Favourite Online Tools

So yesterday I talked about my favourite websites.  Today is a variation on that theme, where I introduce you to my favourite online tools.

Grammarly: Grammarly is an online proofreading tool.  Not only can you plug text into the website for it to check, it also has several apps/extensions that you can use.  I use the one for google chrome, which checks almost all of my online writer for grammar and spelling.  They also have a premium option that apparently provides 250 more types of checks.  I am satisfied with the free version, however.

Hemingway: Similar to grammarly, Hemingway checks your writing, but this time for readability.  It gives your text a grade level, tells you when your sentences are too long or complicated, and generally tells you how to tighten your writing.

Writer: The Internet typewriter: I love this tool.  Writer provides a mostly distraction-free writing environment.  It has a green on black interface and very cool typewriter sounds.  I like the sounds because they make me feel like I’m accomplishing something.

WordPress.com: I mostly use the wordpress software rather than the .com site, but the website provides all the tools you’d want to start a blog without the joy of installing the software on a server and then hosting your own site. A powerful blogging platform.

Mailchimp: Mailchimp hosts your mailing lists, and everyone knows a mailing list is key for those of you who want to build an audience. While somewhat complicated at first, once you get the hang of it, mailchimp is a valuable tool for creating and sending your newsletters.

Google Docs: This one needs no introduction.  I love it because it is always available on whatever platform I choose, and is just as functional (for my purposes) as MS Word.

Write or Die!: Write or die (almost) does what it says on the tin.  You set a time, a word count and a consequence or reward and you start typing away.  If you don’t make your goal or you slow down too much you hear alarms, see pictures of spiders and various other not-so fun things. You can try it on the site, or buy it for desktop use like I did.

So there you have it, my list of favourite online tools.  And I promise you none of them have paid me for the accolades.  What are your favourite online tools? Tell me in the comments!


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