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Usually, I am faced with a lot of questions from both budding and established bloggers about the tools and resources I use for blogging or the tools they can use for blogging. I always answer them listing these apps and websites that they later find very effective.
I’ve been blogging for close to (or more than) six years. I have blogged on my blog (before I acquired this domain) and for websites like campus360gh.com, earnestwrites.com, alkebulannetwork.com among others. So, you can trust me when I say these are very effective tools.
I have categorised these tools into three:
- Tools and Ways for finding blog post ideas.
- Tools to help organise your ideas and to write them.
- Designing tools to help you embellish your post.
Tools Or Ways For Finding Blog Post Ideas
- Join a blog challenge:
Yes, a blogging challenge can be pretty hectic but it is worth the time and efforts because you will have a well of ideas right beneath your doorstep waiting for you. I joined one hosted by earnestwrites.com for this month.
This blogpost is originally part of their challenge. However, just yesterday, I received a message from a friend asking me this same question.
That is when I knew it is time to put my blogging secrets out there haha.
See? 30 different topics to blog about. All you need is to stay focused, be consistent and you won’t be in want of a topic to blog about. So yeah, a blogging challenge is another way to go.
This website (or if you want, the app) can help direct you to the types of questions that real people are asking, questions that you can reply in-depth with a blogpost. All you have to do is search for your keyword, and follow topics associated with your blog’s focus or niche. It is very effective.
I don’t know about you but these questions on Quora are already giving me ideas to write about! So there, that’s the magic.
What this website also does is present you with a way to know which topics within your chosen niche are doing well (trending) on the web. This way, you know what topics to focus on and which ones you should. All you have to do is enter a subject or URL in the search box for BuzzSumo, and you will get a fortune of content knowledge that works best for sharing on social media. To find the right angle or to take a wide look at the content that does well (and the blogs that do it best) in your niche, BuzzSumo can be super useful for fleshing out an established concept.
With this HubSpot tool, you can enter three keywords, and HubSpot will give you five titles—a week’s worth of content—to work with. It is that simple.
- Trending Topics On Twitter
On your Twitter homepage, the trending topics section can be a great place to catch ideas from the latest news. Make good use of that too.
Notwithstanding, you can also trust yourself to brainstorm and come up with ideas yourself. Simply be observant and creative. Look around you. Blogging ideas abound.
Tools to help organise your ideas and to write them.
- Google Docs
Most bloggers go directly to the writing editor (WordPress, etc.) to make their post directly. I will advise against that and suggest you write on Google Fox’s first before sending it to your blogging editor.
Also, you can also try writing in Google Documents and tapping into the extra strength of the spelling and grammar resources of Google Docs.
If you want the best place to write and be sure your content is safe, then this app is the best.
The image below does explain it all.
Copy and paste your article into the online Grammar Checker of Grammar to see how it works against spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, style, and more checks. You can use the keyboard If you blog on the phone.
- Google Calendar
It is possible to reconfigure calendar resources like Google Calendar as editorial calendars. You can save your ideas as all-day activities and move them around the calendar as required while posting one post per day. If you’re trying to schedule several posts, add a calendar event to your specific time of publication. To see what you have planned for a given day, week, or month, zoom in and out.
Place your thoughts in a to-do list where you can prepare when blog posts could go live and break down the process of writing blog posts into manageable measures. Todoist lets you also work with a team on shared tasks.
Designing tools to help you embellish your post.
Looking for a place to download high resolution royalty-free images for your design? Pexels is the place. Just visit the site and explore for yourself. You will love it there.
Perhaps my most-used designing tool, if not the only. Even the header for this post is designed with Canva. Canva makes design creation super easy (especially for non-designers) with their premade templates, custom image sizes for every social media channel, drag-and-drop interface, cool fonts, and more. I love canva. Only that you are limited by their free version (I use the paid version) but It is a far better option than most apps.
This WordPress plugin makes it simple to highlight snippets of your blogpost for readers to easily share on Twitter.
MailChimp is one of the biggest and best (and free) ways to send email to your list of contacts. You can set up automated campaigns that deliver each new post that you write, or you can create campaigns from scratch. MailChimp offers free accounts for those with fewer than 2,000 contacts in their list.
So, what do you think about these tools?
Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below.