If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times. “You have to promote your work.” One way to do this is to offer a variety of materials to your readers. Because I write so much nonfiction, I’ve been playing with the idea of creating infographics that teach about my various topics. I could make up a Maya time line or a piece on Mayan science. For Pearl Harbor, I could do a line up of the major personalities involved.
I could if I knew how.
Then I saw Cathy Hall’s Muffin post, An Easy Infographic Tool, about using easel.ly to create infographics. I have to hand it to Cathy, it really is easy. I know it isn’t brilliant by a long shot but I created the piece at right in about 10 minutes. If I had gone into it with an actual plan (hence step #1), I could have actually done something impressive.
The top three features are:
It is free.
There are templates.
It is very adaptable.
I swear, the trickiest part was to save the blasted thing. I didn’t join and was hoping that there was still an option to save your work. I knew that Cathy used the free version so I poked around and finally clicked “Present.” To me, this seemed much less clear than something wacky like “save,” but it worked. “Present” took me to another screen where I chose “download” and “PDF.”
Whether you are preparing something for your site, your blog or as a graphic in workbook or other document, this is definitely a tool that you need to know how to use.