As a milennial, it’s hard to imagine a world before the influx of technology took over. Paperback books have morphed into digital form, news is no longer delivered to your doorstep, but straight to your laptop, and the majority of us are addicted to our smartphones. While I think living out the 70’s era would have been pretty awesome, the reality is that times are fast-changing in this progressive society of ours. In order to not just survive, but thrive in the blogging sphere, you have to stay on top of the game. Here are 7 of the most useful apps for any blogger to use on a day-to-day basis:
I have about eight planners in real life (yes, I use all of them), but only one on my iPhone, and it’s 24me. This honestly next-level planning. You are not only able to enter in any important tasks to be completed in the future, but you can also input financial information, grocery lists, and bills that need to be paid. In addition to these features, you even have the option to link your social networks to the app, reminding you of any upcoming events and/or birthdays. 24me is thorough, easy-to-use, and aesthetically pleasing. Also, YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ANYTHING AGAIN.
Like a good neighbor, Buffer is there. Okay, maybe not, but it’s there for all of your Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+ scheduling needs. You read that correctly – it is possible to use a single app to compose posts from all of your favorite social media accounts. You can choose the date, the time, and the content for all of your material with this practical, straightforward app. It even has a built in link shortening tool, which is pretty darn wonderful. In case anyone noticed that I excluded one of the most prominent social media platforms, Instagram, continue reading to app #3.
This is hands-down the best Instagram scheduling app on the web. Although Instagram still doesn’t allow automated posting (lameeeeee), this is basically the next best thing. You are given the option to manually set up which images you’d like to be posted, as well as the date and time. Latergramme will then send an alert to your phone reminding you to post the image, insta-ntaneously.
Do you wish you were hip, but don’t know where to start? Fake it until you make it with the VSCO app. This app was recommended to me by one of my super artsy blogger friends, and honestly, I haven’t looked back since downloading it. Your pictures will miraculously transform from mediocre iPhone snaps to award-winning photographs in mere seconds. No, but seriously, I especially enjoy using these filters because they give photos a more ‘dramatic’ look to them. See below for an example:
I utilize this photo-editing app more often than any other one on my iPhone. If you are a fan of bright, cheery images, this app is ideal for you. ‘Pop’ and ‘Ice ice’ are my go-to filters, but I’m pretty sure I’ve used all of them at some point. ColorStory was curated by two fellow creatives over at A Beautiful Mess, who graciously found the free time to transform all of their favorite Photoshop edits into filters for the public to use.
Sign up directly from your iPhone, add a debit card, and send money to friends, family, even strangers (?) within mere seconds. You can also create a unique ‘Cash Name’ which allows user to easily find and send money to your account. Don’t get me wrong, I love PayPal, but Cash app is quickly becoming a new favorite.
Do you frequently find yourself browsing the web on your iPhone, thinking to yourself, ‘MAN, I wish I could save this link and visit it again later?’ Well, with Pocket, you can do just that! Whether it’s a recipe, a lengthy article, or a video, bookmarking from your mobile device has never been easier. Simply enable the Pocket Share Extension to save from your favorite apps like Safari or Twitter, or email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org, to retain the page for later usage. It also compiles a list of recommended articles you might enjoy reading. Pretty convenient, huh?!
What are some of your go-to apps that you absolutely can’t live without?