I’ve blogged in some form for as long as I can remember. I started with lined notebooks. Then, I happily stumbled onto Livejournal once we had internet. After that, I shifted to blogger as I learned how to create content as a business. And finally moved to self-hosting with WordPress and bought my domain. With all that, I learned a lot about blogging and, even now, things to use with social media as a business. This led me to think sharing my blogger’s helpful tools could be useful.
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The few items I’ll be sharing today are just a few I felt like sharing to get you started or learn something new if you are a long-standing blogger (or social media person) like me. I hope to share a few different posts in the next few months.
Blogger’s Helpful Tools
I had no idea what domain site to go through when I decided to buy my domain. It was overwhelming. You heard good and bad about so many different ones; much was terrible. Finally, my cousin recommended Namecheap, which I am glad I picked. It was what I started with and still use to this day. Anytime I have had issues, they have been quick to respond and find the root of the cause to fix it as quickly as possible.
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Ever feel like the English language is confusing, and you want to make sure you are coming across as best as you can? This is where Grammarly comes in. I waited so long to get the paid version, but I never see myself returning. It’s so helpful when writing anything: emails, blog posts, captions, and even simple status updates. While I have always had a flair for story writing, my English hasn’t always been the best. Where does this comma go? Should I start a new sentence? Is my flow right? Grammarly helps with all that with ease. Sign up today for a paid Grammarly account, and thank me later.
Ever want to make an image just so, but everything you keep trying isn’t quite working as you envisioned? This is where Canva comes in. So many different templates for you to easily make just what you are looking for. Get the paid version and have even more access. I use Canva with each blog post to make my header/social media image & my interest image. It makes it so easy and even fun. So many options and ways to use it; you need to head over and take a look yourself. Join Canva.
Headline Studio by CoSchedule
Are you struggling to find engaging headlines for your posts? Grab Headline Studio and do a little less struggling. It gives you a score on your headline and tells if it’s likely to grab others’ attention. It gives you ideas on what other words you may need to add to your headline & with the paid version; it gives you even your SEO score on your headline. I, once again, dragged my feet on getting the paid version but did it this year, and so far, I love it. It’s beneficial. Try Headline Studio by CoSchedule now.
I was gifted this Microsoft 365 to help promote a 12-month subscription, and I have found it so helpful. It’s so lovely to have an updated version of the Microsoft software. It’s no secret that I hate typing on my phone when I have to, but I much prefer typing on my laptop. This is where Microsoft Word has come in handy. I type up captions I want to use for Instagram and can use OneDrive to grab it off my phone to copy and paste where I like it. Easy. So much easier than when I type it up and email it to myself. I also use Microsoft Excel for my income & expenses for the blog. Having access anywhere I choose to pull it up has been a lifesaver. Check out Microsoft 365 today for your 12-month subscription; you’ll love it.
That is it for today’s round-up on blogger’s helpful tools. I hope you found one or two that you’ll find valuable. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask; I’d love to help you!