Blogging is actually a work-extensive process but if you have the right resources, you can make it super-simplified.
Every blogger needs these three types of tools at the most basic level:
- Writing Tools – Of course there is no doubt in whether you would need a word processer.
- Reading Tools – “If you want to be a good writer, you must first be a good reader”, that could well explain how important it is to take-in information than to give it out.
- Post Customization Resources – Apart from greatly written words, a post would need other things too. The most important among them are images. Therefore, it is very important to find out from where you can get the best of them.
So let us look at the best apps in these categories that could make your blogging a whole lot easier.
If you have ever used a windows PC then there is only a very little chance that you will not know Microsoft Word. It is one of the best word processors ever. Being available across almost all platforms, it is also one of the most widely used processor for digital writing. It can be used for purposes ranging from creating small office documents to epic novels, hundreds of pages long. When considering blog writing, Microsoft Word is a wonderful tool because it has a very good customizer and writing space. You can choose the layout of the screen while you type. Some of the available layouts are – print layout, full screen reading and web layout.
Expert blogger and productivity coach, Tor Refsland uses Microsoft Word for his writing. He says that the simplicity of this application makes it suitable for almost all sorts of writing tasks. From his view point if we have a certain tool that works very well for a certain activity, why spent a lot of time to constantly be looking for something better?
You can very well go for more complex and fancy writing tools but they would in no way help you write better.
Or get the free Microsoft Office Word Online
Unlike Microsoft Word, Evernote enable you to create not only notes but also notebooks. You can arrange you notes in different notebook and you can add different tags to a certain note so that it will be easier for you to find it later on. This tool would be more useful if you are using it to organize your research or your everyday tasks. You can put almost all types of files into Evernote either from your computer or from your Google Drive or One Drive.
Evernote also has many other extensions like Evernote Web Clipper that enables you to clip a selected part of a web page directly into one of your notebooks. You can access your files across all devices and from anywhere. You can also share your files as an evernote.com web page link or directly sent it to another Evernote user in the workspace’s chat section.
It is a free too. However, if you are looking for more a more advanced usage you can upgrade to a premium plan where you can search and annotate PDFs and other Microsoft Office Documents.
It can be downloaded for free here
Unlike the other tools mentioned here, this one is specifically designed for writers. Originally intended to help novelists manage their manuscripts, Scrivener is an excellent organizing tool especially if you are not just writing for a single blog. It works with documents, folders, labels and statuses, all within individual projects.
You can use color-coded labels for each piece of writing and status labels for the different topics you cover. Scrivener also comes with great search features so that you can always find what you have previously written on a topic, it also allows you to import and save your research offline.
Buy for $40 from here (Free 1 month trial)
Get it from app stores iTunes
This is undoubtedly one of the most powerful organizing apps. It has greater functionality when compared to Evernote. In Evernote you will be able to create only a note book and pages inside it, but in OneNote you would be able to create a notebook, different sections and section groups with the note book and below these sections you can create pages and subpages.
Another advantage of OneNote is that notes in page/subpage will be stored in a text box that can be dragged and placed anywhere in or out of the notebook and across other Microsoft Office Apps.
It can be downloaded from here
You cannot survive in the blogging industry unless you are a good reader, you should constantly get updated about what is going around. Once you stop updating your memory, the content you produce will also get outdated. Therefore, it is very important for a blogger to know about what is going on. These tools would help you a lot in getting that done.
It is a great RSS reader app, its gorgeous design makes it feel like an actual digital magazine. Flipboard gained enormous popularity shortly after the demise of the Google Reader. You can find most common known websites and can even follow podcasts if you want to.
It also comes with a ‘daily edition’ called, ‘Flipboard 10 For Today’ that combines the 10 most interesting articles of the day, you will also get it daily on your mail box if you choose to.
View online at flipboard.com
It is one of the most powerful RSS readers currently available on the internet. It has a ton of features and most commonly known news sites can be found there. Some of the other features include cross-platform integrations with most web browsers, integrations with a variety of other services like Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, OneNote, Pinterest and others.
With Feedly you can even follow podcasts and YouTube channels.
Even though it is not an RSS reader by purpose, it can act as one if you use it the right way. Pocket was originally designed to save online content for later viewing in a quick and manageable way. It has a tagging system to help you organize your articles more efficiently.
Pocket also supports offline reading (with a ‘listen to page’ option), unlimited space and has cross-platform support.
The pocket app is not available but a third part app called Poki is available which can very well serve the purpose.
Post Customization Resources
If you are writing a great post, it is necessary that you add the right pictures that as to attract your audience. Buying professional stock photos from sites like www.shutterstock.com will anyway cost a little bit of money but if you want to save that, you can use these tools, which can solve that issue by giving you free-licensed professional stock photos at zero expenditure.
This website helps designers, bloggers and everyone by providing them with great photos that they can use everywhere for free. All photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means that you can use them anywhere for free for any personal or commercial purpose.
No attribution is required when you use these photos in your blog or other social media.
Access the website here
It is platform similar to Pixels.com, here you can find and share images free of copyrights. All pictures are released under the CC0 license into the public domain.
However, Pixabay does not allow hotlinking, which means that if you want to you these images on your website you should always download the file and then upload it to you server. You cannot directly link to any image on Pixabay.com or use the upload from URL option in your blog’s media uploaded.
Access the website here
It is an audio book library currently owned by Amazon. With Audible, you can easily listen to your favorite books and finish them more quickly as compared to reading.
If you have not yet used Audible, you can get your first book for free. Amazon also has a platform named ACX where you can publish your audio books, which can then be sold on Audible.
Access the store here
It is a great application that is designed to help you design all sorts of documents and other things like brochures, flyers, posters, newsletters, advertisement banners and even web sites.
It is very easy to use when compared to other more advanced applications like Adobe InDesign. You can also get predesigned Publisher templates from Microsoft Office Online (can be accessed from within Publisher) or other websites like www.stocklayouts.com.
The use of Publisher is very wide and immense that it cannot in such a short section like this. We will soon get you updated with a complete guide on how to use Microsoft Publisher for you blogging or web designing purposes like creating posters, infographics and web pages, stay tuned to www.futurestica.com.
It can be seen as a more advanced version of Microsoft Publisher. InDesign has an immense range of tools that can help you to customize your publications in the way you want it. However, InDesign is a much complex tool and it would require a bit of expertise before you can use it to its full potential.
Therefore, if you are a beginner, it is better that you to use Microsoft Publisher.
Free and Premium predesigned professional InDesign templates for various publications are available at www.stockindesign.com.
Available for purchase here (Free 1 month trial)