If you don’t currently use Chrome as your web browser I would encourage you to give it a try since it’s your best bet for customization, security, speed and synchronization between devices. I wanted to put together a list of the best Chrome extensions for writing and blogging to help people stay productive and complete tasks a little quicker throughout the day. These powerful little tools are just another great reason to hop on the Google Chrome train.
For those of you who are not familiar with the Google Chrome app system, you must have a Google Chrome browser in order to use them. The apps are typically shortcuts to webpages, but the extensions are saved in the upper right-hand corner of your browser to run at all times or simply pop up whenever you click on them.
Let’s take a look at the best Chrome extensions for writing and blogging.
How it helps writers and bloggers: I need to share shortened URLs whenever I create a new blog post. I’m assuming all bloggers share their links on social media accounts, and instead of going to a whole new webpage, click this extension and it creates a shortened link for you within seconds.
How it helps writers and bloggers: Web Timer is one of my favorite Chrome extensions for writing and blogging, because it gives you a chart on how you spent your time during the day. Pair this with the Timer app to stay productive. Timer simply gives a standard timer so you can use the Pomodoro Technique or whatever gets you going.
How it helps writers and bloggers: This is pretty simple. Highlight a word you see online and the extension gives you a pop-up with the definition. It reminds me of the dictionary function on a Kindle.
How it helps writers and bloggers: Feedly is the ideal content aggregator to bring together all the news sources you read on a daily basis. The only problem is finding the content you like and saving feeds to your Feedly account. With this extension, when you land on a page, just click on the Feedly button and it saves the website feed to your Feedly account.
How it helps writers and bloggers: Trello is my favorite productivity app, since it creates a “scrum” type environment where you move cards from one board (like In Progress) to another (like Completed). This extension works with the Trello app by letting you mark time restrictions for each task you want to complete. It then gives you reports and graphs on how productive you are.
How it helps writers and bloggers: If you stumble upon something awesome for your book or blog while online, why would you want to open up your Google Drive or Evernote to store the link or image? Just install this extension and you can attach your accounts for saving links in a click.
How it helps writers and bloggers: This is a quick way to log thoughts in a simple text editor. Any text editing app or software works, but I like using extensions because the button is always sitting right on the browser.
How it helps writers and bloggers: This checks your grammar, spelling and vocabulary when you write online. It doesn’t do much good offline, but if you screw something up in an email or while writing in Google Docs it’s quite helpful.
How it helps writers and bloggers: When you find a quality resource, annotate and highlight the page and share it later with other people.
How it helps writers and bloggers: I can’t get enough of this ultimate productivity extension. Specify which websites you want StayFocused to block and create a time limit. Once that time limit is up StayFocused blocks all the websites that are on your block list.
How it helps writers and bloggers: I use the default screenshot function on my computer, but this is great if you don’t like yours. It lets you annotate and edit your screenshots for blog posts.
How it helps writers and bloggers: When you click social sharing buttons on different websites do they come up looking weird in your Facebook or Twitter? Is it annoying when you have to copy and paste all the links? AddThis is the ideal platform for maintaining your social sites and pushing quality content.
How it helps writers and bloggers: Cut down on wasted time by signing documents online, instead of printing them out, signing and scanning again. I use this for taxes and the occasional contract.
How it helps writers and bloggers: As one of the most influential extensions in the world, AdBlock cuts down on clutter and distractions by blocking every ad you come across online. It’s simply wonderful.
Let me know in the comments section if you have any questions about the best Chrome extensions for writing and blogging. Have you tried any of these? Do you want to choke me because I forgot your favorite one?