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  1. Helen says

    I love this list!! The stock images and laptop are my essentials! I would also add curiosity to the list as well — it is often when I ask what-if questions or ponder something at length that it becomes a potential blog post.

    I am on the fence regarding grammarly. I have heard of it but refuse to use it lol I feel ashamed having to depend on an app to check my grammar

  2. beth says

    great list – I’d add ‘an open mind and curious heart’ – be a great observer of everything in life and you will naturally have material. write about what you know or are interested in, what are the things in your life that matter or your find ironic or interesting?

  3. Manisha Reddy says

    I can recommend the importance of About page to new bloggers because every reader wants to know the person behind the blog and what all the blog is all about. Loved your post Shelly 🙂

  4. Caroline says

    Yoast SEO is the best plugin! It’s so helpful – not sure what I’d do without it 🙈 Grammerly has also been a game-changer. Great post 🙂 xx

  5. Happy Panda says

    Life experiences! I find it so hard to write when nothing is happening in my life. I totally look for inspiration from my life.
    But other than that your list covers everything. And I’m so with you on the grammarly point – when I’m in a hurry to post (which is most of the times) I skip grammarly and it comes back to bite me later. 🤦

    • Shelly DS says

      Ooooh that’s a good one! I don’t think I’d have anything to write without life experiences either!

      Girl, don’t slip on Grammarly 😅 it’s been sent from above so treat it with respect 😂

  6. Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) says

    This is a great list. Personally, I love Canva. It really saves me time creating images for my blog posts, Pinterest and Insta.

    Ha, I’ve been caught on putting the wrong dates on posts when scheduling and having them go out right away. It’s usually not the end of the world unless it’s a post that needs to go out on a specific day.

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks for sharing Michelle!
      I really hope WordPress fixes that so that you always HAVE to pick the date or that it at least reverts to “today” by default 😅

  7. LoseWeightWithAng says

    I use Microsoft Word Online to check my writing and also to have the immersive reader read my post out loud to me. I always catch little writing errors when it’s read out loud. Such a helpful tool.

  8. Dacia says

    So on point with these! I dream of the day I become self-hosted and can use Yoast 😂 I have a few goals to attain before I get there, though.
    Until then, I will continue using my laptop (it really is different) and Grammarly.
    Something I use almost every time I write are my headphones. I listen to playlists or ambient sounds on YouTube to help me concentrate as I write.

  9. Bolaji Gelax says

    I love blogging on my laptop but I’m currently stuck with my phone 🤦‍♀️

    Stock free images are the best things after slice bread.

    I’m also tilting towards GIFs of late. They sometimes express certain things in ways a picture could never.

  10. Maya says

    Great post Shelly!! I can not live without my laptop and the stock image library. Stock images are the best things ever created for a blogger!! Also, are guest posts open??

  11. Shahrin says

    I love this post✨Always filled with plenty of information. Now that you mention it —since my laptop broke, I am writing all my post on my phone and I must say, for detailed and polished post you need your laptop.

    One question though, if I may—where do you write your post, do you use the WordPress “new post” or write on “word document” then upload it later. Thanks😘 xx

    • Shelly DS says

      Hey Shahrin, thanks for your feedback 😊 you’re always too kind!
      I write my posts in WordPress “new post” because I sometimes find it difficult to edit if I copy and paste from word… not sure if it’s because of my plugins and such but it sometimes doesn’t let me amend paragraphs. Also, since I use Yoast plug-in, I like to see my SEO errors as I write. It’s not a must of course, but I’m just so lazy that having the machine check my posts for me is definitely a must 😅

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