The right apps can boost your productivity, help you stay organized, and stay on top of your blogging game. Today I’m sharing ten of my favorite apps in honor of Blogmas Day 14 that help keep me organized and productive as a blogger.
Because balancing blogging, school, and work requires a lot of organization!
Trello is a lifesaver for keeping me organized. I use it as both an editorial calendar for upcoming posts and to-do lists. The best part about Trello is that it allows you to assign tasks to others, which is great because my fiance helps me with a lot of technical stuff for my blog like coding. So when I need help with something, I just add it to the list and then he can help me whenever he’s free! Trello also allows you to create group boards to organize work and attach files from Google Drive and Dropbox. I prefer to use Trello on my desktop for scheduling, and the app for checking in on my tasks while I’m out.
2. Google Keep
I talked about how much I love Google Keep in a post a while back and I am still just as crazy about it as I was months ago! I am a to-do list junkie, and probably have way too many going at any given time. 😉
Google Keep allows you to create to-do lists, take notes, draw, record voice notes, and store pictures. You can color code your lists and notes for extra organization and store them into categories, so this app is perfect for bloggers. You can also access Google Keep on your desktop too if you prefer.
An important part of managing your social media as a blogger is keeping track of your stats. Crowdfire allows you to see who follows and unfollows you, as well as your non-followers, and fans. I use Crowdfire for Twitter and it’s really helpful for keeping track of who follows and unfollows me.
When you’re trying to balance blogging with other responsibilities, automating some things can save a lot of time. With Buffer you can schedule posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. However, don’t just use scheduling apps to drop links and leave. Remember that the point of social media is to be social! So don’t forget to log in and engage with your followers! 🙂
Later is something that I’ve been playing around with for the last couple of weeks, and I can’t believe I haven’t discovered it sooner! Later allows you to schedule and plan out your Instagram posts in advance. You can move your photos around to see what your feed will look like in advance because what blogger isn’t obsessed with their Instagram feed?? #priorities
Like a lot of these apps, I like to use Later on my desktop, too. Since I take a lot of photos for Instagram from my DSLR camera, it saves me a lot of time to schedule the photos after I put them on my computer and edit them. My favorite part about Later is that it allows you to crop your images and write captions while on the app. After it has saved your picture, you schedule the photo and Later will send you a notification when it’s time to post!
If you have Google AdSense ads on your blog, you need this app. I love checking my earnings and page views while I’m on the go, as well as a lot of other stats like impressions and ad clicks.
DropBox is a huge timesaver when it comes to transferring photos from your computer to your phone. I take a lot of photos for social media from my big camera. After I drop them into a folder on my desktop, I open up the DropBox app on my phone to get the photo so I can easily upload to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
We all love Bloglovin’, but having the app makes it easy to read posts from your phone, save your favorites, and get notified of your favorite blog’s new posts. If you’re on BlogLovin’ too, you can follow me here.
9. Habit Bull
Habit Bull is a new app on my phone, but it has already helped me stay on track for a lot of habits I’m trying to create. The app allows you to keep track of your daily goals and helps you build habits by encouraging you to check off your habit once you do it. My current habit I’m working on is to dedicate an hour every night to creating content for Katelyn Blogs, something that has already paid off!
Snapseed is one of the best photo editors when you need to fine-tune an image from your phone in a hurry. Snapseed has all of the normal editing features that a lot of other apps have like cropping and adjusting the brightness. But Snapseed also has some photo editing tools that are really impressive for just being an app on your phone. Two of my favorite features are “healing” which can take away blemishes or dirt in a photo and the “brush” which can change the exposure and temperature from a photo in certain areas. Sometimes I need to brighten up a photo only in certain areas, and when I’m out and about, this app is really handy!
It’s time for today’s Blogmas Question of the Day! What apps do you use to stay organized and productive?
Share with me down below! I can’t wait to share with you tomorrow’s Blogmas post! You’re going to love it! 😉
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