10 CONTENT CREATION TOOLS FOR BLOGGERS

Mar 01 2015
 

Why do we need content creation tools?

From coming up with ideas to presenting them to the reader, creating good-quality content regularly is a long and challenging task. Although creating content is still the work of the mind, there are a few tools that make the process easier.
Personally for me, these tools have been life changing, as they save me a lot of time by providing easy methods to present my ideas in a clear and appealing way.

Textual Content:

1. Text Editors: Any content management system that you may be using like wordpress or blogger, provides you with a rich text editor to write and edit your content in a fuss-free way. Alternatively you can use offline word processors such as Microsoft word (Windows), Apple Pages (Mac), EverNote etc. Editors provide you with a set of features like font & color pickers, spellchecker etc. and formatting tools that help you create error-free and beautiful looking content. This awesome webinar by Regina gives a complete lowdown on using Apple Pages to create digital content.
2. WordtoCleanHTML: If you have tried to copy a blog post that you drafted in Evernote or Microsoft word into your blogging platform editor, you know what a nightmare it is. All the formatting disappears and the beautiful content you created suddenly gets wild and ugly. WordtocleanHTML comes to the rescue by providing an easy way to convert your content into HTML that preserves the formatting of your text.
3. Google keyword planner: Multiple blogs have been written about the importance of having the right words in your content : a match between the keywords that people search for, and the words you use in your post can multiply your audience and reach. Google keyword planner helps you identify the right keywords and generate relevant combinations, so that you can write great content without compromising on your writing style. Here is a great tutorial to get started with Google keywords planner.
4. Font resources: Depending on the content you are creating, you might need different fonts to embellish your text. Google fonts and Dafont are great places to find a variety of fonts that you can easily install and use in your projects.
5. Google docs: If you are working in a collaborative environment, Google docs is an excellent choice to create, edit and share content within your team in real-time. It provides a web-based word processor that can be accessed by multiple people at the same time thereby making collaborations a lot more fun and easier.

Graphical Content:

6. Canva: This is an awesome tool that helps you create beautiful graphics without requiring the skills of a designer. It provides an easy drag-drop interface to integrate text and images into beautiful layouts thereby helping you create all kinds of visuals – blog graphics,  flyers, cover images, etc. in an easy and quick way!
7. Skitch: This app is great for creating annotations and markups for graphics. Taking screenshots and editing them is so much more easier with skitch.
8. Thinglink: This tool is a recent discovery and it is so darn awesome. With this you can make your graphics interactive by embedding links / icons in them which are activated on hover. This is useful for sharing social media links or embedding short and quick information in graphical content.
9. Infogr.am: Infographics are one of my favorite content forms as they provide a quick and intuitive way of grasping a lot of information in a short time. Infogr.am is a great tool that you can use to create infographics by importing and visualizing data in various forms such as charts, graphs, venn diagrams, etc.
10. Place it: When I was setting up my Etsy shop, I wanted to showcase my designs on real-world devices. Okay, it took me at least 10 cups of coffee and pulling out my hair before I figured that these kind of graphics were called mockups. I finally created these mockups via a time consuming process on Adobe photoshop. A few days ago, I found this tool – Place it which creates fancy mockups of your images on all possible real-world environments that you can think of in just a click – and I was like – ?!
There are several alternatives to these tools, but these are by far the most easy to use and distraction free in my experience. I would love to hear about your favorite tools for creating content. Happy Sunday! 🙂
What tools aid your content creation process?

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  • I love Canva! It works amazingly well and it's so quick and easy to use 🙂 xx
    Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

  • dafont is my lifesaver! I could scroll through that site for hours 🙂

    Tash

    thisandthatplease.co.uk

  • 🙂 I agree gyudy! It is a great tool – so easy & quick! x

  • 🙂 Ha ha you bet! I am a huge typography fan too! 🙂 Thanks for reading natasha! x

  • I keep forgetting to use the keyword planner. The two apps I use most for my blog right now are grammar editors. The HemmingwayApp is online and ginger software that I downloaded.

