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Apps: A Blogger’s Best Friend

February 21, 2015
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Once a blog post is complete it’s time to share it on social media. More often than not there can be a few hold ups at this stage, perhaps the image is too large or the URL wont fit due to the character restrictions of Twitter. Here are my top apps to help make blogging a breeze.

Latergramme

Instagram is by far my favorite social media platform. I love scrolling through snaps and seeing how people curate their little squares, and I have been known to post the occasional *cough* regular selfie too. Instagram is the perfect visual tool for bloggers to promote posts, the only catch is that it doesn’t allow you to post images directly from your computer or schedule images in advance. That is where Latergram comes in handy, this app allows you to post from your PC and select the time that you wish to post, the app then sends you a notification at the scheduled time, which you can open and post via Instagram.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is the most accurate app for monitoring the progress of your blog. You can see everything from the towns that your readers live in, to how your visitors found you. This information is really interesting as it enables you to be smarter with your content planning. It also provides you with the relevant readership figures and conversion rates for sponsors. I found the Google Analytics site a little difficult to navigate around at first, but the app is super easy to use once you know the jargon and completely free.  This blog post is full of handy tips.

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PS Express

Cameras on smart phones are so smart these days that many bloggers use them to capture all of their visual content. Sometimes images just need little tweaking, perhaps some red eye removal here and a saturation adjustment there. The PS Express tool is fantastic for this, and free! This is the newest addition to my app list but it is quickly becoming a favourite.

Buffer and HootSuite

Twitter is the obvious choice for all bloggers, it is great for getting social and interacting with people. Tweeting is always best done in real time, so that you can be responsive and topical. Occasionally you do need to schedule content in advance and so HootSuite is my tool of choice. Among other things, it allows you to shorten links, set up streams and manage multiple accounts. The only downside is that it isn’t great for scheduling photos,  it converts them into links which don’t appear in your photostream. That is where Buffer comes in, it is a nice and easy way to schedule photos for Twitter. There are lots of other social media management tools out there which do similar things such as FutureTweets and sproutsocial so have a play and see which ones suit your needs best. I use the free versions of all of the apps mentioned in this section.

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Old School App

When my iPhone battery dies or I fancy some screen free time its nice to revert to a notebook. I’m a bit fickle when it comes to stationary, the prettier it is, the more it gets used. Pages with scribbles on get removed and black ink looks best. I was recently sent the book pictured in this post, it is a Nuuna Notebook The banana leaf print leather is gorgeous and it smells like the luxury accessories department in Selfridges!

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