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Writing Apps for Bloggers

Writing Apps for Bloggers
Writing Apps for Bloggers

    Although you can write your articles in Microsoft Word or any such software, you might want to test the waters for some alternatives. Online and offline, there is a plethora of options in the blog editing/word processing field.

    ScribeFire

    Previously run at Performancing.com this editor runs within your Firefox browser as an add-on. There is no inline spellcheck, but if you get Google Toolbar for Firefox, you can enable that for any text field you use. Manages multiple blogs, imports categories and saves drafts.

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    Ecto

    A good addition that accommodates both Mac and Windows users. It’s one of the older editors that will run from your desktop. It’s feature list is growing. Manages multiple blogs, imports categories and saves drafts.

    Windows Live Writer

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    Microsoft has provided a great product. All features are accounted for, including spellcheck, theme detection and a memory for your image settings. Getting this app to upload images to the blog’s server by just adding pictures to your article content is very easy. Just a little bit of a memory drainer. Manages multiple blogs, imports categories and saves drafts.

    MarsEdit

    A Mac only app that recently was acquired. It’s the only paid product I’ve listed here, but I understand is one of the best. Manages multiple blogs, imports categories and saves drafts.

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    Google Docs

    If you regularly use Gmail, and Google Docs in general, this is an excellent option to write your articles from. You can use this app like you would the previously mentioned software, by inserting your blog settings and hitting the Publish button after you’ve finished writing. While you are able to load Word documents, you can’t manage multiple blogs and gather information from your site like categories etc.

    Zoho Writer

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    The product range from these guys has been impressive from word go, releasing some of the most feature-rich online apps around. This one is no exception. Not only does it take care of all your blogging queries, but also provides an interface that makes saving and sharing documents easier. I would at the moment put this above Google Docs in functionality and speed.

    Big Huge Lab’s ‘Writer’

    This is a little app that I find myself using more and more. This product strips back the bells and whistles to create a distraction-free environment for more productive writing that will dim the other options when going to F11, Fullscreen. While you can’t format, categorize or add images; it is possible to save a draft to your blog, or just on Writer’s server. Writer will also keep track of Wordcount, a feature I miss in a lot of the other apps. You can change the font color, size and one of three font styles. Use Google Toolbar to add spellcheck.

    Honorable mention goes to blogging from email.

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    Last Updated on February 15, 2019

    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

    Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

    Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

    So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

    Joe’s Goals

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      Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

      Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

      Daytum

        Daytum

        is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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        Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

        Excel or Numbers

          If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

          What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

          Evernote

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            I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

            Evernote is free with a premium version available.

            Access or Bento

              If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

              Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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              You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

              Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

              All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

              Conclusion

              I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

              What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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