Being a blogger involves bringing together a huge plethora of skills and talents. It’s not as simple as writing a post and pressing publish. To be a blogger, you need to have content writing skills, marketing, and management skills, photography and photo editing skills, computing and PR skills. Most importantly, you need to be self-disciplined and efficient.
Thankfully, there is a wide range of resources and information available to help you maximize the potential of your website. Many of the resources mentioned below are created by other bloggers, those who know what it takes
If you are looking for top tips and recommendations for items, rather than resources, that are essential for blogging, check out my blogging essentials post. I’m not a blogging expert, but I’ve been blogging for four years now, so I speak from experience.
So, what resources do you really need for blogging? The best resources are those that will save you time, teach you something new or help you make a success of your blog. I’ve listed just a few of my favourites below. Please feel free to add any recommendations into the comments section at the bottom of the post.
- Tailwind has sky rocketed my website traffic over the past year or so. It is a marketing tool that allows me to schedule and anaylse content, which in turn amplifies my post reach and also allows me to discover content from other like-minded bloggers. You can find out more about my thoughts on Tailwind here.
- Aby Moore from You Baby Me Mummy, one of the UK’s top family lifestyle blogs, has created an entire community full of resources and guidances for bloggers. She passionately strives to help fellow mothers achieve their blog and business dreams. Aby has pretty much single-handedly created the Mamapreneur Revouloution and offers exclusive and hugely successful membership communties as well as blog coaching and courses. She’s even managed to squeeze in writing a book, amazing! Grab your copy of Blogs Change Lives here (aff).
- Sometimes, bloggers have to meet tight deadlines. When this happens, I tend to turn to stock images to support my content. Capturing and editing an appropriate image can be tricky with limited time available. Using high quality stock images takes the pressure off a little. It allows me to focus solely on my writing, but I am quite picky about the style of stock images I use. Unsplash is my favourite stock image site, but I also highly recommend Pexels and Pixabay.
- A huge aspect of being a successful blogger involves social media. Social media is what gets your content shared and recognised. It’s where you can share who you are, what you do, start conversations and allow your readers to get to know the face behind the blog. My favourite social media platforms are Facebook and Instagram. Cathryn Wood from Little Paper Swan is a photography and lifestyle blogger who has created a huge range of presets for the photo editing software, Lightroom. Lightroom is available on both desktop and mobile devices. Little Paper Swan presets are what I use to edit every image I upload to my Instagram feed. The presets make photo editing and sharing a breeze and are truly stunning. Check out the Little Paper Swan shop to browse the range of presets and e-courses available.
- Grammarly is a life-saver for me. I am a fast typer, which is great when I need to get something written up at speed, but it sometimes means I can make one or two mistakes! The Grammarly chrome extension flags up any errors in my content and allows me to correct them with ease.
- Last but not least, I’d like to mention my friend Eb from Productive Blogging. Eb has grown her food blog, Easy Peasy Foodie into a successful business. Now she is using what she has learnt over the years to help others. Eb created Productive Blogging to teach others how to blog smarter, not harder. Productive Blogging is for those who want to enjoy blogging and not feel overwhelmed. Productive Blogging is for bloggers who want to be successful, but still have time to spend with their families. Eb has a business degree from one of the UK’s top business schools and years of business and marketing experience and it shows in her helpful and informative content. Productive Blogging is the first site I visit when I’m looking for advice and guidance for Just The Three Of Us.