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Blogger widgets play really a very important role in giving a crispy professional look to your blog; such widgets are also helpful in increasing site’s visits and readers.

There are thousands of useful blogger-widgets/scripts available which can increase the attraction of your blog.
Some are just for fun, some are handy little gadgets, sometimes to show statistics of your blog, to show readers of your site, some are just for chat and communication, News widgets, Picture slideshow widgets… and many more like that. There are thousand types of widgets to choose from.

But here I’m to tell you some Most Basic and Must-have widgets for your blogspot blog, which you are supposed to install as soon as you create your blog.

Here I’m sharing some of the most popular and commonly used widgets used by almost all professional bloggers.

Note: Topics were getting messy as I have to put them all in one post. So I’ve made each topic expandable. So, you can expand/collapse the topics by clicking on the headings.


Must Have Widgets

1. Recent Posts


This widget, no doubt is the most important of all, as it shows all your recent posts of your blog.
recent-posts-widget
If you usually write long articles to your blog and you like to show fewer of them on the home page. In that case your past posts hide away. Then this widget helps you there, as the reader can see your previous posts through this widget. Thus “Recent Post” widget plays an important role in increasing the interest of the readers.

To Install this widget you must first install RSS feeds to your blog.(What is RSS feed?)
Setting up an RSS feed on your blog makes it easy for your readers to not just read your blog through there favorite RSS reader but also know when you publish new content.

I prefer Feed Burner for RSS feeds.
——-Click here to learn how to add RSS Feeds to your blog———–

After installing RSS feed

[+/-] Click to see the Installation instructions:


1. Go to ‘Layout” of your blog.

If you have installed a third-party theme to your blog, then your layout may be divided into proper sections, and it is possible that you may find “Recent Post” widget already installed.

If it is there already then you just have to click “edit” link on the gadget. Then ignore next two steps & jump to step #4.

2. Choose the section where you want to show “Recent Post” widget and then click “Add a Gadget” link.

3. From the pop up window that opens, scroll down in the middle and click “Feeds”.
html-javascript-feeds-gadget

Another window will pop-up.

4. In the “Feed URL” text box, copy/paste this link:

http://www.YOUR-BLOG-NAME.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
retrieving-feeds
….replacing “YOUR-BLOG-NAME” with your actual blog’s address. If you own a domain then remove ” .blogspot” too and replace it with your domain’s extension.

5. Give any “Title” you want to this widget, like “Recent Posts”.

6. Choose Number of Posts to show from the drop-down box. (You can select max. 5 posts to show).

7. “Item date” & “Item sources” are optional. You can select them to show Date of the post with author’s name.

8. Click Save.

After few moments, it’ll show you the list of recent posts of your blog on the same pop-up screen. If it doesn’t then re-check the Feed URL you inserted for errors.
If your blog is newly created and you haven’t posted anything yet, then this can be the second reason to not showing any post.

If you are using “Expandable Post Summaries” in your site, and your home page shows minimum 5 posts, then I recommend not to use this “Recent Post” widget, there will be no use of this widget as it’ll be waste of space on your home page.


2. Popular Posts


Unlike the Recent Post widget, this widget shows your most popular posts in terms of:
I. Number of Comments


If you install this widget, then the posts (max. 5) with the most number of comments by readers will be shown by this widget.
popular-posts-widget-by-number-of-comments

[+/-] Click to see the Installation Instructions:


1. Go to ‘Layout” of your blog.
2. Choose the section where you want to show “Popular Post” widget and then Click “Add a Gadget” link.
3. From the pop up window that opens, scroll down in the middle and click “HTML/JavaScript”.

html-javascript-feeds-gadget

Another window will pop-up.
configure-html-javascript-dialogue-box
4. Give any title, like “Popular Post” or “Most Commented Posts”.

