Keeping It Simple   2 comments

What Are Your Favorite Blog Plugins?
Write out all the awesome plugins that you are using on your blog. Make a big list of how you use them and why others should also be using them.

WordPress:



Custom Blog:


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To be perfectly honest, I don’t use a lot of plugins. I’m still using a “free” Word Press blog, which means that I can’t use a lot of the plugins available, but I’m not sure I would even if I could. I am definitely a subscriber to the “Keep it simple, Stupid” school of most things.

Image result for image of a wordpress appWhich is why I have only four plugins I would recommend for every author.

Word Press allows you to link your social media accounts, so that when you post on your blog, it also posts to Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. This definitely falls under the KISS concept because I don’t have to mess with my other social media accounts. Right now, I’m in rewrite mode for “A Threatening Fragility” and so Twitter is being updated while I’ve taken a hiatus from maintaining it. While I know I’ll drop some in stats because I’m busy elsewhere, I can afford to do that because my blog is still feeding into Twitter.

It also allows you to post to Goodreads. Because my blog is not always book-related, I don’t have that plugin for Goodreads set up on my main blog, but reblog book-related articles on Daermad Cycle’s page, which is linked to Goodreads. It’s an extra step that allows me to use the linking feature for Goodreads without annoying readers with political philosophy, economics and Christian themes.

The second recommendation that I have is Grammarly. You can associate this grammar checker with your blog quite easily and it saves all the mess of cutting and pasting from Word to check your blog articles. Again, KISS dictated its use for me. Once I set it up, it works there in the background and I don’t need to think about it much.

Buy links are available for Amazon for Word Press and Facebook. I highly recommend these point-and-click bait buttons. Make it easier for your potential readers to buy your books … give them a one-step portal to your Amazon author page.

Newletter signup. Word Press in association with Mailchimp allows visitors on my blog to sign up for my newsletter … which I only publish every few months. It’s a simple process to sign up and insert the commands and “they” claim that authors need to build a mailing list.

So, that’s it. I’m sure there are dozens, maybe hundreds of plugins one could use and there may be a day when I get around to using a few of them, but these four are the most basic, the simplest and the ones I think give me the most benefit.

There comes a time when authors need to stop playing on their blogs and return to writing their books. I’m there … I really am … but if you have any recommendations for me … you know … comment.

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  1. Thanks Lela. Nothing wrong with not adding a ton of things to your site.

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