Now that I’ve been blogging for around a year I’ve tried a bunch of different organization plans and apps for bloggers. Some of them work well, others, not so much. If you’re a new blogger or been at it for a while, these apps can help organize your content, ideas and social media.
My Top 5 Apps for Bloggers
A friend of mine introduced me to Google Keep a little while ago and I’ve been using it ever since. It’s a list making app. I really like using it to jot down my to do list in blocks that look like sticky notes. I can change the colour of the blocks and choose whether or not to use check boxes to signal completed tasks. I can also keep the items I’ve already completed in the list in case I need to go back and switch things up. The application syncs well both on my iPhone and my desktop (both Mac and PC).
I use Google Keep to keep track of things at work, my blog and for my personal life. It’s so much better than having sticky notes all over the place!
I first discovered StumbleUpon when I started blogging. It’s an information sharing platform where I can choose topics of interest and posts in that area, that have been submitted by other authors pop up for me to read. If I like the post, I give it a thumbs up and if I don’t love the post, I give it a thumbs down.
According to StumbleUpon if you give a post a thumbs up, you’ll see more posts like that one as you continue “stumbling”.
What makes StumbleUpon an amazing app for bloggers is that if your posts get stumbled, it can result in a huge boost in traffic. In fact, there are Facebook groups that have posts where everyone just stumbles each others posts.
I find there are lots of very random posts up on StumbleUpon but it’s worth giving a try. Just be careful not to submit your own posts too often or you might get penalized by the StumbleUpon algorithm.
In my opinion, any list of helpful apps for bloggers should include your blogging platform app.
In my case, it’s the WordPress app. I find it super helpful when I’m really busy. I love being able to jot down notes, make quick edits and respond to reader comments on the run.
I use the free version of Evernote. I’m sure I could get more functionality out of the app if I looked into it a bit more, but right now it works well for me. I typically I use Evernote to jot down blog ideas. I don’t know about you, but I find I come up with blog ideas at the most random times – in the line at the grocery store, at the gym etc so I need to have a place to keep track of everything. I keep a running list on Evernote and I review it often when I’m coming up with post ideas.
My husband introduced me to Flipboard. It’s a great news and information app where you choose interests and follow them. Flipboard will then show you articles on those topics. Initially, Flipboard was dominated by big publications like the New York Times, Forbes etc. Lately I’m finding lots of smaller publications and bloggers joining in. In addition to following topics, you can also follow specific people and create clipboards to keep track of your inspiration.
What makes Flipboard a great app for bloggers is how easy it is to share information. If I’m running out of content for Twitter or Facebook I just go over to Flipboard, go through my topics of interest and schedule posts.
Adding your blog posts to your clipboards for others to read is fairly easy. If you’re on your phone you can just copy the link, head over to Flipboard and the link will pop up at the top of your screen and you can click the link to add it to your clipboards.
What are your favourites?
As bloggers we’re always looking for tools and apps that make life easier. I hope some of these apps for bloggers can help you with your content creation, driving traffic and blog organization.
What are your favourite apps for bloggers? I’m always looking for new ones to try.
In addition to these great apps, I’ve been using the Genesis by StudioPress parent theme for the blog along with the super functional Market Theme from Market Theme. I’ve got a way to go design wise but these tools are definitely helping!
If you find this post helpful please check out some of my other blogging and social media posts:
- My First Year of Blogging, What I’ve Learned so Far
- Twitter Tips for Beginners Part I
- Twitter Tips for Beginners Part II
- 5 Blogging Mistakes I’ve Made and You Don’t Have To
- My Favourite Blogging Tools and Resources
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