You can get an app for just about everything these days; whether you need to work, sleep or play you can bet there’s an app out there to assist you. They’re even being used in hospitals and schools, and when you have access to these kinds of awesome programmes right on your smartphone why wouldn’t you make the most of them?
When you’re a blogger it’s important to be motivated, efficient and organised. So apps that can help you do that (especially while you’re on the go) are always a good thing, it’s fair to say that app developers have really changed our lives for the better. Here are some examples of great apps that can help you to be more efficient as a blogger.
Perfect for reading blog posts while you’re on the go. Bloglovin’ turns your phone into a pocket-sized magazine, with all the most amazing and up to date blog content ready to read. You can favourite and add posts to collections right from the app, and if you’re more pressed for time then having a ‘read later’ collection is a handy way to find content to go back to. Reading other’s content is so beneficial; it supports other bloggers, keeps you well informed about what’s going on in your field and can inspire you to create your own unique content.
Social Media Apps
As a blogger chances are you’re pretty well connected, but don’t wait until you’re home at the laptop to make contact with others. Being online during the day gives you great chances to interact with others, read content people have shared that you might have otherwise missed and just generally keeping in the loop. Social media is important for any business (which your blog is) and can be used to promote and drive traffic to your site. It creates valuable network opportunities and relationships between bloggers that you don’t want to miss out on.
Evernote is a particularly handy little app because it can be installed on all of your devices, allowing you to access your information seamlessly no matter what you’re doing. Out and about during the day? Write down a couple of blog post ideas, or just make a some notes. Then when you get home, you can pick it straight up on your laptop or desktop with no waiting for files to transfer or copy and pasting anything over. You can save text, photos and even clip content from anywhere on the internet to store and refer back to later.
When you’re working freelance in any capacity including blogging, you need to be highly organised and efficient with your time. You need to keep on track with your posting schedule, reply to emails in a timely manner, arrange your social media. You will need to keep track of things like products waiting to be reviewed and guest posts to be published. Wunderlist is an app that helps you create multiple lists and keep track of tasks, which is perfect for a busy blogger. A far cry from the standard reminder app that comes with your phone!
Depending on which platform you use, it’s worth downloading the Blogger or WordPress app. Obviously typing up a blog post on your phone isn’t the ideal scenario, but if you’re waiting for a bus or sat on a long train then you could quickly log in and jot down some notes. Even if you get down the bare bones of an article or some rough sentences, you can go back and finish it when you get home and it saves thinking up entirely new ideas from scratch. Blogging in a different setting like this might even give you some creative ideas, and cause you to think up some blog posts that you otherwise wouldn’t have thought of.