BLOGGING BTS: SIX APPS EVERY BLOGGER NEEDS
You know the person that said that there weren't enough hours in the day? Well, I can almost guarantee that that person was a blogger - or at least self employed. Although I absolutely love my job and wouldn't change it for the world, it can be very difficult to juggle so many tasks, platforms and projects. That paired with the fact that I spend a lot of my time travelling, internationally and within the UK, it means I need to stay organised - or as much as possible.
As expected, I spend a lot of time on my phone - in fact, my iPhone is never too far from me at all times. With that in mind, there are a lot of Apps that I use in order to help me with my blogging career. Today I wanted to share some of them with you in the hope that they will be useful to you too!
If you're a visual person, you're gonna love this one. As you know, Instagram success is often down to having a consistent theme in some way or another. Mosaico allows you to pre-plan your Instagram grid and see what photos will look like once they end up on your profile. No longer do you have to second guess whether something will fit, or even worse, post something and then have to take it down two seconds later because it just doesn't work the way you want it to. Mosiaco - and apps similar - are super helpful if you want to make sure colors don’t clash and that photos don’t look too similar. You can also pre-plan your captions too and even publish straight from the app too!
Not one week goes by without me using Canva for one reason or the other. In this day and age, visuals are everything and you're able to capture the right audience and portray the right message using a graphic that works for your brand. I've used Canva for so many things - to design my own media kit, templates for Instagram stories and even my own business cards. I know what you're probably thinking - but you're not a designer. Well, with Canva, you don't need to be. The App is so easy to navigate and so it won't take long before you feel confident to design something yourself, but if not, there are so many pre-created templates for you to just tweak to create something that you love.
Granted, I'm a bit rubbish at using Google Drive regularly, and to its full capacity, but it's an absolute godsend. I make sure to store important documents and the majority of my blog photos on there which is great for when I'm on the go! I'm sure we've all been there - you're stuck on a train, the time is fast approaching for you to post on one of your social media platforms but you've not got your laptop on you to go through the endless folders. Absolute chaos, right? Google Drive to the rescue; I know at any point, I can dip into one of the relevant folders and find something that'll work!
Any Instagram addicts like me will have recognised that people have really started to up their Instagram story game. Which means that of course, I've had to do the same. I've always tried quite hard to make sure my stories are true to brand and still look aesthetically pleasing but Unfold is a new app that now helps me create some really cool stories. There are quite a few different templates, some free, some not, but all are very editorial looking in design. So so happy this App came along.
A good photo editing App is an absolute must for any blogger or anyone who's really into photography and my App of choice is Snapseed because it gives me the ability to edit my photos with minimal effort or hassle. Prior to blogging, I was an absolute novice when it came to photography, and especially editing, and so the furthest I'd go was to add a trusty Instagram filter to my selfie before posting. But now my career revolves around predominantly photos, I've had to step it up a bit. As mentioned above, I definitely don't have the time to be using a thousand different editing tools to get a photo to the point I want it, and so Snapseed is just perfect for me. In the one app, I can crop, rotate, blur away any pesky insecurities, adjust colourings, increase / decrease brightness and contrast as well as so many other functionalities. It's seriously game-changing.
Last, but by no means least, Moment. As I said, I'm never too far from my phone which at times, can cause a massive problem. Picture this; the sun is still heaving its way into the sky when I receive the first of the day's many damning push notifications: "you've been on your iPhone for 30 minutes today." ALREADY?!?!? This is a common problem for me. Moment basically tracks your daily screen time - as well as obviously guilt tripping you into using your phone less. Even when I'm technically not working, there's such a compulsion for me to pick up my phone and I'm desperately trying to knock that on the head by using Moment. So far, so shameful. I couldn't recommend it more - especially for you fellow bloggers.
What Apps do you use? I'd love to know!