What are some of your essential tools for blogging? Mine are listed below.
Computer – For most of the year, I was using the ASUS. In November, I got a Dell Inspiron 13 7000 series and I’m loving it so far. The 13 inch screen does take some getting used to (the ASUS was 14 inches).
Desktop – Clean and clutter free. I save images I’ve edited and are waiting to be transferred to my blog on the desktop, and then delete them later on.
Most Used Programs for Blogging
Mozilla Firefox (Free) is my browser of choice. I tried Chrome for a while, but ended up going back to Firefox.
Filezilla FTP (Free). To transfer files back and forth from my blog.
I use Dropbox to transfer images from my phone to desktop, which are then edited for the blog using Adobe Photoshop Essentials 14 ($59.99). It’s not only useful for editing images, but also for creating blog graphics.
Online Programs & Apps
Here’s How I Use Evernote As A Blogging Editorial Calendar. For most of the year, I used the desktop program, but recently, I’ve been using it online and the app on my phone. I haven’t even downloaded the program to my new computer.
WordPress is my blogging platform, and I write draft posts directly in it. I have a self-hosted blog and use Dreamhost (Dreampress package). I also have the WordPress app on my phone, which is what I used to respond to comments on the blog.
When do you blog? I blog when I can find the time, which is mostly on a Sunday. I try to do a few posts at a time as scheduling in advance is an important part of my process. Using the Evernote app on my phone means that whenever I have an idea for a post topic during the week, it can be easily captured and written down.
While I don’t write blog posts much during the week, I do read a lot of other blogs using Feedly. I read through blog posts every morning before my day gets crazy – and I try to comment on as many as I can. I use the Buffer button right there on Feedly to schedule Tweets of blog posts I like, and I also “save for later” the posts that I want to add to my weekend links post or comment on later.
How do you keep up with social media? I don’t. I can’t. I have the Twitter app on my phone but don’t use it much. I also have the Instagram app, which gets more use. In fact, I’ve been making a conscious effort to capture at least 1 photo a day – still a work in progress.
Are you active on social media? How do you keep up?