Hey there franz! I wanted to show you a screenshot of the apps I use almost daily as a blogger.
As far as apps go, I don’t overdo it.
I’m not super techy, I’m a words person.
I focus on my content, the look of my photos, and how to streamline everything. I’ve also gotten into batch content lately which has made my life so much easier.
I can’t function without Evernote, I’m literally using it as we speak–as you read. This is by far my favorite app to use for blogging.
There are several note-saving apps out there but I really love this one and it’s easy to switch between my phone and my laptop. You can create notes within different notebooks to separate your topics which is really nice. I created 2 notebooks, one is “Blog Ideas,” and one is “Blog Active.” I can jot down ideas and when I’m ready to sit down and finish a blog post, I move it to the “active” notebook and I know which article I’m going to post next.
You can also set up tags for your notes so you can find what you’re looking for based on the tag you added.
I can’t function without Canva. I know I said that about Evernote, but Canva is like the visual version of Evernote. They have a ton of video tutorials to help if you’re just getting started with Canva, editing and designing tips, help with branding, and settings options.
In Canva, you can create anything. I’m convinced you could create blueprints to a castle on the hill (50 points if you get that reference). I’ve created photos for by blog and cover pictures for Facebook and Twitter. I’ve designed posts and stories for Instagram. I’ve also created logos and images for a friend’s Etsy site. I’ve also created pins for Pinterest that have gotten tons of views.
You don’t need a degree in graphic design and you don’t even need an eye for design.
There are so many templates that you can modify and tweak. For example, when you search for a template like “Pinterest Pin” or “Instagram Post,” see what catches your eye and use it! Change the colors, change the text, the accents, and boom – an original design!
Quick tip: Be careful with stock photos where you can recognize someone’s face or a popular landmark. Other than that, most images can be used to alter and edit both commercially and non commercially. To be safe, check out their licensing agreement.
I chose to purchase the pro version of Canva because I love it so much (less than $10/month). It keeps me organized and it’s so easy to use. You can definitely do a lot with the free version but you won’t have access to as many designs, stock photos, or fonts. You also won’t have as much storage or marketing tools. You can try the pro version for 30 days which is nice, and if you don’t use it you can cancel!
When I started using Canva, I got another free month with the honey app, which if you haven’t already added this to your search engine yet, what are you doing? 😉
I love this app for saving and planning batch content for Instagram. It’s super helpful to see your full layout and plan content ahead of time. Preview allows up to 48 posts to preview before you send to Instagram. It lets you view 16 rows of three posts each, the same layout on your phone.
You can rearrange photos in any combination and you can create your captions right in the app. It’s also super helpful to save hashtag groups so you’re not entering them for every post. You can set up a schedule to post or choose to post right to Instagram.
There’s an option to upgrade to “pro” or “premium,” and these options have features that help with creative captions and choosing hashtags. Upgrading also gives you some filters, analytics, saving more than 48 posts, using Reels, IGTV, and Stories. I’ve never tried the upgraded options but they have great reviews!
When you download the app, make sure to link to your Instagram account and voila! You have a batch of 48 Instagram posts saved in your Preview app ready to post.
This app is by Adobe but don’t be intimated like I was, it’s user-friendly and it’s not photoshop.
I’ve heard this is the best FREE photo-editing app out there! Again, I’m not super techy so I appreciate easy when it comes to editing photos and creating a certain look for my digital content.
5. Google Workspace (formerly G-Suite)
This is another service I purchased to boost my blog. In order to have an email address connected with my domain name, I chose Google for my platform. Sometimes you can get an email address through your blog-hosting site, but I chose to use the Google because it gives your business room to grow and also, my eyes are used to it.
Side note: when you use a new email provider you’re not used to, isn’t it ugly on your eyes? WHERE do I look?
Other than email, I use Google Drive and Google Docs to save documents and share photos or other information for my blog.
6. Grid Post
This app is a fun addition for Instagram and turns a single picture into a grid of three photos up to fifteen photos.
Once your picture is split into a grid, you can save them to your phone and post on Instagram. The app also tells you what order to post each picture and can send it directly to Instagram without saving each individual photo to your phone.
You can also write on your photo and there’s some cute stickers if you choose to dress it up. There’s also some filter options you could use before posting.
This is a great app for batch content and planning posts to your social media accounts. I have this app downloaded but I’ll be honest, I haven’t used it to the full extent–yet. You can add different “applets” within the program in order to connect your platforms. Basically, you need to setup IFTTT to talk to your Instagram, your Pinterest, etc.
Once you setup notifications on your calendar, IFTTT knows when and where to post your content automatically. This step isn’t super necessary for me at first, but I plan on using this in the near future.
This is what I use to follow other bloggers. I’ve tried a variety of ways to follow blogs and this is my favorite. It’s like a Pinterest meets magazine version of reading the blogs you follow. You can also use it as another social media platform as well and engage with readers.
Bonus app! I only have eight main apps that I use other than the basic social media apps: Instagram, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I also use Mailchimp for my subscribers, creating email templates, and landing pages for some of my products and content.
However, I rarely use this app on my phone.
I use Mailchimp on my laptop to create campaigns and build my audience. I do use this app weekly to view subscribers, monitor analytics, and check out other updates.
HONESTY TIME – I struggled very unnecessarily with this service in the beginning. I created campaigns through trial and error and I fumbled through lists. In the meantime, there were these nice little tutorials, marketing tips, and an overview lesson about this platform that I just didn’t have time to read. After several failures, I made time to read.