Three writing tools I use to create books (and blog posts).

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I use three writing tools/apps to go from research all the way through to publication via EnergyBook

To set out my thoughts, collate my research, set out my book, I use Scrivener. I find it a great tool and with a one-off purchase price, it’s great value for money. Using a simple word-processor does not give you the flexibility to make drafts, move things around also easily take some sections to new books. I also write blog posts in Scrivener

To check my grammar, spelling and style, I use ProWritingAid. It integrates with Scrivener, making it the perfect tool for my book and blog pots writing. With a reasonable yearly subscription, it speeds up my work and gives me the confidence to publish. 

Third, I use Apps Pages to create the final draft ready for upload to Amazon and Lulu, where I self publish my books. I used to always use Microsoft Word  – but I find Pages leads complicated and packed with the features that I need. It does not integrate with ProWritingAid as the Windows version of Word odes  – but that is OK as I use Scrivener and can cut-and-paste sections in to the web version if I need to. 

So that’s my workflow  – I hope you may find it useful. 

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My Three Fav WordPress Plugins for Better Links

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I use three WordPress plugins to dramatically increase links and save time. I would not be without them.

1 – Pretty Links The Pretty Links is a great free plugin that helps you create bespoke ULS that you can use within your blog or for external links to your website.  For example, this link takes the user to my Etsy Shop via AWIN affiliate site. It’s easy to remember and I can use it as many times as I want.

Pretty Links says that it gives you “Shareable Affiliate Links for Email, Podcasts, YouTube & More” If you buy the paid version you get even more features including geolocation and better statistics.


2 – Internal Links Manager  – The Internal Links Manager helps you automatically add links (and easily change links) on every page of your WordPress website. By linking a word to a URL then everywhere that shows there will be a link. All three plugin names on this post are linked to the plugin’s website through Internal Links. As you may have guessed the plugin works for internal and external links. So it also works well liking one post to another or to link a pots to your shop and products.


3 – RDP Wiki – this wonderful plugin help users easily add Wiki content to a blog post. Not just Wikipedia you can add links from other Wiki sites too. This is much quicker than linking to pages or using an iFrame to add links. Below I have used the RDP Wiki to add some Wikipedia content on the subject of Plug-in (computing).  You can also see how I have used it on a page on my website What Classic Car.

I hope that you also enjoy using these three great WordPress Plugins.


Mozilla Firefox displaying a list of installed plug-ins

In computing, a plug-in (or plugin, add-in, addin, add-on, or addon) is a software component that adds a specific feature to an existing computer program. When a program supports plug-ins, it enables customization.[1]

A theme or skin is a preset package containing additional or changed graphical appearance details, achieved by the use of a graphical user interface (GUI) that can be applied to specific software and websites to suit the purpose, topic, or tastes of different users to customize the look and feel of a piece of computer software or an operating system front-end GUI (and window managers).

Purpose and examples

Applications support plug-ins for many reasons. Some of the main reasons include:

Types of applications and why they use plug-ins:


Example Plug-In Framework

The host application provides services which the plug-in can use, including a way for plug-ins to register themselves with the host application and a protocol for the exchange of data with plug-ins. Plug-ins depend on the services provided by the host application and do not usually work by themselves. Conversely, the host application operates independently of the plug-ins, making it possible for end-users to add and update plug-ins dynamically without needing to make changes to the host application.[11][12]

Programmers typically implement plug-in functionality using shared libraries, which get dynamically loaded at run time, installed in a place prescribed by the host application. HyperCard supported a similar facility, but more commonly included the plug-in code in the HyperCard documents (called stacks) themselves. Thus the HyperCard stack became a self-contained application in its own right, distributable as a single entity that end-users could run without the need for additional installation-steps. Programs may also implement plugins by loading a directory of simple script files written in a scripting language like Python or Lua.

Mozilla definition

In Mozilla Foundation definitions, the words "add-on", "extension" and "plug-in" are not synonyms. "Add-on" can refer to anything that extends the functions of a Mozilla application. Extensions comprise a subtype, albeit the most common and the most powerful one. Mozilla applications come with integrated add-on managers that, similar to package managers, install, update and manage extensions. The term, "plug-in", however, strictly refers to NPAPI-based web content renderers. Mozilla deprecated plug-ins for its products.[13] But UXP-based applications, like web browsers Pale Moon and Basilisk, keep supporting (NPAPI) plugins.[14][15][16]


Plug-ins appeared as early as the mid 1970s, when the EDT text editor running on the Unisys VS/9 operating system using the UNIVAC Series 90 mainframe computers provided the ability to run a program from the editor and to allow such a program to access the editor buffer, thus allowing an external program to access an edit session in memory.[17] The plug-in program could make calls to the editor to have it perform text-editing services upon the buffer that the editor shared with the plug-in. The Waterloo Fortran compiler used this feature to allow interactive compilation of Fortran programs edited by EDT.

Very early PC software applications to incorporate plug-in functionality included HyperCard and QuarkXPress on the Macintosh, both released in 1987. In 1988, Silicon Beach Software included plug-in functionality in Digital Darkroom and SuperPaint, and Ed Bomke coined the term plug-in.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ Sterne, Jonathan. "Plug-in | software". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  2. ^ "PCSX2 - The Playstation 2 emulator - Plugins". Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  3. ^ Bernert, Pete. "Pete's PSX GPU plugins". Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  4. ^ Team, Demul. "DEMUL - Sega Dreamcast Emulator for Windows". Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  5. ^ "Android Emulator Plugin - Jenkins - Jenkins Wiki". Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  6. ^ "KDE/dolphin-plugins". GitHub. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  7. ^ "OpenEmu/SNES9x-Core". GitHub. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  8. ^ "Recommended N64 Plugins". Emulation General Wiki. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  9. ^ "Playstation plugins & utilities!". Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  10. ^ "PS3 Homebrew Apps / Plugins / Emulators | PSX-Place". Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  11. ^ Mozilla Firefox plugins – Description of the difference between Mozilla Firefox plugins and extensions under the general term add-on.
  12. ^ Wordpress Plug-in API – Description of the Wordpress Plug-in architecture.
  13. ^ Paul, Ian. "Firefox will stop supporting plugins by end of 2016, following Chrome's lead". PCWorld. IDG. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  14. ^ "Pale Moon: Technical Details - Features". Pale Moon. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  15. ^ "Basilisk: Features". Basilisk. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  16. ^ "Re: Remember: Plugins are outdated". Pale Moon Forums. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  17. ^ EDT Text Editor Reference Manual, Cinnaminson, New Jersey: Unisys Corporation, 1975

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Three Simple Ways to Monetise (earn from ) your Blog

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Lost of people write blogs but not all are able to them earn from them. It maybe that you want to just receive enough income to pay for your web hosting or maybe you want to earn enough to live on – which ever you want to do here are three simple steps.

1 Add Google Adsense to your blog. It’s simple and if you are using WordPress (like this website) there are lots of great plugins to help. You may only earn a few pennies per click but over time the money will start to appear for websites with traffic. There are two downsides – first adverts can encourage visitors to leave your site and second Google Adsense does not payout until you have built up quite a stash (£60 for the UK).

2 Add some affiliate links. I have two main streams of affiliate link income – Amazon and Awin. Awin has a very broad range of partners and great link builder and reporting tools.

3. Link to any products and services you sell on other sites. So if you have an Etsy Shop, sell photos on Shutterstock or just a few products on eBay – link to them. You may also find that there is also an affiliate scheme for your shop too. – you can use Awin for Etsy and eBay has a partner program.

Last, you must also create great content – the more you add the more visitors you get and the more you eran.

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