I’ve been at this for a little over a month, now, and am thrilled so far with the WordPress community. Thank you, everyone!
I thought I’d put together a list of some of the resources I’ve found helpful, as I’ve found myself recommending them in comments frequently.
- Unsplash and Pexels: Almost all the stock images I use on this blog come from one of these sites. They tie for usefulness, though I will say Unsplash seems to have better “wallpapers” and sceneries, while Pexels has more specific images to illustrate posts. The images are public domain, meaning you may use them for free for your blog.
- Canva: I’ve been using Canva for all my graphics. The infographics, the ads I’ve posted on Instagram, the Pinterest pins –everything. It’s free and easy. You can download it as an app if you work from a tablet. It goes along perfectly with those public domain image sites I mentioned.
- Hemingway Editor: I highly suggest running blog posts through this word processor before hitting “publish.” It’ll help you pick out overuse of adverbs, passive voice, overly complicated sentences, and more.
- RiteTag: I found this one recently while doing my social media tagging blog post. It is awesome for those of you who post to Twitter. It tells you which tags will be most effective, which is great since Twitter has a 140 character limit.
- Google Drive: I’ve recommended this before for creative writing, but now I’ve found uses for it for blogging. Clicking the link takes you to an add on which allows you to convert a Google Doc into a WordPress post.
- Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Google+: Social media is a great way to bring in traffic and clicks –and a great place to keep in contact with your followers. Sometimes easier than staying in touch via your blog.
If I missed any great resources, comment and let me know!