The 5 Best Tools for Blog Content Creation

What would you do if you couldn’t use your current content creation tools of choice? How would you adapt?

Content Creation Tools: Intro

These are the most helpful resources available for blog content creation. They range from the very basic to more in-depth.

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Let’s start with your editorial calendar.

The best tool for this is simply:

1) Google Sheets

It seems pretty simple, right? Google Sheets is essentially the best, most cost-effective choice out there.

Benefits:

  • It’s a cloud-based tool that saves everything you do automatically
  • It works great when using a calendar as a team collaboration tool
  • Google Sheets can be available on or offline at any time

Limitations:

  • It can be difficult to learn how to use it effectively at first
  • It’s not as comprehensive as Microsoft Excel
  • Starting from a blank sheet takes some time and dedication.

Are you looking for more options in this category? Here are a few to consider:

  1. Use a printed out planner or calendar
  2. Create your own DIY content calendar following this guide
  3. Resort to a paid program for more features and integrations

Ready to start writing your first draft?

Don’t depend solely on an Internet program if it doesn’t allow for offline access. Don’t pay for something new, especially if it requires pricey monthly payments.

Instead, use the resource you may already own or could get for free:

2) Google Docs

This tool follows along with my Google Sheets recommendation. You can choose one or the other, but using them both will help you reap the most benefits:

Benefits:

  • As with Sheets, you don’t have to worry about losing your work because Google saves everything instantly
  • You can collaborate with your teammates in real time
  • The options for add-ons can be very helpful, especially the Table of Contents add-on for longer documents
  • Docs are available on or offline

Limitations:

  • It can be difficult to organize all of your new documents if you don’t create them within the designated Drive folder initially
  • The layout of all your documents is hard to navigate because it doesn’t show where they are in your Drive

If you don’t like the idea of using Google Docs, try these options instead or along with it:

  1. Paper and pen
  2. Microsoft Word
  3. Pay for another 3rd-party program

With every blog article you create, you need to remember to add images.

These can be stock photos, but I don’t recommend you depend solely on those. Instead, use some of the tools out there to create your own.

Let’s start with my personal favorite and a leading image-creation tool in the market:

3) Canva

If you’re looking for a tool that can help you create all kinds of images, ranging from blog headers to social media to infographics, Canva is the tool for you.

Benefits:

  • It gives you templates and set sizing ideas but also allows for custom settings.
  • It offers many free features, especially if you use your own images on blank canvas.
  • You can save and download your final product for free.

Limitations:

  • It has limited formatting abilities.
  • Images sometimes do not load properly and appear incorrectly.

As an alternative or addition to Canva, you can also consider using this Buffer tool:

4) Pablo by Buffer

Although primarily designed for creating images for social media sharing, Pablo offers you the ability to create shareworthy images for within your post content.

Benefits:

  • The images are already sized for optimal social media sharing.
  • You can choose from a large number of high-quality stock images or add your own.
  • You can add a logo or other stamp to your image to mark it as yours.

Limitations:

  • I’ve noticed the site freezes at times and doesn’t reload unless you close and reopen your browser or delete your browser cookies /history.
  • There is no way to edit the text to be different formats within one text box.
  • The tool does not allow for custom dimensions.

Another key component to content creation is where and how you’ll store your hard work.

You need to find a reliable tool that won’t crash or lose your content. You need to find a tool that won’t go offline at times, which is common with Dropbox (for example).

I’ve tested several cloud-based storage tools and found one in particular to be the best choice:

5) Google Drive

With Google Drive, you can store all your files for your blog, including all file types.

Benefits:

  • You get a LOT of free storage space.
  • You can access and edit your files from anywhere and both on/offline.
  • It is very reliable for security and stability.

Limitations:

  • You need to have a Google account.
  • On mobile devices, you need to download 2 apps: 1 for viewing files and 1 for editing them.
  • Your storage space is connected to all your Google services. If you don’t maintain your Gmail emails, you could run out of storage for Drive.

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You have the choice of using these content creation tools or looking elsewhere. I simply suggest giving these tools a try before investing in a paid program.

Questions? Suggestions? Leave a comment!