As a blogger well okay even before I blogged I find myself hooked to my phone. It’s where I do most of my social networking, my every day camera and also a source of entertainment whenever I’m on my commute. I often find myself downloading and trying new apps when it comes to editing photos and making life a little bit easier but here are the ones that I consistently go back to using.
- Blogger / WordPress – I know this one is stating the obvious, but while the native apps may not be my favourite too to use, they are handy for editing on the go. If like myself you find when publishing from your phone on Blogger (I’m not sure if WordPress users have this issue, sorry!) it leaves you with the post a little all over the place, simply click the little T with a red x symbol and it will remove all formatting on the selected area.
- Twitter – Another obvious one, great for getting notifications and updating while you’re out and about. I personally find Twitter easier to use on my iPhone due to the account switching function, but that’s just me I guess!
- Facebook – Aside from using my personal Facebook for connecting with my friends, I often find some great content and links to share from browsing my news feed. There are some fabulous blog support networks on Facebook too such as “UK Bloggers” which are great for finding new opportunities.
- Bloglovin’ – Again, a slightly obvious one. A great tool for scrolling through blogs on the go and saving posts you enjoy or find useful for later.
- Crowdfire – While blogging isn’t all about numbers, it’s a great tool to keep an eye on how your Twitter and Instagram are performing. It also allows you to see inactive accounts that follow you and create automated tweets and DMs on twitter, although most people including myself don’t recommend having this feature on.
- Evernote – When it comes to note taking apps, this one is my favourite as you can add photos, links and even voice memos to your notes. Great for putting notes for anything that could be a post while out and about.
- Instagram – A fairly obvious one, but this photo sharing platform is one of my favourite social networks. Great for showing a bit of an insight into what you’ve been up to without having to write about it.
- Afterlight – This app has so many filters and editing tools on that it would take all day to explain them all. A great tool for making your Instagram photos pop, and if you’ve got a Instagram theme, the fusion tool is amazing. You can “record” and create your own filters out of adjustment tools, filters, and textures meaning you can do all your normal editing in one click.
- VSCO Cam – A fantastic photo editing tool with a grid function which again, if you have an Instagram theme, is great for planning posts. If like me however, you don’t use a theme, you can always use this to save photos for later. Yes, this does explain the odd cocktail photo on a Monday morning..
- Priime – Another photo editor that I love, aside from the normal adjustment tools it has a “recommended filter” function which analyses the colours in the image and recommends filters that would compliment it. Although when you buy the complete set of filters can be a little pricy for an app (around £7.99), I personally find it to be worth it.
- IFTT – “If This Then That” or IFTT for short which allows you to create formulas so if you do something on one website or app it will do something else on another. For example, if you post a new blog post it can share it to Twitter, Facebook and Pintrest without you having to lift a finger which makes it a complete life saver and cuts out a lot of leg work. It also has a function to allow to post your Instagram snaps as Twitter photos which I love.
- Buffer – Buffer allows you to not only schedule Tweets, Linked in, Google Plus and Facebook posts but also to see the level of interaction each one gets. It also links into IFTT meaning, again, you don’t have to manually tweet about your posts.
What apps do you use to make blogging easier?