Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they come up with a topic and invite whoever wants to add their own list to their own blog.
There are SO many helpful programs out there that we can use as bloggers. I haven’t tried a ton of them, but these are the ones that I’ve used and are SUPER helpful for me!
Google Calendar – I discovered this several months ago… whew does it work better than my planner! It’s got a handy task feature so whenever I finish a book I can enter “write X review” – I don’t know about you, but I forget what books I’ve read and need to review sometimes! It’s also good for organizing upcoming events, having recurring events, and scheduling (and rescheduling) the various posts. I also LOVE the color code option – everything is color coded based on what type of post it will be!
Google Images – Obviously, you can tell I’m a huge fan of Google. I love that I can search for images online easily with this feature. I love using pictures in my posts, so it’s fun being able to find all the random and obscure ones out there!
Google Docs Forms – Yes, another Google feature… I’m a Googler! I love the forms feature – and have recently implemented it at work and impressed everyone – because it allows me to use it for feedback, contests, and sign-ups. I think what I love best is that it enters everything automatically into a spreadsheet… another one of my nerdy loves!
Goodreads App – Yes… I know Goodreads DOES make keeping all my books organized much better, but the app is pretty much a lifesaver if I ever go to the bookstore. Not only do I have all my book lists at my fingertips, but it has an awesome scan feature so if I see a book I like, I can scan the barcode and automatically have all the book’s info pulled up! Genius app!
Other bloggers – I don’t condone stealing intellectual property or ideas, but sometimes other bloggers can be the biggest asset when I’m looking for new content for my blog. Maybe they have a cool feature that I’d like to join in on or maybe one of their discussion posts sparks my own opinion/idea for a discussion post. Maybe they do something totally unique and it gives me a new perspective on my own blog. Whatever they do, other blogs make things so much easier sometimes!
Social Media – Kind of the obvious one, but since I started using it I feel like getting the word out about my blog has been tons easier.
Feedly – Not the BEST reader out there, but it’s been a good substitute since Google Reader went away. I like that I’m able to organize all the blogs I follow. Catching up on them has been getting out of hand so I organized them into 5 groups – Blogging Besties (the ones I like to check “daily”), then ones I check Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. This has helped TREMENDOUSLY keeping in touch and checking on all the blogs I follow!
I use a few other things, but nothing special that makes everything OH SO EASY! I am looking forward to finding some new programs, ideas, etc. that may help with blogging!