    All the Graphical Content links are new to me so thank you for sharing them!

    http://roseclimbingwalls.tumblr.com

  • Rooks & Rivals

    love this post, really helpful thank you 🙂

  • 🙂 So welcome Rose 🙂 I am definitely going to try the hemmingway app & ginger software 🙂 Thanks xx

  • 🙂 Thanks lovely! xx

  • I really need some inspiration for my blog. These are all great tips Chaitra! Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  • This is fabulous, I'd never even thought to look for some of these types of things!

    Holly Sparkle | Petite Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  • Marissa Rose

    Thanks for these tips! I just started my blog and this will definitely help!

    Whatroseknowss.blogspot.com

  • 🙂 You are welcome liz !xx

  • Glad you liked it Tessa! 🙂 Thank you! x

  • Oh thats awesome to hear marissa! Good luck with your blog! xx

  • Thanks for this post, Chaitra! Such an awesome list. Have to investigate more about Google Keyword planner.

  • Great list! I'm a total Photoshop noob and it's nice to find new ways to spruce up my content.

    http://charmystique.com/

  • Thanks carla 🙂 So happy you liked it! Yes let me know how you find the keyword planner 🙂 x

  • Thanks lovely! 🙂 Hope this helps xx

  • Canva is the best thing I've ever found. Although I hate when you've designed something and realised you've thing paid items…so annoying for a cheapskate like me!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • This helped loads. Thanks so much.

    thebernardproject.blogspot.com

  • Kelly

    What great resources! I utilize the keyword planner for half my posts, it is so helpful!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Melody Williams

    Thank you for this awesome list! I haven't heard of half of these but from the first click, it looks like I'll be getting along with Canva perfectly!

    xo

    Mel @ http://www.MAREVOLI.com

  • Neesha

    Thanks for all these links. Literally never heard of any of the sites before now
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

  • Wow… I didn't know that there was so much stuff in there… i've just started blogging and all of this world is huge. Thanks for all the links, they're great help 🙂

    xx cecil // http://www.wednesday19th.blogspot.com

  • Lori Butler

    Thanks so much for your recommendations! I am preparing to launch a blog very soon! Recently I signed up for some how to photo editing courses at Udemy so that I can brush up on editing in Photoshop. However, I am going to check out these options. I am thrilled to have stumbled on this post! These tools will certainly help me progress more efficiently without pulling my hair out! Appreciate it. All the best.

  • Canva is one of my favourite places to spice up my pictures, didn't know about the rest of the tools! I am totally checking out the thinglink tool! Thank you so much for this post. Super helpful as always!

    Debasree // ALL SHE NEEDS

  • Mary Lyndall

    I have been using Canva for a while and love it. It is a great place to add a little something to my pictures. I will be using the other resources to they seem like they will take my blog to the next level. Have a lovely day!
    http://www.sweetheartofthesouth.com

  • 🙂 Yup it is, life saver! Go on holly! xx

  • Ah i know hate the paid stuff, but the free stuff is amazing! Thanks for reading annabel! xx

  • So welcome hri! xx

  • Thanks a lot kelly, so glad it was helpful! xx

  • Ah welcome neesha! 🙂 x

  • So glad to hear that, welcome to blogging cecil! xx

  • 🙂 Thanks a lot debasree! So glad you find these useful ! x

  • Oh they sure will mary 🙂 Thank you, u too! x

  • Ah thats awesome lori! Good luck with your new blog 🙂 xx

  • Yup canva is awesome, hope you like it mel xx

  • Lindsay Rose

    This is a great list. I'm looking forward to trying a few of these. Especially the wordtocleanhtml one. Thing link and switch look really helpful also!

  • Ana

    Hi Chandra! This is a great list! 🙂 Did you know Placeit now makes app demo videos? Check them out! https://placeit.net/?f_types=video

  • Thanks for this post! So helpful x

  • Torey BeautyandBeatitudes.com

    SO many helpful tools! Thank you thank you!

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  • CJ

    I agree about Google Docs. It’s amazing for sharing information especially large pictures among team members . 🙂

    CJ | From Manila with Love : Beauty, Life & Feminism

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