If you’ve just started out at blogging or writing, you’re going to need a lot of help and advice from people already involved with this industry. Luckily, I’ve been a professional blogger for more than a year, and even before that I wrote and released a couple of books. So, it’s pretty safe to assume that I have a lot of knowledge you could benefit from. When people ask “how do you become a blogger” I always get a little disheartened, as all the information you could possible need is already freely available online in thousands of different places. With that in mind, today I’m going to refrain from discussing anything of that nature, and simply take a look at some of the software you’re going to need. Hopefully, this will save you a lot of time while you’re finding your feet.
In the past, I would have probably advised all bloggers to use something like OpenOffice or Microsoft Word, but Google has created free web-based software that blows them out of the water. While Google Docs doesn’t have as many features, as a word processing program it’s unbeatable. So long as you’re only writing blog posts, adding images, videos and html links, you won’t find a better solution on the market. And best of all? It’s completely free to use, and everyone with a Gmail account has access.
You’ll want to earn some money as a blogger, right? Otherwise, what’s the point? So, you should definitely check out websites where you can find Adobe software for sale. There’s lots of cool programs to choose from, but you’re going to need something that will allow you to convert documents, invoices…whatever, into a format that’s universally readable. PDF is one such format. Adobe Acrobat is an essential addition to your blogging tools, so get it now.
This program was incredibly popular during the late 90’s, but since then it has been improved and altered beyond all recognition. If you’re the type of blogger that likes to create their own animations or images, then you’re going to want a program like this to make your life that little bit easier. That said; don’t worry if you’re not very artistic, as there are some great tools and guides included to give you some inspiration. Personally, I use this program a lot, and so should you.
You’re going to need a good site builder to maintain your blog and post articles, WordPress is one option you should look into. Most websites you come across these days are build using WordPress templates, including some of the most professional looking ones around. So, get yourself some web-space, upload WordPress and start messing around to see what you can create. At the end of the day, gaining some skills in web design is always going to be beneficial anyway now that you’re working online.
Well folks, now you know about some of the most essential software solutions all bloggers and writers should own, you can start working on learning the ins and outs immediately.
Good luck with your new career, I’m sure it will be an interesting experience!