I have a few blogging essentials that make my life so much easier and I thought I would share them with you in this blog post, but here’s the link if you want to read more of my blogging tips posts. You may want to grab a cup of tea (or your beverage of choice) and a snack as I have a feeling I may be here a while. This post is actually focused on my favourite blogging apps and the ones that make my life easier when I decide to do some blogging on public transport.
OneDrive is my saviour and the reason I can take a photo on the go and then be able to access it on my laptop. I use the app, not only to save my documents and other files I need when I’m out the house but I also use it to upload all my photos from my phone. Just don’t do what I do and forget about the upload for a while as you’ll have over 200 photos to upload and it’ll take forever.
I adore the Unum app and I’m not ashamed to admit it. AJ from AJ Loves introduced me to it and I wish I’d known about it sooner. It’s a great app for planning your Instagram feed and how it will appear. I love it for being able to save the picture and caption and then I can upload them to Instagram when I feel like it. It also includes stats for when it feels the best time for you to post are and has a lovely little counter so you don’t go over the 30 hashtag maximum.
If you’ve read my post about how I edit my Instagram pictures then you’ll know that I love Afterlight for this. I know my settings pretty much off by heart so editing pictures on my phone is a doddle. Yes, this is another thing I have been known to do on the bus on the way to uni in the morning.
Yes, I’ve just admitted above that I love Afterlight but it will never be the only photo editing app I use and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’ve only recently started using ColorStory but it’s fab. It has a few features which are different to Afterlight, such as, curves so I’m actually using them both at the moment. I’m editing a picture with both apps and then using the one that I prefer. It’s about a 50/50 split for which app wins, so I might have to keep using the two.
I used to use Tweetdeck to schedule my tweets but a combination of uni work and laziness kicked in, meaning that I was looking for a more time-saving solution. Along came Buffer and I’ve not looked back. I can schedule 10 tweets at a time and then I can pop back in and rebuffer the ones that I feel like sharing. I keep a few of my blogging tips posts in rotation at all times and then intersperse these with more recent blog posts, my Instagram or Facebook link and anything else that I feel like sharing. Buffer is definitely in the category of apps that I can’t live without and what’s even better is when you delete a tweet from the queue you get a cute little message which is usually “so long and thanks for all the fish” which makes my geeky heart happy. You also get extra geek points if you understand the reference.
Like every other blogger, I have Google Analytics installed on my blog but my god do I hate the actual iPhone app. This is where SimplyStats is my saviour. I find the display much easier to use and although it’s using the GA data it’s just an all around easier app to get on with especially when you’re trying to record them every week.
So there you have it, all my favourite blogging apps in one easy to find place. I have a feeling that this post may be updated on a regular basis as I tend to find more blogging apps that I love using the more I blog.