Sure, you could just write your entries without using any of the tools out there. You could also write everything by hand first, if you wanted to. It would work, but it wouldn’t be very effective. It’s like copying a text book by hand after the printing press has arrived.
If you’re really serious about blogging – heck even if you’ve just set up your blog – why make your life more difficult than it has to be? Why not use some of the fantastic tools out there?
Convinced yet? Well you will be after you’ve checked out what’s available!
You’ve got Grammarly installed, don’t you? If you don’t, then you’ve been missing out! This great little free program will monitor all your writing both online and off (provided you install the plugin) and will give you feedback about commonly made mistakes.
The thing that really makes it stand out is that it actually picks up on many mistakes that Word, for example, lets slide.
Now, to be fair, Grammarly and me don’t always see eye-to-eye on its suggestions, but at least it makes me think about it. And that most certainly counts for something.
Another great app that I always use in conjunction with Grammarly is the Hemingway app. This doesn’t check grammar, per se. Instead it focuses on making your writing more readable. It warns you about passive voice, tells you how many adjectives you’ve used and points out sentences that are harder to read.
It also, very helpfully, tells you what reading level your audience will need.
It’s free to use online (just cut and paste) or you can pay a bit of cash to have a desktop version. Give it a whirl. It really is quite excellent.
The Yoast SEO plugin is a must have if you’re trying to rank in any way for SEO (And you really should be). It will very helpfully tell you what you can do to rank better for SEO, with it displaying a big checklist of things that you can differently (or are doing right) in order to list well on Google.
And let’s be honest about it, we all want to list well on Google!
Another great thing is that they people at Yoast work hard to make certain that their product is up to date, so that you don’t end up pursuing the wrong thing (like putting in too many keywords, for example).
In this way, you’re far more likely to actually get onto that much desired first page of Google results.
Sure, sometimes you want a computer program to help you out. Sometimes, however, you want actual human hands-on help. In that case, a site like okdissertations.com is exactly what you need. They can offer you research, editing help or even give you a piece of content that you can just throw up on your blog.
That really can be a life-saver when you’re swamped with other work but you still want to produce something high quality. It can be equally helpful when you’ve been working on something so long you can no longer see the forest through the trees, as then they can serve as another set of eyes.
If you’ve got a lot going on and you want to make sure you don’t lose half of the interesting material that you come across on the internet, then get Evernote. With this piece of software you’ll be able to find back every interesting page that you’ve ever visited.
And that will save you hours of frustrated searching.
Really, try it out. You’ll really find that you’ll become utterly dependent on it in no time.
Another great tool that lets you know how easy to read your content is Readability Score. It will give you a break-down of how accessible your text is according to several different tests. Then you can figure out what you need to do to make your text more accessible.
And that is actually a vital thing that we should all learn. After all, easily read is not easily written. It takes time and effort and it really helps if you know when you’re making things more accessible and when you’re doing quite the reverse.
Sure, to be a talented blogger you need to be a talented writer. But it’s so much more than that. You need to know how to use the tools that are out there as well. So, for that reason try out the tools that I’ve offered you above.
But don’t stop there. Instead, continue looking and exploring. There are constantly new tools being developed and made available. Try them out – even if only for a while. You’ll undoubtedly learn something (even if it’s only that the tool isn’t for you).
Even better, every so often you’ll find something absolutely excellent and see your writing, your blogging and your website improve by leaps and bounds. And from there it will be hard to remember how you ever managed to survive without that aid by your side. So stay curious.
Good luck and happy blogging.