Blogger: Rachelle Gardner
This age of technology can be overwhelming sometimes, but I find the best way to deal with it is to find as many ways as possible to use technology to make my life easier. I thought I’d share some of my favorite tools, in hopes they might be useful to you too.
1. Hootsuite. This is a social media management tool that you can use to organize all of your social media in one place: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. The best features are that you can schedule posts ahead of time; you can create “lists” by category (for example: authors, agents, news) and create a separate column for each list for organized viewing; and you can easily track mentions of any word or name. I can’t imagine trying to use Twitter without Hootsuite—to me, the other social networks are a bonus.
2. Canva.com. This website is a stunning and simple way to design graphics for your website, blog or Facebook. Need a new Facebook cover? Want to post an image with a quote on it? Need some graphics for your blog? You can do it all on Canva, even if you’re not a designer. It’s a great way for the graphically-challenged among us to present attractive images to the world.
3. Feedly.com. If you read more than one blog regularly, and you don’t want to subscribe to them by email (who needs more email??) then give Feedly a try so that you can read all your blogs in one place. Rather than having to click around the web, simply open Feedly and it’s automatically updated with new posts from the blogs you follow. It syncs with your computer, your phone and your tablet so you can read blogs anytime, anywhere. To me, it’s like opening the morning newspaper, scanning the headlines and deciding what to read that day. I couldn’t keep up with blogs without Feedly!
4. Downcast. I find one of the best ways to learn and/or be entertained while on-the-go is to subscribe and listen to podcasts. However, for a long time, I didn’t listen to many because it seemed hard to access and download them. No more! With Downcast on my iPhone, I always have instant access to the latest episodes of my favorite podcasts (which include Novel Marketing, Social Media Marketing, NPR’s TED Radio Hour, The Accidental Creative, and more). Downcast is only for Apple products and is available in the iTunes app store, but never fear Android users, there are similar apps for you. Try Pocket Casts, Beyond Pod, or Stitcher Radio.
5. Evernote. This program is a lifesaver. Evernote lets you take notes, sync files across your devices, save webpages, capture inspiration, and stay organized. While there are many ways to use Evernote, you can use it simply or be as complex as you like. To me, the most valuable aspect of Evernote is that it’s web-based, so my Evernote documents are not just available on my laptop, they’re also on my phone and my iPad… and on any computer, anywhere. Evernote is a fantastic place to keep running files such as your ideas for blog posts or book topics—it’s great to be able to jot things down no matter where you are or which device you have with you. I keep a file on every client in Evernote, so that if I’m meeting with them at a conference, I can take notes on my iPad; if I’m having a phone conversation, I can jot notes on my laptop. Evernote has changed the way I organize and access information.
6. Audible. I’ve already mentioned I’m a fan of “listening” and that includes audiobooks. Since most of my actual (visual) reading is for work, the only way I get to read for my own pleasure is usually through audiobooks. The Audible app on my phone ensures I always have a book with me wherever I am—in the car, at the gym, or walking the dog. This is a staple in my life and I love it!
So those are some of the technological tools that make my life better. What are some of your favorites?
What technology tools make your life better? Agent @RachelleGardner shares hers. Click to Tweet.
Technology can be overwhelming but it can also make your life easier. Here are 6 tools you might like. Click to Tweet.