almost) stone with Post It notes. I stick with Post It notes just incase I need to switch anything around. Having an editorial calendar minimizes the trouble of having to think of blog post ideas last minute. I took some time a couple of days ago to really brain storm an editorial calendar with quality post ideas that I know my audience would enjoy reading.

4. Graphic Editing Tools

What would a blog be without graphics? I switch between Canva and PicMonkey to create graphics for my blog. I am, however, in the process of trying to get and learn Photoshop- so yay for that! Graphics are important because they are the first things most people will take note of when they visit your blog.

5. Notes

Whether it be the small notebook that I carry around with me or the notes app in my iPhone, I am always jotting down blog post ideas. For some reason, I always think of my best ideas at the strangest times. Having a list or notebook full of ideas allows you to easily access them at a later time.

6. DSLR Camera

Sometimes the quality of iPhone pictures just doesn’t cut it. I use my DSLR camera for most pictures that I use on my blog because it allows me to grasp all of the details in the picture and has extremely good quality at the same time. Although I’m not sure of the exact make (because I got it so long ago), I do have a Cannon Rebel if you wanted to know!

7. Social Media

I’ll admit, I am addicted to Instagram. But seriously, social media is great when it comes to blogging. Social media outlets such as Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook allow you to talk to your audience at no cost at all. My favorite social media outlets would probably have to be Instagram and Twitter, just because communicating with other people is so easy on these two platforms. Pinterest brings in most of the traffic that my blog receives though!

8. Blogger Networks

Blogger networks are awesome. Talking to other bloggers is so easy with these networks. Not to mention that most of the networks post blog post threads everyday, which enables you to promote your blog free of charge! I refer to the blogging networks that I am part of when I have quick questions about the blogging world; someone is literally always willing to help you in these networks.

9. Google Analytics

Google Analytics is one of the largest resources that allows me to monitor how my blog is doing. Tracking how many sessions, page views, and monthly views is extremely easy with this tool. By using the information that GA gives me, I am able to see how my blog is doing and how big or small my audience is becoming.

10. Hootsuite

Hootsuite is a website that allows you to schedule social media posts. I absolutely love this because remembering to tweet about the same thing five times a day can get tedious! Hootsuite is free for users (there is a paid version available as well) and works great. One of the first things I do after I produce a blog post is promote and share it on Hootsuite.

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  • I have been trying to work on an editorial calendar that works best for me. I may try your post it note method because I am always having to move things around and I hate scribbling / whiting things out on my calendar! I think it looks so messy!

    Thanks for all the tips!
    xoxo
    Amy

  • Yes to all of these!
    I use Google Calendar as my editorial calendar because I can just easily drag things around and switch up days.
    xoxo, Jenny

  • Marly Gaitan

    Great tips! I need to get myself on the editorial calendar boat stat because consistency is one of my biggest down falls. I need to check on Hootsuite as well. Thanks for sharing.
    Marly
    http://Www.girlylove.org

  • Audrey Stowe

    I recently signed up to use hootsuite… but I can’t seem to figure it out. But agree with everything!!

  • Mariya

    Hey Kenzie, great post, I’m right there with you on aaaaall those things! Why have I never thought of the post-it method before? Gosh, I keep writing down my posts and then change my mind so I’m always re-writing my calendar. I’ve got to try this.
    Oh and I have to agree that notes you need to have 24/7, I mean imagine all those ideas that would get lost if it weren’t for my phone!

  • GA is so important and I’m going to have to look into Hootsuite. I want to use it, but know nothing about it! I am working on keeping a weekly post planner so I can stay on track!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  • This is such a good list. I love WordPress. The SEO plugins are great — I totally recommend them if you don’t use one already.

  • Lauren Ruzinsky

    Great post! I already incorporate a good amount of these, but I just started using Blogger Networks and Hootsuite. Can’t wait to see how they help my blog!

  • Ashley

    I’ve got to try Hootsuite! Everyone always raves about it and I definitely need to get on board!! I also want to look in to switching to WordPress. Blogger has been awesome for me, but I am thinking of making the switch soon!

    xo Ashley

  • I have never tried Hootsuite but have heard so many good things.

  • Amanda K

    Definitely agree with all of these! I am definitely going to have to start using Hootsuite.
    xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  • Between getting an editorial calendar, joining blog networks, and getting a DSLR camera I honestly couldn’t live without! All great tools!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

  • I’m not sure what I would do without my editorial calendar! I use erasable pens in case I have to change something! Hahaha

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  • Savannah Ward

    I’ve never heard of Hootsuite but I’m excited to give it a try after reading this post!

    http://thealwaysblog.com