I’ve had requests to post about the applications I use for blogging a few times now.
To be honest, I think my iPhone is a bit wasted on me when it comes to making the most out of blogging. I never blog on my phone and rarely use it to note ideas down.
I do, however, use a few different apps to help me stay on track in other ways and for social media. So here are the top apps I use that help me in some blog-related way.
I’ve spoke about Buffer in a few of my previous posts:
- 7 time hacks for bloggers.
- Secrets to blogging every day for a year.
- 15 ways to use Twitter to increase blog traffic.
While scheduling Tweets with buffer is usually done before I leave the house, I have the App handy for days I run out of time or forget. I lose a considerable amount of traffic if I don’t Tweet blog posts!
The Buffer app is a quick ‘tap once then send’ type app that makes it easy to schedule your social media posts to multiple networks.
I am terrible at replying to comments on my blog. It’s just time consuming, fiddly and I’d much rather give the commenter a visit and comment on their post in return.
It seems so much easier to reply in the WordPress App. It’s just like sending a text message! I tend to reply to comments this way while I’m on a work break or on the bike at the gym. If you have WordPress, I recommend you download it and use it for this, too.
I have no idea why anyone would want to use any other browser apart from Chrome. I love how the browser links up with every other browser on my laptop and desktop.
I’ve been using Chrome since it was first released and I wouldn’t even consider another browser. I was all about Firefox before that, but I have not looked back once!
I use Chrome to check my e-mail when I’m out and about. I also read some blogs.
I like to have a flick through Twitter if I need a bit of on the go entertainment. I will reply to Tweets on it but in general, I do most of my Tweeting from my computer.
The Twitter app is a must have for every human, not just blog type humans!
I make a lot of photo collages to put on my Instagram, mainly gym related posts.
PhotoCollage is an easy way to put your pictures into collages with lots of templates to pick from. You can also edit the photos inside the app and upload it straight to social media.
I mostly just use the editing functions inside Instagram, but if I want something with more functions, I use VSCOcam. It’s something I do need to play with a bit more!
I’m a stat freak. I like to know how my blog is doing and with having Google Analytics on my phone, I can easily check in with my statistics.
One of my favourite things to do, is look at the real time stats to see how many people are currently reading my blog. It just makes me happy to be able to check it.
Apart from when it says no one is reading my blog. Then I feel lonely.
I use the Pages app to manage the notifications and messages for my Facebook pages. I have a page for my blog and also run a page for work.
To be honest, I don’t use Facebook loads because I don’t get a lot of traffic or engagement on it, so have my blog posts set up to autopost on Facebook and my instagram photos autopost to my blog Facebook page, too.
I just check the Pages app once a week or so to look at my notifications.
Again, I have this because I’m a stat freak.
It’s easy to see what I’m earning. It’s much quicker to check the app than log onto the desktop version. I don’t spend loads of time the app but check it about once a day.
Instagram is one of my favourite apps. I’ve been putting in a lot of effort lately to upload pictures daily and upping my following on there. I’ve finally got over 1000 followers and I must confess, getting lots of likes really does feel good.
People send me dick pics, too. This does not make me feel good.
I use this app for work, but it’s worth mentioning because you could use it for blogging or your work.
It’s like the notebook app, but you can add tabs to organise your notebook into different sections. You can take and insert photos, you can add checklists and it just makes my life easier.
I hate having loads of paper and I try to be as paperless as possible. I need to print a lot of reports at work, I’ve started just photographing the reports and putting them in various organised sections of my OneNote app. Then I can bin the paper.
It’s made a massive difference to my communication and organisational skills. I feel less weighed down!
What are your favourite apps?