6 iPhone App Essentials for Blogging

6 Mobile Essentials for Blogging

Pursuing blogging and a life of travel at the same time is fun but also a challenging task. I think it’s nearly impossible to do both — to go to exciting new places and write your adventures immediately — if we didn’t have these applications and smartphones (Hallelujah to Steve Jobs for revolutionizing the iPhone!) to help us connect with our readers.

In the past three years as a traveler, I don’t think I’ll be able to go through all of my backlogs, share real-time events, and craft a meaningful write-up if it wasn’t for the following tools:

1. VSCOCam

There are thousands of photo editing apps available on iTunes, but VSCOCam is what most bloggers, photographers, and general iPhone owners user to post-process their photos. Their presets are just gorgeous, and the community is full of talented artists from all over the world.

I use this app for all of my photo-editing needs on my iPhone. I’ve purchased all presets, but A6, HB2, C8, M5, and J2 are just some of my go-to filters.

2. 30/30 (iPhone Only)

30/30 is a beautifully-designed app that uses the Pomodoro Technique. You make a list of tasks, set the time needed for each task (usually in 30 minutes) and finish them one by one. I use this app on my busiest days, when I know I’m overwhelmed with the amount of work that needs to be done.

3. Bloglovin’

I’ve never understood the importance of Bloglovin’ until last December, and ever since them I’m hooked! Apart from their pretty user interface, Bloglovin’ allows me to read my favorite blogs while I’m on the go, and save interesting articles for later. Bloglovin’, however, is mostly focused on fashion/beauty/lifestyle/travel posts.

4. WordPress

This app is what I use when I want to write a draft on my blog, reply to comments, and check blog statistics. Since this app has the ability to write blog posts, it’s super helpful when inspiration suddenly pops out of nowhere and I need to write it down. You can also use this to read other people’s blogs, but I think it’s only applicable fort WordPress blogs.

Blogger, Squarespace, and Tumblr also have their own iOS app which you can also use to publish new blog entries.

4. Downcast (iPhone Only)

Lately, I’ve been trying to make it a habit to listen to podcasts. With Downcast, I can listen to my favorite podcasts directly on my device without syncing with iTunes. There are other alternatives, like Instacast, but I can’t seem to find one that’s 100% free.

6. Buffer

Buffer is a social media management tool that I’ve only started using a couple of weeks ago. Buffer is a neat platform, making it easy for me to keep multiple social media accounts up to date.

Bonus — 7-9. Twitter, Instagram & Facebook

The trifecta of social media and blogging. Each has a different function and community, but for a blogger, these apps only mean one thing: real-time updates.

Bonus — 10. Spotify

Although I don’t use this app regularly, it has been proven that music can boost energy and improve productivity. Apart from that, if you offer playlists to your readers, Spotify is a great platform to discover new music.

Bonus — 11. Fujifilm Photo Receiver

For those who didn’t know, I purchased a Fujifilm XM-1 mirrorless camera last year. One of its features is the ability to transfer photos to your phone wireless, which I then use to share real-time photos of events and places I go to.

There you have it, 6 and 5 more apps for your blogging needs. I was in the zone while writing this article that I couldn’t help but add five more in my list. Have you got an iPhone app essential that wasn’t mentioned on my list? Do let us know, maybe me or other readers might benefit from it. :)

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  • Reply
    Mikyu Maglasang
    March 17, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Since I recently deleted my social media accounts, what’s left are VSCOCam (for photos on my blog, not on social media anymore), Bloglovin’, Pocket (I want to separately save the blogs/articles I really wanna read), WordPress, and Sony PlayMemories Mobile (for transferring photos from my cam to my phone wirelessly). I also have other productivity apps like Evernote and such to save ideas. :)

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      Kisty Mea
      March 17, 2015 at 8:53 AM

      A lot of people recommend Evernote but maybe I haven’t figured it out, but I still don’t know how to insert it in my daily workflow. The same goes for Pocket. I should download both of them and give them another try. :) Thanks!

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    Samantha Denise
    March 17, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    I just started using VSCOCam about a week ago, I’m planning to purchase their minimalist presets :) I’m not and iPhone user though, but one of the useful apps that I use in Samsung is the S Planner. I can doodle or write random stuff when I don’t have a planner/notebook around! :)

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    March 17, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    VSCO is always my go-to photo editor. Thanks for the recommendations, I decided to finally download Pocket! For tasks, I use Do It Tomorrow, but lately I’ve been so out of everything that I don’t use my to-do lists anymore and pretty much hate it. Another nice to-do organizer would be Wunderlist, which easily syncs with your computer.

    As for note taking, I just use the pre-installed ~note~ on my phone, but I use Evernote for Mac and for work. :)

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      Kisty Mea
      March 17, 2015 at 3:05 PM

      You and Mikyo both use Pocket and Evernote, now I’m getting more curious!

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    March 17, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    I like app #11! I don’t have a mirrorless cam but seeing this made me remember the mirrorless I’ve been eyeing for years also has its own app, too, and that transferring photos would be convenient. Good reminder I need to get that camera soon, hahaha.

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    March 19, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    My Bloglovin’ alternative is Feedly! I switched from the former a couple years ago because I didn’t like how it sort of hijacks the URL, so I can’t copy the post’s own link. I don’t know if it still does that, though. :) I’ve also found more blogs on Feedly than I ever found on Bloglovin’.

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    Beauty By Tellie
    March 19, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    I have nothing to share, I’m a techy dumbass. I concur on VSCO though. The filters are really nice, and somehow the edits look prettier there than when I do it on my phone’s stock program (like why does their exposure edit look way better than Samsung’s?)

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      Kisty Mea
      March 20, 2015 at 11:59 AM

      This is how I feel even with Apple’s filters! You should also try Pocket if you’re into reading articles on the go. Seems like a favorite by other bloggers as well. :)

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    March 20, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    I just recently download Bloglovin’ and Pocket. They’re the best! Bloglovin’ makes it easier for me to be updated in my favorite blogs. And Pocket is such an awesome app since you can save the articles to your phone and you don’t even have to have an Internet connection to read it. It’s such a savior since I save the links manually, meaning Copy and paste (haha!), or bookmark it for me to read it later. And I tend to forget about it sometimes. Pocket is just more organized. It is definitely a must-have!

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      Kisty Mea
      March 20, 2015 at 11:57 AM

      Thanks Kaye! I recently downloaded Pocket and yes, I can see why it’s a favorite!

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    March 20, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    I love this! Especially now since I’m starting to turn to blogging to release creative juices. Also, VSCO continues to be the bomb.com for me in terms of photography apps.

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    June 29, 2015 at 4:35 AM

    This was so useful, thank you so much! I have most of the apps you mentioned but I think I’m gonna try 30/30 as well :)

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