I told you about the foundations of starting a blog and todayyy I’m going to be talking to you about my recommended apps to help make blogging life easier for you (they help me!)! Also in the comments, please tell me if you’re finding this week’s little series helpful/useful!
The first app I have that definitely makes my life easier is Dropbox. Dropbox is a file sharing system, but I use it to sync my computer and my phone as take my photos on my camera, put them through Photoshop or Lightroom and the I choose the photos I want to put on Instagram and put them in my Dropbox, which I then access on my phone! Easy! I blog and edit photos mainly from my laptop, which is Windows based so I can’t Airdrop my photos like you can on Mac. This is the next best thing though! It’s totally free, but you can pay to expand your storage I think!
Next I have Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and Bloglovin’. I discovered maybe three years into blogging the importance of using social media, and I will be telling you all about how you can use it effectively tomorrow! Twitter, I would say, is my most used form of Social Media in terms of blogging. I seem to get the most exposure there! On Facebook, I have a page for my blog and I’ve set it up so that when I publish a post on here, it automatically uploads to Facebook which saves me a lot of time! As with Tumblr too, which I rarely use in terms of my blog these days! My posts also automatically upload to Bloglovin’ as well. Bloglovin’ is essentially a social media for blogs, I’d recommend you have it! You don’t need to have a blog though, you can use it so that all your favourite blogs are all in one place and you never miss a post. On Instagram I upload photo whenever I publish a new post, I need to sort out my Instagram I’m not very proud of it at the moment, however I’ve taken a whole new set of photos which I love! I use Instagram stories quite regularly too because I feel like they’re less informal and personal and you can learn what I am like as a person. Finally, I have a board on Pinterest that contains all of my blog posts called My Blog! These are obviously all Free!
The next app I would recommend is Preview, which I have started to a bit more use more. You can use it to plan out your Instagram feed and see how things look! I haven’t used it very much yet but I definitely plan to! This is free, however you can upgrade to Preview Pro which shows you analytics of your Instagram!
Another app I use sometimes is Google Analytics which is free and gives you suuuupper details analytics into your blog! I don’t check it very often because all it does is tell me how few people read my blog! It can be a little tricky to set up depending on what platform you’re using but after that it’s simple to use and like I said, it’s verrrry detailed! If you’re on WordPress, I’d probably recommend the WordPress app more as you can also get some quite details analytics of your site under the ‘Stats’ section!
For Twitter, and occasionally Instagram, I use an app called Hootsuite! It’s essentially a tweet scheduling app, which is perfect for when you’re publishing a post in a hurry and don’t have time to promote it! It’s also great for promoting your post a few times without you having to make much of a conscious effort, providing you’ve scheduled your tweets beforehand! A downside, however, is that it doesn’t upload to Instagram automatically, instead it sends you a notification of the time you’ve scheduled it for and then it copies the information into Instagram and all you have to do is press ‘post’! (and paste for the description!). I’d definitely recommend this if you’re short on time, it free but up-gradable (meaning you can schedule more at a time!).
If you really want to focus and get lots of blog posts written in advance, then I would definitely recommend this cute little app called Forest. All you need to do is set how long you want to work for (eg 1 hour/60 minutes) and click ‘Plant’ and it starts growing a little tree inside your phone. It’s great for focus because if you leave the app the tree will die (how sad!) but if you complete the time, you will collect some coins and after you’ve collected a certain number of coins, you can use them to plant a real tree somewhere in the world! How environmental! It costs £1.99, but I would say it’s worth it!
Finally on my phone I have a shortcut to my own blog and to some of my favourite blogs for easy access! This is easily done on a Apple Device but I’m pretty sure you can do something similar on other devices too? (I’m not sure, I last had an Android device back in Year 8, which got stolen hahaha!)
Wow, I’ve only just realised how long this post is! I’m impressed with myself to be honest! I really hope that this post is useful now I’ve gone to the effort to write it all out!
Thanks for reading I appreciate it! See you tomorrow to find out all about how you can use social media to maximise you blog traffic!