Happy Friday, everyone!
I hope you are all looking forward to a wonderful weekend! Today I wanted to discuss some of the iPhone apps that have been key in my bblogger experience thus far. I know that these types of posts by others have been immensely helpful to me in the past, so hopefully you will learn a thing or two!
Snapseed is essentially Adobe Lightroom for your iPhone. This is the app I use to edit every single one of my photos. This app has your standard photo editing options, such as adjusting your white balance, rotating or cropping your photo, and adding a vignette. Under the Tune Image tool, you also have your typical options to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, ambiance, highlights, shadows, and temperature of your photo. There is a Details tool that allows you to adjust the sharpness or structure of your photo if need be. Of course, like many other photo editing apps, there are filters you can choose from and customize yourself. You can also add text to photos which is pretty neat!
What sets Snapseed apart from other photo editing apps in my opinion is the level of detail at which you can edit your photos. For example, the tool I get the most use out of in Snapseed is the Selective tool. This allows you to change the brightness, contrast, saturation, or structure of a particular area of your photo. I use this to make my backgrounds crisply white, and to add color back to products that got a little undersaturated throughout the editing process. Like in Lightroom, you can also edit the lighting curves of your photo if you prefer to edit your photos in that way. The editing process is totally in your hands with Snapseed, which I very much appreciate.
Snapseed is by far my most-used beauty blogging app. If you haven’t already, see for yourself why I love it so much!
Mosaico is made to assist you in planning out your Instagram feed. It lays out your current feed in Instagram’s grid format, then allows you to upload a new photo to see how cohesive it would look compared to the photos you have already posted. I’m super anal about the backgrounds of my photos all having the same brightness, so this is immensely helpful for me. I also like the option of uploading multiple photos to Mosaico to determine which order I’d like to post them in on Instagram. All you need to do is press down on the photo you want to move and drag it to change its position.
Mosaico also has a feature that allows you to automatically upload photos from the app or to remind you to post your photo at a pre-set time. To you get your post publication-worthy, you can tap the photo you’ve uploaded to create a caption for it. You can also use the Tag Clouds feature to add the hashtags you commonly use to the caption of your photo.
Finally, you can enter Ghost Mode through Mosaico to make changes to your current Instagram feed undetected. What this allows you to do is visualize how your feed would look if you deleted a certain photo from it. I rarely use this feature, but it’s definitely a cool option.
Overall, I would highly recommend Mosaico if you’re looking to elevate your bblogger Instagram aesthetic. I use it every single day and think it’s well worth it!
I don’t know about you guys, but I find the Notes app that comes pre-installed on iPhones to be pretty limiting. As someone whose world would fall apart without the ability to take notes, I need a more reliable note-taking app. Cue Evernote.
Evernote has every feature you could possibly dream of in an organization-oriented app. You can easily create customized notes, changing the size and color of your font or drawing directly on it with your finger. You can make your font bold, italicized, or underlined, and you can even add a strikethrough line if you wish. You can add photos or attachments to your notes or use your phone’s microphone to attach a voice recording. There are several list-making options as well which I get quite a bit of use out of. The options are endless!
What sets Evernote apart from the standard Notes app is that you can search within your own note, set reminders directly inside the app, add a particular note to your shortcuts, or duplicate a note without needing to copy and paste the entire thing. Furthermore, you must have a registered account to use Evernote, as it is connected to both your mobile device and your online account. This means that whatever you write on your phone automatically syncs to your online Evernote account as well. I find this to be helpful when inspiration strikes and I begin writing a blog post while on-the-go. If you’re as scatterbrained as me, this will likely be a lifesaver!
Last and certainly not least, we have Bloglovin’. I equate Bloglovin’ to Facebook for bloggers. This platform organizes all of the blog posts made by people you follow into one convenient feed. I can find it tedious to click through the links listed in people’s Instagram bios to get to their blog. Bloglovin’ eliminates that process by curating everyone’s new blog posts in one place. If you want to read a certain piece, simply click on the story that pops up on your Bloglovin’ feed, and continue on to the blogger’s website. It’s as simple as that!
You can also link your blog to your account and all of your posts will go up live on Bloglovin’ as soon as you post them on your website. This means that everyone who follows you on the Bloglovin’ platform will see your post appear on their feed, driving more traffic to your blog!
I also love Bloglovin’ because you can save posts to read for later, or love a blogger’s post that you found particularly helpful or captivating. Your saved and loved posts are all organized into individual feeds within your profile so you can easily access them at any time.
You can also view the activity of people you follow, much like you can on Instagram. I’ve found a lot of really great bloggers through this feature since the people who I follow tend to have similar tastes and interests as me.
If you’re a blogger who is not already on Bloglovin’, get on it asap! It makes the blogging process so much more organized than Instagram is capable of doing.
Which iPhone apps do you depend on for your blogging experience? Leave a comment below so I can check them out!