5 Resources to Make Blogging Easier

When you’re trying to manage a blog, work, do everything house related and look after the kids too it’s nice to find things that make your blogging life easier. Here are my top five resources for saving time when blogging and a huge plus point is they are all online based so available wherever you may be and on any computer.

PicMonkey

PicMonkey is still my go-to place for editing photos. I can quickly and easily crop, resize and add different filters and overlays to photos. Quite a few options with PicMonkey are only available when you upgrade and pay a monthly fee but I have been using the free option for over a year and it does everything I need it to do.

5 Resources to Make Blogging Easier

Canva

Someone said to me at Britmums, looking at you Pippa, that the best way to make any post into worthwhile content is to add a Pinterest friendly image to it. After Britmums I did more research and decided that any post I wanted to pin onto Pinterest should contain a specially created image that would make it standout as well as possible on the Pinterest boards. For this Canva is fantastic. You say what format you want your picture to be in – Pinterest, Facebook cover, Instagram post etc, pick a layout, add photos, text etc and you’re done. Canva already knows what size images work best on which format and it makes it easy for you to make the perfect image for your needs.

5 Resources to Make Blogging Easier

Polyvore

I stumbled across Polyvore last year and have used it religiously since. It adds a button to your internet browser bar at the top and whenever you see something online that you like you click the button and it saves it to Polyvore. Now, why would you want to do that? For so many reasons! Christmas gift lists, mood boards, anything that takes your fancy. It’s incredibly easy to use and you can even add text, arrows and things to give your creation an individual look.

5 Resources to Make Blogging Easier

Hootsuite

Hootsuite has saved me so much time over the last year. I use Hootsuit to schedule tweets to promote posts so that I can just use social media for chatting rather than blog promotion. Hootsuite is also great for keeping an eye on different search terms or hashtags on social media or for showing your different social media profiles in one place. I haven’t used much of Hootsuite’s options yet but the ones I have used save me a huge amount of time.

Google

I don’t mean ACTUAL Google. I mean Google Drive. Google Drive is amazing. All my documents, spreadsheets, pdfs and more are all in one place. I can update them wherever I am and access them from any computer. It also has a handy pdf merge function that I couldn’t be without. I could take about Google Drive for hours but really, if you’re not using it you should be.

5 Resources to Make Blogging Easier

Another part of Google I love is GMail. If you don’t have a GMail account you really should have one. It’s so easy to follow conversations, put emails in different folders and promotional newsletter type emails get filtered out into a separate folder automatically. Add to that the ‘boomerang’ add on you can get to schedule emails and GMail really is the best invention ever.

I also came across a site with 101 Blog Post Ideas that is a great inspiration if looking for content ideas. We all get blogger’s block from time to time so definitely use this as a prompt if you can’t think of what to write about!

So there are my top blogging resources. Is there anything you swear by that helps you organise your blogging life? Feel free to leave me your top tips!

5 Resources to Make Blogging Easier
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  1. January 7, 2015 / 7:17 am

    I recently discovered Canva and used it to make a jazzy media pack, I love it! I haven’t used it for anything else yet but definitely will be. I keep meaning to try PicMonkey because the results of Instagram filters aren’t great for using on the blog xx

  2. January 7, 2015 / 7:29 am

    Thanks for sharing: I didn’t know you can schedule emails on Gmail, I’ll look into how to do this later. I’ll also check Canva out, it sounds really good. I use lunapic.com but I’ve heard so much about PicMonkey, I think I should check it out soon. As for Hootsuite, I haven’t used it yet but heard a lot about. I wish there was a list to compare the differences and similarities between Hootsuite and Social Oomph. (link seem on tweeter feed).

  3. January 7, 2015 / 9:17 am

    This is fantastic I have never heard of Canva I’m definitely checking it out although I find Pinterest really confusing. I know I need to get to grips with it though as have heard so many bloggers say they get lots of traffic from there xx

  4. January 7, 2015 / 10:30 am

    This a great post Donna, I’ve been meaning to look at Polyvore as I’ve heard good things about it. I use PicMonkey and Canva a lot, they are so easy to use and FREE which is the best thing!

  5. January 7, 2015 / 11:12 am

    I use most of these already but I’ve never tried Canva – I’ll have to take a look, thanks for the tip!

  6. January 7, 2015 / 12:15 pm

    Great list, really helpful, thank you. You know what I’d add that I can’t do without? My paper diary, which is where I plan all my posts and make notes of linkies I will join in with πŸ™‚ x

  7. January 7, 2015 / 2:21 pm

    I use PicMonkey for adding text (but Lightroom for actual processing) and I’m intrigued by Canva – and by intrigued we mean off to download it now! But my best blog tool is good old pen and paper and a bit of planning ahead – especially things that I can plan like the books for What We’re Reading – and then when we get some sunshine I can grab everything I need for a picture!

  8. Alex Bump to Baby
    January 7, 2015 / 3:08 pm

    Such a great post! I LOVE PicMonkey, it’s so amazing for bloggers. But I’ve never heard of Canva – am off to check it out now, as it sounds fab! x

  9. January 7, 2015 / 5:55 pm

    I use picsart to edit my photos and dropbox to keep all my stuff together.

  10. January 7, 2015 / 10:24 pm

    I use most of these, but I don’t know Canva – definitely need to get on that one this year!

  11. January 8, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    I already use Picmonkey religiously but I really like the sound of Canva, I get myself into such a muddle sometimes with all that stuff! Thanks for sharing your tips Donna. x

  12. January 8, 2015 / 3:26 pm

    Great post – I’ll be checking out Canva tonight! Thanks for the tips πŸ™‚

  13. January 8, 2015 / 3:58 pm

    You know I’ve never scheduled a tweet in my life . . . perhaps I should start πŸ˜‰
    *goes off to look at hootsuite*

  14. January 8, 2015 / 7:02 pm

    Fab post huni. I have never used Polyvore, will check it out x

  15. January 8, 2015 / 7:04 pm

    I haven’t got the hang of Canva at all, and never really worked out how polyvore worked, so that’s handy to know.

    I also haven’t got my Google Drive to work. Very annoying when I want to send my blog back ups to it! Must work that out because I don’t want to pay for my drop box

  16. January 8, 2015 / 9:09 pm

    thanks for this Donna, Not heard of Canva so will be using that one soon I hope.
    Pinned this to my pinterest πŸ™‚ x

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