Behind every blogger is a multitude of photo editing and scheduling apps. Besides the obvious ones that you’ll need such as WordPress, Pinterest, Facebook pages, etc., these are your staple tools. Here are 6 of the best out there:
VSCO is the queen of all (free) photo editing apps and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love it. Pretty much every insta-addict will be using VSCO either for its filters or it’s super easy to use interface, which allows you to do cool things like change the perspective of your photos. Never post a wonky photo again!
If you want to get really serious about your photos though, obviously the next step is to get Lightroom and/or Photoshop.
Before Mosaico, I had a separate (private) Instagram account where I would post my photos for the week to see how they’d look on my feed. This would take FOREVER so as soon as I heard about this little Instagram feed planning app I knew I had to get it. This one isn’t free, I think I paid around £5.99 for it, but it’s 100% worth it if you’re using Instagram a lot and want to make sure you have that coveted consistent theme.
Canva is what I use to make all my blog headers, Pinterest images, banners, media kit and more. It’s a really fantastic and valuable tool which is completely free! There are some paid options but I’ve got along just fine with the free designs, of which there are plenty. The end result is always super professional looking and you wouldn’t believe how simple it is to create great imagery using their templates.
I read the other day that blogging is 20% content and 80% content. Of course, there’s no point writing masses of posts if no one’s actually seeing them right? Buffer is a scheduling app for Twitter and Instagram and will
Tailwind is another scheduling app but this one is most useful for Pinterest. Pinterest can be a huge traffic driver to blogs (even better than Google in a lot of cases!) so it’s well worth getting this app to regularly pin your content. You get the first 100 pins free but after that subscriptions start from $9.99 a month.
If you’re anything like me you’ll have lists and lists and lists of posts to write, posts to edit, posts to schedule, photos to take, people to email – the list goes on! Having an app like Wunderlist (which syncs with your computer) is a life saver for organising your life, blogging and/or otherwise. You can create folders for different projects so you can neatly break each task down and focus on what needs to be done. There’s also a general “inbox” list for all those little errands and small tasks that crop up and shouldn’t be forgotten.
If you want to take your blog to the next level then these 6 are essential for keeping on top of things and making sure your work is as presentable as can be!
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Laura is a blogger from London and recent graduate of Oxford University. Her blog What’s Hot was created way back in 2011 and is now a popular culture, travel and lifestyle blog.
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