Well, I’m here to point you in the direction of awesomeness on the internet. I’m sitting in a hotel room just outside of Pikeville, KY and my day has been filled with flashbacks from the 1950’s and 1980’s all mixed up like a sixth grade dance during a K-Ci and JoJo track.
OH THE COAL TRAINS. OH THE FLOPPY DISKS. OHHHH! THE JESUS STATUES!
CAMO! DIAL UP INTERNET! MOONSHINE IN WATER BOTTLES. A BABY DUCK NAMED MR. SH*T-A-LOT.
Yes, Jesus Statues & Moonshine, together, like a Disney fairytale.. and a baby duck named Mr. Sh*t-A-Lot.
So many open minds.
I figured a sixer of mixed brews from Food City would help blur out the surroundings, allowing me to throw together this post to update you heady little brews and babes on some new handy tools and resources I’ve been using on the regular-degular on the big bad interwebs. After all, we all want to discover cool tools that make our lives easier and allow us to achieve our dreams faster.. right?
Today, I told a few mountain people of my plans to venture to Thailand. Their responses?
Apparently I’m legally insane, off my rocker, ‘racist’ against Americans, un-American, Taliban and/or CIA, and I need a hair cut because it’s starting to make me crazy and gay.
Obviously there is a huge burden to bare if you visit Thailand. Sadly, I could have said Canada or Norway and received the exact same response. Once again, so many open minds.
Yep. Eastern KY, oh how we don’t get along.
So here I am, shacked up in my $80.00/night hotel room where I was told “the water will be off until 9 p.m. or so” after I made the transaction at the front desk.
I looked at the lady and said “What? Ok.”
She smiled HUGE and said “You are so easy! We will call your room when it’s back on!!”
Turns out, the wifi doesn’t work either. I’m currently connecting via my Verizon hotspot because I prepare like a boss.
Anyway, I have a section on the site called Goodies where I post incredibly savvy apps, tools, websites, products and others resources that I fully support. I’m adding quite a few new kicks to the list, so this is me giving you a heads up and a high five.
I hope it’s okay that I’m not wearing pants.
ONWARD! These are in no particular order. All children are equal in my eyes.
Tools that will surely make you FIST PUMP
IFTTT – PUT THE INTERNET TO WORK FOR YOU
So it stands for ‘If this, then that.’
Seriously, an app like this is undoubtedly the future and extremely powerful in SO many ways. Basically, you can set it to perform a certain function or task when something else is triggered. For example, if you share a picture on instagram with the hashtag #mrshitalot , you can set IFTTT to post that picture to your twitter ONLY when the hashtag #mrshitalot is used. So IF (you post a picture to instagram with the hashtag #mrshitalot) THEN (post the picture to twitter).
It’s not only useable for social media though, the power goes much much much further. For instance, If I take a picture of something I need to buy on amazon and I add it to a certain folder on dropbox, IFTTT will send the picture and an email to my virtual assistant notifying her to order the product for me and have it shipped to my house through amazon prime. So basically, I take a picture of something I need, and the product shows up at my house two days later.
I also set up a recipe to have my VA post to craigslist for me every time I record a voice description of anything I want to post or sell and add the audio file to dropbox. I basically voice record a description about something in my house and within a few minutes it is automatically posted to craigslist for me. Yep.
Check it out. You can follow everyone else’s recipes and add them for yourself.
NAMECHK.COM – CHECK USERNAME AVAILABILITY
Namechk was designed by David Gosse and Andy Edinborough to instantly show you if your desired or branded username was available at the majority of the top social networking websites. By typing your username into the “chk” search box, it will query all the social sites listed on the page and display whether the username is taken or available.
Who knew Mrshitalot is such a popular name?
TEXT EXPANDER – SAVE MASSIVE TIME TYPING
TextExpander saves your fingers and your keyboard, expanding custom keyboard shortcuts into frequently-used text and pictures. SO, if you have email templates, links, quotes or even hashtags that you use frequently, you can set them in text expander and only type shortcuts such as ‘;quote’ and it will automatically type out the quote for you. A little hint.. it seems to allow you to use demo mode FOREVER. I’ve been running it for about 7 months now and it still works. It also tracks how many hours of typing it has saved you, and I think I’m up to like 7 or 8 hours. Pretty awesome.
I use it quite a bit for repetitive emails, addresses, signatures, links, and hashtags.
CANVA – CREATE ASTONISHING GRAPHICS, EASY
I really can’t believe this tool is free. Even if you have zero skill to create graphic images, Canva allows you to create designs for web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more with a super easy to use drag and drop platform.
I use Canva for all my quote images for the podcast, as well as podcast covers, blow images and all social media images.
COGGLE.IT – BRAINSTORM YOUR HEART OUT
Are you a brain-map kinda person? Well, this is even more effective than the pen and paper method. Don’t get me wrong, I still scribble out brain maps on paper, but Coggle takes it to the next level. It’s in the cloud, color coded and blazing fast to use, and I highly recommend screwing around a little it. You never know what kind of genius might come of it.