5. In the content Area, Copy/Paste this code below:


<script type="text/javascript">
function pipeCallback(obj) {
document.write('<ul style="text-transform: capitalize;">');
var i;
for (i = 0; i < obj.count ; i )
{
var href = "'" obj.value.items[i].link "'";
var item = "<li>" "<a href=" href ">" obj.value.items[i].title "</a> </li>";
document.write(item);
}
document.write('</ul>');
}
</script>
<script src="https://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.run?_render=json&_callback=pipeCallback&_id=28a6afad7c6ba1288c1b738277e42385&url=http%3A%2F%2FYOUR_BLOG_ADDRESS_WITHOUT_http://&num=10" type="text/javascript"></script>

………..replace YOUR_BLOG_ADDRESS_WITHOUT_http:// with your blog’s actual complete address.

6. Click Save and Preview.
7. If it looks good, Click “Save”.

II. Number of Hits/visits


This widget will also show all popular posts but on the basis of most number of hits on that topics.
popular-posts-widget-by-number-of-visits

[+/-] Click to see the Installation Instructions:


To install this widget, you first have to visit PostRank.com
1. Then Insert address of your blog/site in the text box on top of the page
2. Click Analyze.

If you are submitting your site to postrank first time, then it’ll tell you that “We haven’t seen your site before”.
Now you leave your email address there, so that they can email you as soon as they index your site’s feed.
It usually takes a day to their email to arrive in your inbox.

3. Click the link given in the email to see your site’s feed indexed by postrank.

4. Now after checking your feed, Come back here at this page and click this link:

http://www.postrank.com/publishers/customize

Follow the steps given in that page, customize and create your “Top Post” widget.
You can use “Quick Install” to install the widget you’ve customized, directly to your blog (step 3 given on that page) .

Or if you choose to manually install the widget, you have to copy the code given at bottom of that page and follow these steps to manually install the widget:

1. Go to ‘Layout” of your blog.
2. Choose the section where you want to show “Popular Post” widget and then Click “Add a Gadget” link.
3. From the pop up window that opens, scroll down in the middle and click “HTML/JavaScript”.
Another window will pop-up.
configure-html-javascript-dialogue-box
4. Leave the title section blank, as “Top Post” is already written on the widget by Postrank.

5. In the content Area, Paste the code you received from postrank.com feeds.
6. Click Save and then Preview your blog.
7. If everything went good, Click “Save”.


3. Related Posts

This widgets really helps you in keeping the visitor’s interest in your blog. Reader finds this widgets as soon as he reaches the end of an article. related-posts-widget Related posts widgets shows all the posts related to the article currently being read. It actually fetches and shows all other posts with the same label with which current post has been labeled. [+/-] Click to see the Installation Instructions: 1. Go to ‘Layout” of your blog, and then “Edit HTML” tab.
Next step should always be backing up your blogger template, so than if anything goes wrong, you’ll have your backup to restore to original condition. So, click “Download Full Template” link to first download backup! blog-edit-html

2. Check “Expand Widget Templates” checkbox.
Now find (Ctrl+F) this tag: </head>

Now, just BEFORE this tag paste all the code below:

<!--Related Posts Scripts and Styles Start--> <style> #related-posts { float : left; width : 540px; margin-top:20px; margin-left : 5px; margin-bottom:20px; font : 11px Verdana; margin-bottom:10px; } #related-posts .widget { list-style-type : none; margin : 5px 0 5px 0; padding : 0; } #related-posts .widget h2, #related-posts h2 { font-size : 20px; font-weight : normal; margin : 5px 7px 0; padding : 0 0 5px; } #related-posts a { text-decoration : none; } #related-posts a:hover { text-decoration : none; } #related-posts ul { border : medium none; margin : 10px; padding : 0; } #related-posts ul li { display : block; background : url(&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_u4gySN2ZgqE/SnZhv_C6bTI/AAAAAAAAAl4/Rozt7UhvgOo/s200/greentickbullet.png&quot;) no-repeat 0 0; margin : 0; padding-top : 0; padding-right : 0; padding-bottom : 1px; padding-left : 21px; margin-bottom : 5px; line-height : 2em; border-bottom:1px dotted #cccccc; } </style> <script src='https://bloggerhosting.appspot.com/serve/zainali88.googlepages.com/Related_posts_hack.js' type='text/javascript'/>

