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HI YA! Woot Woot…Today I am super excited to share these tools with everyone. I will be heading up on year two of blogging and could not be happier with where I am. I love what I do! I know that I have many blogger friends and readers that follow my blog, so I wanted to share with you all some great tools that I use to help me stay focused and on track when it comes to blogging.
I should have called this post my top six picks because I could not blog without my coffee and donut. LOL. They are a must every morning. Yup. I eat really healthy. Usually, if you are a blogger coffee is your best friend, and it has actually become mine, but onto my top four picks for bloggers!
There are so many blogging tools out there, but if you are looking for the absolute minimum, I would say these four below are my top picks. I adore each of these, and some of them are free! Doesn’t get better than that.
The Top Four Tools I Use Every day For Blogging:
CoSchedule: This has to be one of my favorite tools when it comes to blogging. Thanks to Joyce over at Women And Their Pretties who hooked me up with this program a couple of months ago. You can use CoShedule to schedule your social media content and even use it as an editorial calendar. As of now I don’t personally use it as an editorial calendar, but I use Beautiful Calendar only because it is in my face as soon as I get online. I need that in life 😉
Personally, I feel that this is the best money I spend on my blog besides all the themes I buy..Yup. I am a theme hoarder.
Photo Editing: If you are looking for an easy program to make beautiful photos and pictures for your blog there are two that I would recommend. One is PicMonkey which is super easy and very basic. The other is Canva which has to be my top pick when it comes to online photo work. Both are super easy to use but in my opinion Canva offers a bit more. You can quickly resize images for social media with one click-through their Canva At Work (paid). Also, through their paid option you can easily store your brand colors and fonts. So everything is at your fingertips.
If you are looking for something a bit more you can never go wrong with PhotoShop Elements. I am not very Photoshop Savvy but I am learning. I have so much fun playing around with Elements!
Beautiful Calendar: Like I said before you can use CoShedule as an editorial calendar but I choose to use another option called Beautiful Calendar. I recently started to use this program and love it! Not only is it free but it is beautiful. If you are like me you need a calendar in your face every time you get online as reminders. Not only can I add the extension to Chrome but I made this my homepage when I get online. Making it simple for me to see what needs to be done.
Haute Chocolate: So you might be wondering what in the world is this? Well, if you are a blogger you know what it is like to be in a crunch for time and trying to get that perfect image for your blog. It can be a pain in the ass! Haute Chocolate is my new go to for stock images that are beautiful, colorful and perfect. In fact, I used one for the picture above. Beautiful right? This is a paid subscription but totally worth it when you add up how much you might spend for one image on other sites. Their library is beautiful.
There are so many other programs and apps that I use but these really are always up on my computer no matter what. Look for other posts coming soon for my top WordPress plugins as well as tips and tricks to starting your very own blog. What are your favorite tools for blogging?
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