How to Write Blog Efficiently – Best Supporting Tools for Blogging
One of the good things about blogging is, bloggers can always improve their writing skills (well its’ scary too). It is very natural for a blogger to keep revisiting the draft version unless they find it ‘perfect’. Although, many times you have to keep your schedule intact and post in the due time, if you are looking for a long term career in blogging.
In this post, I will list down some useful tools which you will find very useful. These free writing tools will help you write better and be more efficient. And beware once you start using them, you may become addicted and find how you survived without using them.
I personally find this tool the most effective in blogging and without this life would not have been easy. Personally, the best feature of Grammarly I find is seamless integration everywhere in the chore. Be it writing a blog post or commenting at some posts, writing emails or updating facebook status, Grammarly gets you covered. You don’t have to do anything extra, it starts checking write when you start writing and gives you suggestions without you leaving the website. It just works!
It can also show you synonyms and definitions of any word, all you need to do is to double-click the word. Paid version of Grammarly also lets you detect for plagiarism.
If you want to write something concise and clear which is easy to read and digest, Hemingway is the tool you would like to have in your toolset. Just paste the content into Hemingway website and it will show you the areas where improvement can be made. As the screenshot below shows, ‘Hard to Read’ sentences are shown in yellow color, ‘Very Hard to Read’ sentences are shown in red color and green color means you are good to go. It also suggests you to consider rephrasing sentence using purple color.
Trying to write something and need to put it out in different words? Looking for grammatical error checks? or just listening for pronunciation? Ginger is working there for you all the time. Ginger gets installed on your PC and works even when you are not connected to the internet. Isn’t this something you were always looking for?
This is not it, it seamlessly integrates with many windows applications such as Microsoft Word. The free version does not come with all the features such as pronunciation, but you can use the available features for unlimited time.
Very often it happens to us that we are familiar with the concept but fail to come up with the perfect word. This problem of the reverse dictionary is easily overcome by OneLook Reverse dictionary. It saves you the frustration of not able to recall the word even when you have it in mind. Most of the time you will be shown the matched words in the order of the best matches shown first.
Sometimes we want to look for great advice and resort to our best friend Google. But, when we type something like ‘best advice for writing’, unfortunately, we so not get the best advice in results. Writepls comes to your rescue here.
It sends the weekly updates on best practices and advice in your mailbox. You can find the range of articles from ‘Most Common Writing Mistakes’ to ‘Business Lessons from Leo Babauta of ZenHabits’. Currently, Writepls helps users in the following area:
- Writing: General
- Growth Hacking
- Online Courses
Have you ever wondered if somebody has already written the content you are writing? How do you deal with this situation? Most of the time you would resort to google searches. This technique works just fine, but it breaks the flow of your thought process and makes writing daunting and a laborious job. Writefull is your pal here.
Using Writefull you can:
- Check how often your selected text is found in the language database.
- Enter two chunks and compare how often they are found in the database.
- Check out examples of your selected text in the Wikipedia database or on the Web.
- Find out which words are used most often in a gap in your selected text.
- See which synonyms of a given word are used most often in your selected text.
If you are serious about blogging, these are the must-have tools. Give them a try and you find them in your permanent library of writing tools. They serve various purposes from correcting grammar to suggesting synonyms to improving writing skills. Got more tools that you find useful and found missing in this blog post, let me know in the comments.
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