After pasting this…Now, search for this line of code: <data:post.body/>

And AFTER this, paste the code below: blog-edit-html

<!--Related posts--> <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'> <div id='related-posts'> <font face='Arial' size='3'><b>Related Articles: </b></font><font color='#ffffff'><b:loop values='data:post.labels' var='label'><data:label.name/><b:if cond='data:label.isLast != &quot;true&quot;'>,</b:if><b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'> <script expr:src='&quot;/feeds/posts/default/-/&quot; data:label.name &quot;?alt=json-in-script&amp;callback=related_results_labels&amp;max-results=10&quot;' type='text/javascript'/></b:if></b:loop> </font> <script type='text/javascript'> removeRelatedDuplicates(); printRelatedLabels(); </script> </div></b:if> <!--Related posts ends-->

.. you can customize the heading, by changing the text in red.

3. “Preview” the template first, DON’T save at this point. If Preview window shows your blog fine and with the “Related Posts” widget after every post, then it means, everything went perfect. Otherwise it’ll show an error, and prompt you to remove it first before saving. Common mistakes we do is incomplete Copying/Pasting the code. Make sure you copied everything carefully and pasted it in right places, defined above.
4. If preview shows everything fine, then you can SAVE the template 🙂


4. Recent Comments

This widget helps you to show most recent comments (max. 5) given by visitors to any topic of your blog. recent-comments-widget To install this widget, your blog must have RSS feeds installed. If you are already using “Recent Post Widget” then you must have RSS feeds associated. So there is no need to register for RSS feeds again. [+/-] Click to see the Installation Instructions:

1. Go to ‘Layout” of your blog. If you have installed a third-party theme to your blog, then your layout may be divided into proper sections, and it is possible that you may find “Recent Comments” widget already installed. If it is there already then you just have to click “edit” link on the gadget. Then ignore next two steps & jump to step #4.

2. Choose the section where you want to show “Recent Comments” widget and then click “Add a Gadget” link.

3. From the pop up window that opens, scroll down in the middle and click “Feeds”. Another window will pop-up.

4. In the “Feed URL” text box, copy/paste this link: http://www.YOUR-BLOG-NAME.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default ….replacing “YOUR-BLOG-NAME” with your actual blog’s address. If you own a domain then remove ” .blogspot” too and replace it with your domain’s extension.

5. Give any “Title” you want to this widget, like “Recent Comments” or “Top Commentators”.

6. Choose Number of Posts to show from the drop-down box. ( you can select max. 5 posts to show).

7. “Item date” & “Item sources” are optional. You can select them to show Date of the post with author’s name.

8. Click Save.

9. Now click “Preview”, If everything went good, Click “Save”. After few moments, it’ll show you the list of recent comments given to your blog on the same pop-up screen. If it doesn’t, then re-check the Feed URL you inserted for errors. If your blog is newly created and you haven’t received any comments yet, then this can be the second reason to not showing any post.


5. Top Commentators

“Top Commentators” Widget enables you to display the names of the top ten people who comment on your blog. top-commentators-widget This can be installed just to encourage your site’s readers to read and comment more.

[+/-] Click to see the Installation Instructions: 1. Go to ‘Layout” of your blog.

2. Choose the section where you want to show “Top Commentators/Recent Comments” widget and then click “Add a Gadget” link.

3. From the pop up window that opens, scroll down in the middle and click “HTML/JavaScript”. Another window will pop-up. configure-html-javascript-dialogue-box

4. Give any title, like “Top Commentators” or “Active Readers”.

5. In the content Area, Copy/Paste this code below:
<script type="text/javascript"> function pipeCallback(obj) { document.write('<ol>'); var i; for (i = 0; i < obj.count ; i ) { var href = "'" obj.value.items[i].link "'"; if(obj.value.items[i].link == "") var item ="<li>" obj.value.items[i].title "</li>"; else var item = "<li>" "<a href=" href ">" obj.value.items[i].title "</a> </li>"; document.write(item); } document.write('</ol>'); } </script> <script src="https://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.run?_render=json&_callback=pipeCallback&_id=2f414149ab66e0892a6a179016f93019&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.YOUR-BLOG-ADDRESS.blogspot.com&num=10&filter=Naser" type="text/javascript"></script>

………..replace YOUR-BLOG-ADDRESS with your blog’s actual address. If you own a domain then remove “ .blogspot” too and replace it with your domain’s extension. If you do not want to show your own name in commentators list, then replace XXXX with your name. This will filter your name, and won’t show your name among Top Commentators.

