Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish
This week’s topic: Top Ten Things That Make My Blogging Life Easier/Better
I’ve been on Goodreads since 2008, so before I started blogging, but it really is an incredible tool for blogging. I keep track of which books I want to read, what I’ve read (helps especially for TTT) and to make a shelf for reviews I still have pending. Are we friends on Goodreads?
I seriously don’t know what I would do without Evernote. I used it years ago for wedding planning and work and then once I started using it for blogging it was revolutionary. I have it on my desktop, am able to use the web application when I’m elsewhere and I have the app on my phone. I keep all my blogging ideas, lists of books I need to review, start fleshing out posts, add random links of things, etc. I love how I can organize by notebooks too. Seriously BEST EVER.
Since I got laid off I haven’t been able to buy as MANY books as I used to and so I rediscovered the library again. I’m still able to read whatever I want and I love the interlibrary loan service. It’s rare I can’t find a book I want between all the libraries in the county.
Blogging got so much better once I switched to WordPress. I can clone templates of things (my TTT layout and book review layout) and there are so many widgets that just make life easier for me. I can actually do things I want. Conversely, it’s probably made it more difficult because there are many more things for me to break and I want to DO ALL THE THINGS.
Ok so I don’t know about you but I have major Internet ADD and I always struggle with productivity because the INTERNET IS FULL OF SHINY THINGS. So I could sit down to write a review and an hour later I’m only 2 sentences in because I clicked on THIS thing and it took me HERE and then I went here and then yep..down the rabbit hole. And then I’m mad because I still have a review to write. So Leechblock is an extension I use for Firefox that shuts me out of things so I can maximize productivity. I can block certain sites during a certain time frame or I can block ALL except for a certain site which definitely help me with the review writing. Granted this means I also need to put my phone away and close out of Tweetdeck but those are issues of my self control.
I love Spotify! I was late to the game and only started using it this year but it is amazing. I need to listen to music when I blog and I’m able to really make great playlists for blogging on here — including my Monthly Rewind top picks and my bookish playlists. It also helps when I’m trying to get stuff done because I will make a playlist for a certain amount of time and try to get whatever post I’m working on done by the end of the playlist. Fun game I play! If I don’t make my deadline, I have to sit in silence and work for the same amount of time.
I haven’t been very good about this as of late but it is so helpful. I have a reading notebook where I can jot down thoughts on books to help me when it comes to review time. I even have a mini one that can fit in my purse (plus I take notes on my Iphone). I also have a quote notebook to jot down my favorite quotes (I typically take a pic of it if I don’t want to stop or dog ear if it’s my own book so I can come back to it — shh yes. I commit book crimes.) I also have a blogging notebook that I carry around when inspiration strikes.
I use Tweetdeck when I’m socializing but I use Hootsuite web app to schedule my tweets for posts because I don’t always have time to be in front of the computer to put them out. You can also schedule FB updates and other things. It’s nice to have one central location to do it so I don’t have to open up Tweetdeck and then FB — especially when I know I will get sidetracked!
Rafflecopter is AMAZING and makes giveaways so much easier for me. No extra forms and me checking ot make sure “extra” entries are completed (even though I don’t do a TON of those/mine aren’t complex). It also picks a winner for me when the giveaway is over. EASY PEASY. All the info is right there and easy to check.
I wrote a post a while ago about how audiobooks make me more productive and fit because I was using them to motivate myself to work out (seriously I have like a whole system of rewards and consequences). But now I’ve been really digging taking my kindle to the gym with me because the gym I go to now has a place I can put it down on the treadmill. I don’t mind going so much now. I also love my Kindle because of NETGALLEY. Helps me to reduce clutter of review books. My Kindle wouldn’t get much loving without the gym or review books.
So tell me…what things make your blogging life easier? PLEASE TELL ME. I am down for more easy peasy blogging. Have you used any of these things I talked about?