Often times, we feel like there isn’t enough time during the day to do everything we need to get done. For me, that not only applies to everyday life but also to blogging and publishing posts on a regular basis.
Blogging doesn’t just involve publishing a post and editing graphics, although that is the bulk of it. There is also a lot of behind-the-scenes legwork that has to be done including promoting the posts you write on social media, taking pictures, etc.
Juggling time between blogging and everyday life can be a little hectic which is why I continuously re-evaluate how efficient I am when I blog and find ways to improve the use of my time. For me, I find that creating graphics for my site and for social media, as well as writing and editing my posts take up the most amount of time spent on my site.
Although I am still a relatively new blogger, I will share with you today the three tools that have really helped to improve my overall efficiency and reduce the amount of time I spend on publishing my posts.
Let’s first talk about images. Images, graphics, and logos, as I’m sure you know, are very important and heavily contribute to the overall aesthetics and feel of your blog.
You want to put enough time and care in making sure that you split your time efficiently in making sure that both your photos look good as well as the quality of your post. It’s not good enough for your site to just have compelling content if it lacks attractive, high-quality images that fit with your site’s theme. Images help draw the attention of your readers to continue reading your content so a lot of thought and care needs to be taken into account.
Photoshop is a very popular program that many bloggers and designers use to edit photos and create beautiful images. However, it can be confusing and overwhelming especially if you are a beginner with no prior experience as there are so many options and features to use and learn right off the bat. It also doesn’t help that it’s pricey.
Photoshop is still what I use about 30% of the time I edit photos or when I’m revamping a photo from head to toe with lots of precision. But for everyday images that don’t need as much editing, I now use two great image editors that can totally replace Photoshop (if need be) and will allow you to create your own stunning graphics. Since using them, they have made the process of publishing my posts and posting to social media so much faster and more efficient.
In the past, creating images used to take ages when I only used Photoshop. Luckily that is no longer an issue I have to face.
Canva is super simple to use and is my go-to site to design my social media and blog post images. They have a list of ready-made templates for social media (such as Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, etc) with appropriate image dimensions that you can edit with the click of a button. This really makes it really easy to tailor your images to the specific type of platform you want to share your images on.
What I really like about Canva is the ability to create and edit templates. These templates have really helped save and cut down a lot of time overall whenever I publish a post. Every time you need to create a banner or a post image, just open up a saved template in your account homepage, start editing, and save it to your computer. This is so much faster than having to create an image from scratch every single time you publish a new post!
Not only do these templates help save time so you don’t have to continuously start all over again, but using these same templates also allows you to build up your own brand image. You want your followers to be able to know right away that the images are a part of your blog when they see it!
If you are a beginner and don’t know how to navigate around the site or use their features, they even have easy to follow tutorials on their site to help you create beautiful designs.
PicMonkey is another great image editor that has increased my efficiency tenfold. I like to use PicMonkey when I’m editing pictures for my post that look a little bland and need a little bit of sprucing up.
With just the click of a button, PicMonkey is able to quickly change the way a picture looks from a variety of different options ranging from filters, overlays, and other text features. You can also draw, add fun stickers to your pictures, or edit portraits that need red eye, wrinkle, and blemish reductions.
Now let’s move on to your site content.
Just like how images are important for the aesthetics of your site, your content is just as important if you want to keep your viewers’ attention and converting them to repeat readers. You could write a great post with helpful content but if your grammar is horrible or if you have a ton of spelling mistakes, that’s not going to do you any favors. It probably won’t entice your readers to continue reading or even want to come back to your site!
I used to spend a lot of time re-reading and editing my draft posts over and over again because I’m easily distracted and often like to do things at once (not a good habit!). I would edit the same paragraphs over and over again because I wasn’t sure if I had missed a few mistakes here and there. It used to drive me crazy!
To solve this problem, I started using Grammarly.
Grammarly is a browser extension that has saved all of my blog posts every time I write.
How this extension works is it learns your personal writing style and vocabulary preferences after signing up. It then automatically alerts you of any grammatical errors, spelling errors, and synonym suggestions so you can focus on creating good quality content instead of spending your time worrying about grammar and spelling mistakes.
You can turn it on and off at any time which is a great option if you don’t want any disruptions when you write. I also wanted to point out that Grammarly doesn’t have to just be used for your blog posts! It works wherever you type on the web.
This, of course, doesn’t mean that you should stop proofreading your work once you’re done writing because that’s still important to do that. Grammarly is just a very useful extra add-on that helps save a lot of time because it automates the proofreading process. Without it, I would probably miss a lot more silly human errors and careless mistakes before publishing.
Writing, editing, and publishing a post can be a very time-consuming process, especially if it’s a very long and informative article.
With the use of these 3 tools, they’ll be able to help you be more fast and efficient when creating images as well as drafting and editing your posts. You’ll be able to publish more posts in less time and spend the extra time in promoting your posts or improving your site in other areas.
What are some tools that you like that have helped to increase your efficiency when publishing posts? Feel free to share!