I think one of the biggest surprises to me after a little while of blogging, was realising just how much time is involved. It's no longer just about writing posts and taking pictures, there's a whole other world of social media and planning, and anything to make things easier is more than welcome. In steps my iPhone - I wouldn't be without the thing! Whether to keep me ahead of my to-do lists, or stay in touch with my readers, today I'm sharing a bunch of apps that I use daily, and that I think no blogger should be without.
For all you minimalist lovers, this is the list-maker for you. Whilst I'm a pen and paper girl through and through - that behaviour becomes highly unproductive when you start writing things down on every available scrap of paper and then losing them.. Everything about the app is simple and stark - a nice, blank screen, no fuss, no frills. Pull down to add a new task, swipe right to complete, swipe left to delete. And you can get it to alert you when it's time to plan out your day - something I find really useful for keeping me on track.
So whilst this app is capable of much more, I'm adding it in this list for one primary reason, and that's the 'Whiten' tool. I love using this for making your whites look a little crisper and clearer in Instagram photos - for example whitening your backgrounds, or plates and crockery in food photography. The 'Detail' tool is also pretty nice for picking out and emphasising small areas of your photos - for example using it to crispen up text on product bottles/packaging that looks a bit washed out and vague.
Everyone needs a collage-maker and this is my favourite. A simple and intuitive interface, a nice choice of layout styles, and I especially like the 'Replace' function where you can play around with any of the individual photos in the collage whilst the rest stay the same - great for seeing what arrangement looks best.
It can be hard, as a blogger, to keep up with all the various social media platforms, so scheduling some tweets in advance is the perfect solution to keep up, whilst making life that little bit easier. Buffer and Hootsuite are pretty similar schedulers, both of which have a desktop version as well as the app, making it so much easier to keep on top of things. I usually like to send out a few tweets a day, with new blog posts or links to my Insta (as I generally post a new Insta pic at least once a day!).
I've only started using Instagram planners fairly recently. Whilst I don't really subscribe to having a distinctive 'theme', I would ideally like my pictures to look cohesive, and it's quite useful to see how your photos will look all together. Mosaico gives you a little more freedom, and you can see your feed in full, but I've got to thank my gorgeous friend Lisa for introducing me to Planoly, a free alternative that works perfectly for my needs. You can schedule new posts too, and have the app alert you when it's time to post - something I need to make more use of!
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This is a bonus one because it's not strictly an app you can download from the app store but I thought I'd add this in since I find it pretty useful. All you need to do in head into Safari, go onto your blog, click the Share icon and then 'Add to Home Screen'. It just makes life so much easier for me to be able to tap straight onto my blog from my phone's home screen, whenever I need to, rather than using a browser!
What are your favourite apps to help your blogging game?
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