In my early days of blogging, I relied on my DSLR and Macbook to churn out content. Publishing posts took a lot of time, planning, uploading, and work space.
With the flower shop commanding more of my time and energy, it’s important for me to keep the blog fun and manageable; which means finding ways to share and stay connected as conveniently as possible. Now I can create content anytime, anywhere with my iPhone or iPad and a handful of iOS apps.
Here are 11 of my favorite apps that help me keep the blog updated regularly with limited time:
Instagram – (FREE) Everyone uses this photo-sharing app, but I especially love it for blogging. WordPress recently added an Instagram widget that shares my latest ‘grams in my sidebar; this helps me keep the blog updated with fresh content, even when I’m not posting.
Facebook Pages Manager– (FREE) This app helps me stay connected with my Facebook audience. I can easily share photos and updates, as well as respond to comments and private messages and keep track of stats.
Paper by FiftyThree– (FREE) This app turns my iPad into a notepad. I can sketch, write, and draw; and then save, share, and stream.
PicTapGo – ($1.99) This simple photography app is the mobile version of RadLab. It puts a variety of Photoshop-style actions and filters in the palm of your hand, turning your iPhone camera snaps into creative images that can be saved for blog posts or shared across mobile platforms.
Pinterest – (FREE) I prefer the Pinterest iOS app to the web version! It’s so easy to “like” and repin images by touch. I love Pinterest for finding style and beauty inspiration, browsing DIY ideas, and creating my weekly mood board posts.
Polyvore – (FREE) I use this app to create style and beauty collages; like this and this!
TimerCam – (FREE) I don’t always take selfies, but when I do, I prefer TimerCam. Please go back and reread that as The Most Interesting Man in the World. My latest outfit shots were taken on-the-go with this self-timer camera app.
vscocam – (FREE) When I want to spice up a photo quickly, I run it through this photography app to add filters and adjust levels. The majority of my Instagrams are uploaded through vscocam.
Waterlogue – ($2.99) This new photography app turns plain ol’ photos into pretty watercolor illustrations! I love using it for beauty product posts, like this one.
WordPress – (FREE) I can manage nearly every aspect of my blog directly from my iPhone or iPad with the WordPress app. I use it daily to write short posts, share photos, interact with readers, and keep an eye on my stats. Push notifications let me know when I have new followers, new likes on posts, or achieve new milestones in traffic.
Wunderlist – (FREE) Organization at its finest! This is the ultimate to-do list maker and task manager. It’s great for storing blog post ideas, making lists of goals, and tracking deadlines.