12 Essential Apps For Bloggers || Blogging Tips

12 Essential Apps For BloggersAs 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.

  1. 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. 
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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. 
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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..
  10. 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. 
  11. 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.
  12. 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? 

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  • Thank you so much for sharing this. I'm relatively new to the blogging world and I found this post very useful. I personally think that Pixlr and PicMonkey are also great editing apps. Especially if you want to add some kind of text on your pictures. They've got really nice fonts.

    http://www.lifewithmins.blogspot.com

  • I love picmonkey too! That's how I made the header for this actually 🙂
    xx

  • the blogger app is very rubbish in my opinion. I only use when I desperately need to publish something 😛
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  • I thought the same, but it's so handy for when I'm on the tube and I get an idea! xx

  • Great post my darling. Love the descriptions! Super helpful

    Kirsty London | Kirsty London

  • This is such a helpful post for new bloggers! I wish it were around when I was just starting off! http://aanthblogs.blogspot.co.uk

  • I'm still new to the blogging world so this post was SO helpful!! Thanks so much for sharing! Happy new year!

    Imperfectlyrachel.blogspot.com

  • This was such a great post, especially if newbie bloggers are popping by. I personally only use the standard WordPress, Twitter and Instagram – I like to keep it simple otherwise, I'll just forgot about other apps.

    Lovely post.

    Emma Louise // owlsandstags.wordpress.com

  • IFTT sounds seriously useful!

    E x
    elleanorwears.com

  • Never heard of those last two apps you listed, they seem really handy! Will definitely check them out 🙂

    Samantha Series

  • Lovely blog and this post is really helpful <3
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  • IFTT sounds super since Im super lazy hahaha also, I really like the programming reference in the name

    BCfactor Blog | BCfactor.blogspot.com

  • I'm in with your blog

    Lovely post
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  • Fran! Thank you so much for this post, it's so useful. As you probably know from Twitter I'm a bit of a technophobe so I'll be checking some of these out to help me! I love the sound of Evernote…I'm forever thinking of good ideas and forgetting about them later haha xxx

    http://www.francescajayne.com

  • Not a fan of the blogger app but I love Bloglovin so much!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  • Great post Fran – I'm going to check some of those out! Xx

  • Soo helpful! Going to be downloading a bunch of these, I definitely don't have enough apps like these. x

  • Love this blog as a newbie to the blogging world. Thanks Fran
    Diana -x-
    http://www.didisdelights.blogspot.co.uk

  • Miss N.W

    This is so useful Fran! Generally love your blog – notice you have pipdig. I really want to have a pipdig theme – do you have any tips on being self hosted/domain names etc? Not techie and finding it soooo confusing!!!
    http://www.careergirlsite.wordpress.com

    • It can be super confusing, I’d love to help more but I’m hosted with blogger (and my .com is just a vanity url) however, I know that Pipdig are really great at the migration process and can do a deal to convert your current blog over. With wordpress though you’re gonna need to buy a separate hosting package which is the only thing! Hope this helps 🙂 xx

      • Miss N.W

        Ahhhh i see okay – no you have helped thank you! 🙂 Thanks for pointing me in the right direction! xo

  • Miss N.W

    This is so useful Fran! Generally love your blog – notice you have pipdig. I really want to have a pipdig theme – do you have any tips on being self hosted/domain names etc? Not techie and finding it soooo confusing!!!
    http://www.careergirlsite.wordpress.com

  • It can be super confusing, I'd love to help more but I'm hosted with blogger (and my .com is just a vanity url) however, I know that Pipdig are really great at the migration process and can do a deal to convert your current blog over. With wordpress though you're gonna need to buy a separate hosting package which is the only thing! Hope this helps 🙂 xx

  • Miss N.W

    Ahhhh i see okay – no you have helped thank you! 🙂 Thanks for pointing me in the right direction! xo

  • Abby Evans

    I am seriously in love with the Bloglovin’ app. It’s so handy when I have extra time on the go. These are some great suggestions!

    http://www.youarebeaut.blogspot.com