You will probably know the first six well, but the 7th is one I’ve never seen recommended anywhere.
1. A Mac Book Pro
Macbook Pros are lightweight, easy to carry and so easy to use. You can easily share photos on your iPhone with your laptop on the fly and it fits snuggling in a large handbag. If you’re chasing kids, or running around from meeting to meeting and trying to blog in between school and the end of acting class (like I am right now), then a lightweight laptop like a Macbook Pro is essential in my books.
2. A WordPress.org website
Make your life easier and just get a WordPress website. Wix is truly awful and Weebly worse. Don’t waste your time and money on options that are not going to help with your search engine rankings or give you ultimate control over your website. By all means, set up a test landing page on one of these or on Squarespace to test if a concept has legs, but when you’re ready for serious blogging, pick WordPress. It is used by over 27% of businesses on the web, and, as such has a lot of versatility and there are many plugins available for WP that aren’t available on other platforms (including WordPress.com… I know! So confusing).
3. A Genesis theme and the Genesis theme framework
StudioPress are the people behind The New Rainmaker and Copyblogger. They know their shit when it comes to themes for bloggers. I bought the entire StudioPress suite of themes ages ago and it was one of the best investments I’ve ever made. Genesis theme frameworks provide stability to your blog when there are WP updates and your theme sits on top like icing on the cake, so you barely ever have to make theme changes when there’s a WP update.
4. Google Docs
I use Google Docs for writing my blog posts because it saves as I write. Only downside is, it won’t save as you go if you’re working offline. Another great benefit is that you can collaborate with other writers and editors really easily and edit together in real time. I personally love this feature when we’re working on client blog posts and on the Writally blog post recipes.
One of the best… no, the best place to go for information on business blogging, particularly if you’re a lifestyle blogger, is Problogger. The website features everything you will ever want to know about blogging… ever. They are masters at training novice bloggers and even the more experienced ones. I’ve been attending their events for years and am a bit sad that this year’s will be a dialed-down version, but I get it! I truly do. It’s a hell of a lot of work for the Problogger team. Problogger has a tonne of free resources to help you on your blogging journey and Darren is one of the best blokes I know.
Yoast is an essential tool for a blog because it ensures you can keep your posts search engine optimised. Don’t go too overboard, though. Not every great title must have your keywords in it. Just use it as a guide and don’t worry if you have a few red lights amongst the sea of green ones. Blog posts definitely do help your SEO! I have noticed a definite spike in web traffic on the days I publish a post and an increase in organic traffic across the board.
And now for the completely unheard of…
7. NVC Academy
This is one you won’t find on any of the other blog resource lists. I love the NVC Academy because it’s a place I can go to learn how to respond in a non-violent way, get weekly inspiration to stay calm and not lose my shit–Perfect for those horrid days and perfect for days when people overreact to something you’ve said online.
Just take a big deep breath! They send weekly inspiration emails that keep me on track and zen. NVC techniques have helped me get out of some sticky situations, because, let’s face it… I am the queen of nervous over-talking and foot-in-mouth disease. Words can be easily misconstrued and people can easily lose their tempers. Learn how to calm yourself and everyone else down and you can still say outrageous things online without alienating everyone.
Over To You
What’s your top blogging tool?
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