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The Blogging apps you NEED

June 21, 2017

I have been Blogging for a year now in July *gasp,* and in that time, I have come across some helpful apps that has saved my Blogging life. Saved as in, I genuinely would be lost without them. I never normally write posts like this, but I have become extremely inspired to share with you my top Blogging apps and why they just so happen to me my faves…. in no particular order.

1. Instagram

I think this one is a must for most Bloggers, but I genuinely don’t know what I would do without my ‘Blogging Instagram.’ Although it’s extremely stressful trying to uphold that ‘perfect’ theme, and take the right ‘Blogger perfect’ pictures (even though there is no such thing), this has been my absolute saviour when it comes to promoting my blog. I have also found that using hashtags is also a useful way in order to promote your posts and boost your likes as well as blog promotion. These include your blogging ‘niche’ i.e. (#fashionblogger, #beautyblogger, #lifestyleblogger), the ordinary #blogger hashtag and of course the good old, #britishblogger / #Blogger

2. Twitter

We’ll move onto the main reason as to why Twitter is your blogging lifesaver in just a minute, but I don’t think I could talk about Twitter being essential to your blog without mentioning Blogger chats. If you’re a hardcore Blogger on Twitter, you may be aware that Twitter chats are always talked about in terms of promoting you and your blog. But that’s not the best part. They help you engage with the Blogging community, meet new people, and just overall have a good ol’ chinwag. What’s not to love?

3. Buffer / Crowdfire

I told you I would get to it…. when I think about using Twitter as a platform for promoting my blog, I also think about Buffer. Buffer is an app in which let’s you schedule tweets so you can promote your blog links without actually needing to be online. Cool right? You could be sat on your sofa with a brew and toast, or even at work, and Buffer will tweet your scheduled tweets for you without you having to do a thing. I’ve found that when I don’t have time to go on Twitter or tweet, Buffer allows me to have my Twitter being continuously active even if I’m not. Oh, and one more top tip. Make sure to use community hashtags in your blog post link tweets in order to get the most exposure. I am part of a cool #GRLPOWR community which RTs tweets daily- and I also love to use #beechat, @BloggersTribe, @FemaleBloggerRT, #thegirlgang #blogginggals, #fblchat, #lbloggers and #teacupclub only to name a few.

4. Bloglovin’

When I first joined the Blogging community, everyone used to rave about Bloglovin’ and how it was absolutely essential that you used it alongside your blog. For anyone who still isn’t 100% sure on what Bloglovin’ is, it’s an app which connects to your Blog and basically posts your blog posts onto your Bloglovin feed. What makes it even better is that people can follow your Bloglovin page, and so keep up to date every time you post. You can also follow your favourite posts, search hashtags and read blog posts straight from the Bloglovin’ homepage. It’s basically the blogging community all in one place, and extra promotion for your content.

5. Snapchat

Now, this may work for some Bloggers; but it may also not work for others. For me, I love snapping as a side ‘activity’ to my blog if you like. It gives my readers a chance to see a different, more quirky side to me that maybe doesn’t come across in my writing… or maybe it does, I’m a weirdo so who knows. However, Snapchat also allows you to document your daily life, and snap every time a new post goes live. Even if that means a 10 second video of you updating your readers, or doing mini hauls as a sneak peak before you actually do a blog post on it. You get my vibe.

6. Photo editing apps

And last, but certainly not least, we all love a good photo editing app in our lives. When it comes to creating the best Instagram feed, or just editing your blog pictures in general; photo editing apps normally sort me out. They give me the freedom to adjust picture quality, brightness, saturation etc if the picture I’ve taken isn’t just right. Technology in 2017 eh? Here are a couple of my favourites below:

  • Layout
  • VSCO Cam
  • Afterlight (my holy grail).

Do you have any other Blogging must-have apps that I haven’t included above? If so, make sure to share them in the comment box below!

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

  1. As a very new blogger, this has been really helpful, thank you for sharing these, and especially thank you for not having an overwhelming amount of different apps, just the essentials. Some similar posts can be like this, and when I’m trying to simplify the process as much as possible and focus on the writing, this can be pretty disheartening and intimidating! Cheers 🙂

  2. I’m very bad at social media. One minute I’m in love with everything and want to connect with everyone. The other I want to roll up under my duvet and never see the light of a screen again. Although I’ve been terrible lately on the blogging front, I’d like to ease my way back into it. So maybe Buffer is my new best friend! 😉 Thank you for this post!

    Love,
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    http://www.fashionedbypluche.blogspot.com

  3. Great post, just a quick question, how do I add my blog from wordpress to Bloglovin?
    I can’t seem to see anything on there that lets me link.

    1. Hey Ruth.

      1. Sign up / log in to Bloglovin’, click on the top right and hit view profile
      2. Select “Edit profile” and navigate to the link that says either “claim blog” or “add blog” (bottom left)
      3. Enter the url address of your blog.
      4. Add the given code to your website’s meta tag. There are a few plugins for wordpress that make this easy. If you need a link to an article that has the detailed steps just let me know.

      Good luck 🙂

  4. This is awesome. I’ve been blogging for years, but this is the first year I’ve been taking it seriously and these tips are incredibly helpful. Thanksies!!!!!! xoxo

  5. I recently downloaded the buffer app and it has been a life saver when it comes to scheduling tweets when I’m in work. Plus as much as I hate the change in Instagram’s algorithm, nothing will stop me taking pretty pictures. I love it! xx

  6. Totally agree with all these apps! All social media is great for blogging! I use Afterlight too, I think it’s great, however recently I downloaded an app called colour story and it’s amazing!!

  7. I adored this post Becca! I have downloaded buffer to my ohone and I find it so handy to keep up with my scheduled tweets!
    I have also recently revamped my Instagram and I’m going to try and stay loyal to it and upload more, as well as try and promote my blog more! I hope this platform helps me grow my blog more in the long run!

    Tabitha xx (https://whattabithaloves.blogspot.co.uk/)

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