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My favorite blogging tools to make you a productive blogger

atapas profile image Tapas Adhikary Originally published at blog.greenroots.info ใƒป5 min read

Blogging is a creative art. We need ideas, motivation, time, and skill to bring our thoughts to reality to present them to our readers. A set of the right tools help in quality writing, engaging content, grow us as productive writers. In this article, we will learn about a few tools that you may find helpful for blogging.

1. Notion

๐Ÿ”— https://www.notion.so/

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Notion is a task management productivity tool that helps you organize, prioritize, schedule your blog article ideas. You can use it for any other purposes as well. If you are planning to write for multiple publications, you may need a task planner like Notion. You may also need to collaborate with others to refine, prioritize the article. Notion app is a great choice.

Alternatively, you can also use Trello. It is simpler than Notion and may solve most of your primary use-cases. I had started using Trello and moved over to Notion a year back and loving it so far. The only downside of the Notion tool is, you may face a steep learning curve for achieving complex use-cases.

2. Canva

๐Ÿ”— https://www.canva.com/

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When it comes to creating some fantastic graphic designs, Canva is the first choice. The best part of Canva is, you do not need any prior experiences with graphic designing. It gets you started with many templates, images, elements, audios, videos, backgrounds, etc.

Canva also helps to bring out your creative juices for cover images, animated gifs, presentation videos. The free plan is generous enough for you to get the most out of it. You can also give a try to the free trial option before justifying the premium version purchase.

3. PixTeller

๐Ÿ”— https://pixteller.com/

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PixTeller is an excellent alternative to Canva for creating graphic designs. The premium plans are much cheaper than Canva, but functionalities and resources are limited. You may find it helpful when you try creating the graphics in Canva or PixTeller based on your needs.

4. Grammarly

๐Ÿ”— https://www.grammarly.com/

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When it comes to blogging, the content is the king. It is ubiquitous to make grammatical mistakes when you write in English as a non-English speaking author. A tool like Grammarly is to help you with that. It provides you instant feedback for misspellings, punctuations, voices, statement fragments, re-write suggestions, many more.

Grammarly is available to use in many forms. You can install the desktop app, browser extension, mobile keyboard, also as a website. The free version of the tool is good to start with, but some great features like re-write suggestions are only available with the premium version.

5. Hemingway Editor

๐Ÿ”— https://hemingwayapp.com/

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Hemmingway Editor(or App) is handy when it comes to,

  • Using correct voices.
  • Measuring difficulty of sentences.
  • Usages of adverbs correctly.
  • Usages of correct phrases.
  • Usage of smaller and clear sentences.

You can use the combination of Grammarly and Hemmingway App. It is productive to use the Hemmingway Editor with the Grammarly extension installed.

6. ShareX

๐Ÿ”— https://getsharex.com/downloads/

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ShareX is an open-source productivity tool for taking screenshots, screen recording, file sharing. It is beneficial to take a screenshot or screen recording to use in the article. Greenshot is another lightweight screenshot capturing tool you may be interested in. However, it is available only for windows os.

7. OBS Studio

๐Ÿ”— https://obsproject.com/

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If you make YouTube videos or do live streaming, you may know about the OBS Studio already. You can create high-quality videos with lots of customizations using this tool. As a blogger, you may want to create a short demo, an introductory video, etc., to include in articles. Use OBS Studio for these needs.

8. SERP Snippet Generator

๐Ÿ”— https://serpsim.com/

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After you publish your articles, you want them to appear correctly and completely when a search engine lists them. Do you know, you can simulate the Search Engine Result Page(SERP) for your article before publishing? Yes, there are online tools for it, and one such free tool is https://serpsim.com/. You can adjust the article title, meta description, URL, etc., well before publishing the article.

9. GitHub

๐Ÿ”— http://github.com/

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You must be thinking, how GitHub can be a blogging tool? Well, there are a couple of ways you can make use of it for your blog.

  • As a technology blogger, you may have to provide examples, demo projects, etc., to support your article content. You can version control the examples, demo source code as the side projects in GitHub. It would be very informative to add links to the relevant GitHub projects from your article.
  • Use GitHub as an initial knowledge dump area. You may want to create a repository with one or more markdown files to capture notes of something you learn every day. These markdown files may turn into an excellent source for article ideas in the future.

