Just over a year ago, I wrote about the online tools I use to help me create content for my blog and I thought I would share an updated post with a few more resources I have discovered and been using.
You can see the original post here.
As I am a complete novice when it come’s to blogging, everything I have learnt myself through searching and trial and error. Some bloggers reading this maybe new to blogging, so I hope this may help you.
This is a photo editing app that you can download from the iStore or Google Play store.
What I love about this app is there are a lot of different filters that give the colour effects that suit my style. Also there is a number of photo editing tools and it’s very easy to use.
If I am photo editing on the go then this is the app that I use on my phone.
Canva is a great online site for creating modern and eye catching designs. From Facebook headers, to info graphics to posters.
It’s clearly laid out and offers lot’s of different templates and free images and icon’s to use.
If I need to update a social media background, then I tend to head straight to Canva.
Creative Market has a whole host of blog and website graphics and templates to purchase. But what I love about this site is the free weekly downloads. If you register to their site, every Monday you get emailed their 6 free downloads for that week.
Some downloads I use, like background images and water colour graphics. It can be hit and miss one week from the next of how good the downloads are. Saying that I do tend to download at least one of the free products a week to use on my blog.
This is a recently discovered phone app. What I like about this is you can see who follows you on Twitter, who has unfollowed you, who has been inactive for over month and so on so you can manage you followers/ings.
It’s fun when you first use it as it’s set like your having a text message conversation with the app!
I will be using this to keep tabs of those pesky follow/unfollow accounts!
As mentioned above, this site has hundreds of font’s to peruse and download.
Easy to install, they can be used in Microsoft Word as well as site’s like Pic Monkey.
I often use the Brush style font’s on my blog images. You can also write what you want your text to say on the site, so you can see demo’s of each font you select.
Gemma at Dorkface Blog creates fantastic blog headers and graphics that have been used on many blogs.
Gemma takes time to find out exactly what you are after, then creates several designs for you to pick from.
And she’s very reasonably priced too!
I like Etsy for finding blog templates and graphics. There are so many to chose from at various price points. I have in the past used Etsy and my current template is from Etsy. (Though I can not remember the name of it, but the shop is called Q DO NOW). An they were very helpful in helping install the template for no extra charge.
I have also brought graphics from Etsy to download and use to create blog headers.
Just read exactly what you are purchasing first so you know what you want will work!
Fotor is a great online photo editing tool. There are a number of filters, tools to enhance and touch up photo’s and it’s super easy to use.
I normally use this and Pic Monkey (below) for editing photo’s online.
You can also download for free the desktop version if your photo’s are of high pixel size. I find it can be slow doing it directly on line if you have a big photo to edit so then I use the desktop version.
When I first started my blog, one of the things I wanted was my own domain name.
When you first use Blogger or WordPress, you can have your chosen name, followed by blogspot or WordPress.com/co.uk. But I wanted my blog name to be AbbieChic.com, rather than abbiechic.blogspot.co.uk.
So I paid for a two year subscription to Go Daddy to let me use AbbieChic.com. This means any time someone visits my blog it redirects from the blogspot address and goes to my dot.com address. Still the same blog but just with a shortened URL.
I did have to watch a YouTube tutorial on how to set it up, but once it’s done, unless you change your .com or co.uk name you don’t need to do it again
To be honest I don’t utilise Hootsuite as much as I should for scheduling tweets. But what I do like about Hootsuite as I can send the same message to both my Facebook page and Twitter account in one go.
Also in doing this I can shorten any weblinks in a tweet to save on the character spaces!
Pic Monkey is the go to site to create text on top of an photo or image.
If you visit DaFont.com and download your preferred font/s, when you log into Pic Monkey you can select that font to use.
I tend to create a rectangular box, fade the colour and add text on top.
There are some filters to use, but it is limiting.
This is also a great way to create youtube thumbnails. A number of top vloggers use this to do theirs.
Pipdig is a popular site used by bloggers, both on Blogger and WordPress. There is not a huge selection, but what there is is of great quality.
I have used a template from Pipdig before and it was straight forward to download and install.
The after care service is great too, so if you have any issues you can contact them for support.
They are not the cheapest I will add, but you do get templates that are clean, well laid out and made for bloggers.
If you are looking for some stock photo’s to use, then this is the site to use. Most other sites for photo’s you have to pay or credit the source, but on Pixabay it’s free to download.
Some photo’s aren’t the best, but I tend to find what I am looking for.
I try to avoid using stock photo’s as I prefer to use my own, but sometimes you need a specific image that you can’t take yourself.
If you are having a giveaway, then Rafflecopter makes it easy for you.
I use the free option and it will add a box to my chosen blog page where people can enter your competition.
You can set additional options to increase the entrants chances of winning, for example leaving a blog post, or following on Facebook.
At the end of your giveaway you can see who has entered and click to randomly pic a winner which will then update on the giveaway entry box.
If you’re like me, started on Blogger but then are getting drawn into the wonders of WordPress, but are baffled by how to move over then Fiona at Wishes, Hopes and Dreams can help.
For a fee Fiona will migrate you over to WordPress and do all the fiddly tasks for you.
I tried to do it myself, and didn’t get very far, so someone like Fiona is a great support.
I hope that’s been of some help to you. I’d love to know if you have any tools you can recommend as I’m sure there are many more site’s I’m still to uncover.
Love and hugs,
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