Being a blogger is more than just typing up a post or two and snapping a photo to go with it. So much more. The post needs tweaking until you’re happy, the photos need editing to fit the overall aesthetic and that’s not even mentioning all the promotion on social media we have to schedule in!
It’s a lot, but so many bloggers just absolutely boss it with consistently good content, promo that isn’t too “HEY LOOK AT MY POST”, and Instagram grids you could print and frame on a wall. No matter whether blogging is your full time earner, or you squeeze it in around a full time job, it’s a job that never really feels done!
For me, as someone who does have a full time job outside of this lil ol’ hobby, I find blogging apps endlessly helpful. Here’s my five faves.
Twitter is by far my favourite social media platform, and it has been ever since I signed up. I love connecting with other bloggers and sharing my posts to a wider audience than my Bloglovin followers and the phone app means I can do this on the go, or y’know when I’m half-watching Netflix in my pjs. Perf.
I was so late to the VSCO train that it’s a bit embarrassing. If you’ve been living under the rock that I used to reside at, then you might not know that VSCO is a photo editing app that lets you adjust things like exposure, contrast, saturation etc or use pre-built filters like you can on Instagram.
I find it particularly useful when I have only been able to take a photo in low light, so it desperately needs tweaking. 9 times out of 10 I can edit it without losing any or much quality to the image.
Buffer allows you to schedule your social media posts, and it’s a godsend tbh. Although I only use the free plan on Buffer that allows me to schedule 10 posts, I find this ideal for my needs. You can schedule to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using Buffer, and it shows you nifty analytics to see how posts did. With one click of a button, you can ‘re-buffer’ a post which will add it to your queue to be shared again. Ideal for posts that have had a decent amount of engagement.
Another reason I love Buffer is because you can easily set your own schedule, choosing the number of posts to send out in a day as well as the times they should go out. I only use it for Twitter at the moment (I only share my new posts on my FB page, and I’ll tell you more about how I schedule my IG posts next!), but I love how simple it is to use.
Planoly is the newest app to enter my life and girrrrrrl, I am in love. Planoly is for planning your Instagram posts, allowing you to schedule a push notification to your phone when it’s time to publish your new photo. I don’t know why IG doesn’t allow ‘proper’ scheduling, but Planoly is a perfectly good substitute.
What I like about Planoly is the ability to see how your scheduled posts look on your IG grid – meaning I can make sure I’m maintaining the ‘theme’ of my profile. While I’m not obsessive over keeping to a theme, I do feel pretty proud of how my grid has looked since using Planoly tbh.
Shout out to Rhianna for introducing the app to me.
Last but definitely not least is Canva. Canva describes itself as ‘graphic design’ software, and allows you to create and edit images no matter what your skill levels are in graphic design. It’s great for creating Pinterest-friendly images (which I don’t do enough…), but I also used it to create my blog logo, as well as my Monthly Favourites post images.
The templates available are amazing, as are the ‘elements’ you can add and the stock imagery up for grabs as well. Canva is free although some elements and other bits need to be paid for – which to date I’ve never had to do.
So chums, what are your fave blogging apps?