SCREENFLOW – CREATE VIDEO TUTORIALS & COURSES
Has a price, but there is nothing better when it comes to recording your screen for tutorials or courses. So clean. So fast. So sexy.
FIVERR – PURCHASE 1000’S OF SERVICES FOR $5
If you haven’t already heard of or taken advantage of Fiverr, you are missing out. It’s a huge service marketplace of people willing to do thousands of different tasks for $5.00 each. I use it for copy editing, transcriptions, graphics and more! I actually used it to have my last ebook “50+ Secrets & Tips From The World’s Top Creative Entrepreneurs” designed which came out AWESOME.
SANEBOX – NO MORE CRYING BECAUSE OF EMAIL
This is a sweet Gmail client, and just as it sounds, it makes your inbox sane.sane. If your email has a tendency to go apeshit like mine, this handy little tool is totally worth the $24/year that it costs. They also give you a pretty lengthy free trial…and if you hold out form buying, they give you another. 🙂
It basically will auto filter all of your not-so-important emails into a separate label, allowing you to feel sane again. For me, it made it so much easier to filter through what I really needed to read and what I needed to ignore for a few days longer. Priorities FO SHO.
JUST UNFOLLOW – COPY FOLLOWERS BY KEYWORD
Conventionally, this is a sort of grey-hat tool that allows you to remove people you are following on Twitter who aren’t following you back, but I’ve discovered something else truly awesome about the tool.
It’s an incredible way to meet and network with people via Twitter.
Just Unfollow allows you to copy followers of people who have similar audiences as you, and it also allows keyword following. So, if I want to find people tweeting about creativity and follow them, it’s super easy. It also has an automation tool that allows you to send them messages when they follow you. I am sort of on the fence about the auto-messages, but I will say it has led to many great friendships and connections through twitter that I would have otherwise never found.
Don’t be annoying and abuse it, but definitely give it a try. It could lead to fist pumping, best friends or even spouses. I’m laughing inside.
CLOUDFLARE – SPEED UP YOUR ONLINE DIGS
Cloudflare is a server-side cache tool or CDN that will accelerate your website. Using the wordpress plugins will sometimes contribute to your site being slightly sluggish, so I’m more a fan of the server cache. There are so many hosts that have partnerships with Cloud Flare, including Hostgator.
It’s pretty simple to set up and definitely worth the time.
LATERGRAMME – BE THE BOSS OF INSTAGRAM
A sweet and free tool to schedule and manage your instagram posts. You can upload all your images and drag them to your calendar for when you want them to release.
SNIP.LY – ATTACH MESSAGES TO SHARED LINKS
I just found this a few weeks ago, and it’s a great way to drive traffic to your site or social media accounts. Everytime you share a link, you can attach a message and call-to-action button on the share. Groovy.
MOMONDO – BECOME A WORLD CHAMPION
My favorite site to search and book flights. You can arrange by price with bar graphs on each day, and also search via calendar layout. This site is one of the rare tools that will actually pull some budget airlines into the picture. I just found a roundtrip from Chicago to Thailand for $1k.
VIRAL TAG – SCHEDULE SOCIAL MEDIA IMAGES
This is sorta pricy, but it’s definitely worth losing the pants. Save time & drive traffic by publishing your visual content to multiple social networks with a single click.
I use this to auto past images to pinterest boards, and I’ve stacked over 100,000 image impressions/month from it. Spring break! Show me your tits.
FINDASPRING.COM – REFRESH YOUR WATER SUPPLY
The typical city tap water has over 200 different pharmaceutical chemicals in it. Yuck.
So, watch this:
Then, go to the website link above and find the nearest spring near you, or visit your nearest whole foods store with an RO system.
If you want to check out one of my favorite podcasts, and an incredible episode all about water, visit episode 73 on Shawn Stevenson’s site.
JEENA CHO MEDITATIONS – TAKE CARE OF YOUR MIND
I’m sure you all remember Jeena from episode 48 of the podcast. Well, she’s a champion, and I’m absolutely in love with her guided meditations. If you haven’t tried meditation, I understand. I was there once too, and you can read about that here.
Long story short, I listen to her meditations every morning, and I highly recommend. There is nothing better than paying attention to yourself. You will be surprised how much it reduces stress and anxiety. Do it yo.
You can a discount of $20 off by using the code JEENA20 because SHE LOVES YOU. I love you too. You love you. Giggity Giggity.
That’s it for now, you stinky little boys and girls.
You can always reference these tools and more on the Goodies section of the website.
If you know of a baby duck named Ms. Piss-A-Lot, we need to be in touch asap.
Do you have any favorite tools that aren’t listed here? Do you know of any that will make others fist pump? I’d love to hear about them in the comments! 🙂
Until next time, keep it funky. I’m putting my pants back on now.