6. Click Save and then Preview from the layout window.

7. If everything went good, Click “Save”.


6. Contact us

In most of the blogs you’ll find “Contact us” missing!! This is a great negative point for that site/blog. This makes your blog more “non professional”. Think that this is the only way your readers/commentators/sponsors can contact you. If you just put your email address exposed on your site, this makes your email inbox vulnerable to spam!! So inserting a “contact us” page/link/widget in your site keep you protected from unwanted junk emails. Unfortunately, blogger.com doesn’t offer anything like this. So we have to go and search for some other free services to do this for us. kontactr-logo Luckily, Kontactr provides us free, great and probably the easiest way to use Contact-Form Service. All you need to do is sign up for a free account and anyone who wants to contact you, will be able to email you directly from your site. kontactr-form So…give it a try. You can Contact me??.. 😉



Optional Widgets

1. Live Traffic


live-traffic-feed-widgetThis widget shows that, WHO, FROM WHERE coming on your site and ON WHICH TOPIC!!

Live traffic widget helps you to recognize that which one of your topics of your blog are getting popular, from which country people are coming the most and from which site they are coming or which search engine is helping you to driving traffic to your blog.

Its function is just to show you these stats; it actually doesn’t help you to increase traffic to your blog.

Again blogger.com doesn’t have any widget like this but there are many other free services you can use.
Like;

Feedjit.com
Wowzio.com

2. Web Counter


Ever wonder how many visitors do you get to your site?
Everyone likes to know how much traffic makes its way to their website. You can see this by inserting a small “counter” widget in your blog.
web-counter-widget
This works just like a simple counter, “one visitor visit – one increment in counter”

These are some of the most popular FREE Counter services:

FreeCounterCode.com
EasyCounter.com
FreeHitsCounter.org

No Email address is required to signup; you just have to insert your site’s URL, choose a counter and copy/paste the given code in your site.

[+/-] Click to see the Installations Instructions:


1. Go to ‘Layout” of your blog.

2. Click any “Add a Gadget” link.

3. From the pop up window that opens, scroll down in the middle and click “HTML/JavaScript”.
Another window will pop-up.
configure-html-javascript-dialogue-box
4. Don’t give any title! Leave it Blank.

5. In the content Area, Copy/Paste the code given by the web counter’s site.

6. Click Save.

7. Now drag this newly created widget and drop it below the footer gadget of the layout.

This will show the counter inside the footer of your blog.

8. Now Click “Preview”, if everything’s is alright then Click “Save”.

3. Twitter Updates


If you are a “twitter” user, and want to show your twitter updates on your blog/site…then this widget is just for you!
twitter-updates-widget

[+/-] Click to see the Installation Instructions:


1. Go to ‘Layout” of your blog.

2. Choose the section where you want to show “Twitter Updates” widget and then click “Add a Gadget” link.

3. From the pop up window that opens, scroll down in the middle and click “HTML/JavaScript”.
Another window will pop-up.
configure-html-javascript-dialogue-box
4. Give any title, like “My Twitter Updates”.

5. In the content Area, Copy/Paste this code below:

<div id="twitter_div" style="background: url(https://img385.imageshack.us/img385/9364/logotwittergl9.jpg) top left no-repeat; padding-left: 60px;">
<ul id="twitter_update_list"></ul></div>
<script src="https://twitter.com/javascripts/blogger.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="https://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/YOUR-USER-NAME.json?callback=twitterCallback2&count=5" type="text/javascript"></script>

………..replace YOUR-USER-NAME with your twitter username.
Above code will show latest 5 updates of your twitter account, If you want to increase this number than change 5 (in blue) to the number you want.

6. Click Save and then Preview from the layout window.

7. If its fine, then Click “Save”.

4. My Social Sites


social-sites-logo-widgetIf you want the readers to visit and follow your profile on various social sites, you can install this widget.This widget shows the links to your profile on some of your favorite social sites with their respective logos.

