One of the more popular questions I get as a content creator (from my friends) is, “What Phone Apps do you use for your blog?” In all honesty, I don’t use any apps for my blog, but I do use apps to run my Instagram, and I use the same pictures for my blog. Thus, in theory, we can say that I do use apps for the blog.
Needless to say, there are multiple apps out there to help you as a content creator (and/or blogger) so take my recommendations with a grain of salt. My suggested apps below are what’s worked for me over the years. However, I did have my fair share of a trial-and-error period to find out what works for me. Check out my recommendations below.
App #1: Adobe Lightroom
I can’t recommend Adobe Lightroom enough! It’s a great app for editing your pictures. There is a learning curve on how to use the app however, once you get the hang of it, editing your pictures will be so much easier. I like to use pre-made presets from either users that I’ve purchased from or collaborations, to edit my pictures. If you check my older posts, then you can see that the picture editing `was awful. But once I got my way around learning how to use Lightroom (and my Instagram Hub-bae took better pictures), my pictures were coming out much better. There is both a paid and unpaid version of Lightroom so, you have an option to use the version that fits your content the best.
App #2: Canva
Canva is another app that can help you edit your pictures but not the way Lightroom can. With Canva, you can make Instagram Highlights, Pinterest pins, Instagram story images, Media kits, etc. There is so much that you can do with Canva- the possibilities are endless. All my Pinterest pins below my blog posts are made via Canva. I’ve been an avid user of Canva since the beginning of my blogging journey and will continue to use it. Canva also has a website version which I prefer more since it allows me more creative control. In addition, just like Lightroom, there are both paid and unpaid versions of the app.
App #3: Later
Later is a marketing platform that helps you pre-plan your future Instagram posts. Think of it as your planner for your Instagram feed. This tool has been a lifesaver for me! When I first started blogging, I used to plan my post the night before, had an alarm on for when my post should go live, and post it at that time. It was an awful way to run my Instagram because I spent so much time each night editing, planning my caption (with hashtags), etc.
After I discovered Later, I spend the same amount of time on one month’s worth of Instagram posts that I used to spend on a daily post. Another great part about pre-planning your Instagram posts is that you can see how your Instagram feed will come together. So if some posts don’t look good next to each other then you can move them around for more of a cohesive fee. If there is one app that is a must-have then I would suggest this app.
Like the others, there is a paid and unpaid version of the app as well as the website. And yes, you guessed it- I prefer the website for this app as well. However, I use the app version of Later the most out of all the other ones that I have recommended. Also, there are other scheduling apps out there (like Hootesuite, etc) but this is the one that works for me the best.
App #4: Notepad
Using the notes app on your phone is so undervalued. I like to use the notes app on my phone in my everyday life for things such as groceries, shopping, house projects, etc. However, I also realized that using this app for blogging has such value as well. For me, all my blogging “to-do’s”, post ideas, etc, are either on my laptop or in my planner.
When I’m out and about, I don’t always have my laptop or planner with me so I started to use the notes app to jot things down (such as post ideas, caption ideas, hashtags, etc). `Then, as soon as I came home, I would transfer that information to the appropriate location (on the laptop or planner) so this way, I didn’t have multiple locations for lists. It’s a quick and easy way to jot something down for your blog when you don’t have your primary blogging tools on hand.
App #5: Splice
With the rise of Tik Tok and Instagram Reels, short and fun transitional videos have become the newest trend on social media. Creating those type of videos are super hard if you don’t have the right tool. Splice is a video editing app and it’s super easy to use. I’m not a huge fan of editing videos since it takes so long but Splice makes it so easy to use. Like the other apps that I recommended, Splice also has a paid and unpaid version of the app. However, at the moment, Splice is only available on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Bonus App: Grammarly
I had to throw a bonus app in here because I couldn’t leave Grammarly out of my list! However, I did almost leave Grammarly off of the list because it’s not an app but a website. However, I consider it in my list of recommendations because I use it for every single one of my blog posts. If you noticed that my grammar has improved over the past year, it’s because I discovered Grammarly and have my using it to help me proofread my blog posts (instead of my Husband). It’s a great website to get that final touch to your writing. In addition, there is also a paid and unpaid version of this website.
I hope you enjoyed my list of the 5 apps that I recommend for blogging. Is there an app that I missed on my list? Let me know in the comments below!