Blogging is a demanding activity that requires a lot of time and effort. But most of us can’t afford to sit at home every day typing up our stories on a computer or laptop. It’s tough, but that’s the way it is – we didn’t choose the blogging life; the blogging life chose us.
So whether you have to do your blogging en route to work or while queuing in a supermarket, here are 10 must-have apps for every blogger on the go to make your life just that little bit easier:
If I’m writing a blog post about blogging, chances are I’ll mention Twitter – because it’s just so important! Twitter is without a doubt the best platform for engaging with your readers, revealing a bit about the blogger behind the blog, and promoting your content. (Unless you’re a food blog; foodies do best on Pinterest!)
So why am I suggesting Buffer instead of Twitter? Because you’re a busy bee who can’t be on Twitter 24/7, but Buffer will make it seem like you are. With Buffer you can schedule your tweets to go live at a specific time, promoting your content, sharing a funny or inspiring message, and keeping your readers engaged with your content.
The best ideas strike at the oddest and most inconvenient times. Worse yet, they’re fleeting.And sure, you could dig through your bag in search of a pen and piece of paper, and lean on a stranger’s back to write down your notes only to have the wind rip them out of your hands, OR you could open up a note taking app on your phone and record your thoughts safely and efficiently…
Evernote allows you to organise your notes into different categories, making it quick and easy to navigate between your blog post ideas without having to go through your to-do or shopping lists in order to find what you’re looking for.
3. Google Docs
If you write your blog posts on the go, then this is an absolute must. With Google Docs you will be able to type up your post and format it the way you would on a computer, then save it to your Google account. Google Docs will offer higher customisation and content security than simply downloading your blogging platform (Blogger/ WordPress/ Squarespace/ etc.) and saving your content as a draft.
Downloading an email app (whether that be Gmail, Yahoo, or whatever other provider you’re signed up with) will allow you to stay on top of the business side of blogging. Having access to these business emails will ascertain that you respond in a timely manner and don’t miss out on great opportunities. It will also mean that you can deal with those pesky emails as they come and not let them invade your free time at home!
5. Google Analytics
Google Analytics is a great feature that will keep your “I wonder how my new post is doing” voice at bay. You can analyse which promotion channels are working and which are not, as well as see how many people are on your blog right now. It may not serve a great purpose, but boy is exciting to see real-time views!
Dropbox is a great tool for keeping all of your files stored safely and accessible from any device. If you’re planning to write a blog post on your way to work, you can create your post image on the computer and upload it to dropbox, then simply slot it in while writing your post on your phone or tablet. Very convenient!
If you’re promoting your content on the go, you’ll need bitly. Bitly will shorten any web address into a series of letters and numbers unique to that address, appearing more tidy and professional within a promotional post or tweet.
If you sign up for a bitly account, you will also be able to see previously shortened links from any of your devices, speeding up the process of promoting your content. Unfortunately, the shorter links will still use the standard 23 Twitter characters regardless of the link being shorter though…
8. Dragon Dictation
No matter how fast you type, you probably speak faster. And when you’re not even writing on a full-sized keyboard – no contest. Dragon Dictionary is one of the many apps that create a transcript of what you say, allowing for a much quicker writing process. Once finished, you can even send it to yourself as an email!
9. Social Media Apps
In addition to Tweetdeck you should also have an app for each of the social media sites used for blog engagement and promotion. If you have a Facebook page, Instagram account, or a Pinterest board dedicated to your blog, keeping an eye on these throughout the day is important. Especially if you have something to share and you know you won’t be home during the peak sharing time…
Equally as important as keeping your own blog engaged and up-to-date is keeping up with the blogs you follow. Not only will reading other blogs keep you entertained, but engaging with the content through comments can build content creator relationships and bring new readers to your own page. Bloglovin’ is simply a must for keeping your favourite blogs from all platforms in one place.