7 Blogging Tools I Can’t Live Without

Jun 02 2015
Blogging Essentials tools

Friends, I am back! The holiday blues are gone, I am on track with my schedule and I feel more refreshed than ever. My posting schedule is back in place starting this week and I have some really exciting posts lined up for you.

Just like for most of you, blogging started as a hobby for me too. Over time, it brought many wonderful opportunities my way and helped me discover my passion for design and photography. I love blogging the same way I did when I started, but now, there is a lot more intention and purpose in the way I create content for my blog. However, then and now – here are the tools that have always been by my side while blogging:
MacBook Air: I bought this last summer when my Dell laptop of 4 years finally gave up on me. Honestly, I am glad it did. I am totally hooked to my MacBook Air – its not really a tool – its an experience. Everything about it so swift and easy, its super compact and as light as a feather (compared to the laptops I have owned previously).
Canon Rebel T3i: This was clearly an investment specifically for blogging and I took a lot of time before I decided to go for it. For six months, I borrowed this camera from my university library every weekend and practiced taking photos. Only after I was sure that I was going to use it to its full potential, did I buy it and I couldn’t have been more happier with this purchase. It is an amazing camera and has had a huge role in shaping my blog and growing my audience.
Blogger: When I first began blogging, I started off with wordpress.com (this is the free version offered by WordPress). Within four months, I was tired of its design limitations and switched over to blogger.com. This platform is great for beginners – its free, easy and has a lot of scope for customizing the design. Of course, there are better content management systems out there, but if you are just starting out and are not sure about investing a lot of money for blogging, I can’t recommend Blogger anymore – its simply awesome. 

Evernote: This app is a life saver – I use it to make notes of almost everything under the sun. For blogging, I use it to jot down ideas for blog posts, outline content for blog posts, clip content that I want to refer to in blog posts and even as a blog planner. This app has helped me stay organized with blogging and is essentially the hub of all my blogging activity.
Adobe Photoshop: I started off with editing my photos on google’s free editor – Picasa. While that is a great editor, the possibilities that Photoshop offers are endless. I remember the first day I worked with photoshop, I was literally into tears. There is a learning curve to it, but the impact it has on the photos is remarkable. 
Editorial Calendar: I use the Sunrise Calendar to keep a track of my content and posting schedule for each month. It gives me an overview of the content planned for the month and helps me stick to a posting schedule. At the end of each month, I review my blog post ideas, plan out the content for the next month and fill out my editorial calendar. For me, sticking to posting schedule without using an editorial calendar is next to impossible – without it, I’d be lost.
Stationery: Since childhood, I have been a huge sucker for stationery. Although literally everything these days can be done online, I just love my pen and paper too much to let it go. Those colorful sticky notes, mechanical pencils, color pens – ah! For blogging – I have a small notebook from Rifle Paper & Co. that I use to write down blog post ideas and a To-do list pad that I fill out every night to keep things ready for the next day. 
Ah, that’s quite a list – but these are my little friends that I absolutely can’t blog without and they make blogging easy and enjoyable for me. 
What are your blogging essentials?

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  • These are great tips totally agree about WordPress, after about a month or so I had jack of it and switched to self hosted. I am so much happier for it x

  • Interesting that you went from WordPress to Blogger. Most people go the other way. I use both and can see the merits and faults of each. I think if I was to start again I'd go Squarespace. it's pretty fool proof. I use Trello for ideas and organising but I've heard Evernote is great.

    Emma & The Beauty Blog

  • Allison

    Photoshop can be SUPER frustrating out of the box but there are so many helpful tutorials online and especially on Youtube that it isn't so hard to master!

    Allison from Mercuteify

  • Crystal Richard

    Stationary is my life both as a blogger and a publicist! It's old fashion but I couldn't live without it! Love this post πŸ™‚

  • I love stationery all the time, can't stop buying them at all, for me compare with Evernote I prefer use Filofax, as I like write things down on paper XD


  • My essentials are probably my planner and notebooks (I'm a stationery addict too!), Evernote, Pixlr.com (for when I'm using a computer without Photoshop) and Todoist for keeping track of my to-do list!


  • You bought a good computer, according to me Mac is the best laptop ever! I have a MacBook Pro since 2011 and it's seems a new computer! The duration of the battery is amazing!


  • Stationery is a reason I can't get used to online calendar. I just have to write down everything on paper, using a billion of color pens of course.

  • In my opinion self-hosted wordpress is the bessssst – I absolutely have been loving it! I found the free wordpress so restrictive. I use a mix of Picasa and Gimp for photo editing, I don't feel like I do enough to justify paying for photoshop, but I think I'd like it! I have a little notebook but I mainly use my phone and laptop for all of my organisational stuff.

  • I have both blogs on wordpress and blogger… I prefer blogger, it's so much easier to get a post down. With you mac you can get free APP's for editing, 2 that I love using are Pixlr and fotor ( both free ) I wish I used my Canon T3 more often for my blog, but I find better with shots my iPad and my iPhone they are both new so the quality is better than my old phone lol .


  • I recently got a new camera, it's nothing fancy but I love it! And it's definitely upped the quality of my photos. I love using Google calendar for my schedule and of course, Blogger is the bomb!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

  • Thanks lovely! Ah yes self hosted wordpress is amazing πŸ™‚ xx

  • Hi Emma πŸ™‚ Self hosted wordpress is great, the free wordpress is very limited! Ah squarespace is great, I love the fluid layouts it has! xx

  • Hi Allison πŸ™‚ I totally agree, photoshop becomes really easy once you get the hang of it, its my favorite tool now πŸ™‚ x

  • Thanks a lot crystal! πŸ™‚ Ah what are your favorite places to shop stationery?

  • πŸ™‚ Hi akane, i so agree – the joy of writing on paper is unbeatable! x

  • Hi Catherine πŸ™‚ I love to-do ist too – its an amazing app πŸ™‚ x

  • Thanks πŸ™‚ x

  • Thank you sisi! Sunrise calendar is new to me, and i absolutely love it ! x

  • Hello sheri πŸ™‚ I ll send you an email soon πŸ™‚ Wow, which camera did you get?

  • Hi Marcela πŸ™‚ So good to see your comment πŸ™‚ You are so right – Once you go MAC , you never go back πŸ˜‰ x

  • Hi Katie! I ve just bought an iphone and I am learning how to use it for photography πŸ™‚ x

  • Crystal Richard

    In Canada we have our version of Barnes & Noble called "Chapters" or "Indigo" (depending on the city) and they carry both the Kate Spade line (my favorite) and their own similar style line. I'm so in love with all of it.

  • Hi Lena πŸ™‚ Yes hosted wordpress is lovely, i am working with it for some of my clients currently.

  • Ah so good to know Guilia πŸ™‚ Battery is amazing definitely xx

  • πŸ™‚ Talk about the color pens – i have like a ton of them πŸ˜› x

  • I find it so much easier than using my Canon camera, more portable and easier to upload! I just take the pictures with my phone, than I use my computer to edit.

  • Fujifilm Finepix s8600 (off the top of my head) not a DSLR, but good enough for me πŸ™‚

  • Shekinah Bongco

    Praying for a new camera! I love Evernote too! such a helpful app. <3 Which platform would you prefer for serious blogging? I'd appreciate your recommendation <3

    – shekinahbongco.wordpress.com

  • I so agree with using blogger to start with. I’m not even sure I want to go self hosted. I don’t know, wordpress doesn’t inspire me. I’m thinking maybe squarespace but after trying it I miss being able to easily edit the html from anywhere!

  • Miranda M. Nahmias

    I love the Sunrise calendar! I think I want to come up with a different option for blogging, since I use Sunrise for my personal life right now. But that app is a really good alternative to GCal.


  • Love seeing someone recommend Blogger. I’ve been with it for years and love it. I’ve tried WordPress but never liked it, and can’t deal with the cost, downtime, plugin failures and hacking. I’m enjoying your site.

  • Thanks a ton πŸ™‚

  • I absolutely recommend wordpress if you are serious about bloggin, shekinah! πŸ™‚