Last month, I wrote a post for Hubspot titled 5 Ways Blogging Can Advance Your Nonprofit Career (and 3 Ways to Get Started). I heard from several people who agreed that blogging would be a great way to advance their nonprofit careers. But they wanted more information on the tools I use to blog so consistently - and on the good days - so effectively.
Here's the list. What tools would you add to it?
Tools for Brainstorming Blog Ideas
1. Twitter. I'm always on Twitter perusing for good things to write about. I find plenty of things to write about in my general feed, but I also search on specific hashtags for content ideas. For example, when I wanted to write on Beacon Technology, I created a hashtag search in Tweetdeck to follow the action and find relevant posts.
2. Hubspot's Blog Topic Generator. Once I have a general idea of what I want to write about, I plug the subject into Hubspot's Blog Topic Generator and get a week's worth of blog topics. Check out what I got when I asked about blog topic ideas for "charity pinups."
Tools to Organize Your Ideas
3. GetPocket.com. When I find something interesting that I want to keep for later, I save it to Pocket. The Pocket bookmarklet for Chrome makes it super easy to save anything I want. I have a tag for just "blog ideas."
4. Dropbox. When my ideas have files, I store everything in Dropbox, including PowerPoints, pdfs, Word Docs, photos, etc. is one of the best spots to store and share things like pdfs, Word Docs, design files, photos, and more.
Tools to Help You Write Faster, Easier
5. MarsEdit. MarsEdit is a desktop blog editing application for the Mac. I love it because I don't have to be online to write and edit my blog posts. Once I'm finished, I can send the post to my online blogging platform.
6. Grammerly. Grammerly claims that it makes you a better writer by finding and correcting
up to 10× more mistakes than your word processor. I'm not sure about 10x more mistakes, but Grammerly has saved my butt many times. Recently when I didn't use it, I had an embarrassing error in one of my post. Enough said. Use Grammerly or something like it.
Tools to Create Blog Visuals
7. Canva. Best. Find. Ever. I love Canva! Not only is it useful for creating visual content, but it's just fun to use. I feel like a professional creating slides, blog graphics, Twitter headers, etc. My next goal is to create my first infographic in Canva.