Tech Content Creator Toolkit: The Cheat Sheet

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Some of you are probably at a stage where daily work isn’t enough, and interacting with the tech community is the fulfilling mission you’ve been waiting for. But to do so, you need to level up your game. Whether your goal is to be a blogger, speaker, podcaster, or social media maverick, you need the right tools to make your creator’s life easy and your content pop! This cheat sheet, curated while I was looking for better ways of content creation, won’t fix all your problems, but it’ll set you up for a solid creative start.

The tips are arranged based on the persona they target targeting (blogger, speaker, podcaster, social media creator).

Table of contents


I. Blogger


A. The Platform

That’s the first stop.



Almost everybody knows about this 20-year-old web/blogging platform and below options are available:

  • Self-hosted: Download and install it yourself in an environment shipped with PHP and Mysql DB

  • Has a paid and free version that you can directly start with

    • You can start a free website or blog today with everything you need to grow including:

      • Themes and patterns, SEO, site statistics, social media sharing, built-in newsletters and RSS, Brute-force protection, monetization, and Spam protection


2. Blogspot

Another OG, Blogspot aka Blogger is a free platform acquired by Google in 2003 that’s super simple 

  • It provides Full control of page format (font size etc) through its HTML editor

  • Integrated with Google Analytics to track user activity, engagement, and more (see tutorial)


3. The “new kids on the block”

Each decade brings its hype; just as Myspace was once cool, today’s tech creators prefer different gems to share stuff.

Here is a brief description of each one of them (for a deep dive comparison check this article)

3.1 DEV is the largest online community for software developers that offers a platform for sharing knowledge, with no paywalls or ads, but instead relies on revenue from sponsors, listings, and their shop. They provide a Markdown text editor and a public API for automating publishing workflows.

Typical use: Exchange knowledge and experience with the largest developer community.


3.2 Medium

Medium is a popular publishing platform that allows all kinds of writers to share and monetize their content with a large reader base. While it’s user-friendly for most, it may not be suitable for developers due to the lack of Markdown support, syntax highlighting, and API integration.

Tip: A friend covered the $5/month membership fee with just 3 posts submitted to a specific publication.

Typical use: To write about diverse topics and monetize your work, and faster audience outreach.


3.3 Hashnode

Hashnode is a free blogging platform and community for developers that allows you to publish articles on your domain with a custom blog page. It offers customization options, including a custom CSS feature, and supports Markdown for code embeds and syntax highlighting.

Typical use: to completely customize your blog page to represent your brand and link your domain.


3.4 Hackernoon

Hackernoon is a retro-looking platform covering topics like soft development, startups, AI, and crypto. They moved away from a Medium publication due to limitations in embedding tables and a lack of syntax highlighting. If your post becomes a top story then you’ll be lucky to get it translated into 13 languages.

Typical use: work with a pro team of editors & post to a platform accepting only high-quality content.


B. The Write-up

The following options will help you craft, enrich, and format your content:


1. Open Live Writer

Open Live Writer is an open-source editor enabling users to author, edit, and publish blog posts. It’s based on a fork of the old and discontinued Windows Live Writer code. Open Live Writer works with many popular blog service providers such as WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Moveable Type, DasBlog, and many more.


I am writing this blog using Open Live Writer.

Note: Direct picture upload from your workstation to Google Blogspot will fail but you can paste the image into a GitHub Readme then copy it back to the live writer editor.


2. ChatGPT

There’s no shame in leveraging LLMs to structure, and refine your writing, especially for grammar, intro, and conclusions.

I sometimes catch myself doing funny things like asking GPT to rewrite my sentences as `Tony soprano`.


3. Generate your Posters using AI

It’s easier to be creative nowadays, using prompts on GenAI tools to design a better illustration of your topic.
Don’t try to copy others though as your post might lose the audience. Stick to relevant stuff.

  • Midjourney is the best quality but paid option only (from $8/ month)

  • DALL·E 3 is the free OpenAI image generator integrated into the Microsoft platform


  • Limitation: the text injection in the images is often inaccurate and flaky which requires a manual edit.    


4., Photoshop for the poor

Photopea is an Online Photo Editor that lets you edit photos, apply effects, and filters, add text, and crop or resize pictures. It does almost all that Adobe PS does but on a web browser which is insane.

For example, I can correct the flaky text in the AI-Generated image by re-writing it in Photopea.


5. Carbon, Beautiful code snippet images

Carbon is an online tool to create nice images of your code snippets. You just need to type and your code will be highlighted according to the chosen language (80 programming languages supported).


II. Speaker


A. The Write-up

Same as the one discussed above in the blogger section.


B. PowerPoint

I’ll highlight AI and non-AI tools in this section


1. Copilot (Windows 11)

If you are lucky to have upgraded to Windows 11,  Copilot is your new AI creative friend!

Copilot in PowerPoint is an AI-powered assistant that empowers your creativity in your slides. It helps you create new, summarize, and organize your presentation, along with the best design based on your content.


