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So you’ve worked hard on filling up your content calendar and now you’re writing your posts. You want to make sure that you’re not using “filler” content – higher quality posts will help you get more traffic and build a dedicated base of readers. (Plus, high-quality blogs will attract more brands and sponsors!) These are some of my favorite tools for bloggers that can help ensure you’re putting your best writing forward.

Hemingway: Hemingway is an editor that you can paste your writing into and it will grade it (their recommendation is to write for a ninth grade reading level), offer feedback for hard to read passages and more. You can even write full posts in Hemingway now (including formatting, for easy pasting into your post) and download a desktop app if you prefer to work in a window without website distractions. Readable is a similar service and can grade URLs as well, but their free version only lets you grade a few links at a time.

Grammarly: I’ve posted before about how much I love Grammarly (including screencasts of it in action!) and it continues to be one of my writing must-haves. Since it works in real-time, it really serves my internal editor and helps me make sure I’m not missing any misspellings or errant commas. I highly, highly recommend checking Grammarly out because it’s the number one thing that has helped my writing out more than any other app or service.

Thesaurus: Grab a desktop copy from Amazon or use thesaurus.com – this is one of the most relied upon tools in my kit. Especially when I’m writing a series or very focused post, I might find myself repeating the same word over and over. A thesaurus helps me mix it up and adds variety to my writing!

Byword: A full-screen program for writing, Byword is great for those who get easily distracted when writing in web-based apps. It’s downloadable for Mac and Apple mobile devices, and I love its simplicity. It also lets you export formatted text to PDF, rich text, or HTML for Blogger, WordPress, and other blogging platforms. If you don’t have a Mac or prefer a web-based editor, sign up to find out with Quabel Writer launches. Or for a more extreme option, try BlindWriter – it lets you set a time limit, then blurs out your composition until the time is up. If you’re a merciless editor (like me,) this is a great way to start exercising editing after writing.

Rough Drafts: While blogging shouldn’t bring back nightmares of homework assignments from school, writing drafts of your posts before scheduling them can help you make sure you’re putting the best content forward. I really like Krista’s five question method and printable – her questions help you really focus on your content.

BlaBlaMeter: If you’ve ever wondered about “junky” words in your writing, BlaBlaMeter is a great judge. Paste in your text and it will grade the quality of your writing – if you’re using all the other tools, your writing is probably checking out pretty well here!

Other Bloggers: There’s no substitute for another pair of eyes. Facebook Groups can be a great resource – many of them have weekly schedules, and some of them (like Rock Your Blog & Biz) even have feedback days scheduled in. Check out a subreddit like r/blogging if you’re more comfortable there. Use these opportunities to solicit advice from readers – they might have some advice you’d never have thought of!

Do you use any of these tools for bloggers? Did I miss out on any that you swear by?

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10 Comments

  • Reply Casey the College Celiac

    Hemmingway is a new one for me! I just recently downloaded Grammarly though and I LOVE it!

    May 24, 2017 at 12:27 pm
  • Reply Riah

    I love Grammarly! I found out about it when I was working in customer service and needed a quick grammar check to get back to customers faster. It is one of my favorite Chrome extensions! 🙂

    May 24, 2017 at 5:12 pm
  • Reply Ramona

    Many of these tools are new for me. Thanks for sharing. I’m really interested in Hemingway!

    May 25, 2017 at 9:51 am
    • Reply Desi

      Hemingway is one of my favorites. They give you a lot of data to analyze your writing!

      May 26, 2017 at 8:43 am
  • Reply Clearissa

    Will try BlaBlaMeter and Hemingway. Thank you for sharing. I use and love Grammarly. I am pinning for future use.

    May 26, 2017 at 8:46 am
  • Reply Pam Avoledo

    Wow! I bookmarked it. I didn’t know there were so many apps available.

    May 26, 2017 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply Alexis @FITnancials

    I love Grammarly! I’m currently using the free version, but it’s been quite helpful for both college and my blog.

    May 30, 2017 at 5:53 pm
    • Reply Desi

      It’s so helpful to catch when I accidentally miss a key, or hit a few extras – I might not notice until Grammarly highlights it!

      May 31, 2017 at 9:34 am
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