Whether you’re a seasoned copywriter or just starting out with your very first blog, we could all do with a helping hand from time to time.
In the digital age, there’s no more dusting off the old dictionary. We’ve got access to thousands of incredible apps and websites that can make our day jobs (and evening and weekend jobs) a little easier. And we’ve made things even easier for you by whittling them all down into a concise list. Here are 10 apps and sites our content writer couldn’t live without. ✏️
1. Asana – for organisation and time management
It doesn’t matter who you’re writing for or the amount you’re writing, we could all benefit from a little extra organisation. Freelancers and company employees alike might be seeking a better way to manage their time and their writing tasks… say hello to Asana. This handy browser-based app not only allows you to create tasks, manage projects, curate timelines and organise your team but it also integrates with other software like Slack, Trello and Dropbox. For organising your blog posts and clients, I really couldn’t recommend an easier way to do so.
2. Unsplash – for beautiful, free photography
If you work in web or design, chances are you already know about this one. But it’s always worth mentioning. Unsplash is an incredible platform that publishes gorgeous photography from photographers all around the world – with absolutely no charge to the user. You can literally browse thousands of beautiful images and download them for free. And the best part is, they tend to steer away from cheesy stock photos. Ready to spruce up your content?
3. Photoshop – for easily editing images
Photoshop is a no-brainer really, isn’t it? Granted, it’s expensive but if you can get your hands on a copy it’ll definitely make your life as a content writer so much easier. “Isn’t Photoshop just for designers?” you ask. Nope. I pretty much rely on the software daily to resize and edit images that I’m inserting into a blog post or website. Whether you need to brighten something up or crop something out, Photoshop will be a friend you can rely on.
4. Hootsuite – for scheduling posts to social media
Now, if you dabble in social media alongside your content writing, you’ll be no stranger to the trials and tribulations of scheduled posting. When’s the best time to tweet? Will I remember to post on Facebook as well as Instagram? Hootsuite solves these problems by allowing you to schedule posts across all your connected social accounts and they’ve got a pretty handy blog with tips and tricks, too.
5. Feedly – for content inspiration and resources
Got absolutely no clue what to write about? Want to spend a little time reading to get inspired and improve your own writing? Feedly is an easy-to-use news platform with plenty of helpful organisation tools. It’s packed full of articles and blog posts relating to pretty much any topic you can think of. As you can see in the image above, I’ve separated my ‘feeds’ into topics like Design, Property and Tech which help with the kind of content I research for on a daily basis.
6. Google Drive – for effective file sharing
Hello, aspiring paperless office. You should meet Google Drive! If you’re not already using it, you’re missing out. It’s essentially just a file storage and sharing system but using your Google account and based inside of your browser. No hardware breakdown in the world can get rid of that content you’ve worked so hard on. And don’t worry if you’ve not clicked save, it’s all automatic. The best part? You can instantly share any document with another Google user with a quick link – you can then both edit simultaneously. I use Drive daily for creating blog post drafts and getting feedback on my work from other members of the Limely team!
7. Buzzsumo – for analysing trending content topics
If there’s a topic you want to write a blog post on but you’re not sure what’s going to resonate best with audiences, check out Buzzsumo. This helpful website allows you to search for any keyword or phrase that you’re interested in. You’ll then be presented with all the top articles on the topic and their engagement stats across various social channels. Buzzsumo is incredibly handy if you want to know what’s trending, what people are liking and what hasn’t worked as well.
8. Thesaurus.com – for mixing up word selection
I’m not even ashamed of this one! Thesaurus.com can be an absolute lifesaver at times. You know when you’re feeling a bit lethargic in the afternoon and you just can’t get the creative juices flowing? This website is absolutely jam-packed full of synonyms, antonyms and all the other ‘yms’ you could ever need. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting a helping hand to boost your writing skills. Which leads us to our next point…
9. Grammarly – for finetuning writing accuracy
Come on, no-one’s perfect. And even the most seasoned content writer is going to make mistakes from time to time. I swear by Grammarly to ensure that embarrassing mistakes don’t catch me out when I publish blog posts. Granted, I proof-read my own work and get others to check it too but Grammarly will pick up on things in real-time as you’re typing. In the above example, you can see the actual app in use with a chunk of text – it’s spotted two silly typos that I might have otherwise missed. Grammarly is also available as a plugin on your web browser that’ll work in WordPress and various other platforms.
10. Spotify – for cutting out office noise!
Last but certainly not least. Spotify is incredibly useful for those times when you just want to zone out and get things done. Put on your favourite podcast, catch up on your recommended playlists or make your own from scratch – just don’t forget to bring your headphones into the office. I love listening to calming music in the morning to ease me into the day, podcasts at lunch for a bit of light-hearted entertainment and then some upbeat tunes to get me through the afternoon! And it’s not just for the humble content writer, I think we could all benefit from some headphone time every now and then.
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