Whether you’re a new blogger or an old vet, it always seems that there’s more to do than time to do it. And since we can’t always be in front of our laptops, it helps to have some useful apps on hand when you’re on the go.
Luckily, I’ve found 5 kick-ass apps that will help you keep on top of your ever-growing blog to-do list. From time saving apps to productivity trackers and writing trackers, here are some apps sure to lighten the load.
Chances are that you use some visual-based social media for your blog, whether that’s Pinterest, Instagram, or even Facebook or Twitter. With VSCO, you can take and edit gorgeous photos with any number of enhancements. I’m a complete photography dunce and have been able to make decently good-looking photographs just from their color, tone, and cropping. VSCO offers decently professional-looking photos that don’t seem obviously edited (which can be the case with Instagram and the like).
Speaking of visual-based social media, Pinterest is considered a must-have for most bloggers. It’s one of my greatest sources of traffic, as it is for a number of bloggers. If you’re not on it, you might want to consider joining and see what it does for your traffic! (See how I tripled my Pinterest traffic in just two weeks here!)
I love having the app on the go since it lets me pin manually, respond to messages, and scope out new group boards to apply for. Pinterest is one of those social media channels that requires a lot of input (I didn’t start seeing great results until I started pinning 30-50 times a day), so having the app on hand is great for checking over redundant pins, ones that don’t fit in with your overall “look”, and scoping out new ones.
If you’re a total list-making dweeb like me, then you’re going to love Todoist. Todoist prioritizes productivity, even allowing you to use a productivity tracker that’s unique to the app. Track tasks and sub-tasks, create labels and reminders, and share with other people. This one app captures all those crazy little to-dos and lays them out in an easy-to-use, approachable way.
Another great thing about it is that it it’s available on just about every device – iPhone, Android, computer, etc – and syncs automatically. You’ll be on top of the game no matter where you are!
And if you’re all over the place – it’s fine, all bloggers are – you can get reminders in just about every form: email, push notification, even SMS reminders. It really is the anti-procrastination tool for bloggers.
Ever get struck by a great post idea just when your laptop is out of reach? Luckily, WordPress has a smartphone app that gives you just about all the functionality of the desktop version. So whether you need to write or edit a post on the go or simply want to audit comments or old posts, downloading this app can be a great way to check off those tiny blog to-dos.
If This Then That
If This Then That (IFTTT) is a lifesaver. As a blogger, we face a myriad of, well, brainless to-dos. Tweet out that new blog post. Change your profile pic for all those networks. Notify your email list of that new post. You could hire a VA for some of these things, but the cheaper (and easier) way sometimes is to get a robot to do it.
With IFTTT, you create certain “recipes” so that if you do x action, y action happens automatically. These can range from all of the above tasks to countless others, and all run whether you’re sleeping, showering, writing, on vacation, whatever.
Here are my top recommended recipes for bloggers:
- If you publish a blog post, have it automatically posted to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
- Whenever you get something from your RSS feed, save it to Pocket
- If you publish a blog post, have it sent to your email list
- If you publish a blog post, post it to Delicious
- Whenever you get something from your RSS feed, receive an email or text
- If you publish a blog post, repost it to Medium
- Receive a daily email of the top reddit threads in a given subreddit
Feel better already? These apps should help take the burden out of being a blogger, so you can spend more time on the big things that matter: marketing, networking, and, of course, writing!
What are your favourite on-the-go apps to help you stay sane? Be sure to share in the comments below!