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Oh hello, June, where did you come from?  Seriously how is it June already? I'm going to try and make the most of summer this year - despite everything else being rubbish. I'm going to enjoy myself and have fun in the sun. Sound like a good plan, doesn't it? ⠀
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Oh hello, June, where did...

I must admit that I did get bored with balcony/mirror outfit pictures and wanted a more nature/organic photos backdrop. Well now summer is right around the corner, and the sun is indeed shining, and with news that lockdown resections are now easing, I now thought it was the perfect opportunity to go out into the wood and show you this floral Zara dress.⠀
I brought this dress at the very beginning of this year and was keen to show you guys this as I think it a lovely summer dress to wear, plus, I also thought it would go nicely with my red hat.⠀
For someone who has been cooped up, I must admit that it was nice to go into my local woodland and to walk around for an afternoon. I think it was also lovely for Richard, my husband, to pick up his camera again and to take some photos. The whole pandemic has put a pause on his professional photographer profession, and he hasn’t needed to use his camera much.⠀
It was lovely to put on a dress and to make myself look a little presentable. It got me out of my loungewear for an afternoon. The experience made me feel a little more like myself, and it put me in a good mood. As much as I like comfy loungewear, I’m still someone who wants to dress up.⠀
I’m hoping I can go out more this summer, of course still observing the social distancing rule, and doing more outdoor outfit photos. I’m also hoping this summer to wear more of my summer outfit and to feel more like myself.⠀
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I must admit that I...

Usually, when I do an outfit post or picture, I like to dress up and show you some pretty dress. But this time I thought I would show you a few of my casual wear and what I wear on a day to day basis. I must admit, as much as I love to dress up, I wouldn't exactly go to Tesco in them. So on a day to day basis, I'm usually in jeans and a top. ⠀
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Usually, when I do an...

If I were to describe my style, it would be summed up in two words: quirky and fun. I'm sure you realise by now I don't like boring black fashion – I do fun, bright, colourful style. Case in point is this Collectif watermelon dress. You can't get more quirky and fun fashion than this, can you?⠀
I like my clothes to reflect a lot of my personality, eternally youthful while also quirky and fun. Yup, that pretty much summed up me. The saying, you are who you are by the clothes you wear, really does hold up with me.⠀
I'm still that little girl who had a dressing up box as a child and would play dress-up; now I just have a wardrobe filled with more clothes than I could ever need as my dressing up box. I still like to have fun with my clothes, and I haven't lost that childhood wonder about clothes. And I don't think I ever will.⠀
Overall, what I'm saying is that this Collectif watermelon dress reflects who I am as a person and also my style. I also believe it represents how fashion shouldn't be all serious; it should be fun and should put a smile on a person's face.⠀
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If I were to describe...

* Stare at the computer screen completely blank, not sure what write*. Pretty summed up my week really - a blank space. Yup got writer block. ⠀
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My 10 Favourite Blogging Tools

This is for my friend, Kierna who has just started her blogging journey and I’d said I would help her in any way I can.  It can be pretty daunting starting to blog and getting into the big wide world of the blogging communities, I would say that was me once upon a time, however I started right at the very beginning – the very beginning. Before Google, before the word ‘blog’ was invented and before a lot of tools we have now was available. I’m an oldie when it comes to blogging and seen done everything, so it only right to pass on my wisdom.

What I do know  it took me a lot of my time and research to figure out the best software, plugins, and platforms to use for my blog. And even to this day, I’m still doing a ton of research especially as blogging is ever on the move and there’s always something new.

So to make your life a little easier, I put together a list of my 10 favorite blogging tools that I think is essential for all bloggers.

WordPress

So we know the basic here: WordPress.org is the self-hosted paid version and WordPress.com is the free-hosted version. I only ever used the WordPress.org version so my advice is based around on it. I love WordPress and have used it ever from the very beginning (when it was known as B2 or something to that effect). The amazing thing about WordPress is that you do automatically get access to hundreds of free plugins and beautiful customizable themes. By choosing WordPress, you actually own your blog which is crucial if you want to optimize your blog posts for search engines.

