Welcome to my blog!
Glad you could make it to come and check out my blog post. Today I’m talking about the great tools and resources I run my blog with.
If you were wondering where I get my blog resources from i.e information and ideas for content, where I get the images you see in my blog posts etc. then great news! I’m going to share them with you today, neatly wrapped in one tidy blog post convenient for you to find any time you need them.
If I were you, I’d bookmark them.
There are so many different types of resources you could utilise to help create your amazing blog posts. Each one with its own style and features to suit your needs. You just gotta find the ones that have what you’re looking for and has whatever you need that will suit you and your blog’s style.
I’m not at the stage in my life (or blogging career) where I can afford to pay for the great tools and resources I use to help run my blog but obviously, if you used the paid versions, you’ll get access to A WHOLE LOT MORE and probably higher quality resources.
What I’ll Be Sharing In This Post:
- What I use to generate blog post topics
- Blog writing resources
- Editing tools
- Free stock image sites
- Keyword tools
- Where I share my content
Before we continue, I’d just like to state that these are just the tools and resources I’ve come across that have worked for me. There are SO many others out there that you can utilize.
I found these from reading other blog posts, through Google or just stumbled upon them while reading various articles.
My Blogging Tools & Resources – Tools I Use
What I Use To Generate Blog Post Ideas & Topics
Blog post ideas don’t always come easily, sometimes I get writer’s block and don’t know what to write about next; which is why I need resources to help me overcome that.
To generate blog post ideas and topics I use:
- I look at my older posts and see what more I can add and turn into a new post
- I draw inspiration from life itself i.e conversations I have and overhear, books I’ve read, experiences, tv shows etc.
- Other social media such as Twitter and Facebook based on things people write on there
- solicit guest posts
- interviewing other bloggers
- Google searches
I have a notebook filled with topics that popped into my mind that I have yet to write about.
It’s good to have a notebook (or your phone) on hand to jot down your ideas because you never know when inspiration might hit, and you don’t want to forget an idea that could potentially be gold!
A bulk of my inspiration for blog posts comes from every day interactions with people, experiences and books.
Blog Writing Resources
First off, there’s heaps of caffeine involved in my blogging process so I have to at least mention it when it comes to getting the writing done.
The resources I use to draft my blog posts are Microsoft Word and WordPress.
I use these apps to draft blog posts mostly when I’m at home, sitting in my bed or at the desk.
Microsoft Word is my go-to when I want to write blog posts offline because there’s no power or my internet connection is being disrupted.
I’m using Grammarly to edit my blog posts and this is why you should use it too:
- It’s simple to use
- Improves your writing by giving you suggestions to better phrase your sentences for easy reading
- Your writing becomes easier for the reader to read
- It’ll help you with your spelling and grammar and minimise such mistakes in your blog posts
- Grammarly can be used for all the online writing you do using your laptop or computer. The plugin allows Grammarly access to the sites you use as well as the writing app on your PC. It helps you when drafting emails, letters, whatever writing you do while you’re online.
The great part is, you can do all of this using the free version of Grammarly.
I’ve started copying and pasting my blog posts into Microsoft Word and using the “Read Aloud ” function, under the Review tab, to hear what my blog post sounds like. Sometimes when you write something, you think it’ll sound right until you hear it being read back to you then you think nah, lemme change that…
I think my blogging sounds and reads better ever since I started doing this.
Free Stock Images
Before I continue, I remember a while back before I discovered some of the sites I’m about to mention, someone called me out on Facebook for using a white woman’s legs in a post about walking. I was taken aback by this because to me it was the only picture that looked close to what I was looking for and I just used it, I didn’t really think about it.
However, it is important that as a black woman, I represent black women on my blog.
Luckily for me, there are bloggers always willing to point you in the right direction and I found some sites with images of people of colour (Wix now has them too) too, to make my blog more ethnically diverse. Some of which you’ll find in the list below:
- Ivory Mix – if you join the membership you’ll get access to their free stunning stock library, Canva and Pinterest templates
- Nappy (POC)
- Iwaria (POC)
Yes, these stock images are FREE!
When discovering stock image sites, just check that you are in fact allowed to use those images for your site before downloading them. You don’t want to be accused of copyright infringement.
I rarely ever take my own blog photos because photography isn’t my strong suit but if it is yours, it’s better to take your own blog images because it’ll make your content more unique and personal and you can show us your world through your own lens.
For my keyword search, I’m using Keywords Everywhere; which also uses a plugin that accesses Wix while I’m connected to the internet.
FYI, my keyword usage does need some work and I’m still working on it.
When you Google a term or blog post topic. Keywords Everywhere shows you a list of related keywords, what people search for as well as long-tail keywords that you could use in your blog post.
Where I Share My Content
In this last section, I’m going to tell you a little about where I share my content.
Social media is a great way to attract new readers as well as engage with your audience.
Twitter has blogging RT accounts that you can mention to help spread your tweets to a wider audience and ensure relevant people see them. Using relevant hashtags is also an excellent way to help your tweets reach their intended audience.
My blog also has a monthly newsletter and new posts are emailed to subscribers as soon as they’re published.
If you aren’t following me on those platforms, please do so…
We’ve now reached the end of the longest post I’ve ever written, I hope you’ve found it useful and have enjoyed reading it.
To reiterate, below is what I use to help run my blog and what YOU should be utilising to help run YOUR blog is:
- a content generation strategy
- blog writing resources
- editing tools & software
- places to get beautiful images
- keyword tools
- content sharing platforms
Great writing paired with stunning visuals and promotions will grow your blog authentically.
Please let me know what you thought about the great tools and resources I use to run my blog and share a few of your blogging tools and resources in the comments section, I am always looking for new places to draw inspiration from as well as new great tools and resources to help better my blogging.
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Have yourselves a lovely day! Until next time…