In this widget I’ve embedded my twitter, orkut, digg and stumbleupon profile links.
If you know little bit of HTML than you can customize it the you want it, and can add as many site’s links as you want.

[+/-] Click to see the Installation Instructions:


1. Go to ‘Layout” of your blog.

2. Choose the section where you want to show this widget and then click “Add a Gadget” link.

3. From the pop up window that opens, scroll down in the middle and click “HTML/JavaScript”.
Another window will pop-up.

4. Give any title, like “Follow me on these sites” or “Sites I use” :p…or whatever you like.. 😀
configure-html-javascript-dialogue-box
5. In the content Area, Copy/Paste the code below:


<!--Social sites links by Zain-->
<center>
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.twitter.com/YOUR-TWITTER-USER-NAME">
<img src="https://img178.imageshack.us/img178/8742/twitterlogoik7.jpg"></a>
<br/><br/>
<a target="_blank" href="YOUR-COMPLETE-ORKUT-PROFILE-LINK">
<img src="https://img231.imageshack.us/img231/1672/logoorkutpj3.gif"></a>
<br/><br/>
<a target="_blank" href="http://digg.com/users/YOUR-DIGG-USER-NAME">
<img src="https://img515.imageshack.us/img515/3858/digglogour9.gif" ></a>
<br/><br/>
<a target="_blank" href="http://YOUR-STUMBLEUPON-USER-NAME.stumbleupon.com">
<img src="https://img135.imageshack.us/img135/4009/stumbleuponlogowr3.jpg"></a>
</center>

………..replace colored text with your respective ID’s on these sites.

6. Click Save.

7. Now Click “Preview”, after previewing if there’s no error Click “Save”.

5. Chat Box


If you want your readers to contact immediately via chat on your site, then these chat box widgets will help you in this.

ShoutMix
CBox
chat-box-widget
But draw back of these chat boxes is that you have to keep open your blog and refresh the page after every message to chat with visitors.

But Yahoo! has offered its new service of inserting Yahoo! Ping Box messenger in your blog, using which, your visitors’ chat with you live on your Yahoo! Messenger.
This means messages sent by Yahoo! Ping box will be received on your Yahoo! messenger on your desktop… 🙂
I’ve already written a post about this Yahoo! Pingbox.. Read it here to learn how to install and use.

6. Blog Statistics


This little widget takes very little space and shows your blog’s total number of posts and total number of comments.
blog-statistics-widget

[+/-] Click to see the Installation Instructions:


1. Go to ‘Layout” of your blog.

2. Choose the section where you want to show “Blog’s Statistics” widget and then click “Add a Gadget” link.

3. From the pop up window that opens, scroll down in the middle and click “HTML/JavaScript”.
Another window will pop-up.

4. Give any title, like “Blog’s Stats”.
configure-html-javascript-dialogue-box
5. In the content Area, Copy/Paste the code below:

<script style="text/javascript">
function numberOfPosts(json) {
document.write('Total Posts: <b>' json.feed.openSearch$totalResults.$t '</b><br>');
}
function numberOfComments(json) {
document.write('Total Comments: <b>' json.feed.openSearch$totalResults.$t '</b><br>');
}
</script>
<ul><li><script src="https://YOUR-BLOG-NAME.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=json-in-script&callback=numberOfPosts"></script></li>
<li><script src="https://YOUR-BLOG-NAME.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default?alt=json-in-script&callback=numberOfComments"></script></li></ul>

………..replace both “YOUR-BLOG-NAME” with your blog’s actual address. If you own a domain then remove ” .blogspot” too and replace it with your domain’s extension.

6. Click Save.

7. Now Click “Preview”, after previewing if there’s no error Click “Save”.

If you are facing any kind of problem installing these widgets, tell me!

AAANDDD … last but not least, if you like this post and learned a little bit from it, then DON’T forget to share this with others. I’ve put a lot of effort in collecting these.

