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My favourite online blogging resources

My Favourite Blogging Resourches I Ella Was Here

Blogging is a lot of fun but most of us would love to have extra resources to help stay organised and to make the whole process easier. I have been blogging for a while now and I have discovered a few helpful websites along the way. That is why I am sharing my favourite online blog resources with you today!

1. Picmonkey

Picmonkey is like ‘a good colleague’ to the blogger world, most of us have known about Picmonkey ever since we first started blogging but it can still surprise you once and a while. Even though I have Photoshop now, I still use Picmonkey now and then because it is so easy to use! You can not only edit photos but also make blog buttons, social media buttons and do much more with it. And all of that for free! You can opt for the paid version, which gives you more features, but I don’t find that necessary.

2. Canva

Canva is another one of my favourite blogging resources. It is great for making pretty social media headers, blog headers and even pretty documents (like a blog media kit for example). Once you’ve made an account it is very easy-to-use and it will store all of your designs online. If your laptop ends up crashing one day, you will still have all of your design stored online! I have to admit that the website has its compatibility issues once and a while but it is nothing major and the Canva team is really helpful whenever you ask them for help.

3. Creative Market

I have been raving about Creative Market on social media (especially twitter) for a while now. I am obsessed with it! It is an online market place on which independent designers can sell their graphics, blog designs, pictures, logos and more. I have bought a few fonts, vectors (and even a blog design) on there and everything turned out great. They have regular promotions like monthly bundles and once you sign up (which is free) you can download 6 free designs (fonts, vectors etc.) every week!

Example: The font I used for the subtitles was bought on Creative Market!

4. Death to the Stock

This next one is a great little blogging secret. Sign up to Death To The Stock (DTTS) and every month you will get a free photo bundle in your mailbox. These stock photos aren’t terrible unlike most other stock photos. A DTTS-photo is a great alternative if you are unable to take blog pictures because the weather has been terrible all week!

5. TweetDeck

Most bloggers have heard of TweetDeck. It is a desktop app which I use for scheduling tweets and following twitter chats. Twitter chats can be super busy and hard to follow if you’re using the regular app on your phone or just use the website. I create different collumns (one for the chat hashtag, one for the host, one for my notifications and one with my home feed). They are all next to each other on one screen which makes following the chats so much easier!

6. Pinterest

I know I have been talking about Pinterest rather a lot lately but it is not only a great source of inspiration, bloggers! I have a blogger resource board on which I pin every helpful post I’ve ever read/encountered while spending time on the internet. If I ever need to look something up again, I know I have the best and most helpful posts right there on my Pinterest.

What are your favourite online resources?

Love, Ella

 Disclaimer: I am a Creative Market partner. However, all views and opinions are my own. I would not recommend any of these links If I did not use and love them myself.

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  • Ayre

    I love picmonkey, but I think, next week I might have to go and get Photoshop’s Creative Cloud…. The more photos I take and the more I learn, I’m feeling quite limited with PicMonkey and for the life of me, I can’t figure out Pixlr. It looks really frustrating. At least with Photoshop, there are classes….

    Arianne | Ayre

  • jodie.keith

    Thanks for sharing these! Being new to the blogging world its definitely great to hear of things that will help me in my journey!

    Great blog.

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

    http://jodetopia.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Nicole

    This is such a helpful little post! I use Picmonkey a lot for my blog and I adore Canva, although I use that more for work than my own blog. I hadn’t heard of Creative Market before but it sounds like an amazing resource that I will definitely be checking out! I’ve also been considering downloading Tweetdeck, at the moment I use Hootsuite but it seems to have a lot of drawbacks and I’m wondering if Tweetdeck would be a better alternative. I think the main thing putting me off is that it’s a desktop app rather than an online system, but I’ll need to give it a go I think! 🙂
    Nicole xxx
    http://www.lifeinginger.com

  • Carolin

    Thanks so much for sharing these Ella. Picmonkey is a serious life saver and editing has become a lot easier thanks to it. I’ve heard of Canva but haven’t used it yet. In terms of blogging I find Headline Analyser very helpful (to write killer head lines) and Social Bro to keep your Social Media following organised.

    Caz | Style Lingua

  • Looking at creative market now, thanks for the heads up, hadn’t heard of some of these before! xo

    amber love

    • I am in love with it, so many talented designers & you get 6 free goods ever week 😀

  • I love pinterest and creative market! Could spend hours on there, so dangerous haha

    xo, mikéla simplydavelyn.com

    • It is haha! I have an enormous wishlist on Creative Market!

  • Thank you for sharing these blog resources Ella! 🙂 I also love Picmonkey, Pinterest (of course!) and the Creative Market, I bought my header font from there and I think it’s a great platform for creatives! I actually had never heard about the Tweetdeck, but it sounds super handy, need to check it out!
    I discovered Asana today, you probably already know about it, and even though it looks a bit tricky to get started, it’s actually quite easy and helpful to organize everything you need to do! x

    • I actually have never heard of Asana, will need to have a look! Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

  • The Vintage Owl

    I use Fotor a lot!!! It’s my go to editing program! 🙂 I have to check Death To The Stock (DTTS) tho. Great post 😀

    The Vintage Owl | Bloglovin

    • I forgot about Fotor! I used to use it a lot, you just reminded me that I need to have another look at it 🙂

  • Funny you should mention Photoshop, I actually tried it out for the first time at a friend’s last week and now I’m seriously considering getting it myself. Also, I’ll be sure to check out your Pinterest if and when I EVER get around to signing up to the site haha 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • I love Photoshop as well, give the free 30 day trial a try! It’ll give you an idea of what you can do with the programme 🙂

  • I should really take advantage of PicMonkey. I’m signed up but I hardly ever use it and haven’t really explored its futures, sad to say. 🙁

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl’s Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    • Then you should take the time to get into it again. Well, it isn’t like Photoshop so you’ll probably get the idea in like 15 minutes 🙂

  • Oh YES Picmonkey LOVE. Seriously. That program/site is too amazing to be true. And free. *Sttt don’t tell them but I would consider paying for it only to have the basic functions. I also have other image editors on my laptop but I still find Picmonkey so easy to use to create headers, buttons, .. LOVE IT SO MUCH. And Pinterest of course. <3

    • hahaha, since the payable option is not that expensive I completely understand!

  • http://www.shoppinglinks.com of course! The perfect place to easily connect and collaborate with the brands you love x

  • Be

    Pinterest is the best! I didn’t know some of these but I have to check them out now!

    With love, Be || lovefrombe

    • You should lovely!

  • Pinterest is one of my resources, too.

    Lovely blog, dear.

    xoxo

    Liza

    Liza’s Corner l Instagram l Bloglovin

  • This is a really good post, Ella! I use Buffer because it allows me to schedule my tweets for free up to 10 tweets. And I do adore PicMonkey and Canva, I don’t use them often but when I need to edit my blog layout or design, I turned to those two.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • I need to give Buffer another look, thanks for reminding me 🙂

  • Holly

    This is a great post, Ella – I’ve used all these tools. Tweetdeck and Canva are my favourites!

    • Canva is improving so much, I love them! I’m sure you have a bunch of other resources to add, you are like the queen of blogging resources!