If you’re new here you may not know that I have been running a very successful lifestyle blog (Being Tazim) for over 5 years now. Decent traffic, income generation, loyal following. . .these are all things I can say BeingTazim.com has. It’s no accident, though and it definitely took me some trial and error to get things to the level they are at now. Here are a few of my favourite tools that I use to create zomg-worthy posts:
- WordPress (.org) if you’re not on WordPress with your own domain–why aren’t you? If you’re serious about blogging, want to grow your business and make some money from your blog, transfer your non-Wordpress (.org, with your own domain name, NOT WordPress.com) blog over to WordPress. Get yourself a domain name. Get hosting. Get my seal of approval.
- I use Canva to create pin-able images (as in, images that make people want to pin on Pinterest. “Hero” images that tell people what my post is about. These are great to use on social media.)
- I believe in planning, then editing as needed. I have gotten over the “what do I write about” blues by creating an editorial calendar. I’m a pen and paper kind of gal, though I do love (LOVE) my gadgets and technology in general.
My editorial calendar is:
1. written on a paper calendar that I printed out. I have each month on a separate page and write in the blog post ideas or titles for each of my 4 sites. I may go in to further detail about this in another post, but know this: I pick certain days of the week to post on my different sites (2 monetized blogs, this business blog, and my portfolio/personal writing site TazimDamji.com) so I have time to promote each post and I can batch-write several posts at a time.2. posted on a monthly white-board calendar in my home office. Each month, I write in (with different coloured dry-erase markers) the titles or topics for my upcoming blog posts. This way, it’s easy for me to glance over and know what I will be posting about on a certain day of the week. Prefer to have a digital editorial calendar? Try using Google Drive to create a free spreadsheet.
- Hootsuite is my favourite social media scheduling tool. I know other people have their own favourites—Buffer, Edgar, CoSchedule etc. Hootsuite works well for me and how I like to organize things. There is a free version of Hootsuite that you can check out. See how you like it! Have no idea what to post about on social media and how to promote your blog posts? I have just the resource for you.
- Pen and paper. This may seem like an odd couple of things to include, but when I’m in “writing” mode I want to make sure I’m focused. I use a pen and notebook to jot down all the non-related things that come to mind when I’m working on blog posts. It’s too easy for me to become distracted, so this helps me a lot.
What are your favourite tools to use?
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