Because clearly you guys don't know enough about my life already, today I'm sharing what my Internet bookmarks are! Hey, it could be useful. Maybe you'll find some sites you like too!
My Bookmarks Bar
So, the nifty little thing that's right over the window you're on but below the place where you put the web address? Yeah, that's where you put the bookmarks you use a lot. I have seven bookmarks there. Normally I'd have a few more, but Windows 8 has apps for things like Facebook and Twitter, so I don't need them on Chrome. So the first thing on my bookmarks bar is the BYU-I homepage, cuz yeah, it's nice to have access to your schoolwork and stuff. Then there's Weebly, which I create this site on, and Goodreads and Pinterest, and then the online database for my local library, because duh. Me likey. Then YouTube and I Waste So Much Time for entertainment's sake. So those are the bookmarks I use the most, but there are more in the "Other Bookmarks" folder.
This is the first subfolder I have in my bookmarks, seeing as I am a writer (whoa, crazy). The first sub-subfolder there is "Tools." In here I have BabyNames.com and Behind the Name. I've got Quote It, in case I want to put a quote in my novel. I recently also added Writing With Color and Diversity Cross Check, two Tumblrs that help writers who want to create more diverse characters but aren't sure about cultural differences. Tres helpful! <3 Then I've got a few story analyzers: The Mary Sue Test, I Write Like, Young Adult Writers Story Analyzer, and the Hemingway App. These are good for editing. I also use Tagxedo, which is the last bookmark in the sub-subfolder, to see what words I use the most. Word cloud stuff. I wrote a post on that a long time ago.
After the Tools sub-subfolder is the "Community" sub-subfolder, because community is vital in the writing world. Here I have a link to NaNoWriMo, Camp NaNoWriMo, and to WriteOnCon, basically the writing community things that I do which are run by other people. And that's it for this subfolder, so on to the next one.
I've only got a few in here, but they're big ones: first, QueryTracker, a database you can use to keep track of who you're querying, and then Preditors & Editors, so I can look up agents to be sure they're legit before I send out. I recommend that. The last one is MSWL (Manuscript Wishlist), where agents can put up some of the book concepts they'd like to read. It's good for general reference when you're sending out.
My third subfolder is dedicated to this stuff! First I have a link to my own website and then one to my best friend's, which I'm managing while she's on her LDS mission. I have three sub-subfolders in here as well. The first is "Ch1Con" and it has the Ch1Con website and the Teens Can Write Too! website in it. The second is "Tools." In here Google Analytics, Mailchimp, and Rafflecopter, all of which are pretty common and useful blogging things. I also have Ubersuggest, which I use sometimes when I need a better idea of what to write. It basically takes a term and runs it through Google a whole bunch to see what people are searching the most related to that topic. Finally I have Create Quote, which turns any quote into a simple image. The last is "Blogs I Follow", and I won't give you a full list there because there's a ton. Also, I did a blog post with that a while back already. Basically, I follow a lot of agent/author/book blogs to keep up with the world of writing.
Obviously, the Internet is not just for work but for fun! So I have a Fun Stuff subfolder with a few sub-subfolders inside. The first is "Entertainment." In here I've got the BBC iPlayer and a link to a few network websites where I can watch recent episodes of shows I like. The next is "Blogs", which has blogs dedicate to humor rather than writing stuff. Most of these are Tumblrs, and I share a few favorites in this post. Cracked, Pleated Jeans, and Buzzfeed are also in this sub-subfolder. After that comes "Games," where I have links to Pottermore and Cleverbot. The final one is "Other", which has ModCloth, StumbleUpon, Party Cloud (a music mixer), Formal Notices, Poetweet, a couple of Tumblrs that do fashion posts based off of books, and the Imagine Film List. If I'm bored I'll drop in on these sites.
This is my final subfolder, for useful stuff that's not really related to writing. The first sub-subfolder is "Church", where I have a link to LDS.org and a couple of blood donation sites (since religion and charitable work are somewhat connected.) Then there's "Entertainment", where I have Common Sense Media, MetroLyrics, and a YouTube Converter to check up on entertainment I have questions about. The third sub-subfolder is "Other." In there I have Prezi (which it turns out I like more than PowerPoint), NM Fire Info, Flowers to Mail, and DearElder.com (which I use to more easily send mail to my friends who are on LDS missions.) I also have EasyBib and ThriftBooks on there for school stuff. The final sub-subfolder is for my Job Search, which I'll keep private. <3
So there you have it! Hopefully you found some websites you might like to use. Any recommendations for me? Next time we'll be having a Wordy Wednesday post, so if you haven't yet voted for what I should do, please do so at the bottom of this post! *Poll ended*
Images via iwastesomuchtime.com, manuscriptwishlist.com, and redcross.org.
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