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?