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What’s the word I’m trying to think of??

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Have you ever been writing an article or letter and all of a sudden you couldn’t come up with that *exact* word you want to use?  We’ve all had it happen to us at one time or another.

So you turn to your handy-dandy thesaurus that you keep on your shelf.  Or maybe you use the thesaurus built in your word document program.  Or better yet, Google ‘thesaurus’, and then use one of the first links.

Well, I chose to do the latter and happened to stumble across a neat site.  It’s called Visual Thesaurus.  Simply type in a word and it creates a ‘thinkmap’ for you.  Words develop on this map with meaning that make you think and then branch off to other related words.  It’s really quite cool to ‘see’ the different words and meanings appear before you in a way that actually makes you write more effectively.

You do have to pay to use this program, however, you get a few free tries.  The online version is $19.95/year or $2.95 per month.

They also have another neat tool on their site called VocabGrabber.  If you write blogs or articles or anything for that matter, you really need to check this tool out.  It analyzes any text you input and generates lists of the most useful vocabulary words showing you how those words are used in context. Pretty cool to play with!!

Bloggers – Have you Heard of Zemanta?

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Ok, so I’m new to blogging.  Obviously, as you can see this is my first blog.

However, in working day to day as a Virtual Assistant, I do quite a bit of blog updates for my clients.

It’s the kind of thing I really enjoy doing.  One day, I happened to be given some great advice by Jeniffer Thompson of Monkey C Media to check out a nifty tool called Zemanta.

Zemanta is a free tool that works on all platforms and can be downloaded as a Firefox extension.

No sooner did I download the Firefox extension and log into my clients blog that I noticed it was right there on the right hand side waiting patiently for me to start typing.  As soon as you start writing, Zemanta starts working.  It’s really an amazing little tool.  It captures what you are writing and suggests tags as well as related articles, pictures and in-text links.  It’s the little blogging brain working for you as you do the typing.  Almost like it’s watching over your shoulder and making suggestions.

Do you blog about books? Zemanta can recommend over 1.1 MILLION book titles as well as:

* Recognition and automatic linking to writer’s homepage
* Amazon.com integration – linking to Amazon.com listing for book and inclusion of book cover
* Amazon.com affiliate support
* Related articles from a wide selection of book bloggers

Do you blog about travel?  Zemanta has a simple one click insertion of Google Maps.

There is so much this great little tool can do that I could go on and on, but I will let you check it out for yourself.  http://www.zemanta.com/

Enjoy and Happy Blogging!

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