I must admit, I was dragged into the 21st-century kicking and screaming! It’s only in recent years that I have begun to use my phone as anything else other than a device to ring and text from. I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of blogger apps. I had no clue which ones would help and which would hinder. So, as soon as I deleted the Candy Crush app (a damn addictive game) I got to work!
For some, this may seem like a rather obvious list of blogger apps. Yet for others, they may get some tips from this post! So, here’s a list of blogger apps from a former technophobe!
I am relatively new to Pinterest, but since getting a handle on it, I absolutely love it! It took me a while to realise Pinterest is, in fact, a search engine rather than a social media app. I even use Pinterest myself as a search engine now!
I upload all of the images from my blog onto Pinterest and also pin other people’s images to my boards. This not only gives me essential information at my fingertips but also increases my exposure and following on Pinterest. One of the most useful boards on my Pinterest account is my ‘blogging’ board. I save tips, tricks and content from other bloggers which I can refer to at a later date. I have found Pinterest absolutely invaluable for enabling me to access posts and information from other bloggers.
I follow a variety of accounts I find interesting (obviously including many bloggers).
Twitter was another site I was slow to get on board with. But now I have, I’d find it difficult to live without! Twitter is a great tool to connect you with other bloggers. The app makes it easy to share your posts, to tweet and retweet.
I tweet all of the posts I publish. I also retweet other bloggers’ posts in order to network. I can comment on other people’s tweets, just as I would from my laptop.
Instagram has been the ultimate blogger app for me! As soon as I started blogging, I set up my Instagram account. I love to share my images on Instagram. I also share images from each and every blog post on this social media platform. If you love taking pictures, then Instagram is a great app to use. Various filters can be added to an image to enhance it.
I have been included in a number of bloggers groups on Instagram. This is a great way to connect with other bloggers! Every time a member of the group uploads an image on Instagram, they can let other members of the group know through the private messaging group. This then increases the exposure of the image.
I detest the whole follow/unfollow game on Instagram. To keep a track of the accounts that simply follow me and then unfollow me, I downloaded the ‘Followers’ app. I only use the free feature. This enables me to see who has unfollowed me as well as any new followers I have. I can then return the follow!
Asana is another app I am totally new to but I am enjoying exploring its various features. Asana can be used by one individual or worked can be shared among team members who also have the app. The app is great for scheduling and planning projects, which is why it is so great for bloggers. The thing I love about Asana is that you can create visual project plans. This is still an app I’m getting to grips with, but the features are awesome!
I downloaded the WordPress app to my phone about 6 months ago and I have found this app invaluable. After signing into my WordPress account, I can now access my blog throughout the day. The app allows me to check the stats of my blog. It notifies me whenever anyone comments or likes one of my posts. I can even draft and publish posts from the app.
One of the fantastic features of the app is the ability to follow other bloggers. This has then enabled me to connect more effectively with my peers. I can comment and like their posts whenever I want to.
I am rather new to Canva, and to be honest, I’m not sure how I lived without it! Canva is amazing! The app allows you to create images for your blog, for Pinterest and all other social media platforms. This amazing app is a must for all bloggers! It comes with a variety of templates that can be used you create anything from Pinterest Graphics to Instagram Posts and Infographics. I have found Canva an invaluable tool for creating blog banners and graphics.
The app is great for when I’m on the go. When I’m at home, I can also use the Canva website to create my designs.
The Google photos app is an absolute must for me! I’m always taking photos! I have a phone with a pretty decent camera, but also 2 cameras I use when I’m out and about. I like to keep all these images from multiple sources in one place, and I’ve found Google photos to be the perfect place! I can upload images from my laptop onto the site and then access them through the app on my phone. This is an excellent way to ensure I keep my Instagram account up to date with all my latest images.
I’ve had the Outlook app on my phone since I started blogging. Outlook allows me to check my emails when I ‘m away from home. Not only that, the app allows me to add multiple email accounts to this one app. So, I can check my work, social and business emails in one convenient place. Importantly, I can also respond to emails through the app.
One Note is an app I made full use of when I was a student. When I was writing up my thesis, I would always have ideas pop into my head. I would add them to a One Note page, and then access them later on my laptop and follow up on the idea. I use this app in the same way now for blogging. I have created multiple ‘notebooks’ and within these, I can then add various sections and pages.
Of course, I have all of these apps on my phone, but nothing beats the original app! Pen and Paper! I still find myself scribbling on reams of paper and filling entire notebooks with my plans and ideas.
Are there any other blogger apps you can recommend? Let us know in the comments below.