Best blogging tools for *new* bloggers

Hey, fellow bloggers out there, what are the free blog tools that you would recommend for recruiters that want to start a blog?

What are the best aggregator tools for people that want to read blogs?

Us recruiters, we tend to be non-technical folks (most of us aren't hands on), so top priority is decent functionality with a good (read: simple) user interface. If we want to see more recruiters blogging (and get more info on finding jobs in top companies) we need to make it easy for them!  


Comments (29)

  1. gretchen says:

    Another Google tool … but is great. I created a recruiting blog on there back in September (but didn’t keep it up), and it was very, very easy to set-up and manage. Great UI.

  2. Hi Heather,

    If you are looking for a free tool you can use w.Bloggar ( This tool does not support multiple categories so this is not really helpful to me.

    I use a tool called BlogJet ( You can purchase this for a small fee of $19.95 (US) and its absolutely great and very simple to use.

    Happy blogging.

  3. Blogger is the easiest tool to write with by far. I’ve set dozens of bloggers up on it (non techy ones). Bloglines is by far the easiest aggregator for people (non techy) to get.

    Just say "what are some of the things you’re interested in", find some newspapers and blogs on the subject, show them how to add them to Bloglines… And done 🙂

  4. Kevin Briody says:

    TypePad ( or is probably the easiest blogging site I’ve tried. Not a single line of code to learn, all done by simple menus.

  5. Mike Weller says:

    For others (more technical) following this, if you want to set something up on your own webspace, MoveableType (cgi based, goto is very good, and I’m probably safe in saying it’s the best one around.

  6. Squarespace ( is amazing. I’m a recent graduate from the Univeristy of Maryland, and I know the guy who started it. Very impressive site.

  7. USe NewsGator as your aggregator–it plugs right into Outlook, and saves each post as a notes file. There’s also a plugin you can use to post. Nice thing about having the posts as notes is that you can easily delete the ones you don’t want, and hang on to the ones you want. With Lookout, they’re easy to search. Quite a nice system!

  8. Nicole says:

    As you all concentrate on the blogging software – as long as it has a feed, I don’t mind what software it is written in.

    As for the aggregator: I think is a very easy tool to use and good for a start. It is webbased and has the advantage of working everywhere for you, including clipping. (They do have a blogfeature but I never tested that)

    This might be easier than a tool like one for your outlook like scooble uses it plus an experienced person can set up the whole account and then hand it over to the person who should use it. That is what I will do with three of my friends in the near future :o).

    It does have a bookmarklet which you can use to "subscribe to a blog in bloglines". As long as the bloggers do their job with autodiscovery, subscribing is one click.

    You can also make your subscriptions public so others can use it too.

    If you want a standalone tool, you might want to try the free feedreader from



  9. Adam says:

    I use an aggregator called Pluck that snaps into IE. Its very easy to use.

  10. stan says:

    best aggregator tools:

    Like Nicole, I’d recommend bloglines as well. Great interface. Easy to use and it works extremely well.. (Though it’s web based, there’s also a small notifier program that one can download)

    Making subscriptions public is also useful to share with others. Here’s how mine looks (one could also publish clippings or blog entries to the main panel)

    I also like mobilerss from which I use to download feeds to my pda,

  11. Dylan Lewis says:

    Hi Heather,

    After looking high and low for a tool that would allow me to read blogs at work and home, post to a blog, see what is going on in the blogosphere with active searches tracked, and set up email drop boxes. Bloglines was the only one that I saw that could do this and be used from multiple computers.

    The nicest thing about it is that you can subscribe to a blog, then you can see who else is subscribing to a blog and then what blogs they subscribe to.

    It is almost like Napster was way back when… You get to see what people who like the same blogs you do are reading. This is kind of antisocial because there are no chat capabilities, but it is a good way to find new blogs.

    Check mine out if you get a chance, I am currently reading some 130+ bloggers work:


  12. I use and it’s very easy to use. I tried some others and Blogger seems to be the best free service and easiest to use.

  13. Nicole says:

    Oh yes,

    the subscribers feature is the reason why every blogger has to have a bloglines account!

    First to check if always their feedfile(s) are okay plus to see how many you have.

    Heather has 63 subscribers, 18 of them public. See here:

    :o) (I just was to lazy till now to seperate public from nonpublic for going public with my list)

  14. Another aggregator which i find quite usefull and is free to use is the intraViews, i have found it quite good and plugs right into Outlook like newsGator. The whole setup and usage is quite simple and hassle free.

  15. I am using RSSBandit for aggregation since it uses less memory than most agregators. I also like w.bloggar to create my post. It has great formatting and a spell checker that I needed.

  16. Suyog says:

    If you are looking for a good aggregator, use NewzCrawler.Has Outlook type interface and good functinality. easy to use and organize feeds. I was using the trial version and was pretty impressed with it 🙂

  17. Nik Palmer says:

    Fourth Endorsement for BLOGLINES.

    You’ve got 63 subscribers on there BTW, including stan, dylan, nicole and myself apparently.

    I can’t speak highly enough about their service.

    Easy, well organized, highly effective, web accessible from ANYWHERE, and…. IT’S FREE!

  18. Daniel S says:

    Blogger and Bloglines. Nuff said.

  19. Heather says:

    I use blogdrive and bloglines.

  20. Bill Wagner says:


    I think new bloggers (or even experienced bloggers) should look at MySmartChannels (

    On the one hand, this is a bit of a shameless plug, but I do believe we have created a very useful tool for new bloggers: Office2Channel.

    Office2Channel is a Word 2003 plugin that enables users to compose blog entries in word, and post them using the office2channel toolbar.

    For those interested, you can learn more at these three pages:


    MyST/Office integration:

    MyST/SRT Solutions Collaboration:

    or, contact me directly:

  21. Heidi says:

    Another vote for Bloglines, based on the highly sophisticated metric "You have 10 minutes or less for me to understand you or I’m outta here."

    So far I’ve used their Feeds feature a lot more than the rest of it, although I like that "My Feeds", "My Blog", and "Clippings" are simple tabs right next to each other.

  22. A blog site that requires almost no system administration is ModBlog ( It also has a lot of comunity features that might or might not be desirable.

  23. Rémy says:

    I presonnally use SharpReader for my RSS feeds. Simple and easy to use. The only problem I see is that there is no address bar in the browser.

  24. April says:

    I would suggest the following article. It explains the pros and cons of each blogging tool.

    Happy Blogging.

  25. HeatherLeigh says:

    Thanks for the link, April!

  26. Tom says:

    I think Google’s Blogger is the easiest tool to use, and it even has a tool that integrates into Word. However I did find I could not get it to work with Word 2007, in which case windows Live writer is excellent for me as I like to write on the road with my laptop and allows me to publish at a later date keeping the date I wrote it

  27. Jeff says:

    I was using with w.bloggar, but suddenly it quit working once Google bought Do you know how to get it (w.blogger) working again?

  28. HeatherLeigh says:

    Nope, you’d have to ask google about that : )

  29. Dale says:

    I’ve heard lots about wordpress but its pretty complicated…blogger is a bit limited. is what i use and what I recommend to pretty any newbie…video tutorials at every turn, with built in SEO as well features.  

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