1.1 Create presentation from file

With Copilot in PowerPoint, you can create a presentation from an existing Word document by adding the file link,  and it will generate slides, apply layouts, and choose a theme for you.


1.2 Create a presentation from a prompt

You can also create a new presentation using Copilot based on any prompt > “Create a presentation about xx”.


2. Convert to/from pdf 

Sometimes you need to export the final slides into PDF for your audience, or import pages from a pdf white paper.

My go-to website is as it’s 100% FREE and easy to use.


3. Multilingual Presos 

If you are or live in a bilingual geographic area like me, translation is part of the job. The go-to platform is Google Translate but some of you might ignore that it allows you to translate literal files (Doc, PDF, ppt, Excel ..etc.) 

It can even translate images for you! these options will save manual work 


4. Split the animations into a PDT


Converting a PPT to a PDF while maintaining the animation steps is something important when sharing your deck.

PPspliT is a slick PowerPoint add-in, that allows to split those animations into several slides before the export.


III. Podcaster

Though I had to catch up with this one,  there are a bunch of aspects I can share from what I learned so far.


A. Podcast Platform

I will share 3 in total but my favorite is anchor for a larger list and comparison check this article.


1. Anchor is what am using which is free even after being snapped by Spotify. It’s been awesome so far.

  • Excellent for beginners Great for Spotify users

  • Free and great support (very quick)

  • Unlimited storage: no limit on the number of episodes you upload

  • Provides tools for editing and recording podcasts, as well as access to Spotify tunes

  • Seamless video podcasting


2. Podbean

Podbean is another popular free podcasting platform for hosting.

  • Great for businesses and enterprises

  • Excellent promotion tools

  • Provides a website

  • Only up to 5 hours of audio and up to 10 episodes for the Free plan


3. Acast

Acast is similar to anchor and offers quite a lot of features in its free plan such as creating a website and podcast player.

  • Unlimited episodes and bandwidth

  • Basic analytics and marketing tools (i.e. transcription)

  • Video teaser and YouTube distribution

  • Social Media Management


B. Streaming Platform

This can be very diverse depending on your taste but you can choose from options such as:


1. Zoom

No introduction needed


2. Streamyard

Streamyard is My favorite for audio quality and the following reasons  

  • Local audio/video recordings (host/guests) no loss due to weak internet

  • Will do the EQ and noise reduction for you.

  • A trimmer tool to edit and post clips (YouTube Shorts)

  • Live Streaming Ttwitch, YouTubFB, X), Screen-sharing

  • 24/7 Live Support and a generous free plan (5 hours/m)


3. Riverside offers studio-quality local recordings without the downtime

  • Screen sharing

  • 4k quality available

  • Live audience call-in: Listeners can call in with questions and comments, like a radio talk show

  • Streaming to social media


4. Zencastr

zencastr is another alternative for streaming that can get the job done. But they have some flaws


5. OBS +

OBS + is a powerful combination that offers many benefits for podcasters and live streamers.

  • OBS: Open Broadcaster Software is a free/open-source software for recording & live streaming videos.

  • is a free, secure, & ultra-low latency peer-to-peer video bridge that allows users to bring live video from their computer or friends directly into OBS.

Trade-offs Here are some of the advantages and tradeoffs of using OBS +


C. Audio editing

Another crucial side of podcast recording, the edited, raw version is often not as clean.


1. Audacity

Audacity is a free and open-source tool that can edit, and mix audio for you with basic features like noise gate.


2. Adobe audition

Adobe Audition is a professional audio workstation that lets you do refined work using the industry’s best, but it’s expensive.


3. Cubase (Steinberg)

I personally use Cubase which is a professional DAW (digital audio Workstation) used by musicians, composers, and producers. The only reason I use it is because of my previous life in the underground music industry.

Tip: Streamyard will do the EQ and noise reduction for you.


D. Video editing YouTube 

1. Veed.IO

VEED.IO is an online video editing platform offering a range of features to help create quality video content.


Some of the advantages of VEED.IO for podcast video editing include:

  • Effortless podcast editing

  • Pro video editing features

  • AI-powered audio editing

  • The perfect feature for me was the dynamic Sound Wave


IV. Social Media


A. Text Format

When you post on Twitter or LinkedIn you often want to highlight or use bold characters but it’s not trivial.
I usually go to and generate all the bold and italic text I need.


B. Scheduling Platforms

1. Tipefully

Hopefully is a great tool for scheduling social media posts. 

  • It offers a generous free plan

  • Allows you to write, schedule, and publish great Twitter tweets and threads.

  • Provides analytics and metrics about your account, that help  grow your following

  • Use AI to rewrite & improve your tweets

  • My favorite is the tweet preview option that’s handy to check before you tweet


Other services with a free plan

  • Simplified: social media management tool, with insights on performance and engagement.

  • Buffer: social media management tool that experts often turn to for scheduling LinkedIn posts in advance.



  • In one line: The content creator journey is long, but I hope this article helps!

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