10 Ways To Simplify Your Blog Life

It’s okay; admit it. You’re tired. All those late nights churning out blog posts, shooting instagram worthy pictures, and creating  pinnable graphics…They’re starting to take a toll on you. And just when you think you know what you’re doing, along comes a brand new blogger whose sets the bar even higher. And you’re starting to wonder, does this ever get easier? How do the pros do it? Where do they find the  time and energy? Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret:

Not all bloggers are running the rat race. In fact, some of them are actually taking it easy, and enjoying the ride. So I’m excited to give you some tools to help you blog smarter, not harder.Blog Smartner (1)

1. Rachel Medlock of Wafaring Rachel

I use Crowdfire to better understand my social following, Dropbox for just about everything, Wunderlist to stay organized, and Tiny Scanner for people or places that are a little slow to pick up digital communication. 

2. Dana Harf of I Adore What I Love

Trello! I use it as my blog editorial calendar and for so much more, too!!  A Trello board is a list of lists, filled with cards, used by you and your team. It’s a lot more than that, though. Trello has everything you need to organize projects of any size.

3. Nikki Kanter of 30’s And Chic

IFTTT (if this, then that) is really helpful for me. I love having my 30s and Chic Facebook page update along with my WordPress site.  IFTTT is both a website and a mobile app. The idea is that you use IFTTT to automate everything from your favorite apps and websites to app-enabled accessories and smart devices.

4. Maddy Osman of The Blogsmith

Todoist is my favorite. It allows you to organize tasks by category and subcategories, indicate importance and set due dates. If you work on a team, it allows you to invite collaborators for specific topics! And all the best features are free.

5. dasha guyton of windy city wardrobe

I use to waste of ton of time backing up photos, but now my pictures backup automatically on Google Photos. I can access them anywhere, anytime on all of my devices.

6. Kaitlin Clancy of A Little Bit Ginger

I like Google Docs because I can write on my phone if something strikes me on the el and easily bring it up on my computer when I get home to edit and make pretty. Google Docs has many uses; beyond storing information online, the products are fully interactive & collaborative by users. You are able to share individual data files and collections.

7. Hillary Dixon of Style in a small town

I love using PicTapGo and Adobe CC Photography! You get both Lightroom and Photoshop for a ridiculously good price and with PTG you can save the “recipe” that you apply to your photos so you can apply the same one every time! It’s truly genius! 

8. Lisa Ghisolf of work travel tech

I use Tweetily to share posts out on Twitter, and FB repeatedly. It’s a WordPress plugin.

9. Michaela Guyton of The Deep End Review

I use Canva for blog graphics, resumes, flyers, headers, and invitations. The best part is a lot of the options are free or one dollar.

10. sara tramp of hello sara tramp & styled by emily henderson

I use snapseed. There are basic things like straightening, cropping, or boosting the contrast of a photo but there are also tons of effects that you can experiment with to make your photos look more unique.

I have a favor to ask; if you’ve struggled with any of this: PLEASE share this post and comment below.  Let me know what tools you use to simplify your life?the scoop on Portland’s newest restaurants (8)

     

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you for all these fab ideas! I am a brand new blogger and certainly need some boundaries to follow.

    1. Dāsha says:

      You’re welcome 🤗 Try not to over plan or over think it all. You’re not supposed to know what you’re doing in the beginning. Blog because you love it, and you will naturally get better.

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you. What an encouragement to me and the information you provided gives me hope that my blog will be successful.

  3. Asa says:

    Great post! I love learning how other bloggers stay organized. I’m all about streamlining and automating my content. I like to use Hopper HQ for instagram scheduling and Iconosquare for analyzing my insta data and seeing the peak time to post. I also use Board Booster to schedule my Pinterest Pins. Hootsuite is also a good tool for scheduling other platforms such as twitter, facebook, insta, etc.

    http://laceandpearlsblog.com

    1. Dāsha says:

      Whoa Asa! You might just be the queen blogger of organization 👊 Thanks for sharing.

      1. Asa says:

        Aww, thanks! I enjoy talking about blogging and love the mechanics behind it.

  4. This is very helpful and I have bookmarked it as well. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Dāsha says:

      Thanks for the feeback and there are more blogging tips. Just click blogging in the category drop down at the bottom of the screen.

  5. The more you know… bookmarked this!

    Some of this I was hip to, but I need to go down this checklist soon.

    I agree with your into, though, it’s not always a rat race. You have to enjoy what you’re doing and not let competitiveness get the best of ya.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Dāsha says:

      I’m all about making life easier so I try to learn from others bloggers and creativepreneurs as often as possible. Glad you found it helpful.

  6. I absolutely LOVED reading this post!! And not just because you featured one of my tios! It was fun to learn from everyone else too! Thanks girl!

    Xox Dana Ivy // http://www.iadorewhatilove.com

    1. Dāsha says:

      Getting to know other bloggers is one of the great benefits of blogging. So thank you for participating Dana😉

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