Three things that have made blogging easier


Hello everybody! I have been blogging for just over a year and I have loved having my own little space on the internet 

HOWEVER, 

it takes so much more work than I ever expected! Along the way I have discovered a few things that I just wouldn't be without now. Juggling a part-time job, university and blogging isn't easy, but it can be made easier and more enjoyable. I still regard myself as a beginner and I am still learning but if you are thinking of starting a blog, or have just started one, then definitely take note of these three things!

1. www.bufferapp.com for social media scheduling 


Help for bloggers - Buffer app

This is a recent discovery for me after someone recommended it on a Twitter chat. I have used other schedulers but some of them were difficult to get my head around and others just simply didn't work. 

Buffer makes a blogger's life easy as you can schedule your Twitter, Facebook, Google+ etc messages for anytime in the future and then you can totally forget about it! Another perk of Buffer is that it has an analytics feature to see which posts worked well. This helps you to plan for the future, what works, what doesn't, how you can improve etc...


2. www.picmonkey.com for photo editing


Help for bloggers - Picmonkey

I am no wizz at photoshop but I still want good quality photo edits for my blog. I have been using Picmonkey for years for simple edits and I really love it. You don't need to create an account, you just go onto the site, upload your photo and you are done in a few minutes. The only content you are restricted from is 'Royale' which you have to pay for. There are so many great features without going this far though!

Blogging is a time-consuming hobby so you want to get some things done as quick as possible. Once you get the hand of Picmonkey you will be able to create perfect photos for your blog posts in minutes. All it takes is a little patience to learn and trial and error to see what style fits with your blog's personality. It is no doubt that great photography is the number one thing that draws me to a blog.

3. Notepad for brainstorming


Help for bloggers: notepad for brainstorming


The third and final thing that has definitely made blogging easier is a simple notepad! This is  a shot of the one on my laptop but sometimes I like to go old school and use a physical notepad and pen (who would have thought? haha)

For too long I had good ideas for blog posts while I was reading magazines or watching TV and just thought to myself 'Oh, I'll remember that!' and I never do! So I thought I would do the smart thing and start making a list, I will then either tick them off or delete them as I work through. Rocket science eh? I also have notes for websites for blog help (like The Wonder Forest), my blogroll and various links and blogger network details.

If you start a list like this it will surprise you how much stress it can lift from your shoulders, I feel much more organised now and even though I have slowed my blogging down whilst I am in final year at university, I know I will have a lot of fresh ideas for when I start up fully again.


And there you have it! Three things that have made my blogging life easier. What do you think? If you have any more ideas feel free to comment or tweet me @thefashionsix 


Did you see my post on how to add a blog comment signature and my list of blog post ideas? This might help if you are lacking some inspiration!

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6 comments

  1. This is a really helpful post - I've heard loads of good stuff about the Buffer app so will definitely be downloading that. I also use Picmonkey to edit all my photos - it's a fab free editor! x

    Amy | The Perks of Being Amy

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  2. so helpful, I enjoyed it lot; I realyyneed to try that editing site- I am using one at the moment, which is just way too complicatedand difficult to use, so might have made my life a lot easier just then!

    love,Kat

    whatkatlovestoday.blogspot.com

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  3. I use all of these tools! I have a blog and I run my own business and I know it is essential to be smart with your automated systems. Also, PicMonkey is invaluable, fast and FREE :)

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  4. Picmonkey is fab, perfect for photoshop-illiterate people like me! haha

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  5. Hey Kat, thanks for your comment :) Guarantee you won't go back after using Picmonkey!

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  6. Exactly Amy! It's better to make life easy for yourself eh? No one needs complicated tools!

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