Today I thought I would write a different type of post, and let you guys know about my favourite iPhone apps that I use for blogging. My iPhone is my favourite piece of technology, and these days there really is an app for everything, so I try to utlise these as much as I can to help my blogging journey that little bit easier. I’ve listed my top 10 iPhone apps which I think will help will help bloggers, but the majority of these will be useful to most people as they’re really versatile.
AFTERLIGHT (79p) is an app that I often hear about in the blogosphere, and one that I use all the time to edit my social media pictures – especially Instagram (I’m here if you fancy following). This is the only paid app on this list, but one that I do think is honestly worth the 79p. It’s heads above all other photo editing apps, with so many different options and filters to make your photos look perfect. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to try out a new iPhone photo editing app – I’m honestly highly impressed with it.
ANY.DO (free) is a really simple list app that lets you keep multiple lists, whilst syncing them across to other devices, and their web based version. I’m a list kind of person, give me any task and a list is the first thing I’ll create, so I was bound to love this app. I mainly use this for blogging posts and photos as you can see from the screenshots, but it’s also great for general reminders or shopping lists. It’s such a simple concept and design, but that’s what makes me love it more. You can have a simple list, or you can make it more in depth by adding reminders, notes, and favoriting individual tasks or lists. You simply swipe the task when you’ve completed it, and it gives that oh so satisfactory line across it. An everyday perfect list app for a list obsessed blogger like myself.
BIT.LY (free) is an app that I’ve only come across recently, but one that I love all the same. It’s basically a tool for shortening your links, but it also allows you to track how many people have clicked on them via the website or the app. This app is perfect for when I want to promote a new blog post, but don’t want to use up all the characters (twitter I’m looking at you), with the link. For example the link to this post is http://emilyloula.com/top-iphone-apps-bloggers/, whereas with bit.ly I can shorten it to bit.ly/1zd8kRM. Super, super handy app, so simple to use and one I would highly recommend for all bloggers.
BLOGLOVIN’ (free) is what I use to follow all the blogs I read whether this is on my computer or phone. I find it’s really great to keep on top of new blog posts from my favourite blogs without missing anything as well as coming across new blogs too. Bloglovin’ recently updated their iPhone app (thank gosh), before it was quite clunky, but now it’s lovely, and perfect to keep up to date with blog posts. If you fancy following me on Bloglovin’ you can do so here
BUFFER (free) is a great app for bloggers who like to keep on top of their social media accounts. You can connect Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Linkedin on the free version, and Pinterest on the upgraded version. Once you’ve connected your accounts, you can then schedule posts to be sent at a time, or timescale to suit you. I find this really handy if I have scheduled a blog post to go live, I can then coincide my tweets or Facebook status to promote it. Also great for when I think of 10 things to tweet in one go, but don’t want to spam my followers so spread them out throughout the day.
FOTOGRAMME (free) is the perfect app for anyone, like me, who runs two separate Instagram accounts. I have a personal instagram and one for my blog (which is here if you fancy following). On twitter you can switch between accounts within the app, but at the moment this isn’t the case for Instagram, and you have to manually log in and out each time. Fotogramme lets you switch between two or more accounts within the app, and let’s you like, follow and comment on pictures. At the moment you can’t actually post images from Fotogramme due to Instagram’s privacy settings, but I just use Instagram itself to do that.
GOOGLE ANALYTICS (free) is such a handy tool as a blogger, it can let you see such a wide array of information about your site and visitors. You can see your page views, popular pages, find out where your audience is based, what browser they use or how they ended up on your site. You will need to set analytics to work with your site originally but once this has been done the app provides you with so much vital information. If you’re struggling to get to grips with the web based analytics, I would definitely recommend the app, as it’s much simpler and more user friendly.
GOOGLE DOCS (free) is another app from Google that I couldn’t be without when blogging now. I use Google Drive to keep my documents up to date across my devices, this is particularly handy for me if I start a post on my lunch break at work, I can then check it on my iPhone, and finish it at home on my Mac. I always write my posts on Google Docs first, then copy them into WordPress. This way I always have a backup copy of my post if anything was to go wrong, and can always edit them on the go. The interface is really fresh and easy to use, and I would definitely recommend it if you haven’t tried Google Drive / Docs yet!
PINTEREST (free) is one of my favourite tools as a blogger, so I definitely needed to include the app in this line up. If you aren’t familiar with Pinterest (where have you been?) it’s a form of social media where you can ‘pin’ almost anything from meals, home improvements, outfits etc, the list goes on. You can literally find anything on Pinterest, so if you haven’t used it yet you are seriously missing out. I mainly use Pinterest to find out new blogging or photography tips, blog post ideas, makeup dupes and looks. Pinterest can become a great source of traffic if you start to pin your own images from your blog, I’ve started to get into the habit of doing this and it’s really started to make a difference to my stats already. If you fancy following me on Pinterest, I’m here
SQUAREREADY (free) has saved me many times, where I think I’ve taken the perfect Instagram photo, yet it’s not exactly square, so half of it gets chopped off. It’s a simple app and concept, that gives you a square background and allows you to upload your picture over the top. You can then move it around, change the size and colour the background, so that your picture is really Instagram-worthy. If you’re an instagram addict, you need this simple app in your life.
So that’s it for my top 10 iPhone Apps for bloggers, I really hope you’ve found this post useful – let me know if you do download any of these! Are there any iPhone apps you think that I should try? What’s your favourite?