Friday, 9 February 2018

best apps for bloggers

As smartphones grow in use every day, and the availability and creation of apps grows even faster, it’s sometimes hard to see the wood for the tree when it comes to choosing the right ones to help you in your blogging life. 


I’ve tried and tested so many over the last couple of years, and although there are so many great ones, there are a select few that I come back to, and even completely rely on!

For me, apps are great for a couple of reasons when it comes to helping my facilitate and organise my blog. I tend to use them mostly for organisation, stats, creating & photo editing. With this in mind, I wanted to put together a comprehensive list of my current favourite and most used apps, in the hope that it might help someone else out there!

Planoly

COST: free with in-app purchases available. They have more advanced paid-for services but the basic app is perfectly adequate for me.
GREAT FOR: planning Instagram feed and for visualising how your posts will look before posting them. You can also track your exact follower count if you’re over 10k, and stats from your recent posts all in one place. You can access this via your phone, or via their website, https://www.planoly.com/



Stausbrew

COST: free with in-app purchases available.
GREAT FOR: keeping an eye on social stats and followers, and scheduling posts for multiple social media platforms. It has some restrictions on how many changes you can make to some things e.g. blocking etc., but is overall really useful for keeping an eye on everything in one place! It also has a website version, which you can find at https://statusbrew.com - the full site can give indepth reports and feedback on your social channels, but this is an advanced, paid service (but you can grab a 30 day trial!).


Canva

COSTfree with in-app purchases available. The free version of the app and site has sooo much free content though.
GREAT FOR: their amazing templates for just about anything you can think of! They have everything from twitter profile banner templates (pre-sized) to birthday invitations! The app is a great but less-able extension of the website, which is literally an image-making dream! I made my media kit on the website and it came out amazingly! I can edit the stats easily each month on the mobile app to make sure everything is always easily up-to-date.


Buffer

COSTfree with in-app purchases available
GREAT FOR: being my go-to for scheduling posts, especially for Twitter! Buffer’s built-in url shortening was a God-send before the Twitter character limit was extended, but is still really useful now as it tracks and offers easy-to-understand analytics for each post, and allows you to re-post your most popular posts again, rather than re-tweeting. Currently, the free service only allows you to schedule 10 posts (you get to choose how many go ou each day) but they offer a monthly subscription free which will allow you a lot more/unlimited scheduled posts. I’m definitely considering it…!


COST: free, with the option to pay monthly for more storage space.
GREAT FOR: being able to have access to all my files and folders anywhere. I can access & edit them from both mobile and PC, Mac & Windows, and the changes are made on all platforms almost instantly. It makes everything so, so much easier, especially if you work across all three platforms of mobile, PC & Mac!

VSCO

COST: free with in-app purchases (for extra filters.)
GREAT FOR: they’re gorgeous range of free filters, and super-effective-but-easy to use photo editing suite. I know this is an app that  is super popular and well-known, so if you haven’t already checked it out I’d highly recommend it!


Lightroom CC

COST: free (basic version of full Lightroom PC software)
GREAT FOR: making photo edits that are little more specific or advanced (more advanced settings and options are available with the PC software equivalent), and is also great for applying a specific adjustment or adjustments to more than one photo. An absolute must for photography buffs!







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