So, Friday’s are reserved for my posts about blogging with my personal experiences, tips, and strategies. This week, I want to talk about my must have apps as well as other recommendations from the Twitter community.
I will also admit that I do the majority of my blogging on my phone. As a blind blogger, it’s actually easier for me to do everything from my iPhone then switch back and forth between my phone and laptop. It’s also partly because I could use a new computer, but mostly, I just prefer my phone.
All the Socials
This kind of goes without say that if you’re a blogger and you want to promote and share your content, you need the social media apps.
The social media apps I use the most are Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook. To be fair, my Facebook page for my blog isn’t really a priority. I’ve found more success with the other social media platforms in terms of blogging.
I differ from a lot of bloggers that I know, because I don’t use one app to post from; I go to each individual app and do my blog sharing. Trust me, I know there are a ton of great apps that can handle it all, but I prefer to go in and do it all myself.
I’m a bit of a control freak, and I haven’t found an app that I completely love in terms of helping me schedule and post for blog. I’m also fairly frugal, and I hate paying for apps unless I’m 100% sure it’s going to be worth it. I know a lot of bloggers who have great recommendations though, so I’m sure I’ll be trying out more apps with the rest of you.
Graphics & Pictures
When I first started blogging, I used memes as most of my images unless I took them myself. Once I realized that was a no no, I downloaded Canva. It lets me make all of my own graphics, and it has a zillion great templates for all of the social media platforms. I’m a bit cheap as mentioned above, so I pretty much only use the free images. There’s a lot to choose from, and it’s definitely worth the download.
When it comes to editing pictures, I’m not the best. I’ll try to use my low vision as an excuse, but I hate excuses. I’ve tried a lot of editing apps, and my favorites are Airbrush and Snapseed. They really help with adjusting light and shadows, and they have some nice filter options too!
Formatting & Brainstorming
Call me old fashioned, but I usually brainstorm in a notebook. When it comes to apps, if I don’t have a notebook handy, I like using my Microsoft Word app. I also found that Google Docs is wonderful for sharing and emailing questions and interview related stuff for my blog. I haven’t ventured to the other apps for note taking that I’ve read about, but I definitely will be doing that this weekend.
So, right now I’m blogging through WordPress. I’m hoping to go self hosted by summer, but I’m a bit of a procrastinator. I love the WordPress app, because I can basically do everything from it. It even tells me where my views and traffic come from, so I don’t really use Google Analytics. I have that app though, and I will be using it once I’m off of WordPress.
Apps Your Way
I don’t schedule my posts like a lot of bloggers. I write and plan ahead when I can. I like to do everything manually, rather than having an app post for me. I’ve heard such wonderful things about other apps though, so I want to branch outside of my box. That’s one of my goals for growing as a blogger as well.
I want to point out that all bloggers have a method to their writing and posting madness. Don’t get caught up if you’re not doing everything another blogger is doing. Try out recommendations, and find what works best for you and your blog. Grow and evolve your way.
So, I tweeted and asked for my followers to share their must have apps that make blogging possible. This is what they had to say:
“Canva, Sendible, GSuite, Trello, Yoast, and Sales Navigator Lite for Gmail.”
“Tailwind for pinterest and FB page auto posting, Tweet Deck for Twitter auto posting, Audiance to see when to post to Twitter, Mailchimp for subscriptions. In blog, jetpack = reply comments, SEO & Yoast = Google search, Statistics, Grammarly”
“VSCO, Preview (Instagram Feed Planner), Google Analytics the app, Trello to help stay organized.”
“Canva, Pexels and tailwind. All the socials are a necessity.”
Have a great weekend!
I hope you all found some awesome new apps to try. Feel free to share any favorites that weren’t mentioned.