Happy Friday! This is another Blogging tips post to help you with your blogging journey. I’m sharing 5 apps every blogger needs and giving you as much detail as I can about them without making myself sound repetitive! I explain why you need these apps and how you can use them to help you with your blogging journey. These apps aren’t the typical Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest so you may be in for a surprise!
All of these apps are either free or have free options. I don’t pay for any of them at the moment. This post is not sponsored, paid for, or affiliated with any of the sites I mention.
This app is a necessity for every blogger. Or at least, it should be. Through Bloglovin’ you can subscribe to all your favorites bloggers and websites (providing they have an account there, i’ve seen some bloggers without bloglovin’) and get updated when they make a new post. The reader is seamless and puts all your new blog posts in one feed. You can read the excerpt from each blog before even opening the link. All your views and comments still count for any blog you read so you’re still supporting your favorite bloggers through this!
Your Own Site
This one isn’t technically an app, unless you literally have created an app for your website. However, you should have a home page bookmark of your own blog. It’s easy to grab any links you need, and to see how your blog or site looks on mobile layout. You should never be without your blog link. I firmly believe every blogger should have this on their phone.
I spoke about this app recently but I want to get more into it. I might do a full blog post just on this app, if you’d like that. Youper is a mental health app that can offer methods and advice for any feeling you may have. Youper likes to call itself “your emotional health assistant.” It’s available 24/7, uses an AI to follow your feelings and emotional trends, and is backed by science.
You can set when and how often you want Youper to check on you. Youper will then either give you options for calming your mood, helping you practice gratitude and meditation, or just tell you that what you’re feeling is okay and to just breathe. It’s the only mental health app in my list of apps every blogger needs.
I’ve never felt uncomfortable with Youper because it doesn’t tell you you’re wrong for your feelings, it lets you vent, tells you it’s okay and that life sucks sometimes, and helps you to overcome that. So far, all of these features I have tried and used are free.
No Ads, No payments. Just free therapeutic help. If you allow it, Youper can also track any signs of mental disabilities like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder for you. Every six weeks it’ll tell you it’s time for a check up and you can answer the small questionnaire it gives you. I really recommend Youper for any blogger, but especially my introverted bloggers because I know that life can really break us sometimes.
It’s very simple actually and that’s exactly what I love about it. It gives you a few reminders per day (you can customize when and how many reminders they send you) that help motivate you. You can share any quotes you really love on Instagram as a story or post, share quotes anywhere else, or favorite them to come back to them later.
The free version offers a few customizable backgrounds and texts but if you really want to get creative you can get the pro plan. Which is currently offered at $11.99 for one year or $1.99 per month. You can even get the lifetime plan for $30 bucks if you know you’re going to use it that much. This offer is current as of February 11, 2019 for the Valentines sale they are holding.
All of these are different apps but they basically do the exact same thing, which is planning instagram content.
The Plann App is great for searching and creating hashtag groups. They give you color coded tags that tell you if the tag is overused, not used enough, and what’s the perfect amount of uses. I only use Plann for this feature as I don’t like the content planning method itself, but you can definitely try it out and see if you like it.
Preview app is what I use to actually plan my content. I currently have the free option which allows for 1 user, unlimited posts and rearranging, 2 filter packs, and basic analytics. The pro account for $7.99 is something I used to pay for. With the pro account you get 1 user, unlimited posts and rearranging, all filter packs, full analytics, hashtag analytics, and a repost feature. I wasn’t using all of those features so I downgraded to the free option.
Unfold is the app almost every blogger uses to get those beautiful IG story templates. It’s free unless you want to buy certain template packs, which are pretty cheap. I’ve purchased the Red template so far but I love the ones that come with the app and are free. It’s beautiful and simple design makes it the reason why it’s in my top 5 apps every blogger needs.