Serious bloggers have a lot on their plates. They have writing, promotion, networking, quoting, designing and more to deal with. On top of all that, many bloggers have a day job on top of it all. How in the world can one person make the time to get it all done? These days there are many browser extensions that can make at least part of the blogging process easier.
Firefox has many add-ons that fit the bill. Check out these MakeUseOf articles covering some of them: 3 Firefox Add-Ons To Help You Blog More Easily, ScribeFire vs DeepestSender: One Blogging Addon to Rule Them All!, and 7 Writing Addons for Turning Firefox into the Ultimate Writer’s Suite.
As a formidable opponent , Google Chrome now also has many blogging extensions to make the life of the blogger a bit easier.
Blog From Any Webpage with Chrome Blogging Extensions
Many bloggers do a lot of quoting from and commenting on other articles and sites. This is a big part of many blogs. Many bloggers like to introduce their readers to new finds or share their opinions on something already written about.
Google Chrome has a few extensions that gives you the ability to post to your blog from the site you want to write about. For this task, check out Blog This (for Blogger users), TypePad Blog It (for TypePad users), Shareaholic for Google Chrome, and Scribefire (actually a full-featured blog editor but also makes posting links and comments to your blog easier).
Handle Screenshots Of Webpages
Another aspect of blogging that can take up a considerable amount of time is taking and posting screenshots of websites. You may have noticed that we do that a lot here on MakeUseOf. That’s because it gives readers a better idea about the site or web tool we are talking about. Google Chrome has some extensions that can minimize the amount of work that goes into this job.
Try out Webpage Screenshot. This extension allows you to grab a screenshot of the entire webpage with the click of a button.
There are also tools that allow you to do some image editing to your screenshots directly from within your browser. Thecan do this and so can the .
Other Extensions To Help A Blogger Out
If you haven’t heard of the Zemanta add-on for Firefox, let me tell you a bit about it now because Google Chrome now has a Zemanta extension. Zemanta actually enhances your blog’s dashboard making various tasks (such as suggesting links and finding photos) easier.
Also take notes on sites you pass by with the Evernote extension, check your work when you’re done writing with the After the Deadline extension, and quickly find definitions to words on the fly with Google Dictionary.
As you can see, there are a lot of extensions out there that can possibly help a blogger. Which extensions you choose to use will depend on what type of writing you do on your blog. Which extensions do you use while you’re blogging?