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Favourite Free Blogging Tools

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Here are some of my favourite blogging tools. I'll be adding to this page, so be sure to watch for updates! Wow ! Do I ever need to update this list and fix the coding!

General Blogging Tools

Some of the following tools are totally free, or the basic versions of these tools are free.

Free Communication Tools

Gmail:Unlocks a ton of FREE WebTools including FREE calls to landlines in Canada & USA! Never change your email address!
Scr.im Email Concealer- http://scr.im Share your email in a safe way. Get less spam.
RoboformRoboForm Safe secure way to save passwords to your computer NOT the internet Great time saver for filling out government forms. See how using this tool save my sanity. Getting Hatched , Matched and Dispatched Online in Canada  
Skype : With Skype, a microphone, and speakers; you can call computers world-wide for free and have  conference calling. Add a webcam and see your friends too.
Free Writing Tools
Open Office.org – Like that other office program, but FREE also opens many different versions of the other office programs- great if you’re working on several different computers or working with several clients.http://www.openoffice.org/
Windows Live Writer- Write blogs offline and schedule publish dates, also really simplifies adding links, pics etc. to blog entrieshttp://download.live.com/writer/This does not work for MAC - Arggh! Anyone know an equivalent for Mac?
Free Online Character Counter: Counts the characters you paste into it. Handy for setting up meta tags.See this free embeddable javascript Character counter and SEO tips. on my blog.
Free Syndication Tools
Feedburner- Great for automating email updates, boosting SEO, and reposting your content. Automates Twitter. Just discovering how much I rely on Feedburner, and how much I love it.

Link Shorteners:

Bit.ly Link Shortener  Got a long link? Shorten it with bit.ly! Plus Register and you can personalize your link and track where and how often it's used.http://bit.ly/ 
Goog Link Shortener - Allows you to track activity on your short link through your google analytics - not my favourite yet
Adf.ly - With adfly you can get paid when people click your links - not a big money maker - but hey what are you being paid when people click your links now?

Picture and Image Free Tools


Bullzip pdf printer– Bullzip_Free_Download   Print to a computer file. create pdf, jpgs, .insert watermarks and more Saves a ton on paper and ink, Plus  pdf attachments are easy to open  Does not work on Mac - Argghh!
Picasa-  Picasa to design photo collages, create video slideshows, add photo text,and more. .Picasa is fully integrated with Google Plus.It  is free to download, and Picasa Web Albums provides 1 gigabyte of free storage -- that's enough space for 4,000 wallpaper-size photos. Download Picasa 3.8
Google Drive - Currently I'm experimenting with using Google Drive aka Google Docs to create images for blog posts etc.

Past Free tools that I miss:
Picnik-  Now longer available - but oh how I loved this tool!Many of the functions were to be integrated into Picasa, but I'm just not seeing it. Do you miss Picasa too? Do great things with pictures-create slide shows, add speech bubbles, captions and more.


Micro-blogging Tools
TweetSpinner- Great product for twitter. See my Tweet Spinner Review for more info.
HootSuite – A great program for automating your Social Media Marketing. Schedule Tweets, Facebook messages and more!  Plus sort tweets, have multiple IDs http://hootsuite.com/

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