No matter what you are doing, in order to do it well the proper tools are necessary.
A great carpenter uses the proper tools to create furniture or cabinets from plain pieces of wood and a metal worker has a different set of tools to make items out of metal.
In the same way bloggers need to have a good set of tools in order to created great content.
Here are some of the tools I use and would recommend these to all bloggers.
WordPress.org is a great blogging platform. It is self hosted which means you have to purchase hosting for your blog. I would highly recommend wordpress.org over other blogging platforms that offer free hosting.
If you want to know more about self hosted vs. hosted blogging platforms read How Should I Host My Blog?.
I love this program. I can make my own graphics with it or edit a graphic to be just the way I want it. It is a pretty easy program to learn and there are great tutorials all over the internet if you need help with any part of Photoshop.
Photoshop is fabulous for editing images. Photoshop Made Easy — Part 1: Removing Backgrounds, Photoshop Made Easy — Part 2: Actions, Photoshop Made Easy — Part 3: Blending Images, Photoshop Made Easy — Part 4: Styles
This is another great program. Snagit is similar to Photoshop but they both have their place. The great thing about Snagit is it can do a variety of screen captures. I used Snagit to make the graphics you see above the name of each tool in this post.
Snagit can also be used to do some simple image editing. The great thing about editing images with Snagit is it is really easy. There is nothing difficult. It is basically point and click. You really do not need to learn anything in order to use Snagit for editing.
Camtasia is a video recording and editing program. I use this program for all of my screen capture videos I have make for my posts or YouTube.
This is another program that I don’t know what I would do without it. It is really simple and very user friendly.
Videos are a great way create fabulous content for your blog and Camtasia is the best way I know of to edit your videos. Why Videos?
This is a program for the iPad. If you own an iPad this is a must have App. I think it costs $4.95 and is well worth every cent.
BlogPad Pro is a program that you can use to write posts for WordPress.org. You can write posts online or offline which works great for me since I spend a lot of time where I do not have access to the internet.
I think this is the greatest program ever. It has lots of functionality and makes writing blog posts really simple.
Pocket is another program that I use because I am offline a lot. This is so easy to use. All you have to do is save posts you want to read later to Pocket. The really great thing though is you can then read the post on a number of devices. If you own an iPhone or iPad all you have to do is install the Pocket app and you can read those posts you saved while on your computer. You do not need to be online in order to read the saved posts.
Adrienne Smith writes a great post about pocket if you want to know more about it. When There Is More Content Than Time
Do you ever wish you could tweet about a post or share it on Facebook at a later time. If so then this is the tool for you.
Buffer lets you schedule a tweet or share for a later time. Maybe you are commenting on posts when most of your followers are sleeping. Buffer is a great way to have those tweets and shares go live when your followers will be on Twitter or Facebook.
This is a program that I have just recently started using. In the past I always wrote my post in the visual/text editor within the WordPress program. Then Adrienne told me about Windows Live Writer and I love it. This program is very similar to BlogPad Pro only it is for use on a computer. I love the functionality of Windows Live Writer. There are so many more ways to edit a post using Windows Live Writer compared to the limited funtionality of the visual/text editor in WordPress.
I would highly recommend using Windows Live Writer to write your WordPress posts.
Feedly is a reader very similar to the old Google Reader. I like to use a reader to keep track of who has posted something new. I can go to one page and see who has posted something recently or find something that I have not read.
Triberr is a program that makes getting your post seen by lots of people easy.
After you enroll in Triberr you join one or more tribes. The people in these tribes will tweet your posts as you post them. This will get your content in front of lots of people. If you use Triberr consistently you will see the traffic to your blog increase enormously. Can You Navigate Triberr?
If you are using your blog to make money then you need to build a list. An auto responder is necessary in order to build that list. There are several different auto responders out there but I like AWeber. It is easy to use and reasonably priced.
The last two tools are plugins. I think every blog should have these plugins. They are fantastic.
CommentLuv is a plugin that combines 8 plugins into one and also allows your commenters to leave a link to one of their posts in every comment.
Share Juice Pro combines at least 5 plugins into one. With Share Juice Pro Sharing your post becomes easier and more efficient.
What About You?
What do you think about the tools needed to blog? Do you have tools you would recommend that are different than mine? Do you use some of the same ones that I do?
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