An extremely large portion of my blogging revolves around my phone as I’m sure other bloggers will agree. It’s one of our main sources of technology that allows us to do what we do; whether it be to take pictures, edit, write posts, check emails or keep up to date with various social media platforms. Everyone has their go-to apps as I’ve seen a lot of bloggers’ posts recently so I wanted to share which apps I’ve found the most useful.
I’ve found that social media is absolutely essential in terms of getting your blog out there in the world and engaging with other bloggers as well as companies. It’s where I share all of my work to help spread the word about my content but it’s also where I find other blogs to read which I think is also really important. As a blogger, I really think you should take the time to support other people’s work, whether it’s with a comment, a like or even sharing something you really loved reading. We all work really hard and it’s so nice to receive some appreciation! Here are the platforms I use the most for blogging purposes.
Twitter: This is definitely the platform I use the most. One thing I do a lot is take part in follow chains which really helps to come across other bloggers and make new friends. I also try to participate in a lot of blogging chats as these have helped me to get to know other people better as well as showing my own personality. My favourite accounts for blogger chats are @GRLPOWR and of course @Blogger_Babes_ which I’m proudly a member of. I like to set alarms for my favourite chats so that I don’t forget because I have the memory of a goldfish! I’ve found that this is the easiest platform for gaining a decent following as there’s so many accounts that will RT your work and loads of chances for people to read your content.
Instagram: This is one for people who enjoy taking photos. There are so many stunning Instagram feeds out there that I often feel intimidated because they all have such amazing colour schemes and consistently great photography. However, you don’t have to follow a theme if you don’t want to – as much as I love a good colour scheme, I also love the more personalised feeds that show little snippets of what’s going on in their life. You can also use hashtags in the captions of your photos as a lot of people follow or check up on these hashtags which means there’s more chances of people coming across your work.
Facebook: This is where you can create your own page for people to like and share your newest posts to expand the amount of people reading your content. One of my biggest tips is to invite your Facebook friends to like your page to help boost your views – I know it can be scary to share your work with people you know personally but as long as you’re proud of your work, that’s all that really matters. There are also various Facebook groups where you can seek work opportunities or meet other bloggers so it’s definitely worth a try.
Snapchat: I was a bit sceptical at first as to whether Snapchat would really be beneficial to my blog. However, I decided to screenshot one of my posts and put it on my story as you can attach links so all people have to do is swipe up to visit the page. This actually really helped my views out so much because people get curious and want to find out more. Snapchat is a really nice way to show the person behind the blog as it’s a lot more personal. I also have a Snapchat group with the other girls from Blogger Babes where we all update each other via pictures about what we’re doing which is a really nice way to keep up to date.
Pinterest: I’ve actually been a Pinterest user for several years now. You can build different boards and pin things that you like or want to save for later. I have boards for things like home decorations and outfit inspirations but I also pin things such as blog post ideas lists for when I need something to help my writer’s block. A good way to direct more people to your blog is to post some of your post’s links with the photos included so that they can click on it and be redirected to your website.
I use a Canon 700d to take my blogging photos but as a lot of you will know, lighting can be such a struggle and I’ve found that photo editing apps can be a real lifesaver to make those photos pop. They’re also really great for adding different filters if you’re trying to achieve a certain theme or colour scheme throughout all of your photos.
VSCO: I’ve tried SO many different editing apps but I always come back to this one. I use this for things like adjusting my exposure, contrast and saturation but you can also apply different colour filters to your photos and adjust the strengths of them which is great if you have a particular colour scheme. They also have a great range of other tools and filters, it basically just does everything you need it to!
Canva: Canva is great app for adding text onto your photos or creating original content such as blog headers and media kits. They have loads of different layouts to choose from for things such as Facebook cover photos, Twitter headers and logos. There’s plenty of fonts and graphics to choose from and you can also pay a small price for some of their premium features if you need more options.
InstaSize: This is another photo editing app with different filters and tools but I use this for creating collages and resizing photos so that they’ll fit into the Instagram squares. This is super useful if you’ve got a portrait photo that you can’t quite crop to fit the square and you can also add different backgrounds and borders to your photos.
Other Blogging Tools
Buffer: I use Buffer to schedule tweets that include my latest blog links. I include hashtags for different RT accounts such as #GRLPOWR and #BloggerBabesRT to keep on getting my blog out there and gaining new readers. You can also check your stats on Buffer so you can see which tweets proved to be the most popular which gives you an idea of what to schedule in the future. This is a perfect app for me because I work full time so I don’t always have the time to tweet throughout the day – this does it all for me!
Followers+: Unfortunately, there are some social media users that are only in it for the follower count. I’ve found that after participating in follow trains people tend to unfollow you the next day just so that they could gain another number. Followers+ allows you to see who has unfollowed you recently and who you’re following that isn’t following you back so this helps to eliminate anyone that used you for a boost. You can also check who’s following you that you’re not following back just in case you missed anybody during a follow train which is really useful. I haven’t managed to find an app that does this for Twitter which would be super useful.
Influenster: This is my newest app, I saw a few bloggers mention it so I thought I’d see what the hype was all about. You can basically review different products and include photos just as you would in a blog post, except brands work with Influenster to find people to work with. They base this off your ‘impact score’ which tallies up all your social media followings so the more engagement and following you have, the higher your score. You also receive ‘snaps’ in the app which are basically surveys asking you which products you’d like to try out to inform brands as to whether you’d be suitable to work for them. Once a brand has chosen you they may send you a box of products which are called ‘VoxBoxes’ and the idea is to try out and review these. This app is a great way to increase your chances of working with companies and it’s actually really fun to use.
Do you have any favourite apps that you swear by?