{Blogger Support} Top Five (5) Apps

Starting out on a whim as a new blogger was tough, I started out on blogger and now have both blogger and wordpress dot org. I thought that was the only tools available to me to use for blogging, I thought I just had to log into google navigate to blogger and that was that. As I mentioned in Starting Out networking helped me learn a lot about blogging and over the last 18 months I have realised there are so many apps out there to make blogging easy as well as networking and promoting your posts. Today I wanted to share 5 apps that I used daily for blogging which have made my life easier. I have two phones (Iphone for work, HTC personal) and on those these phones Apps act differently, at least for me.

Blogger & WordPress Apps – These are my little haven Apps, when I get an idea and do not want to jot it down I use these two Apps to write the posts. Sometimes the ideas are short and sometimes it’s a complete post written at the spur of the moment. What I love about both Apps is even when I am traveling on the train underground and I do not have internet connect the post is saved as a draft local copy – this means that if I logged onto the computer and fired up Blogger or WordPress these posts will not yet be on there because they are local copies but this is easily fixed by going back into the mobile version, refresh and save (provided you have 3G or wi fi) and it syncs up. Once you refresh the site on the computer it will show up. Of the two operating systems I have (Apple and Android) for Blogger and WordPress Apps I prefer to use them on Apple as they are more user friendly and are easier to use than on my Android, this could be just on my HTC and not Android in general.
Facebook App – This is a no brainer, I am sure everyone with a smartphone has the facebook App especially bloggers. I had mentioned in Starting Out post the importance of utilising facebook as a tool to promote your blog and content. It is not easy to start out but once you find blogger groups which support blog interactions you’re good. My facebook group the Lovely Bloggers is just starting out but it is a platform I have opened for fellow bloggers so we can grow together. I prefer to use the Facebook App on my iphone than HTC as for some reason facebook links do not work.
Twitter & G+ – There are so many bloggers out there who underestimate the power of twitter and google plus groups. Over the last 18 months my twitter stats have rocketed and my G+ stats are making there way.  When I started my twitter account I had 5 friends who are real life friends and that was it, I followed a few brands I like and few youtubers I was aware of and that was it nothing more. When I started blogging I was not sure about posting on twitter until I so one of the bloggers I followed posted a post on twitter which got interaction that made my resolve for using twitter and same applies with G+ they are very important in building up your blog and getting  interaction. Other experienced bloggers can explain the impact of a twitter tree I have tweets that have an outreach of over 12k you can imagine it is a lot. Supporting each other as bloggers, retweeting, favoriting all this leads to such outreach and even great interaction on posts, tweets and blogs in general
Bloglovin – When I want inspiration or have long journey ahead of me this is where you will find me. I follow over a thousand blogs on bloglovin and I have no idea how many I check out, one time I made it my business to comment on over a 100 blog posts from bloglovin when I was traveling on my 4-hour journey. I managed to do it plus more, what I saw was not what I was expecting I got back interaction on my posts that week my website visits rocketed and I was amazed. I was doing this to show support and not to get support back, I was doing what I call the blogging deal of the day – do something for fellow blogger without requesting anything in return.
Hootsuite – I love this App especially if I have lots of posts scheduled in advance and I want to schedule tweets, facebook posts and even G+ posts to go out when I want them to. I will say I do not always use it but when I do I love it. I am currently using the free version of it but you can always upgrade to get more features. I am happy with the features I am using it for now, but in the future for example when I will be really busy and want to schedule posts for my new blogger facebook support group then I will upgrade it but for now I am good.

Instagram – Not many people realise the power that Instagram harbours, as a blogger or just people who love instagram you post a lot of pictures of what you like, could be your kids or foods or places you visit etc. One thing you should use instagram for is blogging, you can share the main picture in your post and add the blog post link in the comments or better yet in the profile. This I have seen has helped to drive traffic to my sites and my blog in general so definitely recommending to all.

What are some of your favourite blogging Apps? Do you use any of the above mentioned?
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  • Thanks for sharing! I use all of these apps too, and I must agree that they are all very useful!

  • I love using Hootsuite for my clients and this new one i just discovered called CoSchedule.I use the FB Pages app for my blog and also Twitter. I love the Bloglovin' app

  • Great tips! I haven't been blogging that long. These were nice to see.

  • Hootsuite is amazing. Auto-scheduling tweets is so helpful especially when you're really busy or have to travel. Tis literally a lifesaver!

  • I totally agree with all of your app suggestions. I have had a hard time building my following on Bloglovin though. I am not sure that it is an app that will make it in the long haul. Something could easily come on the scene and replace it. Thanks for the tips!! Xo

  • I am on blogger and of course Twitter, FB, Blog Lovin' and G+. I have decided against Instagram and Pinterest as I do not take pictures! I do not have a smart phone so apps as you are describing can't be used by me. I am sure they do help many bloggers who have the correct equipment.

  • All these apps are definitely blogger staples. Great list! I should check out HootSuite though, it seems incredibly useful.

  • Great list a few of my favorite are there too. A couple of months ago I made an instagram account for my blogging stuff . I've "met" some great people

  • I really need to delve into the world of G+ more to spread the word about my blog. I've never used the blogger or Bloglovin app – I need to check them out!

  • I couldn't agree more with you! All such great and important must have apps! I have them all (except blogger that is since I don't use it anymore!)

  • Yup, I've got all of these on my phone already! Essential for any blogger 😉

  • Very informative. You really put your whole heart into this Post. I'm following you, I use all of what you have mentioned, but HootSuite I've just started. I think I've only used it twice and I haven't a clue of what I'm doing.

  • Google + is one that I need to work on learning more and understanding. I haven't put a ton of time into it and I need to. It is amazing how many comments you can get back when you start interacting!

  • Thanks for this. What is also meaningful as a blogger is making sure the information shared on social media makes sense and entices them to want to click over to see what the fuss is all about.

  • I'm a huge fan of Instagram. I didn't think I'd really enjoy it but I love it. I'm trying to get more into Hootsuite to schedule posts.

  • These are definite must have apps for any blogger! I have all of these on my phone!

  • Hootsuite is a huge life saver for me. I use it to schedule out my posts for the next day and then months down the road for a 'throwback'.

  • I didn't know there was an app for Bloglovin. I'll have to check it out.

  • I had no idea that there is a word press app!! I love hootsuite but never knew it was an app. Great list!

  • Good review of the apps! I only use wordpress, FB, and Instagram. I should check out the rest. 🙂

  • I only have the Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter app. I am curious about Hootsuite, sounds like one effective app especially when you are traveling and need to schedule posts.

  • I read yesterday that Google+ is being phased out, divided into 2 streams and rebranded. Looking forward to seeing what transpires. Great tips.

  • I miss Instagram since my husband washed my phone – but I never use HootSuite, I really need to learn how to! I keep thinking it will be so much hassle.

  • Such a useful post! Thanks so much for sharing! I have to admit I really need to branch out with my social media haha – sometimes I find myself just sticking to the one I'm most used to!

    Great post 🙂
    Charlotte xxx

  • I must admit, I haven't a clue when it comes to Google Plus, I really need to learn how to use it. Pinterest too for that matter! xxx

    • I was the same but slowly learning