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What To Do To Engage Blog Readers To Keep Them Coming Back

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Engage blog readers

A loyal audience is always important for most ventures in the highly connected world to succeed and your efforts count when you engage blog readers. Otherwise, you would be just a one-hit wonder. As a blogger, it is necessary to keep your readers hanging on the edge for your upcoming post. If you are looking to engage blog readers and don’t have enough readership on your post, bellow are the tips to make your blog a must-see.

Understand Your Audience Better To Engage Blog Readers

It is important to understand, who your target audience is and how your blog can help them. The audience is the foundation of a blog, it is the main reason it exists. So it is important to understand exactly who they are and how your blog can help them.

Follow The Plain Language principles

Always keep in mind that you are writing most probably for an international audience and an average reader. Your audience would be readers from an educational background and most of them may have English as their second language.

It is important to use small sentences. You should try to focus on one thing in one sentence and make sure to avoid using riddles and clues. Use simple and easily readable words. Focus on using simple writing style and avoid a distracting look with too many different font sizes, font colors, or widgets. Busy and confusing posts can kill the reader’s interest.

Optimizing Your Blog and Content

If you are really interested in making sure (before sharing your posts) that everything is of top quality, then you are moving in the right direction. Your posts are not doing any good to anyone if they haven’t found the help they need. Have you ever thought to make your blog be easier to find? Much of this happens due to the people you mention and the people who mention you to their posts.

Basically, the blogging world is one big conversation, which you can become a greater part by engaging in discussions with other fellow bloggers. Don’t simply discuss how much you love the work of a certain writer but provide their site links in your content.

Choosing The Right Title

A title is a gateway to the post. It has to be captivating enough to make the audience click and open the post. It is also important to address your readers’ main points in the title. Alternatively, you can also make a title that will make it attractive enough for the readers to read.

Use Listing Methods

It is incredible how our attention intervals are getting shorter and shorter. If your blog focusses on professionals and talks about guides or tips kind of posts that are useful for readers, you need to provide the information out before everyone else.

Long-winded essays or text can put off your readers. Use lists where you want to share more than a couple of things. Lists help readers to scan the content easily and quickly spot what they are looking for.

Do Not Use Pop-ups or Advertisements.

Pop-ups and advertising banners are the most important part of online marketing strategies, but their overuse will surely get you in trouble. Not only the readers will hate such pop-ups and ads but also search engines also dislike that.

Write The Right Headlines

Headlines play an important role in making or breaking of your content’s success. It’s not a surprise that the internet is full of tips that can help you out here. Before considering any online advice, it is important to remember that headlines are the promise that your content must deliver.

Respond To Comments

Responding to comments is necessary If you are really serious to engage blog readers. It can help you to know your readers better and can build a more meaningful connection with them. You will surely get some helpful feedback too. It is possible that you may not be able to respond to them at all but at least you should try to respond to as many as possible.

Include Images

It is really important to provide just like Infographic, relevant images, which will be additional information for your readers and will help them to understand what you are trying to explain. Adding an image will engage your audience and help you to communicate the wonders in a visual language, which will help you engage blog readers more often.

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Make Sure Your Article is Free from Plagiarism and Grammatical Mistakes

The last but not the least tip to engage blog readers to keep coming back to your post is to re-check your article is plagiarism free and do not have any grammatical mistakes. Readers do not tolerate copied content, which is surely a waste of time to them. And if your content is full of grammatical mistakes this will cause the quality of your work, which will end up losing the readers.

Plagiarism can be checked with the help of tools such as Duplichecker, plagiarism checker and etc.

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5 Signs That Show You Could Become a Writer

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Signs That Show You Could Become a Writer

If you are the kind of person who spends a great deal of time staring a wall in your room, thinking deep down what challenges life is throwing your way or anything that might not, in any way, matters to the world. If you have these germs in you, along with some others which will be later discussed in this article, you might end up as a writer in some part of your life. Shocked, what I just said? I personally had no self-confidence I could write, even a word, but now working professionally as a writer.

Signs That Show You Could Become a Writer

J.K. Rowling, the famous Harry Potter writer was turned down by 12 publishers just to end up at Bloomsburry. Ever wondered why she was picked there? The story was handed over to the chairperson’s eight years old daughter to go through it and she demanded more and more.

