Blogging is more fun when it is quick, painless and still creates satisfying results. I use quite a few browser and WordPress tools and tricks to make life simpler. Some of these are built into WordPress (and might be lesser known) while others I have developed out of necessity or as a learning challenge.
I often wonder if there are new ways to use old tools or new methods to make an old task simpler or more bearable. I have a feeling that most WordPress bloggers have a few of these up their sleeve. But since these have become habits, they rarely get shared with others. I know that I would not sing the praises of “Press It” after using it constantly for four years, but maybe I should.
So if you are using WordPress, look for the little “Press It” Bookmarklet at the bottom of the “Write Post” page. Drag it to your bookmarks toolbar (or links toolbar in IE) and give it a smallish name. Now when you are browsing a page which you would like to cite in a post, you can click this link and get a small popup with a link to that page, waiting for you to add your thoughts and hit “Publish”. You can also highlight a portion of that page before clicking that link and the content that you highlighted will be copied into the body of the post. I have grown so accustomed to this little bookmarklet that I feel lost when I am at a computer where I do not have it. Consequently, I end up being lazy and losing my train of thought.
So what are your favorite WordPress shortcuts? What tool inside WordPress makes your blogging life simpler?