Just a couple of years ago, the term blogging was not known to many. In fact, there was hardly any signs that big businesses and brands of any size would get involved in blogging anytime soon.
Flash forward to today; you will see that just about everyone is blogging for a reason, be it brands, businesses or individuals. With the passage of time, blogging has changed business radically.
There is no denying that contemporary startups owe their success to blogging. However, there are some prerequisites to running a blog.
If you’ve maintained a blog, you know the hard work that goes into it. For all of you who want to work faster and write better, here are some apps and tools that allow you to write in advance for your blog.
Tools to get inspiration for blogging ideas
Quora is an answer-based website that helps lead you to the type of questions that real people are asking about your industry. These are questions that you can answer in-depth with a blog post. The trick is to focus on questions related to your industry and keep your target audience in mind when writing.
Enter a topic of your choice or type a link into the tool’s search box, and voila, you will end up finding a treasure-trove of valuable information on topics that work best for you for social media sharing.
This effective tool can be super useful to flesh out an existing idea to find the perfect angle or in taking a comprehensive look at the content that does well (and the blogs who do it best) in your industry or niche.
Twitter trending topics
The trending topics section on your Twitter account’s main page can be a splendid place for grabbing unique ideas from the latest news and events. You can play around by amending your trending topics to go uber-local (the big cities near and around you) or even receive fully tailor-made tweets that take into account your location and the people you follow.
Linkedin Plus as a tool to brainstorm blogging ideas is similar to Twitter’s trending topics. It allows you to pull content from the channels you follow on LinkedIn and the people in your LinkedIn contact network. To take your trending topics on social media to next level, you can always check out Facebook’s Trending section and Google+’s what’s hot page.
Protect title maker
This tool can be real fun to work with. Just enter a subject into the Portent tool section, and you’ll get a sample blog post title, be creative and make use of your imagination to complete with helpful and witty breakdowns to know why the title might make for a good read. Since the tool is free, you can refresh as many times as you like until you find the right idea.
Tools to organize your ideas
Trello is an extremely useful tool that lets you add all your blog post ideas into its format, turning each idea into a card that you can spec mark with notes and move from list to list with a simple drag-and-drop method.
For a swift and super-fast collection of ideas, you can drop everything into this amazing tool called Evernote. The unique tagging system of this tool is incredibly robust, so you can keep your ideas with a simple tag in a number of cool ways—by topic, by idea stage, and more. The best part of this tool is that you can save almost anything in it, be it text, written or audio note on the go by using your computer, laptop or cell phone.
Work organization tools like Google Calendar can be used in a different way altogether, for example; you can use them as journalistic calendars. If you are to publish one blog per day, you can save your ideas as all-day events and move them around the calendar when needed, but if you plan to schedule multiple blogs, you can always add a calendar event to the specific publish time. Zoom in and out to see what you have planned for a given day, week, or month.
Wunderlist is yet another useful to-do list tool. It can help you keep your ideas sorted into tasks and subtasks. It also allows you to further create sub-tasks for each of the list items you wish to add.
Apps and tools to help you write easier and faster
The toggle is one of the most convenient and cool time tracking tools you will ever come across. This helpful tool lets you add a task, with a super easy start/stop button, you can check back in to see a full dashboard of stats on how you spend your time. It is especially meant for bloggers who want to focus on the time they spend writing, researching, and editing.
Many established bloggers go immediately to the writing editor in their blog app or software such as ghost, WordPress, etc. For hassle free working experience, you can always choose to write in Google Docs in collaboration with others to tap into the extra power of Google Docs’ spelling and grammar tools.
Those who are into blogging are well aware of this wondrous tool. Just copy and paste or upload your work into the tool’s online grammar checker and see how it performs against mistakes for spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, style, and much more. The initial score is free to see. The details of what to change (as well as Grammarly’s own suggestions) come with they paid monthly and annual plans.
Last but not least, we won’t forget to mention Microsoft word. This age-old tool happens to be people’s favorite. When bloggers need to focus and dive into their writing skills, they use the full-screen view. The full-screen mode helps you to remove distractions and at the same time allows you to focus on the most important activity in the content creating process.
There you have it! These were some of the necessary tools and apps needed to write in advance for your blog. Most of the established bloggers and writers rely on these tools and apps to write with ease. From generating topics to helping improve your concentration; to even helping you correct all your grammar mistakes, writing tools and apps can be your secret blogging allies.