9 must-have mobile apps to help you organize your life as a blogger
Before I started blogging, I made sure that I will set myself up for success. Don’t get me wrong, it’s perfectly fine to start where you are and go from there. And, actually, I always recommend that for everyone, especially my clients.
But, if there’s one thing that will MASSIVELY help you when blogging, that’s organization with the help of mobile apps. I don’t know about you, but I take my phone everywhere with me. I’m not one of those people who play Angry Birds when on the toilet, but I will definitely make sure to keep my phone around when I am out and about.
Because you can never know when the inspiration will hit you
And the inspiration WILL hit you when you least expect it. That’s why you need to either carry a notebook and a pen with you, or you can have an app on your phone that will help you not only jot down ideas for blog posts, but also categorize them and keep everything tidy and easily accessible.
My boyfriend recommended me that I try Evernote, and I am so glad I did. This app lets me capture inspiration, save websites and documents, take notes in an ORGANIZED way, and bookmark stuff for when I need it. As a copywriter, it’s extremely useful for me to have a folder for my swipefile. This is where I keep all the copy inspiration from around the interwebs. I can even sync all my notes between my laptop and my phone. Evernote is free with an option to upgrade, but I haven’t done that yet – I’ve been using it for months and the options for the free version are enough for me.
After reading 5000 Per Hour, I was immediately sold on the app that the author mentioned in the book. Unfortunately, it’s not available for Android devices, so I had to find a similar one. I am actually using it at this very moment! Writometer lets you increase your writing productivity and speed by keeping track of your current Words Per Hour and rewarding you for writing. It has a handy-dandy 25 minute timer, which blocks you from using your phone (and you can’t pause it – just keep writiiiiiing!). But, if you get stuck, you can use the built-in dictionary, thesaurus, and even get inspiration from their word salads! I think that’s extremely useful if you are writing a book and you need some fancy words-on-the-go.
3. Money PRO
Whether you are making any money with your blog or not, you need to be able to track your finances. You can’t just be scared to look at your bank account for years. No shame in that, though – I used to be scared, too. But, having a healthy relationship with the flow of your money really helps me with my sanity. I use Money Pro for the 6 Jars method (to be written about soon), so it’s very customizable. And when you have different sources of income (that’s a must), keeping a track of all of them can get overwhelming.
4. Google Calendar
I cannot imagine myself living without a calendar like this. I use it for keeping track of my doctor appointments, client calls, national holidays, AND, most importantly, my editorial calendar. When you are a new blogger just like me, you need some motivation to be able to pump out as much content as possible. Having a calendar filled with a bunch of future blog post headlines (I will write a post on how to come up with content soon) helps me to stay on top of it.
Okay, maybe this does not really fit into the category of organization, but can you imagine life without music? I have a few Spotify playlists dedicated for when I am writing. I don’t have to search for suitable music while writing and my ears are safe from distracting sounds.
This app is mainly for those who use their own pictures in their blogposts or upload them to Instagram. It’s an advanced photo-editing app, but still extremely easy to use. It has a few filters built in, too. My favorite feature is the spot- editing, where you can adjust just a tiny portion of a picture for those times when you just need to brighten THAT ONE SPOT.
As a blogger, your main traffic source is probably Pinterest. If it’s not, you are missing out. (How did you find me???) If you want to have a good standing with the algorithm of Pinterest, you need to behave like a human being (sorry, pin schedulers) and actually use Pinterest like one. So, even if you are not future-house and future-garden idea obsessed like I am, you will still probably benefit from using Pinterest and at least seeing how your pins look on mobile. 80% of Pinterest traffic comes from mobile users, so it’s important to make sure that your pins look good there, too.
Another app recommendation from my boyfriend. Lastpass creates long and complicated passwords for your account safety, without making you keep a huge list of random passwords in a notebook. It records ALL of your passwords safe and invisible to others, and you don’t even have to enter them manually!
If you are a blogger, you probably started out as reading other blogs
and their ridiculous claims of making 10k/month. I am constantly trying to stalk keep an eye on other blogs in my industry. Eventually, it became difficult to have all those tabs open in my browser at all times, so I just downloaded Feedly to be able to read them on my phone in my free time.
These are my favorite mobile apps for bloggers so far. I will probably edit this list often. Honestly, as I am writing this, I am realizing just how much these apps help me to stay sane! Knowing that everything is always in my notes, calendar, and everything is always accounted for, makes my life soooo much more calm and flowy.
Hi! I’m Cornelia.