I have been blogging for quite some time now, about 7 years, and in that time I have come to find certain things that I just cannot blog without. I thought I’d put together a little list of my top 5 blog must haves!
Unfortunately, Grum is not free and costs $9.95 per month. However, it is one of the best tools that I pay for. I’m useless at remembering to post to Instagram some days and Grum fixes that! There is no limit on how many posts you can schedule as far as I can see. The most amazing thing about Grum though is that it doesn’t require you to do anything unlike other scheduling tools and you can also schedule the first comment for hashtags at the same time. It even tells you how many hashtags you can post!
Tailwind is a brand new thing to me and I was really unsure whether it was worth paying for or not. It is.
Tailwind is amazing if you want to make the most out of Pinterest. This isn’t really something I’ve bothered too much with until now but I’ve been so silly not to. Pinterest can become a great source of additional views to your site and Tailwind makes pinning pictures so easy.
Tailwind has extensions available for different browsers, making it so easy to schedule pins. Tailwind also knows when more people are looking at your pins and makes up a schedule for you. This means your pictures are pinned at times when they’re more likely to be seen and re-pinned. Perfect, right!?
If you fancy signing up here is an invitation for you. If you use this, you get $15 of credit and so will I. If you choose to pay annually it takes the $15 off your total or gives you free time if you want to pay monthly.
I’m really quite old school when it comes to making lists. When I want to make a plan for something or make a list what needs to get done it has to be written down. There’s no point in me using Word because I will forget about it and then nothing will get done.
I have a whole shelf in my office for notebooks. I don’t have nearly as many as I’d like though and I definitely need more.
I do have a bit of a new obsession for weekly planners now as well. I use one in particular just for figuring out my Facebook posts for the week. I like to be able to see everything I’m doing in my own writing and I love highlighting things when they get done! I guess it helps me to feel a sense of achievement, rather than deleting something off of a digital list.
4. Space to work
I have recently invested in a proper work desk and an iMac and I have to say, it helps me so much with blogging. Not only that the iMac is a lot better than my old laptop but it’s having the space to work that makes such a big difference. I bought a pretty big desk that is actually big enough for 2 people. I love to spread out and I use a few different diaries and notebooks for planning and schedules.
It’s also really nice not to be sat in front of the television with a laptop. Having dedicated work space means me limiting my time working and spending more with my family.
5. WordPress Editorial Calendar
As plugins go for WordPress I find that the WordPress Editorial Calendar has been one of the most useful for me.
The calendar allows me to schedule all of my posts, set up drafts when I have an idea for a post and also drag and drop posts into new dates if I want to reschedule. I’m often setting up posts I need to write but I change them around so much until they’ve actually been written. It’s loads quicker to just move them around on the calendar rather than going into each post separately to change the dates.
What would you say is one of you biggest blog must haves?