Blogging Tools: Five (5) Free Tools I Use as a Newbie Blogger

Blogging Tools: Five (5) Free Tools I Use as a Newbie Blogger

A short history of my current blogging status

If you have been following this blog for quite some time, you’ll remember that I worked previously as a civil servant or government employee. As such, I did technical writing for the most part.

Most of my previous works were meant for military men and stakeholders from the defense sector. I did technical writing most of the time and had to assume a formal tone in almost all of my correspondence. Writing didn’t necessarily have to be enticing, interesting, or engaging.

I dealt mostly with emails, researches, and official communication. So, when I started blogging for this site, it took me quite some time to adjust.

Admittedly, blogging is different. As my readers belong to the general public or “netizens”, I feel this moral obligation to make my blogs easy-to-read, entertaining, yet useful and informative.

Without any blogging tools and techniques to help me with, it took me months to finally get a hang of it. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the whole “adjustment period”.

(Good thing, I blog for fun and sharing, not for a living. Otherwise, I sure will have a hard time establishing earnings from it.)

I found five (5) FREE blogging tools to help me make blog posts

What good can the internet be if you won’t use it to your advantage? So, I turned to Google to help me figure out what to do.

After research and a series of trial and error, I found some free blogging tools that helped me write blogs with ease and convenience.

Forest Productivity App

Blogging Tools: Five (5) Free Tools I Use as a Newbie Blogger

Well, let’s start with my favorite among all the free blogging tools that I use every time I write blog posts — Forest!

Forest is a productivity app that helps its users to focus and accomplish more in a specific period of time. I actually made a detailed post about this mobile app, which only goes to show how much I love it.

It is inspired by the Pomodoro Technique, which uses time to breakdown work into several intervals. The intervals are usually 25 minutes long, with short breaks in between.

This app kind of uses that technique, but obviously, its developers modified it to some extent. It has some sort of a reward system, which, in my opinion, enhances users’ experience.

First, the Forest app offers different interval lengths from 25 minutes to 2 hours. Depending on your preference, you may set your timer along these durations. When time’s up, the app will let out a gentle alarm, which is your signal that you had successfully completed the duration you set.

What makes this app quite special is the fact that it rewards you certain amount of coins once your time is up. This is like a reward for focusing and becoming productive within the time interval you chose and set.  You may use these coins to buy different trees, shrubs, and background music that can help you concentrate on your studies or work.

Whenever I work on something (for example, making blog posts), I would normally set my Forest app for 2 hours. And since I’ve been using it for almost a year now, I have already made my own forest with a bunch of different colored trees in it.

Bitly

Blogging Tools: Five (5) Free Tools I Use as a Newbie Blogger
http://www.bitly.com

Bitly is one of today’s popular blogging tools that allow you to make your blog post links shorter. This makes sharing them to social media easier.

Before using Bitly, I felt a little awkward sharing my blog post links through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram because of the long links that I had to include in my social media posts. I thought I’d give my readers a hard time clicking on or copying-pasting my link to their browser. Somehow, I feel like this can affect my overall blog readership.

I am just happy I discovered this blogging tool. (I know, I am too late for this. But it’s better late than never.) Now, I feel more confident that I attract more readers, new and old ones alike, because the shorter Bitly links make my social media posts succinct and easy to read.

Seo Review Tools

https://www.ungagged.com/media_partners/seo-review-tools/
Source: www.seoreviewtools.com

Even though I don’t earn money through blogging, I do believe incorporating keywords are still important to grow my blog and to be able to reach out to as many readers as I possibly could.

However, in the beginning, I didn’t know how to go about this.

I’d ask questions like “What should be my keyword for this article/blog post?” or “How many keywords should I use?” because I’m scared that Google would consider my blogs as spammy. I literally didn’t have any idea what to do back then.

Upon discovering Seo Review Tools, I now know what to do. Whether it’s figuring out what keywords to use  or checking for duplicate content, this website got you covered. Most of the SEO blogging tools in this site are free, which is actually a plus!

Canva

Canva
Source: Canva (Facebook page)

Whenever I see blogs with catchy images on them, I can’t help but feel a little “insecure” about it. While I know that I have good writing skill set, graphic design isn’t and will never be my forte.

“But still, there must be some way to jazz up my blog posts”, I thought. Good thing, my hypothesis was correct as I discovered a number of blogging tools for such purpose.

After scouring the internet, I couldn’t be happier to discover Canva. This is like the perfect tool for bloggers who are as graphic-design-deficient as I am.

What I love about Canva is that it has hundreds of templates that bloggers can use to make blog post graphics, banners, social media posts, and even logos. Admittedly, most of the stuff that I use both in my blog design and blog posts, including the picture at the top most part of this post, came from it.

Pixabay

Pixabay
Source: Pixabay

Just like graphic design, I am no good when it comes to photography. Apart from lacking photography skills, I also don’t have a decent camera to take pictures with.

However, I was able to remedy my photography and photo problems with Pixabay.

Now, I find it easier to incorporate photos in my blog posts because this website has a gazillion of unmarked and free stock photos.

All this website asks from you is to give credit to the photographer by copying the HTML code the website automatically gives you as soon as you download any photo from it.

As for me, I make sure to copy and paste every Pixabay-generated HTML code as caption to each Pixabay image or photo I use here.

Do you have other blogging tools suggestions?

For sure, there are other blogging tools that I have yet to explore or use, other than the ones found in this list. Nonetheless, it won’t hurt to share these tools, which had greatly helped me in improving my blogging.

Meanwhile, I would love to hear from you about this topic.

If you are using other blogging tools to make each of your blog posts a reading pleasure, feel free to comment them down below.

 

xoxo,

Tina


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11 thoughts on “Blogging Tools: Five (5) Free Tools I Use as a Newbie Blogger

  1. I’m a junior high student blogger from China. I also use Canva. I don’t use bitly because it has been blocked in China. I also use Cloudflare, Omnisend, Purechat and reCAPTCHA and other useful tools for my website and my blog. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. What exactly do Cloudflare, Omnisend, Purechat and reCAPTCHA do? Wow, it seems you have a handful of useful blogging tools too. I can’t wait to hear about them from you. Or perhaps, you can make a blog post about it too!

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      1. My website and blog is kendeng1603.com. I am going to make a post about this if I have time. I use Cloudflare for boosting my website (I use WordPress self-hosted), Omnisend for blog articles subscribing via email (Like Mailchimp), Purechat for live chat, reCAPTCHA for protecting my website (Recently, my server was almost crashed because of spam comments and messages).

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