6 Mobile Essentials for Blogging
Pursuing blogging and a life of travel at the same time is fun but also a challenging task. I think it's nearly impossible to do both — to go to exciting new places and write your adventures immediately — if we didn't have these applications and smartphones (Hallelujah to Steve Jobs for revolutionizing the iPhone!) to help us connect with our readers. In the past three years as a traveler, I don't think I'll be able to go through all of my backlogs, share real-time events, and craft a meaningful write-up if it wasn't for the following tools:
There are thousands of photo editing apps available on iTunes, but VSCOCam is what most bloggers, photographers, and general iPhone owners user to post-process their photos. Their presets are just gorgeous, and the community is full of talented artists from all over the world.
I use this app for all of my photo-editing needs on my iPhone. I’ve purchased all presets, but A6, HB2, C8, M5, and J2 are just some of my go-to filters.
2. 30/30 (iPhone Only)
30/30 is a beautifully-designed app that uses the Pomodoro Technique. You make a list of tasks, set the time needed for each task (usually in 30 minutes) and finish them one by one. I use this app on my busiest days, when I know I'm overwhelmed with the amount of work that needs to be done.
I've never understood the importance of Bloglovin' until last December, and ever since them I'm hooked! Apart from their pretty user interface, Bloglovin' allows me to read my favorite blogs while I'm on the go, and save interesting articles for later. Bloglovin', however, is mostly focused on fashion/beauty/lifestyle/travel posts.
This app is what I use when I want to write a draft on my blog, reply to comments, and check blog statistics. Since this app has the ability to write blog posts, it's super helpful when inspiration suddenly pops out of nowhere and I need to write it down. You can also use this to read other people’s blogs, but I think it’s only applicable fort Wordpress blogs.
Blogger, Squarespace, and Tumblr also have their own iOS app which you can also use to publish new blog entries.
4. Downcast (iPhone Only)
Lately, I've been trying to make it a habit to listen to podcasts. With Downcast, I can listen to my favorite podcasts directly on my device without syncing with iTunes. There are other alternatives, like Instacast, but I can't seem to find one that's 100% free.
Buffer is a social media management tool that I've only started using a couple of weeks ago. Buffer is a neat platform, making it easy for me to keep multiple social media accounts up to date.
The trifecta of social media and blogging. Each has a different function and community, but for a blogger, these apps only mean one thing: real-time updates.
Bonus — 10. Spotify
Although I don't use this app regularly, it has been proven that music can boost energy and improve productivity. Apart from that, if you offer playlists to your readers, Spotify is a great platform to discover new music.
Bonus — 11. Fujifilm Photo Receiver
For those who didn’t know, I purchased a Fujifilm XM-1 mirrorless camera last year. One of its features is the ability to transfer photos to your phone wireless, which I then use to share real-time photos of events and places I go to.
There you have it, 6 and 5 more apps for your blogging needs. I was in the zone while writing this article that I couldn't help but add five more in my list. Have you got an iPhone app essential that wasn't mentioned on my list? Do let us know, maybe me or other readers might benefit from it. :)