Free blogging tools and resources

I wanted to write a post sharing free blogging tools and resources that fellow bloggers might find handy. I have arranged them into sections such as photography, social media, and other topics you might find useful.free-blogging-tools-and-resources
Photography (desktop)
+ Picmonkey. A fantastic free, photo editing tool that allows you to add fonts, stickers and edit photos.
+ Pixlr. A little more complex than Picmonkey but also a great editing tool and fantastic for collages!
+ Pixabay. I use all my own photos when it comes to blogging but if you don’t have the time pixababy is an online library full to the brim of free photos available to use.
+ Canva. I have only recently discovered Canva, it is a super aesthetically pleasing desktop editing tool!

Photography (mobile apps)
+ Afterlight. I love Afterlight, it is perfecting for brightening up pictures from my phone camera.
+ VSCO. I love VSCO for adding filters, and having a serious selection of editing tools right from my iPhone!
+ Snapseed. Snapseed is an extremely powerful image editing app but it has a super easy interface to use!

Free fonts
+ Dafont. I love finding free fonts on Dafont, and previewing them before I use them, there’s tons to choose from.
+ 1001 free fonts. Another fantastic font website offering lots of fonts free for personal use.
+ What the font! A fantastic online tool that lets you upload a screenshot of some text and it will help find it for you!

Tech stuff.
+ Google analytics. Available for mobile and desktop, great for tracking stats and page views, you need this installed.
+ Buffer. Schedule tweets ahead of time from your phone or laptop, you can also change the links from bit.ly to your personal links.
+ Trello. Trello is such a lovely highly visual way to keep yourself organised. It’s like an online mood board… You can drag and drop lists, have colour coordinated notes, to-do lists and tasks.
+ Goodtime Podoro Timer. If you are a procrastinator like me, then you need this app on your phone asap! Its basic and very easy to use, but really effective. You set the timer for 25 minutes of work and then have a 5 minute break.
+ Revive old post plugin. This is a plugin for WordPress users, if you haven’t got the time or can’t be bothered to schedule a ton of old content tweets, this plugin does it for you!

Blog designs and themes.
+ Theme Forest. Has tons of great themes available for WordPress users.
+ Etsy. There are lots of beautiful blog designs, headers and themes available for WordPress and Blogger users on Etsy!
+ Studiopress. Also offer beautiful themes and designs for WordPress users.

Photography equipment.
+ A tripod. You can buy one for around £15.00 of Amazon, much easier than trying to balance your camera on a pile of books or god knows what!
+ Stickyback. I bought adhesive marble print stickyback to switch up my backgrounds a little! You can get it in many prints such as wood, cute floral designs or tiles, whatever you fancy really!
+ Remote. You can buy one on eBay or Amazon for around £5.00 so handy for taking outfit photos or flat-lays! Much easier than trying to use the self-timer button!

I hope these free blogging tools and resources will help you if you’re a blogger, old or new! If you have something you think I should add such as an app or a desktop programme that you love and use then please let me know in the comments.

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36 Comments

    • September 22, 2016 / 11:27 am

      I love pixlr! But it is hard to get used to in the beginning, I still dont know what I’m doing whenever I use it. Great post xx
      http://www.marlinde.co.uk

      • Becky
        Author
        September 22, 2016 / 11:29 am

        Try Picmonkey it’s a little more user friendly i think 🙂 xx

    • Becky
      Author
      September 22, 2016 / 1:40 pm

      You are welcome 🙂 thanks for reading! x

    • Becky
      Author
      September 22, 2016 / 2:34 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to read emma x

  1. September 22, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    Thank you so much for this amazing and truly kind-hearted post Becky! I shall most certainly be having a look into some of these amazing gadgets. One day I very much hope my blog can be as beautiful and successful as your gorgeous one <3 Xx

    • Becky
      Author
      September 22, 2016 / 2:28 pm

      Aw thank you ellie such a kind comment 🙂 xx

  2. September 22, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    These are all such good tips! I don’t know where I’d be without VSCO!

    Jess x
    hellojess.net

    • Becky
      Author
      September 22, 2016 / 2:28 pm

      I loveeee VSCO!

    • Becky
      Author
      September 22, 2016 / 1:40 pm

      im a huge fan xx

  3. September 22, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    This is sooo useful. I cannot imagine not having my remote, I would be in a deep … problematic situation today if I didn’t have it 😀

    I will have a look on layouts, thank you for sharing with us!

  4. September 22, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    This is such an amazing list of tools! I am so happy I came across this 🙂 I just started using Buffer and love it!

  5. September 22, 2016 / 4:57 pm

    My favourites at the moment are Pic Monkey and VSCO! Pic Monkey is perfect for when I want to add overlays to photos for any favourites posts, it has some really great fonts to use. VSCO is just my absolute favourite app to edit photos for my Instagram, there’s so many beautiful filters to choose from.

    Kayleigh | anenthusiasmfor.blogspot.co.uk

  6. September 22, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    Great tips. Thanks!

  7. September 22, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    Thanks for this post! There are some programs I need to get ASAP and for all the years I’ve been taking photos I’ve never invested in a remote…I think the time is now! x

    http://www.insearchofsheila.com

  8. Emily
    September 22, 2016 / 5:53 pm

    This is great, i’ve just started my blog and haven’t heard of most of these before ! Thank you

  9. September 22, 2016 / 6:19 pm

    This is such a useful post! As a new blogger I had to work it all out for myself and this would have been so handy.

    Lisabeth

  10. September 22, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    Really great suggestions. I have been using most of these for a while now and they truly make my life as a blogger a lot easier. Thanks for sharing! I learnt about a couple I had no idea they even existed so I will make sure to check them out. What really caught my attention is Trello – it seems like an amazing app that would make someone’s life more organised without having to use boring methods.

  11. September 22, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    As a reasonably new blogger I love this type of helpful posts. Snapseed is my life saver, so many things that you can do on it!

    Kathleen xox

  12. September 22, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    I use dafont to find new fonts for my pics, it’s such a good website with so many different fonts! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  13. September 23, 2016 / 11:35 am

    Thanks for these tips! I really need to get my hands on a camera remote…been putting it off for ages!

  14. September 23, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    Great tips! I’ve already been looking on Etsy for some themes, such a great place for them x

  15. September 23, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    I love it when bloggers share their tips with us, so thank you!
    Btw- gimp is a very good replacement for Photoshop, for those who would like to start editing their pictures in a little more advanced way, but don’t want to spend their money on Adobe software. X

  16. September 23, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    Great post!! Thanks for sharing

  17. September 24, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Great post, pipdig is also really good for blog themes, it’s not free but I invested in a theme (which was still really cheap- around £30), once I started making money form the blog and wanted to step things up a notch!
    I’m going to check out the fonts now!
    Have a lovely weekend,

    Farah x
    http://www.vatkinary.com

  18. September 25, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    I love these tips, a few things there I already use but I’m definitely going to look into a few of the other ideas!

    Emma x
    emmasjoys.wordpress.com

  19. September 26, 2016 / 2:22 pm

    This is so good to know! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    -Lor
    acozyspace.org

  20. September 27, 2016 / 11:14 pm

    These were very helpful! Thanks for sharing!x

    chapter-fifty-nine.blogspot.co.uk

  21. September 30, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    Besides all these useful tips and apps, I’d be so grateful of You could whisper to me, where can I get that lovely pink starbucks cup? I haven’t seen one like that in my city 🙁

  22. October 3, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    Such lovely tips, it’s great to see what you use to create your lovely blog! Will definitely try some of these to make my blog better!

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