Yoast SEO Plugin

I take it from when I talked about search engine optimization on this post, a lot of you seemed confused or freaked out at the mere mentions of it. Well it shouldn’t with this brilliant plugin. The Yoast SEO Plugin will help you optimize your blog post title, URL, and even the meta-data information. Plus, right inside the plugin you can put together your focus keyword, update your SEO title, and choose the alt tag you want to use to represent your post images. If you don’t have this plugin already, I absolutely recommend downloading it, and it’s free! Those do watch for the greenlights system, but it nothing to worry about.

Canva

I discovered this through a client I was working with. If you don’t have photoshop or any images editing software, don’t fret. Then this will help you, I have actually swapped this to use for my images then photoshop.  I find it really useful to make images for social media platforms – especially Pinterest. There are tons of options available and it also completely free to use.

My 10 Favourite Blogging Tools

Hootsuite

Hootsuite I used for almost all my client’s social media platforms as well as for my own blogging. This platform is awesome because you can schedule up to 350 tweets or Facebook messages at once. I often designate one specific time each week to work on it. Plus, if you want to, you can even use this free – however if you want to add more than one account you do need to paid.

Google Analytics

Find out which of your blog posts are being read, who are reading them, and how they found the posts. Google Analytics provides great insight to your blog. If you can’t wait to check your traffic numbers while out and about, check out the handy Analytics App for the phone. By using this data, it should help guide your choice of contents.

Google Calendar

Calendar tools like Google Calendar can double up as an editorial calendar or at least that something I’ve recently just learnt. If you’re only publishing one post per day, you can save your ideas as all-day events and move them around the calendar when needed. If on the other hand you’re planning on scheduling multiple posts, add a calendar event to the specific publish time and colour code it. This will see what you’ve got planned for a given day, week, or month and help you keep tracks.

Google Webmaster Tools

Signing up for webmaster tools for your blog can reveal a lot of SEO opportunities. For instance, see where you rank in search engine results for certain keywords, then build links to your most popular keyword posts to increase the rankings even more. It let you see what Google bots see when thwy crawl through your site.

Keyword Planner

How do you find awesome keywords that people can easily find? Well your answer is this. Google’s Keyword Planner lets you enter a series of keywords, and Google will return results based on search volume and popularity as well as related keywords. It also let you check for popular keywords and how often to use it for your blog post. It also might spark an idea for you when having writer block.

Grammarly

Copy and paste your blog post into Grammarly’s online grammar checker to see how it checks for spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, style, and more. The initial score is free to see. The specifics of what to change come with their paid plans.

Pinterest

This is my favourite of all the social media platforms. Content shared on Pinterest is driven entirely by visuals. To learn more on how to use Pinterest with your blog then actually search on the site search engine and it will come up with hundreds of different visual that will give you advice. I’d spend hours looking at everything.

 

What are your favourite blogging tools? I always love to know what other awesome blogging tools are out there. Comment your favourites below:

 

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  • I am bookmarking this post because I recently just moved to wordpress and I don’t have any idea what tools to use yet. I am currently using the Yoast Plugin and it’s helped me a lot so far! 🙂

  • Rachel G
    August 24, 2016

    I finally used Canva for the first time last week–wow, I was hugely impressed! I know I’ll be using it for graphics from now on!

  • Kiarna
    August 24, 2016

    Thankyou soo much Anna!

  • LaaLaa
    August 24, 2016

    Google calendar sounds really helpful. There’s so many good programmes and websites online for blogging. x

  • hannah
    August 24, 2016

    The only one out of these I use is wordpress for my travel blog. For my beauty blog I use blogger x

  • Elizabeth
    August 24, 2016

    These are some great suggestions, and some of them are new to me and I’ve been blogging for nearly five years! Must check them out. 🙂

  • Julie
    August 24, 2016

    Pinned this to use later. i use half of these and need to examine the others a little further. Still a new blogger myself.

