Here are some great gift suggestions for the content producer on your holiday shopping list.
Content producers are constantly worried about for many words they’re putting out. When articles have minimums, they will neurotically count and recount the words to see how close they are to passing that mark. Most of the major word processing programs have a way to count words, but it’s process, going through a menu every time they want a new count. A real-time word counter, which sits in the corner of the screen updating with every keystroke would be a welcome addition to any content producer’s office tools.
Are there people that still don’t have a spell checker? Apparently so. Some of the nicer ones even have a grammar checker too, so that words that are properly spelled, but are not the correct word for that context are highlighted for the author’s attention. This type of software helps prevent “their vs there” type errors, as well as encouraging the writer to reduce outright misspellings. Any content producer on your gift list would be happy to have this valuable tool to make his or her writing more impressive.
Is your favorite content producer spending long hours in front of the keyboard? The endless hours of research and editing that a content producer faces can distract them from preparing and eating proper meals. A thermal mug is a versatile companion to any writer’s desk. Whether they’re keeping that nearly-forgotten cup of coffee warm, or heating up a mug of soup or stew, the CP with a thermal mug will always have a warm cup of something right at hand.
So many times inspiration hits when there’s no computer handy to make notes on. By the time paper and pen are rounded up, the idea has faded! The Memo Minder is a hand-held recording device that fits in a pocket, so that it can go anywhere. Whenever a content provider has an idea, simply speak it into the Memo Minder and have a recording that they can play back at a more convenient time. No more losing those great ideas!
A Plug on your Blog or other Website
Most of all, content producers need traffic to read their content. Writing is only half the job. The rest is about promoting their work. Help increase their page views by putting a link on your blog (or any other type of website) to point more people to your favorite content producer’s content pages.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Content producers are contently on the lookout for quality photos to illustrate and compliment their work. A subscription to an online clip art service, or a collection of clips on CD would be a very much appreciated gift for any content producer.
High Speed Internet
Between submitting content and photos, doing research, and promoting, content producers spend a lot of time online. Help make that time more effective by getting the content provider on your holiday shopping list a subscription to a higher speed connection. A DSL connection will help speed up the routine tasks of transferring information, freeing up the content producer to do more actual writing.
Sometimes even the veteran content producers have a “blank” day. Coming up with fresh original content every day can be very challenging. Consider getting a ‘plot book’ or other brain-jogger type inspiring book as a thoughtful gift to help get the creativity flowing again.
Online Reference Tools
Content producers do a great deal of research, in order to develop their ideas. Some of the best resources are by paid subscription only. Services like JSTOR are a great resource that you can get a content producer a membership to access journals and other articles for any number of months.
Dictionary and/or Thesaurus
Sometimes a content producer is searching for just the right word. Other times he or she is searching for any word other than the one they’ve already over used. An electronic dictionary or thesaurus program can get them over that mental roadblock, and would be a very helpful gift this holiday season.
Every AC Content Producer seems to crave data about what amount of page views their articles are getting. Get them a subscription to an online stat counting system, and stop all the wondering! Some versions even display the referring site or page, so that a traffic pattern can be seen. This invaluable tool will delight the content producer on your gift list this holiday season.