This week almost didn’t have a blog post. But here I am. Phew. Recently I’ve made a couple changes in my life and I’ve found myself more out of the house than the past couple of weeks (at least since I’ve started this blog). I joined a gym about two weeks ago. On top of the gym, work, cross stitching, and spending time with family, my blog has taken a bit of a backseat. However, like most people, I’m glued to my phone every other minute of the day. So of course I’ve grown a little collection of apps I like to use to keep up with posts, social media and promotion.
If you’re always on the go, check out these apps you need on your phone!
I love Evernote. It’s great for making lists and dumping random thoughts I need to declutter out of my brain. Sometimes I use it to draft blog posts. There was one night where I was in bed and couldn’t sleep, so I drafted most of this blog post at like 3 in the morning. Evernote is not just an app on your phone: you can also download the desktop app. Notes can be synced through your devices, meaning you can use them even while not connected to the Internet.
One habit I found I’ve gotten into is saving a bunch of pins on Pinterest in one sitting. However I never have enough time to sit and read the actual blog posts they link to. Enter Pocket. With this app, you can save blog posts and articles. Pocket makes them available for reading offline. I don’t drive so I spend a lot of time on the subway getting around to where I need to be. With Pocket, I can read blog posts while I’m on the subway. You can also access Pocket from your desktop and save articles that way. Your account will sync so what you save while on your computer will also be accessible through your mobile device (and vice versa).
I’ve been on Twitter for a good couple of years but recently I’ve stopped using it. Since starting up this blog, I’ve been trying to be more active. Buffer has been a great help. On the app (and website), you can schedule out tweets as well as Facebook posts. I use it mainly for Twitter since Facebook has its own scheduler. Buffer also has an Optimal Scheduling tool, which can tell you the best times to send out your posts.
I hope I’m not the only one who loves checking my site’s analytics. The Google Analytics app makes it easy to check your stats while on the go. You get everything that you can see on the website. On days where I can’t get on my laptop, I just open this app to see how my site is doing.
Later is an app that I downloaded very recently. On it, you can schedule out posts for Instagram – however you can’t post directly from the app since Instagram doesn’t allow for it. Instead, you queue your post through Later, and then it will send a push notification when it’s time to post. My favourite part about Later is its profile previewer. When you schedule a post, you can see how it will look on your profile. I’m currently trying to theme my Instagram so this tool is coming in extremely helpful!
What are your favourite apps? Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments.
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