If you are reading this, you are probably either a blogger or a Loyal Reader of my planner posts.
Like me, you probably try to be smart about the internet and how you use it, either to promote your blog or to manage your life.
But for a long time, I wasn't that smart.
Oh, I am internet savvy. Gifted, maybe, in the ways of order and using technology - luddite and computer technology - in ways that only one who calls herself Giftie can be.
"I am very smart. I went to the best Medacad in Osiris, top three percent of my class, finished my internship in eight months. 'Gifted' is the term. So when I tell you that my little sister makes me look like an idiot child, I want you to understand my full meaning. River was more than gifted. She... she was a gift. Everything she did, music, math, theoretical physics - even-even dance - there was nothing that didn't come as naturally to her as breathing does to us." Simon, Firefly
Sure, I figured out ways to use Chrome, my internet browser of choice, to organize link parties.
But if I needed to set a timer for my kid to get his chores done or for me to focus on writing content, I had to open the timer on my desktop.
Calculating blog income for the year? I'd open the calculator app.
Editing a blog post? Copy and paste to Word or use Livewriter.
Dumb, dumb, dumb. All those extra steps take time - time that I don't have.
I've changed that dumb thinking, though, and my solution is so simple.
I visited Chrome Extensions and downloaded extensions that do the bloggy things and the mommy things that were taking up so much time.
CAVEAT: Don't download too many extensions. It can slow down your blogging. Just choose the ones that work for you.
I currently have the extensions in the picture, including Grammarly (green arrow), Calculator (blue arrow) and Timer (red arrow).
Go browse Chrome Extensions and decide which ones with help your blogging or your life. I particularly love Grammerly for spotting typos when I draft blogs.
I hope exploring extensions helps you be a better blogger. For more great information for bloggers, visit:
A Blogger's Guide to Rocking Facebook in Under 5 Minutes
Take Your Blog From Cookie Cutter to Fabulous
3 Shortcuts for Writing a Blog Post Faster
How I Earned a Threefold Increase in Blog Income
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