  • Cristina
    August 24, 2016

    These are one of my favourites too! Except I don’t use Canva, because I create my own designs and I chose Buffer over Hotsuite. To check my copy I use polishmywriting.com which gives you suggestions for editing + it’s free.

  • Whitney Fike
    August 24, 2016

    Love all of these suggestions since I’m a newbie, I’m trying lots of new things.

  • Lex
    August 24, 2016

    These are some of my favourites too – except I use WordSwag on my phone instead of Canva for any pictures with text. Great list!

  • the frenchie mummy
    August 24, 2016

    A great list here! I bookmarked it to get back to it anytime I need to. Thanks for sharing #bestanworst

  • Jessica
    August 24, 2016

    Such great tips! Looking into the SEO plugin now!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

  • Suzi Hunn
    August 24, 2016

    I’ve been wanting to jump into Canva! Now I use PicMonkey, which is great, too, but I hear that with Canva, you can save an image before finishing the design, then come back later. This would be awesome! Thanks for the tips!

  • ROBERT LEE
    August 24, 2016

    I always write using Microsoft Word for Mac. I am so used to it already you see. I don’t know if Microsoft still has it, but there is a free software called LiveWriter that is extremely good for blogging. I use Photoshop Elements for simple retouches and cropping photos. I need fast connection because often I do a lot of research online. What else do I need to blog… I think that’s it for me.

    I use WordPress and immediately after installing, I install some security plugins before anything else. IT IS A MUST.

  • Brittany
    August 24, 2016

    Great post! Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

  • Taylor Mobley
    August 24, 2016

    Ok, I guess I need webmaster tools so I can see my keyword ranking!

  • Brittany
    August 24, 2016

    I really need to look into yoast seo. I’ve heard so many good things about it.

  • Sarah Howe
    August 24, 2016

    These are really fab suggestions. I wish I had more time to really focus on these aspects of my blog but it can be so hard. I need to learn a little more about SEO. I think I need to try Canva – heard really good things about it!! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst xx

  • Hi there! This has been really helpful. I use most of what you listed. I haven’t optimized my Pinterest however. Care to share some tips?

  • Lauren
    August 24, 2016

    I am obsessed with canva and I used to use keywords but I havent in awhile.. I need to get back into that!

  • Sarah Ebner
    August 24, 2016

    Terrific list. I’m fortunate enough to know most of them, but think I should take a look at the keyword tool now as well!

  • Bri
    August 24, 2016

    I love Yoast as well, I haven’t used the keyword one, I should though!

  • Carrie Ford-Coates
    August 24, 2016

    I use Canva and Yoast and really find it very user friendly and helpful! Thanks for the tips.

  • Becky @ Disney in your Day
    August 24, 2016

    I use almost all of these – I actually only just heard about google webmaster recently and it sounds amazing so I need to take some time to sit down and figure it out!

  • Susan Mary Malone
    August 24, 2016

    These are great tools! My seo person uses them all. I do have the opportunity to “see” the results!

  • Elise
    August 24, 2016

    Thanks for sharing these tools! I’ve never used Canva before, but will definitely check it out.

  • Robert Stukowskki
    August 24, 2016

    I have bookmarked this page it may be helpful to me in the future. Some of these tools look great, though I have my own good ones. Such as using Outlook for my calendar, and using Instagram for photo sharing (though I still use Flikr from time to time).

  • Sarah Bailey
    August 24, 2016

    These are some great tools – I have to admit I switched to Buffer from Hootsuite but other than that one I am with you on them all! x

  • Suzanne Hines
    August 24, 2016

    I love having a pen and paper planner, too! That way I can just jot down some things on my list and then cross them off when they are finished!

  • Izuzu Nworgu
    August 24, 2016

    Good suggestions. I use virtuall all of these tools. I just started using YOAST SEO plugin a few days ago and I love it.

  • Cara
    August 24, 2016

    I literally only use Pinterest out of these, I’m terrible! I really need to take a look at Yoast x
    http://www.britishmermaid.com

  • marge
    August 24, 2016

    Most of the tools that you mentioned here (especially Canva!) I use. Yoast is of big help too. Aside from those, I like using plugins such as Akismet to filter the spammy comments and Sumo for social media sharing.

