Hey, blog-o-sphere! Welcome to my blog. I always try creating these things and then end up abandoning them after a few months, so here's the hoping this one will actually stick around.
Wow, what an encouraging beginning to a first blog post! I should be a motivational speaker.
Jokes aside (that was a real knee-slapper, wasn't it), I've been thinking of creating a blog for a while, and I thought I'd kick this off with my favorite online editing tools.
When I have a big editing project with a tight deadline, I'm always looking for ways to save time, be more efficient, and automate anything that can be automated. I really should learn how to do macros, but I haven't gotten around to that, so here are my favorite tools for now.
I love TextExpander! I could be their spokesperson! (Maybe that's something I could be a motivational speaker for.) With TextExpander, you can create shortcuts (called "snippets") for words you constantly type (your email address, your signature, your dog's name, anything, really). Then, when you type the shortcut, the text EXPANDS (get it?). So, instead of having to constantly type "email@example.com," I can write ";em" (shortcut for "email") and it pops up in my Word Doc, Gmail, Facebook Feed, wherever you want to write it. I also create snippets for words I constantly misspell or forget the rule for (it should be "mind-set" instead of "mindset," "half sister" instead of "half-sister," "shoebox" instead of "shoe box"... you run into all kinds of words when editing!).
Merriam-Webster.com is also the BEST. And because I'm cool, I also own the physical print version. When you buy the newest print version (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary 11th Edition), you can get a free, one-year subscription to Merriam-Webster Unabridged, so that's pretty nifty.
3. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
I use Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to edit newsletters, manuscripts, etc. in PDF version. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC doesn't have a spell-check tool for PDFs though (it only spell-checks comments, not the actual PDF). If anyone knows of a quality PDF spell-check tool, let me know!
Okay, this is not actually an editing tool, clearly. I should probably create another blog post called "Favorite Productivity Tools" and put it on there, but here we are, at number 4 on this list and I've run out of Editing Tools to add. So we're just going to have to bend the rules a little here, guys!
When editing, I can never listen to music with lyrics because then one of the following will end up happening:
1. "Zen: Indie Folk for Focus" playlist by Spotify
2. "Songs for Editing" playlist by Stephen Thompson
3. "Deep Focus" playlist by Spotify
Okay, so that's it. Those are my favorite editing tools. Pretty riveting stuff, I know. Try to follow that with something more exciting! Maybe just go drink some tea to chill out after reading such a spellbinding tale.
I don't know how to end this, so I'll just end it with a word I've been saying way too much to my mom, sister, friends, etc.: