Technology Taming for Authors – Scoop-IT

This is the fourth post in my Technology Taming for Authors series. The links for previous topics are at the bottom of this post. What is Scoop-IT? Scoop-IT is an on-line curation and publishing platform based around topics. Do I need an account? Yes. I hate having a different account for different apps but Scoop-IT makes it easy. You can sign up with  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google or email. How does it work? Articles are scooped by: 1 Using the Scoop-IT bookmarklet, w...
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Technology Taming for Authors – feedly

The problem with technology is there is such lot of it and it's not always easy to work out what you need. So this is the first in a series of posts taking a personal look at technology for creatives who blog and step out on social media. If this is a topic that interests you, you might like to check out my previous posts for Symbaloo and Nuzzel. Do you have a problem keeping up with the blogs you follow? Do you forget to comment on other blogs even though you know it's important? Are you loo...
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Psst… Have you heard about Nuzzel?

Have you ever felt left behind when it comes to industry based news? Have you wondered how everyone else seems to know but  somehow you remained unaware? The solution is Nuzzel. Do you struggle to find the time to source relevant content for your blog? Or items to share and start conversations on social media? The solution is Nuzzel. Again. Nuzzel is a tailored newsfeed which you can access on the desktop, with the Nuzzel app or by having “top stories” delivered by email accordin...
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Start the day with Symbaloo

Symbaloo is my all time favourite productivity app, an essential tool for anyone who spends time on the Internet. Symbaloo is a browser app and I always have it open in the first tab of Google Chrome. It works with all popular browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari. So what exactly does it do? It's visual bookmarking app that allows me to organise all the places I go on the web so that each is only a mouse-click away. For me that includes a wide range of websites - social me...
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Super Easy Image Attribution for flickr

Blog posts and images are a match made in heaven. While it's easiest to use your own photos, most times I find I don't have a photo to suit. There are numerous websites with images a blogger can use for free provided they meet any specified attribution requirements. This blog post is not about finding those sites. A quick Google will identify pages of posts listing and ranking image sites. If you're looking for that you could try these lists from the buffer blog and Canva. This post is abo...
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Why Can’t I Cut and Paste from MS Word into my Blog

Sometimes, if you're lucky, you can. But three times in the past month someone has asked me if I can help them fix the formatting in a blog post they cut and pasted from MS Word. “It was perfect in Word,” my friend insisted. “Now on my blog, it doesn’t look like my other posts. I do this all the time and it's never happened before.” In an ideal world, we wouldn’t be cutting and pasting from a word processor and then this problem wouldn’t exist. But I understand the pain because it happens to m...
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Hashtags For Writers

What is a #hashtag? A hashtag is any word preceded by a # (hash symbol). Hashtags are widely used across all social media but first appeared on Twitter in August 2007. I love that the hashtag was invented by a Twitter user (@ChrisMessina) and that Twitter’s initial response was disinterest because the concept was ‘too nerdy’. The people thought otherwise or perhaps they were happy to be a little nerdy! This post focuses on hashtags for Twitter although the principles may be applied to other s...
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