Note Taking & Research

Great articles usually take a while to develop. This is why research is such an important part of blogging. Taking notes regularly will ensure that your articles are detailed and informative.

After The Deadline

After The Deadline

A spell checker, style checker and grammar checker; all rolled into one. It can be installed as a browser extension, WordPress plugin, or on your website using jQuery.

Astrid

Astrid

An interesting to-do service that allows you to speak your tasks and share your lists with other people. You can also set reminders.

The Blog Post Ideas Generator

The Blog Post Ideas Generator

A fantastic free tool that will help you generate titles for your blog posts. All you have to do is click the “Generate Blog Post Idea” button in order to display a new blog post title.

Brainy Quote

Brainy Quote

A fantastic resource for finding famous quotes. Thousands upon thousands of quotes can be found within their database. It’s a great tool who for those who want to enhance their articles with relevant quotes.

Content Idea Generator

Content Idea Generator

The idea is simple. You enter your topic name and the service will generate suggestions for your article title.

Coolendar

Coolendar

A cool task management app that works on the web, tablets, mobiles and even the Amazon Kindle.

Copyscape

Copyscape

Allows you to check whether content is original. Multi-author blog owners use this service to check whether article submissions are original or not.

Curate.us

Curate.us

A useful tool for taking a screenshot of a page and appending a note to it. Clips can be shared on social media services or embedded into an article.

CurationSoft

CurationSoft

Software that allows to find relevant information from a number of sources and then insert them directly into your article. It is available for Windows and Mac. A free version is available that is ad-supported, though it does not support many sources. The pro version retails for $59 and supports up to 10 sources including Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

Demolistic

Demolistic

A list building community where members post lists of the favourite,and least favourite, things. Members can disagree with others and post their own lists. It is a useful resource for researching new articles.

Diigo

Diigo

A useful tool that lets you collect notes, highlights, pictures, and more. The free plan allows unlimited bookmarks but restricts highlights to 1,000 per year. The unlimited plans start from only $20 per year.

DivvyHQ

DivvyHQ

An editorial calendar service designed for blogs with multiple authors. A basic calendar for up to three users costs $29.99 per month.

Evernote

Evernote

A collection of services and software designed for note taking. It includes popular programs such as Skitch, Evernote Clearly, and Evernote Web Clipper.

Google Calendar

Google Calendar

Organise your workload and schedule meetings easily with Google Calendar. The service syncs with all modern mobile devices and integrates with Gmail perfectly.

Google Docs

Google Docs

A free office suite that can be accessed from any browser or mobile device. It is a great resource for bloggers as information can be accessed from anywhere.

LetterCount

LetterCount

A free service that tells you how many characters a piece of text has. Useful for counting your blog post title character count. They also offer a word counter.

MakeSomeTime

MakeSomeTime

A task manager that also allows you to manage invoices.

MindMeister

MindMeister

Plan out your future articles by creating mind maps.

Plinky

Plinky

An online community where anyone can post a question and members will leave an answer. It is a useful resource for getting feedback on a specific topic.

Remember the Milk

Remember the Milk

A simple yet beautiful task manager that is very easy to use. It can be used through a browser or through an application for your mobile device. It also integrates with Gmail, Google Calendar, Twitter, and Outlook.

Scribe

Scribe

A WordPress plugin that integrates many keyword and SEO optimisation tools into your post-editing screen. Plans start from $97 per month for 300 evaluations and 700 keyword searches.

Simple Note

Simple Note

A simple note service that allows you to sync your notes across your mobile devices, computers, and any browser.

Squareleaf

Squareleaf

A virtual whiteboard that allows you to organise notes using sticky notes.

Storify

Storify

A news and social media curation tool that lets you turn news into stories.

StoryCrawler Trending News

StoryCrawler Trending News

A useful resource that displays the trending news over the previous three days.

TeuxDeux

TeuxDeux

A calendar-based to-do list service that works on all browsers.

Todo.ly

Todo.ly

A simple online to-do list that is great for planning out tasks.

Todist

Todist

An HTML5-powered to-do manager.

Trello

Trello

A simple project management tool that lets you see your whole project at a glance.

Veeeb

Veeeb

A plugin for WordPress or Drupal that allows you to search multiple channels for media and news.

WordCounter

WordCounter

A free service that quickly tells you how many characters, words, sentences and paragraphs your content has. Great for checking how many words you have written so far. It also informs you of your average sentence length.

WorkFlowy

WorkFlowy

A beautiful minimal to-do management service that is great for taking notes and organising your workload.

Wunderlist

A beautiful to-do list application that works on the web and mobile devices.

Zoho

Zoho

A huge collection of business, collaboration, and productivity applications. There are over 25 different applications in total. Some services are free, however most require a monthly payment.