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Time-Tested Tips and Tools for Faster Blogging

November 4, 2011  

In 2008, Lifehacker published a list of 10 ways to get blogging done without it becoming a chore. "Writing your blog should be a fun way to stretch your mind and stay connected to trends, friends, and the greater world," they note, "not another computer task." 

Best practices for blogging haven't changed much since Lifehacker's informational post (ask any online publisher). The advice has stood the test of time—and while we recommend reading all 10 Lifehacker tips, we'll summarize our four favorites here.

Don't copy/paste; AutoCopy. Tumblr facilitates the common practice of quoting passages from other webpages by enabling users to "reblog." But most non-Tumblr bloggers have to copy/paste the manual way. Save yourself the trouble with AutoCopy, a Firefox extension that automatically adds text you've highlighted to your clipboard, then pastes it when you middle-click anywhere in Firefox.

Make reusable templates for posts and images. Most posts are structurally similar, so save time by reading this useful guide to automating Photoshop actions. For hand-coding HTML, build templates out of your common formats, then just plug them into a text-substitution app. Blogger, Wordpress and other sites also have free easy-to-use templates.

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