  • McKinzie
    August 24, 2016

    I hadn’t heard of Webmaster tools! I totally need to check it out!

  • Pamela
    August 24, 2016

    I’m going to need to look all the ones up I haven’t started using yet! Hootsuite seems very interesting!

  • Joanna
    August 24, 2016

    I definitely need to try out some more of these apps. I also have a blog planner that I love.

  • Raquel
    August 24, 2016

    This is very helpful. Thank you for sharing.

  • Carola
    August 24, 2016

    I love the list! I really like Google Analytics. I have used it for work and I started using it fir my blog quickly. I really like the app and it’s addicting to follow everything that happens on your blog.

  • Jenni
    August 24, 2016

    Great suggestions. I haven’t heard of grammerly before, definitely one I will be checking out x

  • Liz Mays
    August 24, 2016

    I use a lot of these too! I like using Pinterest in my free time too. It’s probably my favorite!

  • Shahla Sandoval
    August 24, 2016

    I love Canva! I soo need to check out Grammarly and Hootsuite! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Christy F
    August 24, 2016

    These are great tips! I have used some of these but not all of them. I need to use Pinterest more! Thanks for sharing.

  • Rhian Westbury
    August 24, 2016

    I used all of these except from canva so definitely need to check that out. I use Hootsuite religiously x

  • Rachel
    August 25, 2016

    All such great tools!

  • Diedre
    August 25, 2016

    I love all of these. I need to get more consistent about Hootsuite so I can spend less time online.

  • Elizabeth Cole
    August 25, 2016

    I’m just discovering the magic of Hootsuite!

    http://lizziedailyblog.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Fatima
    August 25, 2016

    These are all great tools. I recently switched over to WordPress and I’ve been addicted to the many options available. Yoast SEO is like having your own personal SEO professional next to you. They pretty much walk you through everything.

  • Dana
    August 25, 2016

    I agree with you on all of the tools you mentioned above! My favorite of all of them is Yoast SEO.

  • Jemma
    August 25, 2016

    I use quite a few of these and find them so helpful when blogging.

  • Sharon Chen
    August 25, 2016

    saving this for future reference! Your picks are really helpful.

  • Nadia
    August 25, 2016

    These are great tips not only for beginner bloggers but for all of us who love blogging & have been doing it for a little or long while 🙂
    I am still with Blogger but considering a switch as I want to be sure my content is safe and that I own it.
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com

  • Tori
    August 25, 2016

    Google Calendar is an essential tool! I agree with all of these!!!

    Tori

  • Cath @ This Mama Learns
    August 25, 2016

    Great list of tools! I love Canva. I’d also add to this list Tailwind for Pinterest scheduling and IFTTT (if this then that). I love Tailwind, it’s made boosting my blog traffic from Pinterest so easy. And I love IFTTT, it’s so clever and powerful. I think of new ways to use it all the time. It’s like having your own robotic VA.

  • Karlaroundtheworld | Karla
    August 25, 2016

    I can vouch for those tools up there, even from a casual perspective. WordPress as a free blogging tool really works well and it’s options are all great. Hootsuite is also a great tool when you have multiple Twitter accounts that need organizing. My money’s on Google though, they really know how to integrate everything.

  • Jenni Laplow
    August 25, 2016

    This is great! Thanks for the tips! I’m noting to get: yoast and keyword planner asap!

  • Amber
    August 25, 2016

    These are great tools!! I need to start using that grammarly. lol. I have terrible grammar lol!!

    Amber | http://www.everyaydame.com

  • Maria
    August 25, 2016

    With WP on top of your list, I assume that you are currently using it for your blog. I only use WP.org, Yoast SEO and Google Analytics. The other ones are not new to my ears since I’ve heard of them but I actually never have used them, ever. I’d really want to try those soon. I hope you included a screenshot of Canva since I can’t picture it out that much. 😀

  • Harriet from Toby & Roo
    August 25, 2016

    Great tips! I use a few of these and I must check out the others 🙂

  • Amie
    August 25, 2016

    I definitely need to use grammarly more! Great post 🙂 Thanks for the tips.

