As a blogger and a social media professional, you’d think I’m all about apps and digital stuff when it comes to blogging. Not so. There are only so many apps that do the same thing that I can have and actually use. I love list-keeping apps, but sooner or later, a favorite comes out and I get rid of the other ones so they don’t bog down my phone, yknow?
Today’s Blogger, May I prompt is Favorite Blogging Tools and I’ll let you in on a little secret…it’s a pretty simple list. I wrote about a few other tools I like for blogging, so take a look at it here if you’re interested in other ways I keep the blogging train going.
I keep basically all of my ideas in a small Moleskine journal. I have the fonts, sizes, colors I use in there, too. It’s easy just to grab my Moleskin notebook and a pen and put it in my work bag or my purse and jot down something quickly when inspiration hits. I can also easily flip through and look at notes about what I want my blog to be and rekindle that excitement I had when I started GIHH.
I also use a larger (homemade) Moleskine square journal as my planner. I keep a running list of blog to-dos here and it’s also where I write down my editorial plan for the month. I really wanted a separate blog planner and editorial calendar, but realistically, I wouldn’t carry both a personal and blog planner around with me. So this suits me for now.
Evernote is my backup for when I don’t have my notebooks on me. I have a hard time going back and remembering to check this, though! I really wish I got more use out of it, but I prefer to write things down with a pen. If you’re more of a digital person, this is great for organization. I used to use it a lot more frequently before I started keeping a separate notebook for blogging. Within Evernote, you can have different notebooks and different notes, search your notes, take pictures of physical notes, and reorganize your thoughts into logical orders.
Maybe I’ll play around with this a little more. I’ll report back on how my use of this changes if you’re interested!
So I couldn’t blog without a place to publish. For me, that’s on WordPress. It’s my platform of choice. I actually started Moda Vivendi, my quilt blog, on Blogger, and I’m so glad I switched.
Honorable mention to my domain geniuses at Tubu.net and the great tech help at 17th Avenue. They recently helped with a problem I was having on my social icons and Allie stuck with me until the problem was fixed.
Here in WordPress, I keep a running stream of blog ideas with their external links once they’ve gotten out of the Moleskine notebook. From there, I start my draft. Some people write in Evernote/external app and then transfer into their publisher, but I prefer to write all in one place.
TweetDeck is what I use to post to Twitter for my blogging tweets. I use HootSuite professionally to help with Twitter scheduling, but I like TweetDeck for the blog because I can have streams of hashtags to track, have multiple Twitter accounts all in one place, and easily switch between different accounts.
Another honorable mention goes to Photoshop – it’s what I use to edit my photos and add text, though Canva is also great for making quick graphics on the fly!
What are your favorite blogging tools? I love seeing what everyone uses to make magic happen!