The Top Five Apps I Can’t Live Without As A Blogger

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.

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WORDPRESS

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.

TWITTER

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!

BUFFER

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

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

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!

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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!

Soph xx

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74 Comments

  1. August 1, 2018 / 2:03 pm

    Needed this post! I’m always unsure about what apps I should have to keep up to date with social media and my blog itself! Thank you! X

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 2:20 pm

      So glad you found it useful Niamh! If there’s one I’d really recommend, it would have to be Buffer! It’s amazing for staying on top of twitter 💖

  2. August 1, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    I love the WordPress app it is so handy for when you are out and about. I am only just getting into pinterest but loving it so far.

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 4:54 pm

      Oh let me know what your Pinterest is & I’ll follow you!

      • August 1, 2018 / 5:07 pm

        I think I am Chloemay33 thanks ☺️☺️

        • Love, Soph
          Author
          August 1, 2018 / 5:19 pm

          I’ll make sure to check it out nown

  3. August 1, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    I recently downloaded Buffer and it is amazing! I’m awful at remembering to tweet when blogposts go live so its great that I can just schedule them. Such a great post that is so helpful! Thank you x
    A x | http://www.simplyxanna.wordpress.com

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 4:54 pm

      So glad you found it useful Anna! I completely agree, buffer is my absolute life saver!😂💗

  4. August 2, 2018 / 8:31 am

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I’ve started to use Buffer recently and I absolutely love it! It has really helped me with my Blog traffic. I also really need to get back on Pinterest, I haven’t used it to its max potential

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 10:01 am

      I’m loving buffer so much at the moment! Thanks for reading 😊

  5. August 2, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Love these tips – definately going to get Canva because it does look very cool and you are correct about the pins 🙂

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 10:27 am

      Canva is really good!😊💛

  6. Eden
    August 2, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    Loved this post Soph, I love lots of these apps as well. Absolutely crucial if you are a blogger! Xx

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post Eden!❤️

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 2:00 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the post Eden! xx

  7. Batmom85
    August 2, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    Great post! I’m going to have to get buffer that seems like it would truly help me. Your blog post is amazing. You blog is on point🙌🏾❤️❤️

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 2:01 pm

      Buffer is really helpful, I’d really recommend it. Thank you! xx

  8. August 2, 2018 / 1:52 pm

    Yesssss for this! I’ve recently discovered Canva too and love it…I think I’m going to have to try out Buffer though! With work taking up so much time atm I’m struggling to find consistency in my twitter presence. So thankyou!

    Lynette x | https://lifewithlynette.com

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 2:02 pm

      Canva is amazing, I literally use it every single day! Buffer is so good for scheduling tweets, definitely my most used app!

  9. August 2, 2018 / 2:37 pm

    Canva is so useful but I’d never heard of buffer before! Might be worth a shout for while I’m working! Thanks for a lovely post xx

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 3:04 pm

      Buffer is really useful! You should definitely check it out😊

  10. August 2, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    This is such a great post! I’ve been trying to grow my Pintrest, and I just can’t seem to do it! I don’t know what to do! I used to use buffer loads, but never had the app, but they changed the layout a bit and couldn’t get the hang of it, so I switched to Hootsuite! I would recommend choosing it because it lets you schedule up to 30 things at once, which easily schedules everything for the week! Great post Soph xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 2:14 pm

      I’ll definitely look into hootsuite, although I’m really loving buffer at the moment because the app is so simple to use. Thanks for reading! x

  11. August 2, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    I really need to check out Buffer, I’m awful at promoting my posts on Twitter! Canva is such a great app, I use it often to create my Pinterest pins and it’s so quick & easy to use! Thanks for sharing these great suggestions Soph! 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 8:17 pm

      Canva is so easy right! Buffer is so good, you should definitely look into it!😊

  12. August 2, 2018 / 7:10 pm

    I used to browse Pinterest for interior decor ideas and hairstyle tutorials but I’d never considered it from a blogger perspective so I might just have to get back into it! Some great advice here, thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 8:17 pm

      Ah yes, it’s really helpful as a blogger! Glad you enjoyed the post😊xx

  13. August 2, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    I love using all of these apps and would be totally lost with most them! The only app I don’t use is Buffer because my Twitter is connected to my blog so if a blogpost goes up, it tweets automatically. But I do love the concept of using it for other tweets to schedule. Loved this post as always x

    http://www.lifeasnajida.co.uk

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 8:16 pm

      That’s so cool, I need to connect my twitter to my blog! Buffer is really useful though, I’d definitely recommend it for just generally sharing more on your twitter. Thank you! X

  14. August 2, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing these tips, they’re really helpful. I’ve only recently discovered Canva and haven’t really figured out how to use it that well! Twitter is definitely an excellent way to share blogs. I’ve never used Buffer but I might have to look into it! You can find my blog here: cornishmaidblog.com 🙂 x

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 8:48 pm

      Canva is really easy once you figure it out – there’s some good YouTube tutorials out there. Buffer is really good for scheduling tweets, I’d really recommend it!😊

  15. August 2, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    I am just starting out in blogging so this has been very helpful to me as I had never heard of buffer before so I am definitely going to download that because I have an office job so I can’t sit there on my phone writing tweets for my personal blog! So helpful thank you 🙂

