Good morning and happy Tuesday friends!
There are about a million different blogging apps and plugins and what-have-you, so it can be super overwhelming if you’re new to all of it. Instead of sharing a bazillion of them, I’m sharing my top 5 in the app/plugin/widget category. If you’re looking for a super comprehensive list, you can check out A Prettier Web and sign up for the newsletter for a list of sixty awesome WordPress plugins.
I recently downloaded Flare to add sharing buttons to my individual posts.
I like I can customize the sharing buttons to blend in with my site design, and not have them yelling in your face.
I was also able to customize the location of Flare so it’s at the top and bottom of the post, so no need to scroll around looking for easy ways to share.
If you need to create images for your blog, Canva is the way to go. With the introduction of Canva For Work, you can now create media kits where you can save fonts and colours for your brand. No more searching, or writing down the hex code for colours to keep your branding consistent.
I’m a visual person and need to see my blogging calendar in front of me. After I signed up for CoSchedule, my blogging was much more organized and streamlined. I can plan out a week (or month) and easily move posts around if I need to. It is a paid app, but I think it’s well worth the money.
If This Then That (IFTTT)
IFTTT has to be one of my favourite ways to automate blogging and social shares.
By using IFTTT you create recipes that can run automatically in the background to help better share you automate certain tasks. When I publish a post, IFTTT runs and shares on my Facebook Fan Page and will post the first image to Pinterest with a link back to the post on the site.
Pst – if you’re not following me on social media, you can click the links above to do so 🙂 Or even save this post to Pinterest for later.
We hear that using high-quality images is important in blogging – but where the heck do you find them?!
I’ve been loving Foter.
All of the images are free. Some require you disclose certain creative commons information, but you’re able to save and edit the image for personal (and some commercial) use for free. There are a ton of images and the search function works really well.
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What are your favourite blogging tools?
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