A blogging toolkit that doesn't cost a penny; How you can blog without a financial investment.

When it comes to investing into your blog and trying to figure out what's worth splashing your cash on and what's not, I think it totally depends on the blogger and the blog. You will find some bloggers who won't think twice about investing heavily into their blogs from day 1, whether it be a MacBook, a new Camera or a custom designed website, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that! Let's face it, if we all could, we all would.

However, if you're on a tighter budget, it doesn't mean your blog has to be any less fab. Recently, I've realised that I'm running my blog without spending anything on it. Well, apart from the countless coffee's I buy when working from my fave coffee spot... but that doesn't really count, does it? ;)

So, what tools do I use?

i P H O N E  7 +

Okay, so obviously I do pay for my phone, but this isn't really a blogging expense, this is a life expense that I would need whether I had a blog or not. And believe me when I say, I couldn't run this thing without it. I use my phone for everything. From running my social media accounts, to taking and editing my photo's. 

Every single one of my photo's that I've taken that have appeared on my blog or Instagram over the last few months, have been taken on my phone. Yep, every single one. Even these Liverpool shots, and these product shots. All taken and edited on my trusty iPhone - I shall go into the apps I use in a little bit!

A lot of bloggers will swear by their cameras, and I do, admittedly have an Olympus Pen. BUT, I can't remember the last time I picked this up. I've found that the camera on my iPhone is perfect and suitably good enough for my photo's - and it's super quick to get a photo taken, edited and uploaded!

F R E E  S T O C K   P H O T O  S I T E S.

Sometimes, I'll be writing a blog post at work, or I'll have an idea for an image that I want to go along with my post, and I'll just know that I won't be able to make it look how I want to. You might have noticed that every so often, I'll use stock photo's, like the one above! I do head over to Creative Market and purchase some images, as I do think it's important to support fellow creatives when you can. But I have found 2 sites that offer free stock imagery, and if you know what you're searching for, they're fab!

They're here and here.

C A N V A. C O M

If you haven't discovered Canva yet, you need to. It's a free design site that let's you design everything from social media posts, to blog graphics & media kits, to CV's. It's super simple and easy to use, and I actually don't know where I'd be without it!

P H O T O   E D I T I N G   A P P S.

I mentioned above that I edit all of my photo's on my iPhone, and I guess there's 3 reasons why I do this.

1) I don't want to pay for Photoshop.
2) I don't know how to use Photoshop.
3) I'm too impatient to use Photoshop and I like editing super quick (i.e all photo's within minutes).

I know I know, I could probably pick it up as I go along, or I could take a course to like better myself and all that, but that would cost more money, I'm way too lazy and it just genuinely baffles me! This isn't to say though that I don't like it, because I see fellow bloggers creating beautiful imagery with it and I so wish I could!

So, what do I use?

I simply use the VSCO app, along with another app called Preview. 

I'm sure you're all familiar with VSCO by now, it's been an Instagram users favorite for quite some time, and I've yet to find another app who's editing functions and filters comes anywhere close.

Preview is primarily a Instagram feed planner. It's a free app that lets you plan your feed, drag & drop photo's easily to play around with looks, but it does also have it's own filters and edits. I use this app mainly for it's whitening function, if I'm totally honest. It's a really easy way for me to align my Insta and make sure everything is edited the same!

B L O G   T E M P L A T E S

If you've been a reader around these parts for while, you might notice that I change my blog theme up, a lot. Soz. I'm just really indecisive and I guess my blog changes with me. I did pay for my current template, however, I haven't always.

ThemeXpose have some amazing free templates, some of which I've used in the past, and a couple of which I'm currently eyeing up... I can't decide. Again!

So, there you go. If you're thinking of starting a blog but you're worried that you need to invest in all of the top tech and spend loads of money to get started, you really don't!

And if you're already blogging, what do you use? :)



  1. I am so obsessed with Canva - I've used it for all of my wedding stationery too! x
    Sophie Cliff

    1. Ahh this is such a good idea! I bet they look beuatiful! x

  2. This is really insightful! It's nice to hear you don't have to spend loads to create a blogging toolkit! I just had a play with canva and maybe I'm being a little naive but I feel it may need a little time to fiddle and play with to truly understand it! But I like the idea of all of this, specially as I want to get serious with my blog!

    1. Thank you, Beth! Ooh, maybe. I guess it will be personal preference with Canva - I probably should have clarified that it's not a photo editing tool as such, but more for enhancing images with graphics and text and stuff :) x

  3. Ooh! This is such a useful post, thanks so much for the tips! I've never heard of Canva but that's such a good idea (I'm definitely not skilled on the photo perfection/photoshop usage yet) and I'm so pleased with the iPhone camera, it's so great and doesn't involve forking out loads of money for the latest Olympus (though I'm still saving for it, haha)

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

    1. I'm glad you like the post, Josie! Haha nope, me neither! I do have the Olympus and it is still such a great camera, but for ease I most definitely use my phone the most :) x

  4. Totally loved all the tips and tricks! I personally agree, you don't need to spend a lot of money to blog. :)

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  5. This was really helpful! I don't use Photoshop either and I think I have the same problem, I'm too impatient for it! VSCO works great for me too xxx

    1. I'm glad you liked it, Ana :) I don't know what I'd do without VSCO! xx

  6. Great post!I'm still quite small blogger and I just can't afford to buy an expensive camera or templates. I honestly don't think that you even should spend fortunes. There is so many amazing free options that can make your blog look amazing. You just need to work a little bit harder. xx

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

    1. You really don't need to spend fortunes, and you're right - there are loads of free options for everything! xx

  7. Love your blog darling. Thanks for sharing these points.


  8. I couldn't agree more with you, Sophie! I use Canva and VSCO and they are amazing. Really do recommend them to all the bloggers out there :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  9. Ugh yes, I totally agree with you on the photoshop thing. I'm hopeless when it comes to adobe or any fancy overcomplicated photoshop software. VSCO is so simple and easy. I loved this post. I really wished I would've realized how many resources there were out there to get a blog going without dropping a ton of money in order to do so... I would've started ages ago! Thank you for this, I'll definitely be looking into Canva now!
    xx -Jo

  10. Yes I totally get you with the changing the blog theme thing! I use to do that all the time! ;)

  11. Great post! I can't be bothered to use photoshop, I love using Canva and I got my blog template from ThemeXpose!


  12. Thank you so much this post was such a big help and I've been loving your blog!