All professions have tools that help them do their job and blogging is no different. Over the years, we’ve learned what works (and what hasn’t) and are sharing our favourites – the blogging tools we can’t live without. At least, we don’t want to live without them because they help us so much! They keep us organized, help us creatively and allow us to be more productive with our time.
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Check out Stacie’s top blogging tools:
Trello: My love for Trello runs deep. I would seriously be lost without this tool. I use it for my daily to-do list. I plan my day with cards and as I complete tasks I either move them to the next day (if they are a daily thing) or delete them. I have it open all day on my desktop and I can also access it on my phone. Thank goodness it doesn’t go down very often or I’d be in trouble!
Tailwind: I use Tailwind to schedule my Pinterest account. I go in a few times a week and schedule my own pins and pins from the Tailwind Tribes I’m part of. I can also view detailed stats about my account like what boards are most popular and how many pins my site had that week.
Google Drive: I thrive on organization and Google Drive keeps my blog (and life) running smoothly. I have spreadsheets for everything including blogging income, an editorial calendar and to keep track of individual campaigns I’m part of.
Link in profile: I use Link in Profile on Instagram as the link in profile (get it?) so that when people click on it they’ll be taking to a page with my recent Instagram shares and can go check out each one. Check out my Instagram account to see it in action.
Tweetdeck: I use Tweetdeck to schedule tweets and for Twitter parties. It’s owned by Twitter and is free to use. I have it set up so it automatically shortens my links with Bitly before tweeting them out.
Hashtracking: I love Hashtracking for Twitter party analytics. I use it when I’m hosting a party and they’ve hired me to provide a report. It’s also useful to track hashtags on campaigns so you can see how it’s doing (and how you are performing).
Lightroom: I bought the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription in 2015 and never looked back. I LOVE using Lightroom to edit ALL my photos. I shoot in RAW only so I needed a program that would be able to edit that type of file. Plus, Lightroom is user-friendly and I’ve got my workflow down to a science now.
Picmonkey: Before Lightroom, I edited my photos in Picmonkey. I kept my premium subscription because I still use Picmonkey to add text to my photos and make collages. You can do that in Lightroom too, but you have more options with Picmonkey.
iMovie: I started using the iMovie app on my phone to edit my videos. I transitioned over to the desktop version on my computer because it has more bells and whistles. I use iMovie to edit my videos. You can see them all on my Facebook page.
Grum: I found out about Grum through an AppSumo deal and saw everyone talking about how great it was for scheduling Instagram. Yes, you can schedule your Instagram through Grum on your desktop. I used to email photos to myself and copy and paste the text and hashtags on my phone. Using Grum is so much easier!
Randa’s favorite blogging tools:
Tailwind: I’ve been using Tailwind for over two years now. Not only has it saved me precious time, but it’s also helped me with traffic. Yes it’s a scheduler, but with the addition of Tailwind Tribes it also acts like a Facebook share group – but without having to pin low quality options. You can choose what to share of your peers, I love that!
Grum: I’ve been a customer of Grum since June, I caught it on an AppSumo deal and received a lifetime membership at a low cost. It is the best Instagram scheduler I have tried (I’ve tried a few). I have a few accounts hooked up and not only can I schedule a post (and it posts for me, no reminders here) I can also schedule the first comment, which is usually hashtags. Update: I no longer recommend Grum. As much as I did like it, I have heard that it goes against IG TOS (I’m still looking into this) in the meantime, I have been using Tailwind’s Pinterest scheduler (which is approved).
Buffer: I finally broke down and purchased Buffer in September. Although it does post to Pinterest and Facebook pages, I use it only for Twitter and G+. It makes scheduling tweets a breeze and allows me to share a blog post on Google Plus without leaving my page.
iMovie: I use iMovie because it came with my Macbook, it works really well. However, I would like to get my hands on Final Cut Pro.
Photoshop: I first learned Photoshop in high school, so I understood how layers worked for a while. I found the transition to photo editing in regards to photography easier because of the base knowledge I had from school. Like Stacie, I shoot in RAW and edit first in Adobe Camera Raw and then transition to Photoshop to add the finishing touches.
Tweetdeck: I use Tweetdeck for participating in Twitter parties and keeping track of my online mentions. It’s not perfect, it often glitches out and I have to refresh a lot during Twitter parties but there is no cost so I don’t mind hitting the refresh button if it’s saving me a bit of money.
Canva: I started playing around with Canva when it first hit the scene. I prefer it over Picmonkey because it offers templates, themes, and stock photography all in one place. It’s user-friendly and is a great alternative to Photoshop if all you need is a program to add titles to make your blog Pinterest friendly.
ConvertKit: I’ve only had ConvertKit for a month, and I love it. In 30 days, I’ve gained 1002 email subscribers since installing the app. That’s a lot! ConvertKit gives you some great templates for email sign up forms and landing pages, and they make delivering freebies super easy. I also have the ConvertKit plugin, which adds sign up forms at the bottom of each post. I can set a default, or I can choose whatever form I want.
Dropbox: The photography side of blogging can take up a lot of space on your computer, which is why Dropbox is a must have. I also use it with my team and VAs so we all have access to the images and files on my choosing.
Grammarly: I use this Chrome extension all the time. It corrects your grammar for you, which is awesome for blog posts and emails to clients. There is a free and a pro version. You need to get this plugin.
Do you have any favorite blogging tools? Share them in the comments.
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