10 Mobile Apps to Use As a Blogger

Are you always on the go and want your blogging life to be easier? Have you ever needed to promote a post or check in with your audience while you’re out and about? Having mobile apps to help you with your blog on the go is lifesaver. Heck, maybe you just prefer to do things on your phone. No matter what reason, mobile apps have completely changed blogging.

I’ve been thinking for weeks about ways to create and share valuable content. After some time, I thought looking closer at my process and second nature things could be a great way for me to do just that. The first thing I thought of was sharing the apps I use most often during my blogging process. It’s helped immensely to have access to various tools on the go as a blogger. Here are ten of my favorite mobile apps to use.

Note: None of these are ads. I genuinely enjoy using these mobile apps and do not have a relationship with any of these brands. Below are some of the apps that have helped me:

WordPress

I have a WordPress blog, so it helps a lot to have this app. You can write/draft blog posts, edit postsm add photos, and publish/schedule posts on it. You can’t do everything that you can do on a desktop, but it’s great for the simple things. If the platform that you use has a mobile app, I suggest looking at the features to see if it’d be helpful for you to download it.

A notes app

This one is a lifesaver. From Instagram captions to blog post notes, this kind of app is great for storing info. I started using this more when I had an Instagram bug where my caption would disappear after publishing a post. It was so frustrating to try to remember everything that I had typed. It’s great to have a place where there’s a backup of important information like this.

Instagram

Instagram is great for sharing info or images pertaining to your blog post. It’s also a way to connect with with your audience through a super visual platform. I love using it to research trends in my industry and connecting with people in my niche, which can be done for any niche. I must add that it’s easier for some industries than others when it comes to the visuals department. It definitely pushes you to creatively communicate your message.

iPhone - Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

Bitly

This app is great for shortening links. When you want to create one, you copy and paste the link you want shortened. It’s really helpful when sharing links on Twitter, where there’s a character limit. Bitly also has (simple) analytics for clicks.

Buffer

You may not always be able to publish and engage with your schedule. Buffer helps lighten the load. With the free version, you can schedule about ten Twitter/Facebook posts in the queue at a time and publish on the go. Note: it’s a different feel than the desktop version.

Facebook Pages

If you have a Facebook page, this app is great for drafting, scheduling, and publishing posts on the go. I love that it’s easy to use and that I don’t have to have use the Facebook app. This is much simpler and helps me stay focused on what I’m doing. I do wish they’d make editing a draft and scheduling easier on mobile.

Plann

This app is great for saving hashtag lists/groups. You can create different lists AND see the number of posts in each hashtag. Each number within a certain range has a different color to show you how saturated they are.

Adobe Lightroom

This is my favorite photo editing app. They have some great editing tutorials, which have been helpful. As a photographer, I felt like their videos were a great review and learned some new things. Adobe Lightroom is pretty simple to use. If you’re familiar with some other photo apps (including Instagram), navigating this app shouldn’t be difficult. In my experience talking to people about editing, some have been unsure about their ability to use anything “Adobe” just by seeing the name. You can also create your own presets!

Pinterest

Contrary to popular belief, Pinterest is a search engine. It’s a great place to find inspiration and get ideas for so many things: home improvement/decor, fashion, food, etc. You create boards to pin items on the site or content from websites. Ex.) You’ve been planning to dive into the baking world and don’t know what you want to start with. Chocolate chip cookies immediately come to your mind, so you search for that. BOOM. Multiple pins about “chocolate chip cookies” populate the page. Many of these pins–and any other ideas you seach–are connected to sitelinks.

I recently started giving my blog posts more love by sharing my content on Pinterest more. Some content creators have said that it shouldn’t be slept on, and I’m starting to see why. My blog is slowly getting more traffic by way of this platform. I love that I can easily share my content on the app or get some ideas for blog posts on the go.

Twitter

This is a great app to connect with your audience and share your blog content. Plus, you can learn a lot of new things on this platform by following people who share useful info or looking through relevant hashtags.

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What mobile app has helped you as a blogger? Comment below.

Food Blogging During a Pandemic

It’s been weeks since I last posted. I hope you’ve been well and staying at home during this pandemic. I also hope that you’ve been getting your news from credible sources since misinformation spreads so fast.

I couldn’t just leave you hangin and not be transparent on my blog. If you follow me on Instagram (foodishways), I’ve shared bits of how I’m feeling. I’ve gone through waves of positivity and emptiness over the past month. Things shifted so drastically, and I couldn’t focus. I had content planned, which ultimately isn’t as important as everyone being safe and taking care of themselves. I had planned to continue to publish content regardless of what’s happening just so you, my audience, could have some regularity during this difficult time. I was more concerned with you all than I was with myself.

It’s been so difficult to change things. I have a hard time dealing with forced change. I never thought to plan for a time like this, in many aspects. Even if I did come up with a plan for a time like this, I don’t think I would’ve been as prepared as I’d like. People are concerned. People are scared. People feel stuck at home. Small businesses are suffering, especially restaurants. I know how it feels, and it’s affected the one regular thing I loved to do: blogging about restaurants and events to share with you.

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A throwback photo of me at Union Market in D.C. last year.

One of my favorite things to do in the D.C. Area is to see the cherry blossoms at peak bloom. I couldn’t share that post with you this year because I have a responsibility with this platform I have. I didn’t realize how important it was for me to use until recently. I just do it because I love it. But in recent months, I’ve realized how much people actually pay attention to the things I share. It’s wild. As a result, I couldn’t be tone deaf and share a cherry blossom season post. It would weigh too heavy on my heart to share that, even if I had disclaimers.

I urge you to stay home. I encourage you to use this time for you. If that means rest, do that. If that means learning something new, do that. If that means reconnecting with yourself or working on that thing you’ve been pushing back, do it. Don’t let LLC Twitter or Rise and Grind Twitter push you into thinking that you have to use this time to do something that you’re not ready for or want to do.

This time has made me look at communication, connection, and blogging differently. At this time, I’m not sure what that means for this blog. It may be months until we can go outside again. I want to think of valuable content to share during this time. If you have any ideas, please leave me a comment or email me at foodishways(at)gmail.com. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

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