‘You’re a blogger, that’s easy – don’t you just sit at your computer all day talking about makeup?’
A lot of work goes on behind the scenes for bloggers. We have to come up with our ideas, source new products, spend endless hours contacting and being ignored by PR’s, take great photos, promote our posts – you’d be surprised.
There are a few handy little websites and apps which make our lives a little easier though; so I’m going to share with you my favourite apps to use for blogging.
Perhaps these can be seen as the obvious social media sites. Facebook is a great tool as you can set up your own page for people to like. The majority of your Facebook following is your friends and family, who will always want to keep up to date with what you’re blogging about! Twitter and Instagram reach a slightly different audience through the use of hashtags, not the cringe ones like #awks #yolo – I mean useful hashtags like #bbloggers and #newblogpost. I find that Twitter is where the blogger community is more active, we can talk to each other in ‘blog chats’ like @teacupclub and @allthoseblogs. Blog chats is where a blogger will ask five questions in the space of an hour and other bloggers get to answer, see each other’s answers and interact with each other through this.
The WordPress App is amazing. My blog is run through WordPress and the app is so easy to navigate around and means I can quickly check my stats, upload new posts and read other people’s posts on the go!
When I’m stuck with bloggers block, Pinterest is my go-to inspiration finder. Simple search for ‘blog post ideas’ and an infinite list of new ideas pop up to give you a hand. These tend to link to other people’s blogs too, so you may find another blogger you love as well as gaining some much needed inspo.
Like Pinterest, even if you don’t post on Bloglovin’ yourself, it’s a great place to find ideas for your own posts or just have a read through other peoples.
I only recently downloaded this app to my phone and now I’m wondering where it’s been all my life. You can link Buffer to your social media sites and get it to schedule posts through the day for you. I have mine linked to Twitter and every day I get it to promote my Instagram, my blog, my latest post and things like that. All it takes is 10 minutes at the beginning of the day to write out your tweets and Buffer will do the rest for you.
Gmail is definitely my favourite e-mail provider to use and, personally, I think it’s a bit more professional to see @gmail.com than any other server (other than self-hosted servers). I love the app and I love how Gmail splits your mail into Primary, Social and Promotions.
I was introduced to this website by my university tutor. It’s linked to my twitter and it allows you to view your favourite searches all on one screen. In my searches I have ‘bloggers wanted’ ‘PR request’ ‘looking for bloggers’ ‘bbloggers’ ‘latest blog post’ and ‘beauty, fashion and lifestyle’ so that I can keep an eye out for any collab opportunities and check out peoples blogs.
Google Drive is a bit like iCloud or Dropbox, where you can upload your files and keep them safe. I’ll often store blog posts and photos in here. You can also select people that can view the files too, so if you wanted someone to give you a quick proofread or share some ideas then Google Drive is a great tool to have – they have an app for extra convenience too.
Whilst Instagram’s filters are bomb AF, sometimes we want more options, and that’s exactly what VSCO provides. I personally love the filter T1 | Moody. You can also copy and paste your personalised filters and add them to your other snaps, giving you continuity and aesthetic in your feed.
Followers allows you to view your new followers, who’s unfollowed you, who you haven’t followed back and who hasn’t followed you back, which means you can clean up your Instagram and cleanse all the spammy accounts. There are similar apps for Twitter which allow you to unfollow people who haven’t tweeted, for example, for 3 months, meaning that everyone you follow is an active tweeter.
What are your favourite apps to use for blogging?