Just once in life have you thought that maybe you belong to the same group? For your ease and realization, let me tell you 5 signs that show you could become a writer.

You are a thinker

As I have said before if you have any symptoms of being a writer, the first one begins with thinking and thinking a lot. A writer just loves to spend a lot of time with own self. They ponder on topics from the first man who touched the moon to how can some people be so insensitive!

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You are an adventurer

Whether it is a movie about a young boy or a romantic comedy of two, who fell in love at first sight; from saving money to help a poor to spending thousands on travel and shopping, you are the true adventurer.

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You love to note down everything

Trust me, every writer cannot rely on an electronic device solely. They always note down important and even less important things in journals, diaries, sticky notes or anything that is secure. They mostly forget things quite easily and that’s the time when these posts help a lot.

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You have a wide imagination

I, personally, talk a lot and when I don’t, I silently read the person or when bored, make my own stories about that person. Not only me, I can bet every writer does the same when idle. A writer is incomplete without imagination if he can’t make stories of his own. If you are a pro in this aspect, you are going to enter the writing world soon, my friend!eb7e2d266101384f1c8d15946c5b3edb

You mine for words

Sorry, what was that word that you just said? If you hear a person say that loud in a party, get-together, functions, or possibly anywhere, he is a writer by heart. A writer has this very special instinct to hear a unique, new word from any corner of the room. Even if they don’t hear it from someone, they always look for synonyms or spend hours in looking for the most suitable word in a thesaurus.

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There is a possibility that you did realize you have that talent but never had the courage to show it. Why not now? If you think you can change the world with your pen, don’t fear anymore and write your first draft.

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5 Apps That Every Writer Must Use To Increase Productivity

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As a writer myself, I know there are times when you go completely blank, having no clue at all what to write. These times are certainly the hardest for any writer. However, there are always some ways to come out of the dark. Sometimes, a very tiny ray of light out of the tunnel is enough to get back on track. When I am in a good mood, I write flawless and in misery, I take help from these must use writing apps, websites and tools that every writer must use.

Must Use Writing Apps To Try

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Grammarlygrammarly plugin

Grammarly is a service which, as the name depicts, lets you get hands on your mistakes while typing. The service can be used directly on their website or you can download a plugin/extension in your browser which I prefer personally. This way, wherever you write using a browser, Grammarly will catch your errors and will underline them with red or green. An add-on is also available for Microsoft Word.

Thesaurusthesaurus

Whenever I get stuck at a word and my mind keeps shouting, ‘Go Girl! You can do better with that word’, I always open this website. I tell you, this site has magic in it. You write a very common word and the results will be shown comprising of numerous elite words with same meaning. Nothing can beat Thesaurus in the area of synonyms. You can also find some great articles and other information on the website when you get bored.

Writer Appwriter

A writer is never free. Maybe your boss is cruel enough to bother you at a party or a wedding, you can’t deny him! This app will save all the embarrassment that you might be handling if you start writing in a notepad or carry a laptop with you everywhere you go. Just launch the app and start writing. The app lets you choose different editing options, check for the statistics and keep writing in the simplest way possible.

Merrium Webster Dictionary

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Merrium Webster is undoubtedly a life saver for me. Does it happen to you that you start writing and a word just clicks your mind which you had heard somewhere? Since I have become a writer, I always listen more carefully to people to know more new words. But the bad thing happens when the word sounds good and you don’t know the meaning to keep it in the personal vocabulary treasure. I use Merrium Webster’s app right away. Once you know the meaning, you can remember it better than ever. You can also get access to its website which contains millions of words.

JotterPadjotterpad

JotterPad is claimed to be the next generation text editor which has some marvelous features you may not find anywhere else. For creative writers, this is heaven on earth. Whether you are writing a novel with loads of characters or simply a poem which tells your story; this app makes you focus more on writing than any other shenanigans. The best part of this app is its voice to text conversion ability. You don’t need to hurt your fingers anymore and pen down the most innovative ideas. Also, JotterPad features the luxury of typography, night mode, in-built dictionary, saving to cloud, sharing of document and much more. All in all, one app contains everything that a writer needs and looks for in one place.

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