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The more I learn about blogging the more helpful resources I come across to get the newbie blogger like myself and the tech-challenged blogger (also Me) onto the next level. For my new readers who may be interested in dipping their toes into the blogging world, I want to highlight at least once a week a new e-course, e-book, blogger or whatever tool I find to help all of us Newbies become more professional. Last week my Blog post “Fabulous Bloggers to Follow” showcased 3 seasoned bloggers and a newbie who is moving leaps and bounds in the blogging universe.
Writing Your Blog
This week I would like to showcase three resources I use when creating my blogging posts. First is the automated writing revision tool Grammarly. As I mentioned in the post How To Overcome Writer’s Block I type like a madwoman and forgo punctuation, spelling and run on sentences. I focus on the idea and get it typed onto the screen before it fades away. While I’m typing Grammarly begins to highlight my spelling, punctuation and sometimes word usage errors. I’m using the freebie plan at the moment but they do offer a premium plan that gives you, even more, tools to use while writing like vocabulary enhancement and plagiarism. The premium plan has a monthly, quarterly and annual plan..See Below:
Another feature I like about Grammarly is they house my original draft posts for me. I like the large font they use as I type and nothing else is distracting me. The revision tool follows along and shows me the corrections I can use or not use. It’s up to me. I copy my draft post from Grammarly and post right into my dashboard of my blog. As I continue to do my revisions on my dashboard Grammarly continues to show needed corrections courtesy of their Chrome Extension Application. Grammarly offers applications for Word and Windows as well. See Below:
Images and Photo
Images, photos, and graphics are an important resource to a well-written post. They enhance the focus or feeling the blogger wants to convey to their reader. Stock photography has become very important to bloggers and I found a site that offers free stock photographs: RawPixel.com. You can create an account, follow their licensing guidelines and download a variety of images of people at play or at work, landscapes, nature, and office or blogging images to use in your posts. I love the diversity they offer.
Designing Your Images
Lastly, the website Canva has been instrumental in helping me with creating my Blogging Printables, my Pretty Chill Printables, tweaking images to look post worthy and overall design help. I am not a designer and I’m just learning basic designs but I do love creating my printables with design elements and will continue to learn as I go along. Canva offers a variety of tutorials to help you with design and you can either use the free service or if you choose they do have a premium service. Another great feature of Canva is their templates are already set up for a Facebook image, Pinterest image and even templates for your website or blog for logos and banners. The possibilities are endless when using Canva.
Hopefully, this post will give you some useful resources for you and your blog. Please let me know if this was helpful and what other resources you are looking for..I’m sure I’ve come across something for someone.. Until next time
Chillin With Carrie
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