Five Apps I Use As A Blogger

Hey everyone! It’s me lizziegrace! Being a blogger isn’t all in one app right? (well not for me at least) I use a bunch of different apps for small and large things.

Some are used for writing blog posts, designing graphics, uploading pictures, and more!

I know it can be hard to find apps that suite you, here are some of my favorites!

1. Canva

I know quite a few bloggers who use Canva. I personally have been using it for about a year now for various reasons. It is very easy to use. I use it for graphics and featured images. You can literally find ANY color you want on there. They have thousands of templates that you can edit to your needs. You can also have a blank canvas and add objects/shapes as well as some text.

2. WordPress

Uh, duh! The WordPress app is sooo helpful! I started by just using the website to update my blog and all but it is so much more helpful to use the app. I get notifications and the way it lets me see and do quick updates is amazing! I highly suggest if you have a blog (or not) to use the app!

3. Gmail

Mostly just for contacting other bloggers for collabs, giveaways, really anything! It’ll also make reading submissions on your contact page easier to spot and read.

4. Docs

I use docs for school, dance, notes, and blog posts! I love how you can make something available offline (cause my dad uses up all the internet while he’s working). It’s also nice for sharing guest posts or working on a collab post.

5. Hangouts/Google Chat

This is my favorite for chatting with other blogger! I recently switched to Google Chat which is really nice for assigning tasks if its a group for a collab blog. It’s basically texting but with an email!


There’s my post! I’m so sorry I haven’t been very active recently, my life has been swapped with stuff!

Do YOU guys have any posts you want to read from me? I would love to write one that you guys want, you can comment your ideas/questions or use the Ask for Advice form!

Thanks for reading guys! I hope this helped you!

Creating & using a REUSABLE BLOCK.

Hi everyone! It’s Evin here😜 I hope you’re having a great day so far! Welcome back to Living the Blogging Life!

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and in this post, I thought I’d share a new thing I learnt on WordPress a while ago when I was experimenting with the block editor!

and it’s called ~ RE-USABLE BLOCKS.

What exactly is a re-usable block?

reusable block in WordPress editor is a content block saved individually to be used later.

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Reusable blocks are usually used for adding your socials, or something that you add in majority of your posts. If you use the same intro or outro for your blog posts, then this can block can be super useful!

How do I create a reusable block?

  1. Select the text you want to reuse.

Let’s say I’m going to use my intro from this post for my NEXT post as well. like this:

after you do that, you click on the three dots that appear on the top:

Click on “More options”

They may appear somewhere else, like here:

after you click on that, you’ll find an option called “Add to reusable blocks” Click on that.

After you click on that option, you’ll see this:

Name your block.

and save it.

Okay, now I’ve created a reusable block. But how do I use it?

That’s quite simple! Since my the reusable block I created is an INTRO, I can’t use it in this post. so I created a new draft,

And it’s called PoTaTo for no reason.

To use A REUSABLE BLOCK, you click on “add block” which is the plus mark you see.

And search. I named my block “LTBL intro

Now, after you find your block and click on it,

and it appears!!

That is how you CREATE & USE a Reusable block. I hope this was helpful!!

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and I’ll see you next time on LiViNg ThE bLogGiNg LiFe!!

SEO Tips

Hey there! Welcome back to Living The Blogging Life! It’s D here and today I’m going to be telling you a little bit about SEO and how to keep your blog optimized.

Quoting Wikipedia, “SEO or Search Engine Optimisation is the process of improving the quality and quantity of website traffic to a website or a web page from search engines.”

Now, here are a few ways to optimise your websites for search engines so that they show it as a result for specific searches.

#1 Declutter

Remove unnecessary plugins and widgets on your sidebar and footbar. Cluttered sites decrease the speed at which your site loads and this can be pretty annoying for visitors. So get rid of all those unnecessary things to increase your page loading speed.

#2 Effective and clear

Make sure you use keywords and tags that focus on the core and subject of your blog post/site. Use these words in the url of your post, in the title and somewhere in the beginning of your post. This makes your post appear more relevant and tailored to those keywords. Post whose urls have numbers and symbols are often perceived negatively and so it’s better if you put your keywords in there instead.

#3 Link building

Make sure you list links to other authentic and verified articles in your post. Linking to other relevant articles gives your post a little more exposure and makes your content seem better. Pingbacks are an effective way of facilitating community growth as well. Including feedbacks and testimonials on your site can also help you make your site more Search Engine friendly.

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#4 Sharing

Add share buttons so that the reader can share your post across multiple platforms. This helps in expanding your readership and giving your blog more exposure. Adding a description for all the images you use in your post is also a great way to get your posts to show up as search results.

#5 Producing Content

Even though you follow the textbook tips, it ultimately comes down to consistent posting, sticking to a schedule and producing quality content. Giving your reader meaningful content worth reading will make them regular visitors and adding relevant and related images complete with image descriptions, apart from making your posts seem more structured will also aid in SEO.

#6 Structured and comprehensive

If you start off with a long and tiring introduction, chances are your readers won’t even read past the first 2 sentences. This can be detrimental to your site and the best way to prevent it is by breaking your post into smaller, comprehensive bits. You can do this by making use of headings, sub headings, bullet points, paragraph breaks etc.

Do you think the above tips would help your blog in gaining more readers? Would you like to share any techniques you use to keep your site on good terms with SEO?

Thank you so much for reading!

D is a teen blogger @ Random Specific Thoughts who loves reading, drawing and anything Science. She adores poetry and enjoys writing creative non-fiction as well!

Creating a Dropdown Menu

Hey there! Today’s post is a little tutorial on creating a drop down menu, something that declutters your menu and helps you categorise everything under a common title. I recently had the opportunity to help a fellow blogger friend and it took me hours to explain it properly. However she was gracious enough to bear with it. But we got it done in the end!

Here is a tutorial with visual aid because what better way than to show the steps? Let’s get on with it!

Head over to your dashboard and click on Customise. It appears in the popup for Appearances in the updated version.

Then click on Menus.

I have a sample dropdown menu created solely for this demo but you can head directly over to your primary menu i.e the one currently in use.

Click on Add Items and you can add posts, categories, pages etc. to your menu. These will show up on your site.

When you add items, they’ll appear as a sort of block. So, to create the indentations or sub-items you see above, hover your cursor above the title you want to switch to a sub item and you should see the symbol shown below appear. Now drag your block slightly to the right (you’ll see a dotted box showing up) and drop it.

Click on Save Changes and you should be able to see the new menu on your site.

Click on Save Changes and you’re done!

This was a basic tutorial where I kept the options to a minimum. The menu shown below is from my personal site. Here there are 6 title texts with two of them, Introduction and Blog Series leading to a drop down.

Thank you so much for reading! Hope you found this useful!

Let me know how it turns out. Don’t forget to mention any doubts you may have in the comments!

D is a teen blogger @ Random Specific Thoughts who loves reading, drawing and anything Science. She adores poetry and enjoys writing creative non-fiction as well!