2 Tools That Make Blogging Easier

blogging toolsI’m always looking for tools to help me work faster and smarter. Luckily, there are innovative people out there in Internet-land who like inventing tools that make people more productive. It’s a match made in Heaven, really.

Here are a couple of tools I’ve just discovered that are making me more productive.

Bloglovin

Since a good portion of my Internet marketing is focused around blogs, I’m always interested in any tool that makes blogging or connecting with other blogging marketers easier. Bloglovin.com is a feed reader (think Google Reader) that goes an extra step. It notifies you when a blog you’re following has a new post. (You can control how you get notified, so this doesn’t get annoying.)

A cool feature of Bloglovin that’s different from Google Reader is that it takes you to the actual blog rather than displaying the post within a reader. As a blogger, I love that aspect because it means that readers are more likely to comment on my posts, use my social sharing buttons, sign up for updates, etc. As a blog reader, it gives me a chance to see what other bloggers are doing with their sites. When I used Google Reader, I honestly had no idea what most of the blogs I followed looked like.

If you’d like to, you can follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Jing

Not all bloggers have a need for screen captures, but if you do, you should check out Jing. It does both still screen captures and video screen captures. It also does some very basic graphic editing (adding arrows, highlights and text to still images, for example). I haven’t tried the video capture yet, but the still screen captures in this post are done with Jing. It’s simple to use, has an easy-posting-to-social-media option, and did I mention the arrows and text? So much simpler than Gimp.

What tools do you use to make your blogging easier? I’d love to discover more, so please share in the comments!






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12 thoughts on “2 Tools That Make Blogging Easier

  1. Great tips, Katie. I’m going to check out your other blogs for more tips, too! Thank you!
    Deb Dutilh recently posted…When Being Too Nice For Your Own Good BackfiresMy Profile

  2. Thanks for the info on bloglovin – didn’t know about that before. I agree its much more use when you go to the originating site to read a post.
    Dot Hurley recently posted…Zap those free radicals – eat a rainbowMy Profile

  3. This is awesome, especially for a blogging newbie like me. I’m going to check out some of your other blogs, too, they look very useful. Thanks!
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  4. Great tips about making blogging easier :)
    Kate recently posted…Are Our Ancestors Unresolved Issues Still Affecting Us Today?My Profile

  5. Hadn’t heard of bloglovin either. I will check that out. I want to record power point presentations so I’m not sure if camtasia is the best for that or if snagit can do it.

    • Toni, I’m not sure, either, but this link might give you some more information: http://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/camtasia_vs_snag_it You might also check out http://camstudio.org/ for a free screen recording software.

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