Today I wanted to tell you guys some of my favorite apps and tools I use for my blog.
Some of which I use on a daily basis, and some just here and there. First, I will tell you that I started out with Blogger in November of 2017. I wrote one or two posts, and left it there until May of 2018. At the time I wasn`t on any social media at all, and while I did use Pinterest, it wasn`t in an effective way for blog promotion. I felt like I couldn`t handle social media, and everything I read said that you needed to have it in order to be a successful blogger.
I`m not sure this is true, but one of the best parts about blogging is simply being a part of the incredible blogging community. I have grown so much as a writer, a blogger, and then simply as a person from receiving the unconditional support and kindness from all the incredible bloggers out there in the community. So, thank you for being here and being a part of my journey and allowing me to be in yours.
Whoever says that internet friends aren`t real friends hasn`t the pleasure of being a part of a community like this one.
I started blogging more frequently summer of 2018, and made it more of a diary-type blog. It was very personal and raw. I shared every piece of my mental illness, that, at that time, I didn`t really even know I had. I had yet to be diagnosed, and was still just figuring everything out. Figuring out my triggers, and what I felt about my mental health.
I started my Twitter and Instagram that summer and posted randomnly.
There was no rhyme or reason to how I was blogging whatsoever. I was reading a ton of HOW TO BLOG type blog posts, and I was definitely not doing anything right though.
Here is something I learned though: The right way, is your way. The way that makes you happy. The way that feels good in your heart. The way that brings you joy.
Pinterest can be quite deceiving with titles like I MADE $10,000 IN MY FIRST MONTH OF BLOGGING AND YOU CAN TOO, or BUILD A SIX FIGURE BLOG TODAY! And, when you aren`t making that kind of money immediately, it can be very discouraging. (You can read my post about Making Money.)
Maybe, if you are anything like me, you question whether or not you should continue to blog.
The questions really are, is it adding to your life in a positive way? Does blogging bring you happiness? Are you enjoying the experience?
In life, in general, we can always be better right? We can work harder, be better parents, be better employees, the list goes on and on. Blogging is really no different. We can learn more, and fine-tune our blogs more and more. But, if you`ve lost the love for it, then maybe it`s time to shift focus?
In June 2019 is when I went self-hosted.
And, OH MY GOODNESS IT WAS HARD AND SCARY. I went to bed crying and frustrated every single night. Setting up my new site was hard, and I was worried that I had lost everything from my old one. It was very stressful. But, once I had it up and running…. I was ready to dive in and learn everything possible.
Now, I want to share with you a few of those things. My tips/tools and app recommendations may not be for you, and that is completely okay! I`m just sharing my journey.
Be a part of the blogging community.
Join in on comment threads and be supportive and spread the love and kindness on other peoples blogs. Being a part of the blogging community can help you so much! I`ve been able to even send messages to some big-time bloggers asking for help with some things and they have always been so kind and answer back! I am so grateful for the support of the community and would highly recommend jumping into this first!!
Learn how to Instagram.
The best piece of advice that I received about Instagram was to use hashtags to FIND YOUR PEOPLE. For example, if you are a mom, then maybe you use #mom or #momlife, but hashtags can allow you to really find your audience when you are specific like #manitobamoms or #momswithboys. Using hashtags to find your people will allow you to create an audience that can relate to your content and therefore eventually build a trusting relationship with them.
Learn to Pinterest. And, yes, I am aware that it is hard AF. BUT, it is worth it. Scroll through Pinterest and get a feel for what pins you are attracted to. Read some descriptions and see how others are doing it. USE HASHTAGS.
Yes, I am on the Tailwind bandwagon. I find it very helpful and since starting to use it have grown by 300K monthly viewers. I also find it helpful to see what my top pins are. I just have the monthly one so I don`t know if the year plan is better or not. I find it a very helpful tool.
Honestly, I love Canva. There are so many awesome features and you can create such gorgeous pins. I use just the free version of it, but I know there are even more features and photos to use in the paid version.
Yoast SEO Plugin.
I won`t lie here, I am still just learning SEO. It is on my list of things to get a better handle on this year, but I do know that if I make both smiley faces green on this plug in then that generally means GOOD. I would recommend you checking it out if you don`t already use it.
I would be lost without my planner. I write down all my personal stuff as well as any blog content I have planned. A planner helps me stay organised.
WordPress Reader App.
I use this to check my daily stats, along with reading and commenting on other blogs. I find it easy to use and enjoy having great blogs right there waiting for me to read.
I am fairly new to this one. My first newsletter will be going out March 1. So far I have found Mailchimp to be very easy to use and easy to integrate with WordPress as well.
Journal and Pen.
And, well, because I am old-fashioned, I always have a journal and pen by my side because I like to write things down. I usually write everything before typing it. Writing helps me get my ideas out better than just typing it.
These are all tools and apps that have helped me grow my blog and following! Do you have favorite tools/apps for your blog?