I’ve been using StumbleUpon for a while now. It is a tool that takes the concept of “surfing” to a whole new level. When you first join, approved you tell StumbleUpon (SU) areas that interest you. Then you click the Stumble button (I use a Firefox extension, drug so the stumble button is always visible on my tool bar). Based on the areas that interest you, look SU takes you to a site. Once there, you evaluate the site. If you like it, you give it a thumbs up. If you don’t, a thumbs down. Then you Stumble again. SU builds a profile based on sites you’ve marked that you’ve liked, so it gets better at finding new websites you should like.
Today I Stumbled across a blog entry that points to fifty tools which can help you in writing. The blog originally (2005) pointed to Poynter.org, where the articles were published. In 2006, the articles were removed from the Poynter website, and now the blog entry in question points to the Internet Archive at archive.org.
The list of tools is fascinating, and the tips in the tools are great. I’m hoping that the book “Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer” (by the same author) gives the same info, because I’d love to have a physical copy of the rules.
While at poynter.org, I subscribed to a writing tips podcast, as well as for a writing tips newsletter. I’ll haven’t heard the podcast yet, nor have I received a newsletter yet, so I’ll let you know how I like those after I’ve had a chance to evaluate them.
Anyway, I thought I’d share a great writing tools website that I found while stumbling, in the hopes you might find it interesting too.
Now I’m off to my next Stumble…