Friday, 25 November 2016

Apps For Blogging/Editing Photo's


Trying to keep on top of blogging when you work full time and want to have some form of social life, can be difficult. It takes a lot of time and effort, and usually requires some form of multi-tasking and patience. Things go wrong and you need to try and get things done slightly quicker. For example, I have already written this post once... the computer restarted and I lost the whole thing. I'm trying very hard to remain calm and write this to the same quality of the first edition... maybe it will come out even better? So, this blog post is different apps to help with blogging, interacting and editing photos to try and keep you on top of it all. Obviously, there are lots out there, but these are my go to's.
(Disclaimer: all of these are on my iPhone, therefore purchased/downloaded from the App Store. Other platforms may vary.)

BlogLovin:

I'm sure a lot of you are aware of the website BlogLovin', it's a way of following your favourite blogs, easily finding new ones and having a feed full of wonderful content. This is definitely the main platform for followers and something I use more than any other. Usually, I'm not a fan of the app version of websites, however, BlogLovin' have done well with theirs. You are able to 'love', 'save' and 'share' yours and others posts. You can read and comment on the posts and get your engagement levels up. This is great for if you're going about your day and get a spare 5 minutes. If you don't have BlogLovin' it's definitely something I'd recommend if you want to grow your audience as well as find lot's of great writers.

FaceTune:

This is an editing app that I use a lot. I suppose the main purpose would be to up your selfie game, however, I use it for my blogging images to whiten, brighten and make more professional looking. The features such as 'teeth whitening', 'details', 'blur', 'patch' and 'brightness' are all great for enhancing those flatlays. I love clean, bright images for my blog and Instagram. This app is a really easy way of whitening and editing them to a standard that I want. The top image has been edited using this app, but I will put the 'before image' below so you can see the difference it can make. This app wasn't free, I believe I paid a couple of £'s for it. But it was completely worth every penny. It's definitely enhanced the quality of my images without having to dive into Photoshop.
















VSCO:

Of course, as a blogger, I'd mention this app. This is the app filled to the brim with filters. When I first got this app, I wasn't a massive fan of the 'built in filters', therefore, I didn't use it all that much. However, I then found out you can purchase different packs. I googled different ones and which worked well for my 'theme' both on the blog and my Instagram, purchased these and I definitely love their effects. I don't use them on every image, but they are definitely something I use every now and again if I'm not completely happy with my picture. I usually go for G2, G7, S2 or S3, depending on the look I am going for.

LaterGram:

This app is for scheduling posts on Instagram. Now, I used my Instagram in direct relation to my blog. It's a great way to build and audience and interact with others. I have found that the interest in my Instagram has grown since I have started having more of a 'theme' to it. This is mainly have bright, white pictures. Now, I don't have the best imagination in the world, so the reason I love this app is that you can preview your overall layout on your Instagram without actually have to post the photo first. Basically, you choose when you want to load your photo (day and time), fill in the caption and then go onto the preview section. If you do this for a few photos, you can then pick and choose the best order to load yours photo's, and shuffle the dates around if it doesn't flow as you would like. The app does not automatically post the photos, but it will send you a notification to go onto the app and post it yourself, it will copy over the caption so all you need to do it hit post, copy and post again and you're ready to go!

Google Keep:

Google keep is a form of 'note keeping'. It's probably quite similar to Evernote. This basically allows you to make written notes, visual notes, images and other forms of reminders to keep you on top of things. I'm trying to work on my organisation and planning and have found that apps help a lot with this. As I am a visual person, this app works well for me to try and manage my ideas and future posts. My full-time job allows me to come across lots of different tools and apps that can be useful for time-management and organisation, so I am trying to incorporate them into my blogging life also.

Google Analytics:

I quite often check my Google Analytics, to see how my engagment and growth of audience is going. Although it can be quite complex, I stick to the more simple side of things, just to track how my blog is doing. The app is an easy way to keep on top of this as you go about your day! There are lot's of different websites available online to teach you about Google Analytics and how it can benefit you if you're not quite sure.


What apps do you find useful for blogging? Leave them below so I can check them out!
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11 comments

  1. I also downloaded the VSCO but i am not using it so much , so i should check it again.
    i also use the picmonkey website to edit some photos and i love it !

    Claire , http://www.clairetalksbeauty.com/

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    1. Yea check out some of the other filters and see if they tickle ya fancy! x

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  2. I don't actually have the bloglovin' app but I must check it out as it sounds like a good one!

    The Makeup Directory

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    1. It's really useful for quickly reading and commenting on blogs :) x

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  3. I've been looking for an editing app for so long! Can't wait to try VSCO! X

    jessjayne.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's great for filters, FaceTune is definitely my favourite though! x

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  4. I haven't heard of some of these apps so thanks for sharing! Will check them out. I love Facetune but couldn't get on with VSCO, will give it another try!
    Jaz
    Xoxo http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

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    1. VSCO seems to be pretty hit and miss with people! xx

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  5. Great selection of apps. Some of these I already use, but never heard of 'Latergram'; definitely need to download.

    www.cassiemaie.com

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  6. I am new to this and find your blog really helpful. Thank you for your post.

    https://allaboutme31.com

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  7. Im going to try Google Keep for taking notes. Haven't heard about that one before. Thanks for sharing.

    www.travelbeautyblog.com

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