I’m not going to lie. This week, The Broke and the Bookish have really stumped me. Because as I started listing off the things I use for my blog, I realized I don’t take advantage of a lot of tools out there. But here’s what makes my life a breeze:
Bloglovin’: I know a lot of people use Feedly, and I admit I’ve never tried it before, but I really love Bloglovin. I like being able to see all the blogs I follow on the right side and click on my most favourite ones to see what they’ve been up to, rather than having to go through my whole unread list. Plus it just looks pleasing to the eye, and you all know what I sucker I am for aesthetics.
Facebook: Creating a Facebook page for my blog was such a smart idea. While my posts on there have fallen to the wayside this summer a bit, I promise it’ll pick back up once school starts again. But it’s a great way to connect to my readers on a personal level and share links that aren’t on my blog.
Rafflecopter: Easiest way to host giveaways. I remember when a publisher first let me host a giveaway, I didn’t know how to do it. Thankfully someone pointed me in the direction of Rafflecopter because I can’t imagine an easier way to create contests for my followers.
Twitter: Okay, you guys know that I’m not on there a LOT. Mainly because I’m at work when I blog and I don’t have free wi-fi on my phone here and the Twitter site is blocked at work. And I try not being on my phone/laptop much when I get home from work. But I promise you I’ll be on it lots more after my holiday because I’d love to talk with you all way more than I do now.
Goodreads: I’m sure this will be on everyone’s list today. But for good reason. This site is the best way to keep track of all the books you read, what books you want to read, and where you’re at on the current book you’re reading. I don’t use the site as a social means, but that’s okay. I just use it to manage my books and post reviews.
WordPress: A long time ago, before I decided to start a book blog, I made an account with Blogger to make a personal blog. And after a month of Blogger, I just stopped blogging. It was that hard. I didn’t like the free themes and I didn’t like the layout of the site. So when I decided to make a book blog a couple of years ago, I researched the best blog platforms out there and lots of people pointed me to WordPress. And I’ve never looked back. I LOVE it. It’s so easy to use, the free themes (like the one I’m using) are fantastic, and it’s so easy to use with other blogging platforms. No CAPTCHA. No annoying stuff. Just all around awesome blogging.
PicMonkey: I do have Photoshop on my laptop, and inDesign and Illustrator, but I’ve done most of my graphics and headers here at work. So PicMonkey is my god. I love the fonts and the effects and I’ve never exited the site in frustration.
Memes: Having the opportunity to do posts like Top Ten Tuesday, Thoughts for a Thursday, and Week in Review makes things run smoothly for me because I know each week what’s expected of me.
Book Bloggers: You all make blogging a success, though. Cheesy, I know, but it’s true! If it weren’t for the many people who chat with me, comment on my posts and follow my blog, my blogging life would be much harder than it is now. You all help add more books to my to-read list, you help me figure out html (shout out to you, Stormy!), help me with guest posts (shout out to Asti, Katie and Katy!), and all in all make this experience worth every moment. You guys make blogging FUN!
So now’s your turn. What tips can you give me on making my life easier? What tips of mine do you agree or disagree with? What tools are you thankful for?