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5 useful daily resources for a newbie blogger.
He’s a list of the resources/sites I use on a daily basis as a newbie blogger to aid me in building my blog into a business.
I know for sure this list will grow over time, especially as the blog grows and I grow as a blogger.
I’m not going to list out all the things I needed to build and launch the blog such as my hosting or plugins I’ll write a separate post for those.
For now, these are the things I rely on, on a daily basis to make my blog that bit easier to run.
They are in no particular order. I’m sure this will be of use to someone else too just starting out on their journey.
Canva/Stencil/PicMonkey – the 1st of the useful daily resources for a newbie blogger
I’ve listed 3 separate image creation programmes here because I’ve used all three at separate points over the last few months.
Originally Canva was my go to image creation programme and is still one I use regularly. It’s easy to navigate and get used to if you’ve not used anything like it before.
There is a free version which is the one I’ve always used. It is perfectly adequate for my requirements. It enables you to create images for each social media platform and your blog.
There is plenty of choice of fonts, colours and layouts. There’s also tons of choice to make other things such as flyers, posters, ads, magazine covers and even your CV.
The really interesting and convenient thing with Canva is the app, it’s available on Android and iPhone which makes it really easy to create a quick image on the go if you’ve thought of something to share to social media but are away from your PC or laptop.
I have trialled the paid for version which did have some cool extras such as being able to make an image in one size but then instantly resize it into different size image, pretty neat!
Is amazing but I found it much better to use once I’d paid for a subscription. It gives you more images to use and create once you have paid.
Once I’m making a regular income I may convert to this programme more permanently but at the moment it doesn’t offer enough to replace the free Canva.
Also offers excellent options in free mode and does also offer a paid version, but if you’re happy with Canva like I am the only reason I can see to use this programme is for detailed photo editing such as airbrushing.
Grammarly – the 2nd of the useful daily resources for a newbie blogger
I knew as soon as I started blogging that grammar and some spelling wasn’t my strong point.
So when I discovered Grammarly I knew I had to give it a try and I was impressed.
It not only points out any spelling mistakes and general grammar errors it also suggests better ways to lay out your sentences or offers better grammatical practices.
Once you’ve installed the plugin on Chrome it works within any writing programmes and helps you produce your best work.
Word/Google Docs on mobile – the 3rd of the useful daily resources for a newbie blogger
I get the urge to write at the most inconvenient moments.
So to utilise this I installed Google Docs and Google Drive on my iPhone, so I’m able to write posts and ideas whenever I get the urge but then I’m able to edit and format or cut and paste them from my main PC.
This has been a game changer for me and my productivity.
I have a list of blog posts that need writing, listed in a Google Doc and I just go through the list writing whatever post is next, save it in my Google Drive and then I can access it whenever I need it on my PC!
Pinterest – the 4th of the useful daily resources for a newbie blogger
I was addicted to Pinterest as soon as I discovered it.
I not only have many boards which I use for my blog and reselling I also use it for personal interests and have many boards set to private.
However, Pinterest is fantastic for helping come up with ideas for the blog and blog posts. Its great at introducing people to new blogs and businesses and the amount of ideas that come from Pinterest is mind-boggling!
I couldn’t be without it now it is an integral part of my blogging journey.
Its relatively easy to get the hang of it, so long as you remember its more of a search engine than a social media platform, once Id heard it explained like that, things quickly fell into place.
Pixabay – the 5th of the useful daily resources for a newbie blogger
There are many stock photo sites out there, the first one I was introduced to was Pixabay.
All photos are good to use for commercial purposes under the Creative Commons license, which is great for the blog.
Do just be aware that when you do a search the 5 images under the words “sponsored images” are paid ones. It’s pretty obvious but do just check.
Once you’ve signed up and had a look around you’ll notice the number of options and categories is phenomenal!
As I mentioned above they are in no particular order, just as they came into my head.
I would recommend all of these sites for the newbie blogger, and I would suggest that the free versions are perfectly adequate for a newbie’s needs, I mean I’m still using the free versions and I’ve been blogging a few months now!
So, have you used any of these sites? Do you find them useful, indispensable? I’d love to know what your go-to sites are or were as a newbie blogger, drop me a comment and let me know! 🙂