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Saturday, 21 January 2017

BLOGGING | My favourite blogging resources

There are a few things I deem necessary to write a blog post.

Slouchy clothes, good relaxing music (right now it's Christine and The Queens), and, sometimes, my bed #sorrynotsorry.

But within the past year or so, I've come to realize there's a lot more to just writing a blog post. It's about writing content that is engaging and good for SEO (although SEO is something I'm still trying to get my head around!). It's about bright photography and necessary tags. It's about sharing the posts, trying to encourage readers to comment and share and of course, this is just one post - it's also about helping your blog to grow overall.

Now I'm no expert, but I think my blog has improved massively over the past twelve months and I can't lie - a lot of that has been down to research.

Of course I do stick to the basics - I write content naturally how I enjoy to write and I would never change something as big as my writing style etc. But I now put in the research to make said content as best as it can be.

I do this by relying on/referring to many different blogging resources and I thought I'd share some of my favourite ones today so that hopefully they may help you too.

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BLOGLOVIN' / BLOG POSTS
This is the biggest one and probably the platform I use most to read and share/save content. Although I'm not very good yet at improving my own Bloglovin' page, I bookmark so many great posts this way and have a 'board' dedicated especially to blogging help.

Some of my most useful saved posts include:

9 Changes I Made When I Finally "Got Serious" About My Blog | This speaks to me because it wasn't up until last year that I began to get more serious about my blog, really. I've taken on a few of these tips such as using Pinterest more, trying to understand my analytics and adding ALT texts to images.

Making The Most Of Your Phone Camera | This helped me loads as I'm not in a position to buy a 'proper camera' and the tips in this post have helped make sure I still take somewhat good photos for the blog.

25 Blog Post Ideas For A Lifestyle Blogger | Blog post ideas is always a useful resource!

The Ultimate Blog Organisation Spreadsheet | I cannot begin to tell you how useful this post/spreadsheet is. I've tweaked it a little to suit my own needs, but I rely on this spreadsheet pretty much constantly. It has really help me get a grip on my posts and I wish I'd stumbled across this years ago.

Sponsored Posts; What Do You Charge? | Although obviously pricing varies per blogger, this post is really useful for deciding on a system to work out what you should be charging per post.

You can see my saved Blogging 101 posts here.

TWEETDECK
This is just a simple one, but probably one I use nearly every other day and as part of my blogging routine. There are lots of platforms to help schedule social media but Tweetdeck tends to be one I go back to time and time again. It's great for scheduling (& seeing what is scheduled!) as well as tracking replies to you etc.

CANVA
The great thing about photography for blogging is that you can always make do without having to splurge out for an expensive camera. As mentioned before, I use my phone camera for practically everything and I find this especially helpful for me because I studied photography briefly in college and enjoy it - so I really enjoy taking the time to find an interesting angle when taking photos or playing around with the set up of one. Still, I find Canva is a great tool to edit photos to make them look like they were taken professionally. There are a lot of tools that do this, but to me, Canva is almost made for bloggers as it also features graphics, pre-made canvas sizes for things like Twitter, Blogger headings and Facebook banners, and lots of help towards creating graphics for blogs. It's great as it's all in one place and ever since discovering Canva, it's one of my favourite go-to editing and blogging systems.

FACEBOOK GROUPS
Facebook groups are super helpful and not just for making other blogger friends. I find groups like UK Bloggers and Bloggers Helping Each Other really useful for advice, and they also run lots of fun threads to help get more comments/instagram interaction etc. I also find UK Blogger Opportunities really great for, well, blogging opportunities! I've actually found/participated in more opportunities via this Facebook group than on dedicated blogger opportunity websites!

Off course there's also the obvious like Twitter, Instagram etc too, but these are some others you may not have heard of.

What are your go-to blogging resources? Let me know with a comment!

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4 comments:

  1. Facebook groups are great for getting your blog out there. I really like some of the blog groups on Facebook x

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  2. I love facebook groups and have made some lovely friends through them :)

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  3. So useful!!! Thx for sharing 👍🏻 I'm brand new so this is really valuable x

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  4. I also love using Facebook groups to stay part of the blogging community and finding new opportunities x

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