Are you always on the go and want your blogging life to be easier? Have you ever needed to promote a post or check in with your audience while you’re out and about? Having mobile apps to help you with your blog on the go is a lifesaver. Heck, maybe you just prefer to do things on your phone. No matter what reason, mobile apps have completely changed blogging.
I’ve been thinking for weeks about ways to create and share valuable content. After some time, I thought looking closer at my process and second nature things could be a great way for me to do just that. The first thing I thought of was sharing the apps I use most often during my blogging process. It’s helped immensely to have access to various tools on the go as a blogger. Below are some of the apps that have helped me:
Note: None of these are ads. I genuinely enjoy using these mobile apps and do not have a relationship with any of these brands.
I have a WordPress blog, so it helps a lot to have this app. You can write/draft blog posts, edit posts add photos, and publish/schedule posts on it. You can’t do everything that you can do on a desktop, but it’s great for simple things. If the platform that you use has a mobile app, I suggest looking at the features to see if it’d be helpful for you to download it.
A Notes App
This one is a lifesaver. From Instagram captions to blog post notes, this kind of app is great for storing info. I started using this more when I had an Instagram bug where my caption would disappear after publishing a post. It was so frustrating to try to remember everything that I had typed. It’s great to have a place where there’s a backup of important information like this.
A Cloud App of Your Choice
It’s important to have your files backed up somewhere. There’s nothing like losing files on your phone for whatever reason and not having copies anywhere else. I personally use iCloud, but I’ve used Google Drive in the past. It gives you peace of mind to know that you have your files backed up.
Instagram is great for sharing info or images pertaining to your blog post. It’s also a way to connect with with your audience through a super visual platform. I love using it to research trends in my industry and connecting with people in my niche, which can be done for any niche. I must add that it’s easier for some industries than others when it comes to the visuals department. It definitely pushes you to creatively communicate your message.
The Bitly app is great for shortening links. When you want to create one, you copy and paste the link you want to be shortened. It’s really helpful when sharing links on Twitter, where there’s a character limit. Bitly also has (simple) analytics for the shortened links you create.
Adobe Express is a free app that’s great for quickly putting content with graphics together. No graphic design experience is required. This app has easy-to-use templates for social posts, stories, and ads for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Snapchat. You can also create posters, flyers, logos banners, photo collages, and YouTube thumbnails. You can also animate, trim, and resize video posts. You can convert videos to GIFs. Adobe Express is a great app to have in your blogger tool kit. You can unlock more templates, effects, stock images, and more when you have a premium Adobe membership.
Meta Business Suite
Meta Business Suite (formerly known as Facebook Business Suite) is great for drafting, scheduling, and publishing posts on the go for Facebook and Instagram. I love that it’s easy to use and that I don’t have to have use the Facebook app. This is much simpler and helps me stay focused on what I’m doing. Meta Business Suite is also a great place to see your insights for both apps.
This is my favorite photo editing app. They have some great editing tutorials, which have been helpful. As a photographer, I felt like their videos were a great review and learned some new things. Adobe Lightroom is pretty simple to use. If you’re familiar with some other photo apps (including Instagram), navigating this app shouldn’t be difficult. In my experience talking to people about editing, some have been unsure about their ability to use anything “Adobe” just by seeing the name. You can also create your own presets!
VN Video Editor
VN is a video editing app that one of my favorite bloggers, Dom N’ The City, recommended that I love. I love that it’s user-friendly. You can add subtitles, music, stickers, video and sound FX, and record voiceovers. It’s perfect for editing on the go.
Contrary to popular belief, Pinterest is a search engine. It’s a great place to find inspiration and get ideas for so many things: home improvement/decor, fashion, food, etc. You create boards to pin items on the site or content from websites. Ex.) You’ve been planning to dive into the baking world and don’t know what you want to start with. Chocolate chip cookies immediately come to your mind, so you search for them. BOOM. Multiple pins about “chocolate chip cookies” populate the page. Many of these pins–and any other ideas you search–are connected to site links.
I recently started giving my blog posts more love by sharing my content on Pinterest more. Some content creators have said that it shouldn’t be slept on, and I’m starting to see why. My blog is slowly getting more traffic by way of this platform. I love that I can easily share my content on the app or get some ideas for blog posts on the go.
This is a great app to connect with your audience and share your blog content. Plus, you can learn a lot of new things on this platform by following people who share useful info or looking through relevant hashtags.
It’s important to have channels where you can communicate with your audience that aren’t on social media platforms. A newsletter is a great way to do this. My app of choice is Mailchimp, which can be used in a browser or on your phone/tablet. Within minutes, you can send emails to your subscribers. I love how easy it is to use. Mailchimp is free, but there are paid options that give you access to other features. Shameless plug, you can sign up for my newsletter here.
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What mobile app has helped you as a blogger? Comment below.