Tools I use for blogging-writing…

If you’ve been following and reading awhile, you may find this post a bit unusual. My niche is still stories of life, faith and family, but today, I’m sharing on a topic several have asked about.

You have heard me say it before. Blogging-writing is not for the faint of heart. Wading through the mountain of resources, themes, and plugins is overwhelming. The choices change daily as technology progresses.

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Figuring out what works for you is key. You begin with the basics of a platform and theme. From there, the possibilities are endless. Then comes the chore of learning to manage the day-to-day of writing, editing, image and graphics creation, posting, sharing, managing comments, and staying connected.

Here’s how I do it. I’m sharing the platform and theme I use, and listing the top tools that help me manage it all – or at least I’m giving it a good, honest try.

There are definitely moments when I need to step back and rest. If you’re testing the blogging-writing waters, or thinking about it, this is one of the best pieces of advice I can give. Never be afraid to step back, rest, and find fresh inspiration.

And now, here’s the list.

If you have a question, comment and I’ll do my best to respond. {The list contains some affiliate links which are based on my experience. Your use of my affiliate link to sign up helps keep whileiponder.com up and running.}

Generate Press – This is the theme I’m using now. Get it HERE. If you hate code, you need this theme. GP is a responsive WordPress theme and my best blogging decision. There’s a free version, but I recommend the $39.95 GP Premium for life.

BoardBooster – It’s how I manage Pinterest {revolving pins, group boards, etc}. Get it HERE. Once set up, BoardBooster basically does the work for you. There’s a free version with limited pinning. I’m currently using the $10.00 a month level.

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Trello – It’s how I keep track of ideas for blog posts-writing, work projects, and all those thoughts running around in my head. This App replaces the mountain of sticky notes, random ideas, and notes in your phone. And it’s free.

Social Jukebox – Time spent curating and scheduling social media posts can take hours, if not days. EVERY WEEK. Social Jukebox rescued me. It’s all about evergreen content and auto-posting. They no longer offer a free account, but if you have $19.99 in your monthly budget this is a big time-saver.

Tools I use for blogging and writing listed here. The tools you use are key. Find tools that work for you in the day-to-day routine.Buffer – Buffer’s free service for Twitter + Facebook posting works well, though my use of Social Jukebox has reduced this greatly. I still use Buffer to ‘schedule & notify’ for Instagram posts.

Canva – Most of the graphics you see on this blog are made using Canva free. They’ve released an App that syncs your account across devices, making it possible to design on the go, but I primarily create with Canva on computer.

Shareaholic – It’s how I create social media buttons to coordinate with the theme of whileiponder.com. With Shareaholic, you can insert follow and share buttons on your site, make your images shareable to Pinterest, and more. And it’s free.

BibleGateway.com – As a faith-blogger, I need to link to Bible references often. BibleGateway.com makes this fast and free, removing the need to cite references within the post.

There is also a page on my website that lists these tools. Check back HERE for what I’m currently using.

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4 thoughts on “Tools I use for blogging-writing…

    • Friend, some of these I’ve found this year. Board Booster has made Pinterest & group boards actually doable! And Trello changed my life – it’s all I use to capture/track ideas for blog posts and it syncs across all your devices. Genius.

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