  • Kerry Norris
    August 25, 2016

    This was very helpful. I’ve got a friend who wants to start a blog so I’ll send this to her. I’m starting to use Pinterest more for my blog x

  • Nikki
    August 25, 2016

    Great post, especially for new bloggers. I can vouch for some of these as I use them myself and they are fantastic!

  • Ickle Pickle
    August 25, 2016

    Such great tools, I have heard of them all but don’t use all as I should! Good luck to your friend. Kaz x

  • katrina gehman
    August 25, 2016

    i love hootsuite, it’s essential with my busy schedule. I can space posts apart and schedule them out.

  • Sarah, Things Sarah Loves
    August 25, 2016

    I love WordPress and Hootsuite – couldn’t be without them!

  • Lubka Henry
    August 25, 2016

    Very good post! I use all of these tools apart from Canva – because I have Photoshop for my design work; and Grammerly – because English isn’t my native language so I have an editor checking my articles.

  • Hannah Stein
    August 26, 2016

    Love this!! Couldn’t agree more on all of them. I don’t know what I would do without Canva!

  • Sonia
    August 26, 2016

    I need to get Yoast, have heard so many good things about it!

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN
    August 26, 2016

    This is a really useful post, thanks for sharing these great tips.

  • Teresa
    August 26, 2016

    I’m already using some of those you’ve listed. I’m glad that I’ve started using Canva, Grammarly and WP. I started using Pinterest also but I’m still not very familiar. I want to learn Hootsuite soon!

  • Tanya Tracy Brannan
    August 26, 2016

    These are amazing tips! I am still learning and I didn’t know some of these bits of advice. I am going to sit down properly and try looking at them all in depth. Thank you! x

  • Tal
    August 26, 2016

    Great tips! I will be looking into some of these 🙂 Thanks, Tal xo

  • Canva is amazing and so easy to use. Even the free version is pretty decent.

  • Cecilia Keinapel
    August 26, 2016

    Thank you so much, i really needed these tools. I downloaded two already:-) Fantastic post!

  • Lorna
    August 27, 2016

    This is really helpful thank you i am a complete newbie myself so i am quite overwhelmed by it all. X

  • Anna Nuttall
    August 27, 2016

    If you ever get too stuck with blogging, i’m always available to help you. xx

  • Rachael Phillips
    August 27, 2016

    great tips! love canva too, have you tried wordswag for the iphone? that is something special too

  • Anna Nuttall
    August 27, 2016

    Rachel I don’t have an iphone. I don’t tend to blog on my phone.

  • Petite Pudding
    August 27, 2016

    This is so useful – I wish I had read it a few months ago! I think I use ost of these tools now but I need to get better with my keywords and Google Webmaster is still confusing me!

  • heidi
    August 29, 2016

    I like the list and I am relatively new to WordPress but it is so much easier. One tool I have come across that is really helpful is the headline analyzer by Co Schedule.

  • Kimberly C
    August 29, 2016

    I agree that Canva is very convenient if you don’t have images to use. So far I haven’t had to use them. I think I will start using Grammarly, for spelling, because ‘Word’ is just not doing it anymore for me. Thanks for the great post.

  • Yan
    August 30, 2016

    I wanted to be able to move to wordpress in the future because all the plugins that I’m hardcoding on Blogger is starting to take a toll on me! But right now I’m just too scared that it will be too technical and high-maintainance. I love Canva too, it has made a lot of my blogging/design work easier!

  • TRAVEL EAT PINAS
    August 30, 2016

    This is great! I am new to blogging and this would be useful on my end. I will try this tips of yours.

  • Life as Mum
    August 30, 2016

    Fab tips. I love knowing other bloggers’ tips and what they use.

  • Sheri
    November 17, 2016

    These are all excellent and I use all but one of them. I tried to use Keyword planner once then gave up! Grrrrr, need to get back to it. I see all the benefits of using it, I just need to take the time for it. An excellent post for newbies or people who are already blogging!

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