I am always looking for new tools to explore and learn more about when it comes to improving my writing and blogging endeavors. It so happens that often we find the tools through blog posts and other peoples reviews.
I think it would be quite hard to make good decisions on the platform or tool to choose when you’re doing a direct search for ‘the best publishing tool out there’.
This post is a list of five tools that I find very useful to me in my day-to-day blogging career, and they help me to write and publish better quality content, that in return gives me the ability to engage my community more and gain more readers, visitors and subscribers. You get the idea.
This is an incredibly easy to use platform that delivers a ton of value to anyone who understands the importance of visual content. I’ve used Gliffy numerous times before and it has helped me to capture a lot of data on the posts I’ve made on this blog.
Gliffy is essentially a drag&drop type of platform that allows you to create diagrams, charts, mind-maps and tons of other ways of displaying data from one single dashboard.
I know it’s an incredibly silly example, but I wanted to make the best of it. This tool will rock your world if you’re publishing content that requires diagrams and flow charts, and even then – you should consider creating content that involves such data anyway, it has been know for a while that people like infographics and charts much better than just a wall of text.
I use Gliffy to produce and publish better content, do you?
This is an essential tool if you’re like me and tend to forget things from time to time, especially when it comes to keeping track of what you’ve read, seen and commented on online. I remember that when Evernote first came out I was so skeptical and thought that this tool will never get past the early stages.
It’s now one of the most used ‘clipper’ tools in the world, and for a good reason. I’m using Evernote to clip websites I view, to save and create notes and to do some research when I need it. The desktop application offers a text editor within Evernote itself and concluding research is extremely easy as you’ve got all of the websites and content within one dashboard.
I’m not a huge believer in the ‘writers block’, for the simple fact that there isn’t such a thing as ‘speaking block’. We either have the energy to drive and produce content or we don’t. It’s that simple.
This little tool however, can really help to spark creativity and inspiration. I didn’t know of this title generator until a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve gotten around to start liking it, very much. I think it helps me to create the gap in my mind and helps me broaden the idea spectrum I sometimes encounter.
While most of these titles tend to repeat themselves, you’ll find that by putting them together you can pretty much always come up with at least one fresh and unique idea (that’s also highly keyword populated).
Try it out and let me know how it has helped you to publish better content!
This is a new tool on the block, it’s still in beta, though the functionality is far from feeling broken or unappealing, if anything – I love the way Swayy looks and feels, and I love reading the daily email digest I receive about the latest trending content.
That’s what I use Swayy for, to find trending content which I can then curate, review and sometimes even mention in my blog posts. It gives me a chance to save time by choosing the topics I like and only receive content updates that are relevant to my interests, as you can see in the snapshot above.
You can also get analytics if you start using Swayy’s share content feature. I’m using it to find new content around the web, and new blogs to read. It helps me to publish better content in a way that I’m always up-to date with what the latest trends are.
This is slowly turning into a post about curation tools, but this is the last one on the list – so I think we’re good. List.ly is pretty new to many, at least to me it’s definitely still a new platform, nonetheless – it’s pretty awesome, and I’ve even been able to get in touch with one of the co-founders, Nick Kellet.
It’s a platform for creating lists that people can contribute content to. It’s pretty easy to adapt to and the end result is pretty amazing. I use List.ly to find new ideas, and explore what else is out there. When you work in an industry, you sometimes get stuck with using the same sites over and over again.. List.ly can really solve this issue and help with productivity as it expands the perspective of what’s out there.
Publishing Better Content
We’ve all got different ideas and visions about the perfect blog post or article, I totally understand that, and I always respect other persons creation – the same way other people respect mine. It’s a friendly circle, and I like to keep it that way. It comes down to what we use to helps us be better and what makes it easier for us to produce something that people will and do like, agree?
I will hopefully continue posting posts like this in the future, with other tools that I find useful (and tons of other people), time efficient and inspirational.
I’ll be happy to hear some of your own additions to this list, even those that you think might be pointless, or have been sitting in your bookmarks for months without using – those are the ones I really want to take a look at.