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 9:17 pm

      Buffer is really helpful, I wish I’d known about it sooner because it definitely would’ve helped my blog in the early days!😊

  16. August 2, 2018 / 9:56 pm

    This is actually really useful; I need to find an app I can work with to schedule my tweets. I’ve been using tweetdeck but just not sure it works for me. I’ve also just started using Pinterest! Not going to lie, I have no idea what I’m doing !xx

    angelwingsandpetticoats.com

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 10:12 pm

      Buffer is really good – pretty simple to use and it’s free, which is great! Pinterest confuses me at the best of times too, but I’m trying my hardest with it!😂xx

  17. August 3, 2018 / 11:08 am

    Right now I am obsessed with Pinterest too! I honestly don’t know where I’d be without it, it is perfect for finding all sorts of blog posts, I’ve really been getting into group boards lately! I need to start using Buffer again as it’s so helpful to you, I just always forget! Lovely post, so helpful! X

    Erin // Everything Erin

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 3, 2018 / 11:09 am

      Buffer is my most used app at the moment, I’m loving it! Also really loving group boards in Pinterest, they’re amazing for finding other bloggers!✨

  18. August 3, 2018 / 11:58 am

    Great post girly! Honestly, I love all of these apps – they’re absolute time savers! xx

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 3, 2018 / 12:33 pm

      They’re so important for keeping up with my blog!😂x

  19. BethRebecca
    August 3, 2018 / 4:44 pm

    I love Canva! It’s the best thing I’ve tried to create Pins and I love it! And also I don’t know how I’d survive without Buffer

    Beth x | https://bethrebecca.com/

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 3, 2018 / 7:04 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post! Buffer is my absolute god send🙌🏻

  20. August 3, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    I’ve just recently downloaded buffer for my phone and I’m loving it already. Thank for sharing 😊

    Lyndsey | lyndseyfitzgerald.com

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 3, 2018 / 7:05 pm

      Buffer is so so useful to me! Glad you enjoyed reading 😊

  21. August 6, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    I’ve been reading a lot of posts about this and it’s been so helpful for me – this post included. I’m planning on going self hosted as soon as I get a job and then I’ll be able to put a lot more into my blog but I already use all of the apps you mentioned. although I do feel I’m still not great at doing it

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 4:33 pm

      I’ve gone self hosted recently and I would definitely recommend it. Glad you found this post useful!😊

  22. August 6, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    This was a great post! I have the same goal of trying to personalise my blog as much as I can without it being too much like a diary. Also, I love Canva! Use it all the time 🙂

    Arshi | earthtoarshi.com

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 6:50 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post!💛💛

  23. August 6, 2018 / 5:53 pm

    Being a blogger very useful information for me .I have never used Buffer definitely will try .Thanku.

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 6:50 pm

      Glad you found it useful 😊

  24. August 7, 2018 / 11:01 am

    Loved this post! The wordpress app is a life saviour if I need to do some last minute blog changes when I’m out and about. I’ve only just started using pinterest more but I’m really enjoying it so far!xx

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 7, 2018 / 11:08 am

      I’m so glad you found the post useful!💘

  25. julietlylillyrose
    August 8, 2018 / 1:45 am

    Ohhh, thanks for sharing! I need to check out buffer and canva. They sound like exactly what I need!

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 8, 2018 / 7:16 am

      Canva is so good, I’d definitely suggest giving it a go!😊

  26. August 8, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    Thank you suggesting Canva. I have been looking something to create graphics 🙂

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 8, 2018 / 10:32 pm

      Canva is excellent! Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 x

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 8, 2018 / 10:30 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post!😊

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 9, 2018 / 10:03 am

      Glad you found it helpful! X

  27. August 9, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    This post was very helpful! I was actually thinking about going back to Pinterest and you convinced me!!!!!!!!!!
    Amazing post!!!!! Your blog is amazing!!!! 😀 <3

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 9, 2018 / 2:20 pm

      Thank you so much Ana!!💗

  28. Ana - The She Approach
    August 11, 2018 / 6:13 pm

    Canva is amazing!! I use it to create all my social media graphics.

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 11, 2018 / 10:54 pm

      I love canva!💛

  29. August 11, 2018 / 11:30 pm

    What a brilliant list of recommendations – thank you so much Soph! I adore Canva but I’d never heard of Buffer – sounds like I’ve been missing out and I’m about to download it right now!

    Hope you’re having a wonderful summer – sending you good vibes!

    Nati x | http://www.naticreates.com | @naticreates

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 12, 2018 / 10:53 am

      Buffer is really good! Glad you enjoyed the post, have a great summer Nati x

  30. August 12, 2018 / 12:49 pm

    this post was so useful, I am obsessed with Canva as well! love your blog x x

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 12, 2018 / 12:49 pm

      I’m so glad you found the post useful! Thank you 😇

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 13, 2018 / 11:12 am

      Thanks!

  31. August 18, 2018 / 6:47 pm

    I definitely need to get using Buffer! I feel like I’m the only blogger who isn’t scheduling tweets, and I’m definitely missing out.

    -pixieskiesblog.wordpress.com xo

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 6:49 pm

      Honestly, I’ve been blogging for years and only started scheduling tweets this summer, but it’s SO useful! I’d defo recommend✨💛

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