Despite the bathing suit clad, laptop loving, beach dwelling lifestyle depicted in your daily insta feed, blogging can be a Stressful and Hectic Gig.
Making time for day to day life activities like going to the post office or shopping for a loved one’s birthday, while effectively balancing the workload of a full team of Journalism, Marketing, and Web Development Professionals is a nearly impossible feat to master without a host of productivity hacks4 Ways To Get Better Results From Your WebsiteOnce you've finally got your site up and your automation on track, you're on your way to the business big leagues. Now, however, is not the time t...CreativeAnthology.com, a Strict Blogging Schedule, and at least 4 cups of coffee a day.
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With a healthy dose of caffeine and a well-planned set of intentions as your compass, you too can navigate the turbulent waters of blogging’s tsunami of tasks before it displaces the sunny shores of your blog’s laptop on the beach lifestyle goals for good.
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WordPress Editorial Calendar – One of the best ways to keep everything flowing efficiently is to start scheduling things ahead of time.
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Buffer – Automation of repetitive tasks is one of the most important aspects of the organization of any project, and when it comes to blogging the most repetitive actions you take will tend to be related to managing your social media profiles.
Buffer is an amazingly simple way to automate your Twitter and Facebook posting by setting a pre-determined schedule for making posts and then putting new posts into a queue to be published on your set schedule.
No more long, unruly lists of pages and quotes that you might one day get around to posting to your feed or sudden bursts of activity followed by long periods of silence.
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Pinterest Automatic – We’ve had this handy automatic Pinterest pusher for a couple of years now, and we don’t know what we’d do without it.
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GoogleDrive – If you don’t already use Gdrive, We’re going to need you to promise you will start, the moment you stop reading this post.
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Aside from coming with a full suite of software capable of just about everything that Microsoft Office can do and so much freakin’ more, it also allows you to store resource files remotely for safety, use a full calendar that can keep a schedule for multiple users, and it has the ability to allow you to quickly collaborate and edit files with your team.
GIT – Moving files around and long-term storage has been the subject of more office debates than we would care to admit, and our dev lead is always passionate about using GIT.
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It automates a lot of the more tedious parts of SEO and offers a somewhat set it and forget it option for most of our metadata needs.
Ninja Pinner – An absolutely essential tool if you’re looking to automate a Pinterest account for business, Ninja Pinner has been our go-to tool for Pinterest automation since we first started blogging.
Dropbox – While Google Drive might be our go-to for storage, it’s definitely not a “one size fits all” solution, and everyone has differing opinions on the best way to keep our files with us when we’re not in the office.
One of the Stock Photography Sites that we belong to uses Dropbox as its primary delivery method for downloading its photo library, so we’ve all got Dropbox on our computer’s for storage in addition to The Google Drive Suite.
Google Drive is great for making and sharing files while Dropbox is better for Sharing already made files that are not currently created on the Google Drive Framework.
Our Graphic Designer prefers to use Dropbox over Google Drive for storing files like Photoshop Documents or Video Clips that need to be shared with a group or re-edited after upload, a preference which has given rise to many hours of annoying debate over which Cloud Storage service is actually the best option, and one which has caused me to question just how much I’m willing to tolerate for my love of business.
SVN – We used to make fairly extensive use of SVN for our source control needs, but over time, we switched out to GIT for portability reasons.
If you’re in a more fixed office environment, however, SVN gets a recommendation from us.
Tailwind – Thinking about being super active on social media is a ton of fun.
Actually taking the time to build an audience, create unique content, and keep up with the latest hashtags and trends on each social media platform, however, is super not fun.
If there’s one thing that running multiple blogs, businesses, and websites has taught us, it’s that social media can quickly go from a fun way to relax, to a soul-crushing daily grind that consumes all of your free-time and most of your happiness.
I cry more than I laugh now.
Social Media Automation is imperative to the success of your business, your social profiles, and your sanity.
Their almost magical ability to schedule a bajillion Pins in like a nanosecond and their super neat-o analytics tools make this social media savior, our champion for both Pinterest & Instagram.
TFS – Microsoft’s answer to GIT and SVN, Team Foundation Server was the very first piece of source control software that our lead developer learned to use, and served as a valuable way to fix many of the issues he ran into when first getting into web development.
CoSchedule – Facebook is such a relentlessly negative environment.
I don’t even have a Snapchat. I hate Twitter (Unless I’m watching a show and following its hashtag.)
I only use Instagram to look at pictures of other people’s vacations, and Pinterest is my free time to actually get to enjoy myself on the wilds of the net.
As you can see, social media is not my bag, so given that I am in charge of all social media profiles for our brands, over the years we’ve had to find ways to drastically cut the amount of timeWhy Finally Becoming a Morning Person May Make You a More Savvy EntrepreneurWhen the sound of the blaring alarm clock breaks your bedtime bliss, dragging yourself away from the comfort of your favorite pillow, only to stumb...CreativeAnthology.com I had to spend every day on each network.
With direct blog integration if you’re on WordPress, and the ability to handle multiple platforms in a single place, CoSchedule has become our modern day Mass Planner for Social Media Management.
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