My Top 3 Tools for Blogging

It’s been a while since I first started blogging. My first blog was launched in 2012. Over time I have picked up a few tricks on how to manage my blog successfully. You can read about my blogging story where I talk about my journey on the platform.

Blogging is a great stress buster for me. Writing down my thoughts and talking about things that I like online makes me happy. But if not managed correctly blogging can get a bit boring and frustrating.

You might look at someones blog and wonder how did they get their blog looking in a certain way or how do they get good content to write about. Well, nothing good can get done without a little work put behind it right? And getting a blog post to look great is easy. All you need are the right tools.

Here are my top three tools that I use in my blogging.

1. CANVA

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Canva is a great tool that can be used to create pictures for your blog. Its available both online and as a mobile app so it’s pretty accessible all the time. With pre set templates you can create different graphics for your blog and social media accounts. It’s really simple to use and can take a few minutes to create a design of your choice.

2. PINTEREST

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Pinterest is my go to site for research. If you ever need to read up on a certain topic you can find everything you need there. Blogging tips, photography tips, writing and editing tips, the website has it all. I spend most of my time browsing and pinning articles. The website is bursting with ideas that you can use on your blog.

3. GOOGLE NOTES

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Google Notes, Evernote or any Note taking app can be used to note down any idea you get for your blog. Sometimes when you are travelling or at work inspiration might strike. Being human, we mostly forget what we thought of earlier so use these apps to write it down as soon as you think of something.

I find noting down my ideas on my home extremely usefull as it gives me a list to look at during my writers vloc phase. I used to use my in built phone application to note down my ideas before I discovered Google notes. While you can use any note taking app to write down your ideas, I prefer to use this as it gets saved to my Google account. There is no chance of losing what you noted down earlier if you change your phone or reset it.

There are so many more tools available online to help you in your blogging. I hope this list helped you.

Tell me what tools do you use to make your blogging easier?

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Book Review || As The Crow Flies by Jeffrey Archer

Charlie’s progress from the teeming streets of Whitechapel to the elegance of Chelsea Terrace is only a few miles as the crow flies, but his actual journey takes him much longer. A story of love, ambition and revenge through the triumphs and disasters of the century.

I remember receiving this book as a birthday present a few years ago from one of my best friends. I was the one who picked it out but never got to reading it. “As the crow flies” is written by Jeffrey Archer.

Set between the years 1900-1971 it follows Charlie on his journey to open the biggest barrow in the world. Truthfully speaking, I never expected the book to be so thrilling and entertaining. But Archer has his way in keeping the reader enthralled at every word and page. You never know what will happen next and there are bits and pieces that will surprise you now and then.

Coming to the story, As the Crow Flies begins when Charlie is a 5 year old boy. It then follows him through various stages in his life until he is a very rich and successful business man. Ending with him owning the largest set of shops in London. His journey towards his goal takes him through various relationships in his life, both the world wars and personal loss. It is a rags to riches story that is told through the point of view of all the main characters as the story progresses.

Jeffrey Archer describes the entire plot so well, he gives us an inside look into the cut-throat business of retail and luxury. I wouldn’t blame you if you felt inspired to open your own set of shops after reading this book.

Being a total of 596 pages, the book is an easy read. I would recommend it to any one who is interested in a new book.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child : The 8th Story

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The world went into a frenzy when J.K Rowling announced an eighth story was in the works. As someone growing up during the Potter phenomenon, the news about Cursed Child was like music to my ears.

I had dreams that Rowling would release a series of books based on the next generation. I wanted to know how our favorite characters grew up. Then the news came that the eighth story would not be a book or a movie, but rather a play. A play that ran only in London and that I hope in the future would run worldwide.

NOTE: This post is going to contain minor spoilers. So proceed with caution. If you haven’t read the story yet then I advise you to stop right now. If you haven’t read it but still want to know about the plot then go ahead, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. 

There were a few reviews online that termed the “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” as a piece of fan-fiction. Or that the story wasn’t as interesting as the previous novels.Which is why we need to keep in mind that, J.K Rowling didn’t write it all by herself and that it is set as a play.

There were a few jumps between a few scenes, which as a reader of the script it could be hard to imagine the transition but apart from that the story is captivating and amazing.

Coming to how I got the book, I didn’t get the book as such. I was gifted the e-book by a friend. As someone who doesn’t really like reading e-books and who prefers the actual book it was going against everything that I believe a reading experience should be, but I was desperate to know the story and I read on. I found it more comfortable to read on my laptop rather on my smartphone. And trust me, reading it digitally was just as amazing.

Cursed child begins where Deathly Hallows ends, on platform 9 3/4. Harry and Ginny are saying goodbye to James and Albus as they leave for Hogwarts. It is Albus’s first year. Along with Albus, Hermione and Ron’s daughter, Rose also leaves for Hogwarts for the first time. On the train they meet Scorpious Malfoy, son of everybody’s favorite bad boy Draco Malfoy, and the two boys form an unlikely friendship . What follows then is a series of adventures using a time turner and everybody knows that bad things happen to wizards who mess with time. Two alternate realities are created. Basically there is just chaos. And yes, Voldermort has a daughter!

Things that I do not understand about the story are

  • Why give Draco such a tough time? He has already gone through as lot as it is.
  • Harry – Albus, Draco-Scorpious father son problems. Actually the entire story could have gone without it.
  • Where was James? Why wasn’t he supportive of his brother?
  • Whats with the calorie and sugar thing? Harry wouldn’t deprive his children of the best thing on earth!
  • Pigeons? Really? It’s a good thing they use owls to carry mail.
  • And finally, who is the cursed child? Harry? Albus? Scorpious? or Delphie?

All in all, I loved the plot. It was emotional, it was edge-of-the-seat exciting, it was like a blast from the past. I just wish I could see it live in front of me.

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My Blogging Story

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Seven years ago I started my very first blog. I had a lot of time on my hands before the new school year started. A friend of mine discovered Blogger and showed it to me one afternoon. Back then, I had no idea what a “Blog” was or how big the blogging community is worldwide. The idea of creating my own website for free intrigued me.

I came home that evening and using my google account I created my own blog. I used to read a lot and decided I would use my blog to write book reviews. It didn’t last long and with school work I never had the amount of time I needed to maintain one. But even though I couldn’t have one of my own at the time I was still curious. I read up on everything I could find on blogging. For some reason the topic interested me and I never forgot about it.

Fast forward to two years later and I had just graduated from high school. I had a few months free before college and had no idea what to do with the sudden free time on my hands. It was then when I remembered about my old blog and I went back to it.

By now I had learnt a lot about blogging and the various platforms that can be used. Blogger was great for me at the start, but I wanted more. I wanted to be able to customize and have more control over the look of my website. This was when I decided to move to WordPress. I made the switch and created my second blog which I used until this month when I decided to go self-hosted.

Blogging is my passion. It helps me grow and makes me happy. Through my blog I have interacted with people from all over the world. It is a lifestyle that I’m sure I will continue for as long as I can.

So here’s to a new blog. A new beginning and another chapter in my blogging story.

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