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As blogging is growing in popularity as a hobby and as a viable career path, technology is advancing and giving you more tools and resources to enhance your blogging experience and to be able to develop your blog into a business for yourself. Of course, over time all bloggers essentials that they use will alter and all bloggers pay extra attention to different aspects on their blog for example photography and graphics.
When I first started blogging I used different tools and resources to what I use today. Not all apps, resources and tools will work for each blogger because you are running your individual blogs and you all have different visions, this is why it is a good idea to trial a variety and see what works best for you and your budget. I have found a few favourites for me that help me create the best posts I can and to develop my blog as much as I can.
Here are 5 of my top essentials:
I have a Canon camera as well as an iPhone it depends what photographs I am taking as to which one I will use. In my blog I do use a lot of stock images which I can tell you I wish I knew about when I first started my blog, it saves so much time and can really be effective for a blog post. However, if I am working on a product review or an AD I will take my own images of the product of service. I love being able to get creative with flat lays and coming up with different photographic ideas for the brand. It is your chance to show a brand your creative side and build positive relationships with those brands so you can work together in the future. If you do not like to take photographs or are not in a position to do so, stock images can be your best friend and I will be talking more about them later.
2. A notebook
Now I always have a notebook on the go. I am the type of blogger who likes to draft out blog posts, write down ideas and play around with blog titles, so having notebooks to be able to keep all that information in one place helps me stay organised with my blog. With a world that is very technology heavy I enjoy putting pen to paper and writing. I like to use a notebook to work on my blogging schedule that helps me plan content ahead of time so I always avoid the dreaded bloggers burn out. I will always have a notebook handy so that when blogging ideas come to me, I can jot them down and not forget them!
3. Canva app
This app is vital app for me in creating blog graphics for each of my blog posts as well as making pins for my Pinterest boards. If you are struggling with pin ideas they have templates and even photographs you can use if you do not feel confident in taking the photographs. This app can save a blogger so much time especially if you are working full time and blogging is a hobby. There are a variety of templates for all social media platforms and plenty of text options. There is a pro version that you can pay for, but the free version is the one I use and I am finding just as effective right now.
4. Social media platforms
Having a social media account on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram allows me to share my blog posts and content on a variety of platforms and therefore reaches a bigger audience. Reaching a bigger audience then increases your chances for more blog traffic and engagement on each of your blog posts. Having multiple social media channels can also allow you to build connections with other bloggers, make lasting friendships and learn from one another. I have made some great friends through blogging and the blogging community is very supportive.
Unsplash is an app that has free stock images that you can use for blog posts and other blog graphics, as long as you are sure to credit the original creator to stay authentic to your audience. Like i said previously using stock images can help you save a lot of time instead of trying to create the perfect image yourself. If you your blog is a hobby and you are working in another job, using stock images can help you stay on track with your time schedule and still have effective and appealing blog graphics for your audience.