I sat on my bed one day flipping through my phone and suddenly it hit me; blogging would suck without my smart phone! I know there was life before smart phones and apps but right now, it’s pretty hard to imagine how I would have survived. So I decided to share my phone – the apps on my phone – that makes my blogging life a bit more manageable, organized and less overwhelming.
As a blogger my computer is mainly where it all goes down, but blogging really never ends when you hit “publish”; there is more to be done after that post goes live. Many of that is handled from my phone when I shut my computer down and I’m on the go. From promoting posts on my social media outlets, to researching and jotting down future post ideas, to interacting with my fellow bloggers, the list goes on when it comes to blogging and my Android.
On a regular day I have 13 apps to help blogging for me; the apps that save my blogging life. These key apps for me are;
1. The blog – After a while, I got tired of clicking on my chrome app then typing in www.knotsvilla.com to visit my blog. So I figured adding my blog page to my home screen in the folder was a great shortcut to skip all that multiple step-clicking to view my blog. What I love about it also is that it stays refreshed. Unlike going through the browser where it gets stuck on the page you last visited, this option keeps it fresh showing the most recent post/activity on your blog.
2. Feedly – My Feedly reader is one thing I know I can never get tired of. I did a post a while back on how amazing I thought feedly was and clearly, I still think it is. While I am sure I have a lot to learn with feedly, for now I am very satisfied with how it works; showing my the latest posts from the blogs I follow in categories – Wedding, Personal, Christian and Food blogs. One thing I did was also include my blog in that list, so every morning when my post goes up at 8.00 am, at around 8.30 am (I set mine to refresh every 30 minutes) I see my current post and I can quickly share it on my social media outlets (Google+, Facebook and Twitter) right from feedly.
3. Pinterest – 4 months ago I may not have been believer of Pinterest but right now, I cant stop talking about how amazing it is. In less that 2 months Knotsvilla’s Pinterest has grown over 500% and this has positively affected the traffic to my blog. With Pinterest on my Blog life folder, I mainly do my blog post research this way. I choose a topic I’d like to talk about and search Pinterest for the perfect images for the post. Then I save them in my secret board so I don’t forget. When I am finally ready for the post with the content, I visit my Pinterest get the proper description for the photos and sources and put my post together. Other times I’m not researching, I am just pinning pretty images for the fun of it; I love my followers to have a variety of images to inspire them not just weddings, and not just from my blog.
4. Instagram – Instagram would always have a special place in my heart as it was my first used platform for this wedding gig before I actually started this blog. Instagram has become my most interactive social outlet where I get to actually feel a connection with my followers. By this I mean the ability to actually engagement my followers, ask them question, hear their replies and keep the conversation going. From congratulating many newly engaged brides found on Instagram, to reposting gorgeous images from talented vendors, to actually having good laughs from my interesting followers and their comments, Instagram has definitely helped me grow as a person and indirectly helped my blog grow.
5. Google+ – This is one outlet I am definitely still learning. I mainly connect with Wedding bloggers on my Google+ especially through the group I founded – Aisle & Tulle Connection – which is a group for my fellow wedding bloggers. So in regards to networking and building relationships with others in my wedding blogging world, Google+ has definitely been a blogging life saver.
6. Twitter – My Twitter is another great tool for my blog. It’s easier for you to get to know me via twitter than any other social media outlet as I don’t only tweet about weddings but myself, my favorite TV shows and other random things I enjoy. Twitter has not only been a helpful platform to share my blog posts with my followers but has helped a lot with having my Twitter party – #WeddingChatter – which holds every Fridays at 3 pm est. On the #WeddingChatter, I and a group of tweethearts come online and chat/tweet about all things wedding related. This helps me to know Knotsvilla’s followers and also opens me up to meeting new people in the wedding industry who join in to have fun but also share their knowledge on the topics we discuss.
7. FB Pages – Everyone knows I have a hate-hate relationship with Facebook for businesses. Obviously I haven’t been able to figure out how to make Facebook work for my blog (posting something and having only 1% of my followers see it, is quite annoying) so it’s definitely one app I don’t use as much. With about 3200 un-engaging fans, I have no urge to click on this app everyday. Most of the times I use my Facebook page on my desktop once my post goes live then download the photo through the phone app and share it on my other social media outlets. That’s about the most I do with this app, until I figure it out fully.
8. Adsense – Google Adsense is shamelessly one app I click on everyday. Being that I only started monetizing my blog, shortly after I have kind of become an addict. While the money so far is not much I find this app very useful in the sense that it not only shows me details like my earnings and what ads are doing better, but also details about my page views and visitors. So in a sense it works both as Google Adsense and Google Analytics.
9. Analytics – But is Google Adsense really enough? With Google Analytics, you don’t see any earnings reported but it definitely goes deeper into traffic details and helps give a clearer understanding of how well your blog is doing. Details like most clicked posts & pages, Views sources (yay Pinterst!), locations of these visitors and more.
10. Photogrid – This is one app that majorly works hand in hand with my Instagram causing me to use it almost everyday. Photogrid helps me create pictures and collages but also works well in re-sizing photos to share on my Instagram since Instgram requires a specific size for it’s photos.
11. Memo – My S memo is my notepad which comes in handy when I am inspired for a new post and need something to quickly write my thoughts down. I used to be a paper girl but lately this app has taken over the part of me that would run for any paper around me to write – even if it was tissue! Now I’d just pull out my phone and write mainly key points or few lines that would guide me to the post I had in mind. This also helps me with my #WeddingChatter discussion points, deciding the topics to address and the questions to follow.
12-13. WordPress/Blogger – With my 2 blogs (Knotsvilla & Gees Lemonades) being run on WordPress and Blogger respectively, obviously these apps are needed and much appreciated. I find these apps very useful for creating my posts without having to log into my computer. I usually work on these apps and save the posts as drafts, then when I have time to grab my computer, I complete the post with photos/links and hit the publish/schedule button. I haven’t figured how to cleanly attach photos from my phone to Blogger without getting frustrated so once a post has an image (which almost always does), I end up completing it on my computer.
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Other key apps that save the blogging life – Gmail & Calender. These are not in my “Blog Life” folder (but on my home screen) because they not only save my blogging life but many other aspects of life in general.
I’d love to hear yours too, what apps are your “Saving Blogging Life” apps on your phone? Any new apps that you think I should add to my list? I’d love to hear your thoughts!