I’ve been blogging and creating content online since 2012, and since then, I’ve found tons of tools to help make blogging as streamlined as possible. I’ve used everything on this list and recommend each item highly!
If you’re just getting started with blogging, don’t be intimidated by this list — you don’t need anything too fancy to get started. But if you’re looking to upgrade your blogging gear or add some tools to make your workflow more efficient, read on!
Note: Some of the links on this page are referral or affiliate links, but every item on this list is vouched by me personally.
WordPress – Many beginning bloggers ask what platform they should use, and with all the choices out there, it can be hard to decide! I have worked with Blogger, WordPress, and SquareSpace, and WordPress is my favorite of the three. I find it the most robust and though it’s not as user-friendly initially, the sheer amount of resources, themes, and widgets makes up for the slight learning curve.
HostGator – I have used Hostgator for my domain and hosting for about a year and I love it! If you’re new to hosting and managing the backend of a website, no worries — HostGator has a massive resources library, and their support is available on phone or online chat.
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Pretty Darn Cute Designs – From the home page design to fonts and colors, themes serve as “skins” to the bare bones of your site. I’ve been extremely happy with the Fun theme from Pretty Darn Cute Designs — and their support is quick to respond as well, which is rare with predesigned themes.
Photo, Video, & Audio
Canon EOS Rebel T3i – This is the camera I use when I want to take “real” photos. Mine is outdated — the current model is the T5i — but I find it easy to use and the quality of photos is wonderful, even on auto.
Sony A5000 – My new camera for vlogging and taking photographs, and it’s SO easy! The photos are high quality, video is equally great, and it’s light and portable. The camera also connects to your phone via Wi-Fi, making transferring photos from one to the other a breeze.
GorillaPod – A flexible, portable tripod that has models for both smartphones and cameras. The legs move and bend, so you can attach it to anything from trees to shelves. I use it to stabilize my phone in weird places or to use while vlogging.
Amazon Basics Tripod – A traditional tripod is also a great choice for the extra height and stability. Amazon Basics has some great options at low prices. I use mine for both photography and recording videos.
Blue Yeti Microphone – For excellent sound quality, you can’t beat a Yeti mic! It’s a bit pricey, but if you’re planning on doing Let’s Plays, video content, or podcasting, it’s definitely worth the cost. For a cheaper alternative, Blue’s Snowball Microphone series is also a great investment.
Adobe Creative Cloud – This subscription services provides access to all Adobe Creative Suite programs, from Photoshop and Lightroom to Premiere Pro. It’s much cheaper if you are a student, and you can also have access to a single program instead of all the programs for a lower price.
Productivity & Business
Dropbox – All your photos and files, up in the cloud and accessible from any device. Dropbox is especially great if you need to share images and files with multiple team members.
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Trello – Trello is an interactive project management platform that I use for my editorial calendar (to keep track of upcoming posts and videos) and to do list. I check Trello almost every day and really recommend it. Trello is free to use, unless you want to add bonus features with Trello Gold.
Todoist – My to do app of choice! I use this for work and side projects. Organizing your tasks into different “projects” keeps the interface clean and easy to navigate. I also love the smart reschedule feature for reassigning overdue tasks. Insider tip: Add emojis to your project names for added cuteness and to get a quick look at what you need to work on that day.
Moo – The BEST source for business cards, hands down. The quality is unmatched! I love that you can get unlimited images per order — perfect for cosplay cards or for your blog.
DEAL: Use my link for 10% off your first order.
Buffer – For no-nonsense social media scheduling, I have always preferred Buffer. Queue posts to be shared at ideal times, drag and drop to change the order/schedule, add to your queue from across the web with their browser extension, and check analytics for how your posts did across different platforms. I especially love Buffer to schedule things for a few different accounts without having to log in and out.
MailChimp – If you’re going to have a mailing list, save yourself the trouble and use MailChimp from the start. MailChimp is easy to use — just drag and drop to create your template. It’s free to use until you reach a higher volume of subscribers.
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