Recently, I’ve been trying to step up my blogging game and make this blog a true reflection of me. I’d always known it takes a huge level of work to blog, however now I’ve started to take this whole thing very seriously (the first step to doing this was going self hosted, and you can read all about my experience doing that here) I’ve realised you definitely can’t do it all on your own – help is definitely needed from a few trusty apps.
In light of this realisation, I’ve been downloading lots of apps & tweaking my phone to make it perfectly suited to ‘blogger sophie’ and so that I can always be on top of my game. I’ve decided to share with you all my top five apps I’m using at the moment which I’ve found the most useful and easiest. I can’t be doing with super complicated stuff, so rest assured that if I can figure my way around these apps, you can too.
Okay, so this one might seem a lil’ self explanatory, but, hear me out. Before I went self hosted, I took this app for granted; my wordpress.com blog used to show up on there all nicely and everything was tickety boo. What I didn’t realise, is that other blogging platforms don’t have an app to link their blog to, and everything had to be done via a laptop. I’m so glad I blog with wordpress, otherwise I wouldn’t have access to all the things I need when I’m on the go (or simply cannot be bothered to open my laptop, which is more regular than me being ‘on the go’ – I don’t think I’ve left my house in two weeks). I can see my stats in a super easy to read format, reply to comments, see where my traffic is coming from (and so make any adjustments for that day on certain social platforms) and even write posts. If I have a genius idea for a post, I’ll more often than not create a post with that title so I don’t forget. This app is my saviour – if you’re a wordpress blogger and you don’t use the app, then who really are you? It’s incredible.
This one definitely deserves a mention, because although lots of you probably use it already, I can’t stress the importance. Twitter (and pinterest, but I’ll move onto that later) is one of the main sources of my traffic and interaction on my blog, and I honestly don’t think blogging would be the same without it. It is an amazing place to promote your blog posts, with a whole host of dedicated RT accounts there to help you spread the word. The blogging community is so prevalent on twitter and I’ve recently met a lovely group of fellow teen bloggers who have been so helpful – plus, it’s lovely to chat to people who do the same thing as you every day. Twitter is the platform where I grow my following the most, which is helpful as a blogger because it means more and more people are getting to know about my blog. It’s also really helpful in terms of finding other bloggers to engage with and who might share helpful tips with you in regards to blogging. You can go follow me on twitter here – I’m slightly infatuated with it at the moment so I’m incredibly active!
This wonderful tool links right back to twitter, and makes it so much easier to stay active on there. With buffer, I’m able to schedule up to 10 tweets a day (on their free plan, I believe it’s more/unlimited on their paid plan) and set the times I want them to go out. It’s free to sign up, and I think it is the most helpful app I’ve ever used for blogging. It makes promoting my blog and socials so much easier via Twitter, and you can also use it for instagram (I don’t, but I know some people do). I usually will dedicate some time every evening to scheduling the tweets for the next day – it only takes me 10 to 20 minutes, yet I see such an improvement in my blog engagement for doing it. It makes it a lot easier to hit my page view goals every day – I’m definitely not saying blogging is all about the numbers here, but it’s nice to have a little helping hand in increasing your engagement!
Canva is my absolute favourite app at the moment, and it’s the only one I’ll use to create my graphics for my blog. If you haven’t noticed from my past posts, I’m trying to feature a pinnable image in each post; that is one which is suited to pinterest and will stand out on the platform. One of my goals for August is to increase the traffic to my blog from pinterest (though thats a topic for an entirely different blog post!), so Canva is quickly becoming an invaluable blogging tool to have at my disposal for creating these graphics. What’s more, Canva is incredibly easy to use. I have not a creative nor techy bone in my body, and I’ve found it super easy to get to grips with. There is a website version of canva too, but it’s just as good on your phone and still has all the features available on the web. They’ve also got a decent selection of free and paid stock photos on there to use, however I really like pexels for my stock photos if there’s posts where I want to use any. It’s a really great app for any blogger, even if you need to do something as simple as just add some font to a picture, and I’d really recommend having it on your phone.
Pinterest is useful to me as a blogger for a whole host of different reasons. Firstly, I use it as a source of inspiration; half of the time, when I’m stumped for ideas on blog posts or generally even feeling a little uninspired with my life, a quick (more like three hour long) scroll through pinterest can get my mojo back and I’ll be bashing out content once more. Secondly, it’s really like a little blogger-tailored search engine. If I have a blogging query, for example ‘how to increase your DA’, I pop it into pinterest and I’ll be bombarded by loads of tips sourced from bloggers (and friendly, useful tips too! Not harsh sounding rules from scary successful googled websites). I use this all the time to search up blog post ideas, how to monetise a blog and all sorts – it’s my absolute hub of blogger info. Finally, I use pinterest as a way to connect with other bloggers and drive more traffic to my blog. My traffic from pinterest is by no means huge, but definitely something I want to put effort into increasing, however it’s the amount of amazing blogs I discover through pinterest group boards which is what makes pinterest so important to me. I love my group boards, and will be looking to join many many more forever!
Do me a huge favour & pin that for me!
So, that’s a small snippet of the apps I’m finding really useful a good as a blogger as of 2018. I’m sure it’ll change as I discover new things, but for now, these are my holy grails and I don’t think I could go on blogging without these installed on my phone (okay, maybe that’s a touch dramatic but blogging sure would be a damn sight harder without them!). I haven’t even touched down on apps I use for editing pictures (not that I’m very good at that) in this blog post, of which I have an entire folder dedicated to on my phone! If you’d like to know about those apps, then do let me know in a comment!