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8 Sep 2014

Blogging Tools Indie Developers Need to Start Using Today

We have mentioned the importance of blogging as an indie developer in the past,  and no matter if you can’t write well or you don’t think you necessarily have anything useful to say, it doesn’t matter: you need to be blogging. You have something to say, and when you find your voice, your golden. People want to know what you have to say, and with these blogging tools listed below, you will be able to share your experiences, thoughts, and adventure as an indie developer easier than ever.

 

Easy Tweet Embed

If you want to make it simple for your readers to share your posts on Twitter, then you need Easy Tweet Embed. This WordPress plugin allows you to create multiple pre-populated tweets in your blog posts, thus making it simple for readers to retweet your posts! It’s the perfect way to make sure that when your fans retweet your posts, each post includes relevant information that you want seen on Twitter.

Here’s an example. Let’s assume that you want to get the attention of Valve by writing a post detailing how they could improve Steam Greenlight. By pre-populating tweets in your blog posts, you could tag the official Steam and Valve Twitter accounts and even Gabe Newell himself! When your readers retweeted your posts? These tweets will tag each Twitter account. Awesome!

 

StayFocusd

Sometimes, you just don’t want to write. I completely understand – there are some instances in which I would rather curl up and take a nap instead of blogging all day. That’s why I use StayFocusd. I’ve mentioned it a lot here at Game Academy, but that’s because it works. Allowing you to block any website of your choice, it allows you to designate how long you can spend on each blocked site per day. After you have used up that amount of time for the day? You can no longer access the site for the rest of the day.

 

Easelly

Use this tool when creating visual content for your blog and for sharing on social media. We’ve mentioned that people love sharing visual content, and Easel.ly makes it super simple to share your created content within minutes. Featuring a ton of templates, Easel.ly allows you to drag and drop certain elements, add text, and change colors on your content. It’s one of the easiest ways to create visual content!

 

Do you have any blogging tools you would like to give a shout out? Let us know in the comments below!

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