There are so many different online tools that help me with blogging. I’ve talked about a few in the before post prep blog post. There are blogging tools that help me write posts, research posts, create graphics and communicate with other bloggers. So let’s go through some of my favorite blogging tools and without them blogging would not be much less organized.
First, let’s start with research. I always get ideas from other bloggers, either I agree with them or I disagree with me. Ideas I get can come from something they’ve written about or something that I thought should have been written about in a post that I read. There are three tools I use to help me with research and brainstorming.
Pinterest – this gives me inspiration, whether it’s the way a post was written, the graphic, something said in the comments or the topic itself.
Feedly – I have several bloggers I read regularly and get all sorts of inspiration and motivation from.
Pocket – I love saving articles to read later and saving articles that I’ve read but want to save for research, inspiration or to do what the article said.
Second, it’s time to actually write the post. Now that I have a spark of an idea, I usually start writing in Evernote. I have a note all with ideas of blog posts to write, so if I get an idea I usually write it there first or start a new note to get the blog post started.The great thing about Evernote is that you can search notes later. You can see if you’ve already written that idea down or saved an article about it for reference. Once a draft is written in Evernote, I copy and paste it into WordPress. I use the EditFlow calendar and schedule when the post will go live. I will use one of a few graphic design programs either Canva, PicMonkey, Photoshop or Illustrator, it just depends on what I want my graphic for the blog post to look like. Lately, I’ve been using Illustrator more and more. I will use the Yoast SEO plugin to help edit the post and make sure it’s SEO friendly. I use Grammarly to make sure that there aren’t any huge misspellings or grammar errors. Sometimes I will use Click to Tweet in my posts. It’s a really great way for people to share a tidbit of the post that you’ve already written. They just click on it and it tweets out from their account for them.
The third thing to do once the post is written is to get ready to promote the post. I only use Pinterest and Twitter for promotions. I use Instagram for behind the scenes look. So I’ll schedule a couple of tweets to go out over the course of a few days and pin the graphic to a couple of my boards and a few group boards that I participate in, once the post is live. This is probably where I’m lacking the most in motivation. It’s hard to be consistent in social media without paying for some sort of app like Tailwind, Coschedule or Buffer. Lately, I’ve been using Tweetdeck for scheduling my tweets and that has been working out great.
Those are some the tools I use daily for blogging. I will be writing about the tools I use for my business soon. What’s your favorite tool for blogging and why? I’m always interested in what other people use.