Over at Duct Tape Marketing there is a great post about tools that can be essential to your blogging routine.
Things like a feedreaders, e-mail subscription options, ping services, bookmark managers, blog stats tools, and desktop posting applications.
While he does not cover every option around these different topics, he does highlight some of the more common ones, which most likely he uses in his daily routine.
So, you finally decided to take the blog leap. You’ve heard all about the marketing and search benefits so you stepped up to the plate and signed up for a TypePad, MovableType or WordPress blog software package and now you’re a blogger.
Okay, now what? Add the ten essential blogging tools listed below and you will also be well on your way to creating and promoting a blog that is a powerful marketing tool. I’ll explain the use of the tool and offer some suggestions, including the tools I use on my own blogs including the DuctTapeMarketing blog.
As for tracking blog statistics I would currently recommend Slimstat, a stats program you host yourself based on Shortstat, and unlike Mint, it is free.