Blogging isn't my job. It's the side hobby to my full-time day job. Because I'm preoccupied with other things at least 40 hours a week, I'm always on the lookout for resources to make blogging more seamless for me. Over years of experimenting, I've developed an arsenal of resources that I come back to time and time again. Today I'm sharing five of my favorites that you should know about (and, bonus, most of them are free!).
Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan: Ok, so this one isn't free, but Adobe has made Photoshop so accessible that it's can't be ignored. For $9.99/month, you get access to full copies of Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge, and all of the updates. It's be an amazing deal for me, because the $699 price point of the old Photoshop made it very difficult to get. I've been able to learn so much that I now include Photoshop on my resume. If you're willing to throw down $10 a month for your blog, I really suggest going for this.
Canva: If you're not into paying for editing software, check out Canva. I've used Canva to make post graphics in just a few minutes or when I'm not on my personal laptop. Canva can be used to make so many different graphics for all of your blogging and social media platforms, and they have many premium options available for only $1 each.
Hootsuite: If you're like me and not usually around social media when your posts go live, you can use something like Hootsuite to schedule tweets and other social media posts. The free version allows you to link up three social media profiles, which really covers a lot of ground for most of us smaller bloggers. I've been having fun testing when is the best time to schedule my social media posts for maximum engagement.
Mailchimp: Email and newsletters are a big deal for bloggers, and Mailchimp is one of the best free email platforms I've found. Mail chimp's free account option allows you to have up to 2,000 subscribers and send up to 12,000 emails a month. I love how easy it is to set up and customize campaign emails in Mailchimp. It's very idiot-proof, which is what I need.
Daring Creative community: I'm a member of a few blogging communities, but none of them can hold up to the community Kyla Roma has built with her Daring Creative group. I love being able to interact with so many amazing creatives and bloggers. Everyone is so helpful and kind and full of amazing ideas. If you're looking for an awesome community to join, look at the Daring Creatives.
Did I leave out any essential resources that you love? Let me know what you use in the comments!