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Blogging Tools I Am Willing to Pay for

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I am a huge fan of blogging on a budget, but there are a few tools other than the obvious (web-hosting, domain name etc.) that I completely willing to part with my hard earned cash for-- with a smile. Like most bloggers, I've made a few purchases that I regretted, but these tools were worth every penny and in some way, shape, or form helped grow and improve my blog. 

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BoardBooster is a Pinterest scheduling tool that is worth its weight in gold. Much like Buffer, it has saved me an endless amount of time while still keeping me on top of social media. Unlike Buffer, it only does the one social media platform. But, it does it well. Really well. BoardBooster is going to need its own post soon, it's that good.

BOARDBOOSTER

BoardBooster is a Pinterest scheduling tool that is worth its weight in gold. Much like Buffer, it has saved me an endless amount of time while still keeping me on top of social media. Unlike Buffer, it only does the one social media platform. But, it does it well. Really well. BoardBooster is going to need its own post soon, it's that good.

 

SCRIVENER

Scrivener is pretty much the coolest writing tool ever. It's basically like your own cork-board/mind dump/binder for blog posts, eBooks and whatever else you are writing. 

 

EVERNOTE

 I don't think a day goes by that I don't use Evernote and the free version is the bomb. The premium version has a few additional features that rock, including the ability to turn notes into presentations, which is worth the yearly fee on its own if you ever host webinars or tutorials.

 

DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB

There are tons of places around the web to get free stock photos, but sometimes the selection gets a little "old" or I start seeing a lot of other bloggers using the same photos. Many of the paid stock photo sites are a little rich for my blood. Queue Dollar Photo Club, a sister site of Fotolia (another great, albeit pricier place to get stock photos). DFC has some beautiful stock photos, just be careful because if you are anything like me it is easy to get overwhelmed. Oh hello 2 AM, I am still perusing stock photos.

 

GOOGLE DRIVE

I personally use Google Drive for my cloud storage because it integrates so well with all of the other Google-made applications I use, but I know that some people prefer other services like Dropbox or Amazon S3. I'm a little bit of a pack rat, so paying for the extra storage space is well worth the peace of mind for me.

 

SCREENFLOW

ScreenFlow is a screen recording program that is super user-friendly and simple to use. It took a lot of the headache and nervousness out of filming tutorials for me.

 

SPOTIFY

OK, so this technically has nothing to do with blogging or business but hear me out. Spotify is my catharsis while I'm writing and the ads just mess with my blogging mojo. Plus, the Deep Focus playlist is completely true to its name. I find that I work 23.6% more efficiently when I'm listening to music. True story.


Do you have tools or resources that you can't live without? Please share! I am always on the lookout for awesome new tools!