DropBox– What if something happens to your personal computer and you won’t be able to access it, and your very important files, again. That’s something you don’t want to happen. DropBox is an online back up system where you can save your files. I use Dropbox to save my blogposts in document format, photos and other important files. I can access those files anywhere I am and whatever device I’m using.
Google Keep – With Google Keep noting and organizing ideas are fun and exciting. You may check my previous blog post about
TweetDeck – Tweetdeck is a computer client that makes tweeting fun. With tweetdeck, you can schedule tweets, and organize the hashtags you are following. You can manage several twitter accounts with Tweetdeck.
CrowdFire– Manage your followers and following using CrowdFire. It is available for both Twitter and Instagram. With CrowdFire, you can track who are your new followers, fans, and unfollowers. I also use this to find accounts with similar interests.
Buffer– Schedule your posts to your social media accounts like a ninja. Using this tool, you don’t have to worry about posting an update even when you’re sleeping or out with friends. I use Buffer in scheduling posts to FaceBook groups I manage.
Hemmingway App – Struggling to check the grammar of your blogposts? You can use hemmingway app to correct some major grammatical errors. But, don’t exaggerate in using it to avoid sounding like a robot.
Coschedule headline analyze – Many bloggers exert too much effort on the content of their blogpost, while exerting no effort in creating a catchy and SEO friendly title or headline. CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer will help you come up with amazing title. Check out my blog post about how to use CoSchedule’ Headline Analyzer to increase the exposure of your blog.
Distraction Free Writing Tool – If you are a blogger who finds blogging on a distraction-free editor more comfortable, you may want to try Calmly Writer. It is free on Google Chrome, but the free version doesn’t have auto save option which is its cons. For alternative, I recommend Write Monkeywhich is a desktop application and doesn’t require internet.
Canva – Make your blog post featured images, ebooks, and all other media you need for your blog. It has a lot of premade designs you can customize.
PicMonkey – If you want to design a media from scratch, try PicMonkey. It also has options you can’t find on Canva.
Feedly – If you want to keep updated on the latest blogposts from your favorite blogs or new blogs you just followed, you should start using Feedly. With Feedly, you won’t lose updates from the blogs you are following.
BoardBooster – If you want to rock your blog, you should not miss using Pinterest in marketing your blog post. Pinning is fun and easy with BoardBooster. I use BoardBooster to automatically repin pins similar to my boards.
PinGroupie – To Maximize the exposure of your pins, you should share your pins to other boards. At first, I find it difficult to find boards that would invite me to contribute by sharing my pins until I found PinGroupie. Try this directory of Pinterest boards. Click on the board you want to join and follow the instruction written on the description. Some board owners respond quicker than you expected. Check out my post about Newbie’s Guide to Pinterest
Bit.ly – Customize your link when sharing it to your social media accounts.
Free Stock Photos– Having a catchy image that complement a blogpost is part of marketing a blogpost. But what if you have limited choices of stock photos? Check out my Collection of Free Stock Photosand you will not run out of choices again.
Social Media and Email Header Sizes– One of the common issues of bloggers is not having the correct size for their social media images or headers, check out Social Media Image Sizes Guide to know the correct sizes to use.
Mailchimp– Sending newsletter to your subscribers or set an auto email to your new subscribers. You may use mailchimp to automatically send content upgrade to your subscribers or to just simply update your subscribers about your latest blogposts.
Page Speed – It is necessary to know the speed of your blog because it affects your readers experience when browsing your blog. If they find accessing your blog inconvenient, they may not visit your blog again. Using page speed, you will know what interfere with the speed of your blog and how to fix those. Although it requires technical knowledge to fix the speed, at least you’ll know what needs to be done and who to hire to fix it.
F.Lux– Our computer screens are designed to look like the sun. But at night time, we should not be looking at the sun or it will ruin our sleep. For bloggers who blog at evening, you may have encountered having disturbed sleep because of exposure to screen. Flux is a software that will makes your life (and sleep) better. Once Flux detect that it’s already sunset in your area, it will turn your computer light in indoor lights. At sunrise, it will turn your computer light like sunlight again. This helps me a lot to keep myself physically comfortable when blogging.
Snipping Tool – It is a pre-installed tool on some Windows Computers. Search it on your program and files to know if you have it. It is helpful in capturing a segment from your screen. I’ve been using it in sharing screen shots to some conversations or when I’m doing some tutorial posts. For those who don’t have Snipping Tool, Jingis another alternative which you can download online.
Snapseed – Bloggers know how important having beautiful photos to complement their blogposts. If you are not into using Photoshop and other complicated apps, you may try a simple mobile app to make your photos look pretty and bright. Snapseed can do a lot to enhance your photo. Just search it on your app store and download it.
Najmah is a 23 year old Filipino Muslim, Clinical Nutritionist and Med student. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia. Living in the Philippines since 2010. By Najmah contains posts about her life lessons, personal excellence and journey to becoming a doctor. You can also find her blogging on The Muslim Bricks
By Najmah is a personal blog run by Najmah Capal. She's a clinical nutritionist and currently a med student in Manila. Aside from pursuing her dream career, she is constantly working on bettering herself. On this blog, she writes about personal excellence, life lessons and her journey to med school.