Let’s get a little meta-commentary going here, shall we?
I’m often on the lookout for any way to make my tasks easier and writing for this blog is no exception. But, why should I keep all the best toys for myself? I like to enjoy other people’s work as well and they deserve the best opportunities modern technology can provide.
So today, I’ll be sharing some of the secrets in my toolbox that help me keep these articles coming.
Microsoft Office is still the standard for word processing and building spreadsheets and presentations. Of course, not all of us can afford the full suite of tools that make editing that much easier.
The answer is like that mantra of Hollywood; if you can’t get the performer you want, hire someone just like them.
LibreOffice 5 is an open-source office suite that is free to download and use. Anyone already familiar with any of the Microsoft Office applications will be able to pick up the LibreOffice equivalent and use it just as well. Obviously, the one bloggers will be interested in will be Writer – the Word equivalent. But general office workers will also find use in Calc for making spreadsheets, Impress for presentations, Draw for drawing and flowchart crafting and more.
Nobody can read your work if they don’t know about it. You need to be able to market yourself over other networks. And for that reason, in addition to being a writer, you need to be a social media expert. But, how do you keep track of everything going on between Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and more at the same time?
What you need is a social media dashboard like Hootsuite to keep things in order. Hootsuite not only lets you view multiple social networks simultaneously, but also lets you create multiple streams within those networks so you organize your activity into convenient tabs.
What’s more, Hootsuite gives you the ability to post content on multiple networks simultaneously with one click as well as schedule your posts for optimal viewer traffic. Also, if you share cool stuff from around the internet frequently like I do, the Hootlet extension for Google Chrome provides a one-click option for shortening the URL of any page you’re on and sharing it just as if you were on the dashboard itself (oh yeah, did I mention that it has a URL shortener for cleaning up long addresses that take up limited space on your Twitter posts?).
Speaking of extensions in Chrome, …
Let’s be honest, the spell check function of Google Chrome leaves much to be desired. Chances are you still type words you misspell into the search bar to get better suggestions.
You can dodge that painful process with Grammarly. Boasting the ability to find and correct “up to 10 times more mistakes than your word processor,” the Grammarly extension helps to correct many errors that even manage to slip past Microsoft Word – over 250 in total – while also providing context-based synonyms to enhance the clarity of your work and provide information about your mistakes so you can avoid them in the future.
But best of all, Grammarly works just about everywhere on the web. This means that not only will your blog posts be clearer, but so will your social media posts and emails.