10. Hashnode

๐Ÿ”— Hashnode

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Hashnode as a blogging tool? Isn't it a blogging platform? Yes, right. It is a blogging platform that comes with a plethora of excellent utility tools. Once you on Hashnode, you have comprehensive support as a blogger. Here are some of the critical tools you may be missing elsewhere,

  • A distraction-free rich draft editor for writing blogs.
  • Free SEO managed by the Hashnode platform.
  • Customize your blog's look and feel by writing custom CSS.
  • You can group related articles in a series.
  • Create other pages that enhance your blog.
  • Newsletter
  • Adding custom widgets.
  • Analytics
  • Many more.

If you are not using Hashnode yet for your blogging solution, it is worth a try.

That's all for now. Please feel free to share your favorite blogging tools in the comment section below. It would be great to learn from each other. If you are looking to learn more about the technical blogging basics, here is a read you may find helpful,



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Abhishek Tripathi

Excellent post. I use only two tools. Actually, three.
1) Google Docs - Create draft text.
1.1) Grammarly extension - It integrates well with google docs and provides all its goodies.
2) VSCode - I copy over the final draft to vscode. Manually port it to Markdown which is not a lot of effort. Once ready, I push it to GitHub. Netlify is set up to automatically build Hugo site and publish.

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Tapas Adhikary Author

Awesome, thanks for making a list grow, Abhishek!

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Abdulcelil Cercenazi

Would you recommend HashNode as a blogging platform over Dev.to ?

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Tapas Adhikary Author

Great question Abdulcelil.

Here are my personal thoughts:

I would recommend Hashnode as it provides excellent tools and a productive environment for bloggers. You get a dev domain for free, and if you want(I feel you must), you can map it to any custom domain of your choice. It is where you get the complete freedom of an independent blogger owning a blog on own domain.

I have mentioned a few tools in this article. As a blogger, you may need a bit more support than just content creation. Be it analytics, newsletter, ability to customize your blog/articles, and many more features may help many of your motivating factors. So, it would be best if you gave it a try.

Coming to the community & support, Hashnode is comparatively new, and dev.to has a more significant community and user base. I have found the Hashnode community is very supportive of the content creators who just getting started.

I usually publish my articles on my Hashnode powered blog and republish them elsewhere, including dev.to. Dev.to has a great community, and we don't want to miss the opportunity to share and learn from here.

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SalarC123

Theoretically, you could buy any domain and redirect it to your DEV account too.

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Tapas Adhikary Author

That's right.

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Abdulcelil Cercenazi

Thanks for the detailed answer

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Fum

Nice collection of tools!
Can I ask why you moved from Trello to Notion? And do you prefer Notion since switching?

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Tapas Adhikary Author

Hi Fum,

First of all, I love Trello. However, the reason I started using Notion because,

I wanted to manage the articles as a task and wanted to log the draft content too.

  • Notion's document repository, pages, categories, tags, DB concept, and linking them together give me super flexibility to automate and maintain things.
  • The formula to manage the time-driven activities and alert is something I need as I am lazy.
  • I envision automating some of my daily workflows in the future as it looks promising using Notion.

I have to admit, I took some initial time to understand how things work in Notion, but once I got it, I love it more.

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Fum

Thanks for your detailed response! From how you described it, Notion does seem more advanced than Trello.
I asked because I've used Trello for years now and I'm a huge fan of it. But I'm always hearing of Notion so was curious. Maybe I'll play around a bit with Notion to see what it has to offer but right now can't imagine leaving Trello ๐Ÿ˜†

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Thomas Shepard

Hemmingway is good I use it at University

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Tapas Adhikary Author

True, very useful.

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SalarC123

Is there a reason you prefer Canva and PixTeller over Figma?

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Tapas Adhikary Author

No particular reasons. In fact, Figma is ahead when it comes to design and even to create CSS, React components out of our designs. I use Figma for those purposes.

However, when it comes to creating cover images, graphics for articles, the needs are limited such that canva is enough for me. I am not on a premium plan but still, I don't miss anything while creating the cover images or article graphics.

It is more about personal comfort for low-weight tasks using a non-designer background, knowledge.

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