While I wouldn’t exactly count myself as an expert in the way of blogging tools, I do find it interesting to see the kind of apps other bloggers use to create and share content. I’m always on the lookout for new, helpful ways to keep up the blog and its social media. So, I thought I’d share with you all some of my favourite apps for content creation and organisation!
If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I sometimes include a wee quote here and there on my feed. I love a good motivational quote! I make these simply by using Canva; I always used their website to make graphics, but only recently I discovered they also have an app! This of course makes it way easier to just create graphics on my phone and have them there to put straight onto Instagram, rather than have to send them over. It’s also really useful for creating Pinterest graphics to include in your blog posts. Whether you use their website or their app, Canva is such a fab and easy way to create content!
It actually took me a while to realise that WordPress also had an app – do you see a theme here? While I still prefer writing posts and managing my blog from my laptop, having access to an app version means I can still do things like monitor stats and schedule posts while I’m out and about. Plus, sometimes I actually find it easier to start off a post when I’m just chilling on my phone. I try to treat it like I’m just typing away to someone on WhatsApp, and it kind of works. Especially when I’m going through a bit of writers block!
I was a little sceptical about how useful Buffer would be for me, especially as a big fan of Tweetdeck. The app’s usefulness finally hit when I realised I wouldn’t always be by my MacBook or a desktop computer to schedule tweets! I find that most of my traffic comes from Twitter, so it’s a huge help to be able to queue up tweets to go out throughout the day – and it only takes a quick five minutes out of my morning to set up! It’s also got a very user-friendly interface, so it’s pretty easy to get the hang of straight away.
One I’ve only started using in the last while, but has made a huge difference to editing photos. Especially when it comes to photos for Instagram posts; one of my pet hates is discovering that your carefully-edited photo doesn’t quite fit into Instagram’s squares. It’s such a simple impact on my editing process, but using their Instagram template and then editing on there makes things so much easier and prevents quite a bit of heartbreak.
Cleaner for Instagram
Another Instagram one! This is one I’m constantly falling in and out of love with. I saw some fellow bloggers recommending it and so I decided to try it out, but I wasn’t too big on the idea of constantly keeping an eye on my followers and who was unfollowing me – I’m too sensitive for that sort of thing! But it slowly became more and more useful, especially as my follower count started to grow… and fall, and grow… I’m not funny about people not following back or anything, but it’s good to see who’s playing the “follow-unfollow” game. It’s also accidentally caught out one guy I knew IRL who blocked me and another who “quietly” unfollowed me, so y’know, there’s that aspect too.
Anyone use any different apps? Let me know!