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My Blogging Tools & Essentials

My Blogging Tools & Essentials | A Girl, Obsessed

Blogging almost daily means I have to stay super organized and on top of my game to keep this space running smoothly. Having a good assortment of blogging tools allows me to get my work done much more efficiently and stay somewhat sane in the process. I always love reading posts where the blogger shares what they use on a daily basis for work, so today I thought I’d share my everyday essentials for running a successful blog.

My Blogging Tools & Essentials

MacBook Air | This, obviously, is the most important tool that I use. My MacBook is where I do everything, from editing photos to writing posts to updating social media. I currently use Adobe Photoshop and Picmonkey to edit all of my photos, self-hosted WordPress as the platform for my blog, and Bloglovin’ for readers to subscribe and get updates about each post.

Rifle Paper Co. Planner | To keep somewhat organized with posts and things that need to be done every day, I use my planner from Rifle Paper Co. This is where I keep my daily to-do lists, important dates and deadlines, and a rough draft of my editorial calendar.

Awesome Note | This app is one that I’ve been using for several years. It’s super helpful with organizing notes into different folders, scheduling your calendar, writing (digital) post-it notes, and more. My only complaint with this app is that it doesn’t have an online version, so I’m not able to access it via my computer (but my phone is always with me, so it’s not a huge issue).

Google Calendar | This is definitely my go-to app for planning out my blog posts each month. It’s really easy to use, plus it automatically synchs between all of my devices so I’m always able to check which posts are coming up next, no matter where I’m at.

Instagram | Most might consider this more of a casual social media platform, but for me it’s one of my favorite ways to get my posts seen by others. I like to use Instagram to share pictures from my posts everyday, and I regularly update my Instagram Story with behind-the-scenes peeks of what I’m up to, random everyday moments, quotes that have inspired me, and other bloggers/Instagrammers that I think are awesome. (Shameless plug: follow me on Instagram if you’re not already!)

Twitter | My other favorite social media platform for connecting with readers and sharing my content is Twitter. I love getting to see quick little updates from my favorite bloggers, plus it’s so fun and easy to connect with others via the #bbloggers, #lbloggers, and #fblchat tags. (Again, come hang out with me on Twitter!)

Canon Rebel SL1 + 50mm Lens | These aren’t pictured (because I used them to take the photo, lol), but they are definitely the second most important tool used for my blog. I don’t think AGO would be what it is today without the photos. I am extremely passionate about photography and learning more about my camera and photo editing. I usually spend one day a week and take photos for 5-7 posts, and then edit them so they’re all ready to go when it’s time to write the post (this is a huge timesaver). After trying a few different options, I decided to go with a 50mm lens and it has completely changed the quality of my photos. I’m a big fan of soft photos with blurred out backgrounds, and this lens gives me the exact look I want.

What are your essential blogging tools?




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  • Ife

    Well, My blogging essentials for now are my mirrorless camera, my laptop, my phone (I do all the editing there), Instagram (well not so much of twitter) and my journal. I usually plan blog posts in my journal but I think I want to give google calendar a try too.

    Informative post. Thank you for always sharing!


    February 10, 2018 at 12:00 pm Reply
  • Emma

    I’ve just started blogging so the struggle is REAL ahahah! Especially with photography. I have to learn it from scratch, but I would like to mainly use my own photos so there’s no other way.
    I use Google calendar and a bullet journal for my posts’ organization, but I’m still playing around with apps like wunderlist and Evernote to write ideas.
    The work you put in your photos is totally worth it, they’re really pretty!

    February 10, 2018 at 1:42 pm Reply
  • Danielle Alexa

    I love this post because it really gives a glimpse into what goes into the blog. I could not be without my MacBook, it is a life saver!

    Danielle xx

    February 10, 2018 at 2:18 pm Reply
  • Nancy

    All of your blogging tools are definitely useful in keeping your blog content in order! I’ve never heard of Awesome Note before, but I love how it’s compatible across different devices and has a sleeker layout than Trello. I use Asana to keep up with my projects. Oh man, a DSLR goes a long way! BIG difference from phone-quality pictures! Thanks for sharing your essentials!


    February 10, 2018 at 9:14 pm Reply
  • Caroline Malone

    I absolutely love my Rifle Paper Co Planer, I use it for like all my personal diary planning, but also write which blog post I’m planning to upload on the day too. I absolutely love my Mac book, I probably one day will need to upgrade mine but it’s honestly the best to house such a large amount of photos! xx


    February 11, 2018 at 8:17 am Reply
  • Michelle

    How do you manage to fit 5-7 worth of blog posts in one day? I can only squeeze int 2-3 before the light changes in my room! haha ♥


    February 11, 2018 at 9:57 pm Reply
  • Melodie

    Great post Mandy! I tried the Awesome Note App for a while but i ended up using the apple Notes app so i can have all my notes both on my iphone, computer and ipad. I really like writing drafts of posts on my iPhone app and being able to just copy paste them from my computer app into wordpress is super convenient i think. Also i kinda gave up on Instagram by now! I keep posting a lot and my number are still the same day after day it truly depressed me for a while and then i decided to give up! Instagram how it is today is not for small newby like me i guess! haha! 😉
    Melodie | http://happymelodie.com/

    February 13, 2018 at 10:36 am Reply
  • Chloe

    I love finding out what other people use for blogging!
    Cloe X http://clxelouise.co.uk

    February 15, 2018 at 4:35 am Reply
  • liv

    My blogging tools would be obviously my laptop, Instagram and Pinterest I love to write and plan my blog posts in a note book also to write down suggestions. I love making mind maps and doing doodles to get the ideas flowing,

    February 17, 2018 at 10:41 am Reply
  • Leanne

    I’m so unorganised when it comes to blogging and I spend way too much time on instagram but it really inspires me when I see people post. I would be lost without my macbook as I use this to edit my photos and write posts

    Leanne | http://www.ohsimplething.co.uk

    March 3, 2018 at 1:04 pm Reply
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