6 free resources you NEED as a blogger
Hello everyone, I hope you all have had a good week!
For this week's blog post I wanted to share some of my tips for blogging that I've picked up over the last few months. Granted, I haven't been blogging for long and I'm still hoping to improve, but I thought this post would be a fun benchmark post for me to look back on in the future to see how I've grown. Some of these resources and tips you may have already heard of and use which is great, if not enjoy!
Without further ado, let me present to you these fabulous free resources you need as a blogger:
Canva has been my best friend for a long time. I used it way back when I was making album covers for my imaginary singles that were dropping, and more recently I've used it to create infographic CV's. For those of you who hadn't guessed, Canva is a free graphic design platform where you can create and design all kinds of content. For blogging purposes, Canva is a MUST in my eyes. Whether it's for creating a logo or Instagram posts, it's fun to get creative with Canva and quickly gives your blog that professional edge.
2. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Adobe Lightroom is another blog asset which has proved invaluable to me. I use this specifically for editing my Instagram posts. Lightroom is a photo editing app available for mobile download and I use it in conjunction with another app "FLTR". Lightroom allows you to add preset filters to your images which give them a stylish and glossy finish. The presets are available to download from the FLTR app and most of them are free. I looked into other photo editing apps such as VSCO, but I felt the selection was limited and most of the decent filters you had to pay for. See below my before and after, using my preset filter which I call "Cappuccino":
3. Google Analytics
Now I must admit, I'm still getting to grips with this one myself. However, Google Analytics is super useful for those of you wanting to grow your blog, or if you're just curious on where your pages visitors are coming from! Either way, it gives you a really in-depth insight into where your blog traffic is coming from but it also can be overwhelming so I'd recommend watching a tutorial or two before diving in.
Pexels is a great resource for stock images you can use copyright free. Whether it's for Pinterest, your website, or Instagram, there are plenty of free professional images available to download from Pexels to improve the look of your blog. However, I would recommend trying to use as many of your own images as possible, simply because you want your blog to be authentic. But for the days where you are stuck or have run out of content, Pexels is a really useful resource to fall back on.
Again, I think I have been using this website since secondary school, but it's old and gold. DaFont provides you with innumerable fonts which you can use for your website or logo. It's really handy as it allows you to download the font for free and install it onto your device ready for use. Would 100% recommend if you're looking to create your own brand or logo.
6. Google Calendar
My final favourite resource is another Google special (because why not) and it's none other than Google Calendar. If you're like me and love to be organised but struggle with organising yourself then Google Calendar is the resource you're missing. I prefer it to a physical content calendar as it's easy to remove and change things and you aren't left with black marks and crosses through everything (not the aesthetic we're going for). This really helps me plan out my content for the week and jot down blog ideas. It's also a great way to keep track of all your socials and what you're posting.
So that concludes my favourite free resources. I hope this was useful and who knows perhaps in six months I'll update it with some new shiny resources I've found!
Thanks for reading!
Cappuccino Keeks x