Tools

On this page, I present you with tools, books, blogs and products that I have used or read and which I found so awesome and supercool that I’m putting my hand in the fire for them for you to use as well. That’s how I roll, cause I would do anything for my readers.

Some are free, while others aren’t – that’s life, ey!

If you have any questions about any of these resources, please feel free to shoot me an email and I’ll do my best to reply.

Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links, but the price remains the same for you. However, I’m not putting this site up for the sole intent to make money but because I want to share the things I love with people who I think might appreciate them. And yes, I admit it, a bit of beer or coffee money never hurts my wallet. 

 

Running the Blog

I started this blog with close to zero knowledge about blogging and setting up a website. Look at this now! It’s all handmade by me and despite all the hairpulling, it was / is actually more fun than I’d like to admit.

Hosting: After lots of research, I chose Bluehost for hosting. Right after sign-up, I encountered a problem (what a beginner I was!), which was fixed immediately. From my experience, their customer service really is impeccable.

Running on: WordPress is so simple so use, it’s crazy. It doesn’t take long to get used to it as it is highly intuitive. I’m sure even my mum could manage a blog with it.

WordPress Theme: I found that deciding on a theme is one if the hardest decisions when setting up a blog. I probably spend days, if not weeks browsing millions of wordpress themes online. At the end, I chose Headway as it is extremely customisable and easy to handle via drag and drop. It’s a lot of fun working with Headway and its visual editor – no need to know much about coding.

 

Workflow

  • Scrivener is my writing tool of choice. It is absolutely amazing and a massive help in organising my writing. I fell in love with it straight away and couldn’t imagine life without it anymore. You have to check it out to see what I’m talking about.
  • If you’re into mindmaps like me, then Mindmeister is the tool for you. I checked out several different mindmapping tools, but Mindmeister’s interface and easy usability easily beat the competition.
  • Again, I tried out a lot of different to-do tools, but Evernote stuck. It’s easy, it makes sense and it does what I need it to do: Organise my thought, ideas and things I need to care of. Done.
  • Hootsuite is my social media management tool of choice. It lets me control my twitter and facebook accounts in one browser window and schedule tweets and posts in advance.
  • BufferApp lets me automatically schedule tweets at certain times of the day. With the Chrome browser extension, I can share any page I’m reading. Makes my Twitter life very comfortable and enjoyable.
  • Sending out newsletters can’t be more fun than Mailchimp. And it’s for free for up to 2,000 subscribers. I love my monkey tool.
  • For all my little blog-related image editing needs, Pixlr kicks ass. It’s like a light online version of Photoshop, and comes with a retro vintage effects. Looooove it.
  • I have a really hard time reading articles and blogposts and ebooks on my macbook for some reason. One tool makes it all a bit easier though: Readability. I can save articles for later or send them to my Kindle. And the reader-friendliness is awesome, good for the eyes. Even I can manage to focus my eyes for longer than five minutes!

 

Blogger Coaching Programs

I’m currently participating in two online courses, which I can both highly recommend:

 

Other AMAZING Online Ressources

Unconventional Guides by Chris Guillebeau (I personally vouch for the Empire Building Kit)

Rennaissance Business by Emilie Wapnick (This ebook as the driving force behind this blog. No Emilie, no blog – I’m not kidding.)

Get Paid to Exist & Reclaim Your Dreams by Jonathan Mead

How to Build a Part-Time Social Media Business by Alexis Grant

How to Take a Career Break to Travel by Alexis Grant

 

Books I Recommend (Amazon)

(More tips on the way // The links below are Amazon.com affiliate links)

The War of Art & Do the Work by Steven Pressfield

We Are All Weird by Seth Godin

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuck

 

Products I Plan to Use When Money Hits my Bank Account Again

(feel free to sponsor me of course)

Matador Universtity: At best all three courses – Travel Writing, Travel Photography and Travel Filmmaking.

Language Hacking Guide: We can’t just go out and travel around the world and not learn different languages. The more, the better. At present I can speak German, English and Spanish. I also have a basic knowlegde of Bahasa Indonesian, which I plan to extend this year.