5 favorite blogging resources to help busy bloggers- and who isn’t?- be as efficient and organized as possible. I bet you haven’t heard of some of these.
I wrote a post a while back sharing my five favorite blogging resources. The more I thought about my list, though, the more resources I kept coming up with. I knew I couldn’t stop at just five.
Here are five more favorite blogging resources.
Podcasts are the new Discman. I listen to podcasts while I cook, while I shower, while I work out. Basically, if my hands are working, but my brain is relatively free, there’s usually a podcast on. Granted, with two little ones around, I don’t always catch all the information, but I love that I can learn about writing great content, optimizing social media, or pricing sponsored posts, all while doing other things.
2. pin count
Ever wonder how many times your posts have been pinned? This awesome tool allows you to paste a URL and see how many times it has been pinned. It’s the easiest way I know of to get the pin count for your posts, and a it’s a great tool to determine which posts and photos are most appealing on Pinterest.
3. the blogging elite
The Blogging Elite is a Facebook group for bloggers. It’s an amazing resource to network with other bloggers. You can ask questions and crowd-source problems. There are daily threads to promote engagement on social media and individual blog posts. It’s a great way to drive traffic to your blog and meet and connect with bloggers.
Dafont is a website offering free font downloads. Do you want to use fonts in PicMonkey to brand your photos, but you don’t want use the same 12 fonts as so many other bloggers? Use Dafont to download any fonts you like, and then use PicMonkey to put those fonts on your photos. Not sure how to do that? I have a step-by-step tutorial here.
I know there are a ton of apps out there promising to boost productivity. I’ve tried a few, but 30/30 is by far my favorite. It allows you to set timers of different lengths for different tasks. When the timer for one task goes off, the timer for the next task begins.
I love to set 8-10 minute timers for several different social media networks. I’ll spend 8 minutes commenting on photos and following new people on Instagram, and then 30/30 will alert me when my time is up. I’ll move on to 8 minutes of pinning, and then 8 minutes of retweeting and following, etc. It’s my favorite way to stay engaged on social media without wasting time.
Don’t forget to check out my blogging page for a ton more resources.