When I first started my blog, I spent hours upon hours researching websites, and apps that could help me with organising my blog and just making blogging easier for me. For the past few years, I’ve gathered quite a few resources so today I decided to share them with you. Some of these I discovered through other bloggers and others I found randomly. Hopefully, these resources will make your blogging life easier and more enjoyable.
Canva- I use canva mainly to create Pinterest images for my blogposts, like this one.
Ippicy – Before I started editing my blog pictures on Lightroom, I used ippicy to do it. It’s a great free alternative. I still use it occasionally to make collages
Paint.net –This is a program you have to install on your computer to use it. It’s another great alternative to lightroom and photoshop
VSCO – I love VSCO to edit pictures on the go. My favourite filters are A6, M5, C1 and C8
Snapseed – I mainly use Snapseed to make the backgrounds of my pictures black and white and to
brighten up a certain area using the selective tool
A Colorstory- I’ve played with this app for a while and really liked it. If you like bright colours this app has the perfect filters for you
Facetune – I like using Facetune for minor details like erasing those stubborn pimples. My favourite toll though is the details tool. I use it mainly to bright out certain features of my face, like my eyelashes, or to brighten up the small details of my bag or shoes.
Lightroom – this is the program I currently use to edit my blog and Instagram photos, but if you can’t or don’t want to pay for it, there are other great alternatives like the ones I mentioned above
Photoshop – Photoshop is a bit more detailed than lightroom since you can create graphics and other things and on Lightroom, you can only edit photos
Picmonkey – Picmonkey, just like Ipiccy, is a great free alternative to Lightroom
Fotor – Also a great tool for editing your photos as well as creating your own designs
Shopstyle Collective – I use shopstyle in pretty much all my fashion and beauty blogposts (and sometimes in lifestyle posts too). It’s super easy to set up and is a great way to earn some cash
Rewardstyle – If you have a big following and great engagement, reward style is a great affiliate program for you to sign up for. Unlike shopstyle where you can just sign up and you’re done, Rewardstyle is a more selective program, and only some people get accepted
Brand Affiliates- In almost every retail website you can sign up to be apart of their affiliate program. I find this really cool as you can make money from your favourite brands
ThemeXpose – If you’re not interested in buying a blog theme you can use this website to download a free template to use on your blog.
Karografia – This blogger gives you a few beautiful free themes as well as some paid ones
Pipdig, Etsy and Creative Market – If you are willing to pay for a blog theme, these three websites are, in my opinion, the best ones
Grammarly – Grammarly is probably the app that has helped me the most with my blog. As you might know, English is not my first language and although I’ve been speaking it for 13+ years, there are times when I don’t know how to spell a specific word. There is where grammarly comes in. The app also helps you construct sentences in more cohesive ways.
Protent – this website basically helps you create blogposts titles for your blog, to make sure you’ll have the highest amount of traffic possible
Social Media Scheduling
Buffer and Tweetdeck – Tweet scheduling websites. I use these regularly
Tailwind – Tailwind is a Pinterest scheduler. It’s super easy to use: you just select the pin, select the board and it’ll post the image for you
Planoly– Planoly posts Instagram pictures and Instagram stories for you.
Loomy – Another great tool for scheduling your social media posts. Loomy also has many other great tools that can help you with growing your blog/business.
Trello – I use trello mainly to keep track of all my projects whether they are blog replated or not
Google Calendar – Who doesn’t know Google Calendar? I like using it as an editorial calendar for my blgoposts
Evernote – I use Evernote to keep track of all my blogpost ideas as well as to save all the articles/blogposts I find interesting
Disqus – Disqus can be installed on your blog to enable comments on your blogposts
Unroll.me – to help you manage all your email subscriptions
IFTTT – It connects your social media accounts so that what you post on one platform can be posted on another. For example, you post a picture on Instagram and IFTTT will post it on your Pinterest account
Go Daddy – If you want to buy a domain for your blog, Go Daddy is a great place to do so