Essential Apps
For Creative Minds

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After traveling around Europe for a better half of the month of August and moving back to DC for another wonderful (yet whirlwind) year of school, I’ve hardly had any time at all to post. You know how it is– always school, friends, boyfriend, family first… not always in that order.

Blogging, for me, is a form of therapy. It’s not something I do because I have to, or because I want to make money from it, or because it’s cool. It’s simply a fun way for me to keep track of my day to day. Seeing as I haven’t had much time to keep track of my day to day as it happens, much less blog about it, I thought I’d share my most helpful apps for blogging on the go.

My last blog post was written, created, and edited solely on my iPad, and it has been my new baby as of early August. The iPad really does simplify my social media inundated life, and it’s just an added bonus that it’s so easy to carry around. Below I’ve detailed some apps that are useful for iPad blogging.

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Here are some apps I use when I need to generate some inspiration prior to sitting down and writing out a blog post. Whether I’m searching for photos to draw inspiration from or color schemes, I use these apps to get my creative juices flowing.

Wonder – An app that pulls tracks from indie Soundcloud artists, Wonder usually picks out pretty groovy tunes to jam to while I’m scrolling through Bloglovin or just looking to relax before I sit down and write out a post.

Weheartit – An app that’s great for searching for inspiration photos or photos to give you a general ‘vibe’ of what you want something to look like (interior, style, makeup, fashion, etc), I still wouldn’t use any of the images found on my blog seeing as I don’t own them. Nevertheless, it’s a good app to use for inspiration.

Todoist – I use Todoist for the sake of creating organized to-do lists. I always reference my blogging to-do’s on Todoist before I begin to write any of my posts. Todoist minimizes any stress that comes with blogging and keeps me from getting too overwhelmed.

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As we all know, photography plays a large part in marketing yourself online. Pretty photos help attract readers and promote custom content. These are some apps I use to keep my blog looking pretty.

The Roll – An app that organizes your camera roll based on content, color scheme, and more, The Roll helps keep track of photos with a similar theme and is great when you’re looking for a specific photo to edit for a post.

Vscocam – My #1 always, VSCOCAM holds a special place in my heart. It makes the color scheme on my blog look unified and professional, and can spice up any photo. I would recommend only using a mix of one or two filters to maintain consistency in color schemes.

Enlight – The iPad user’s alternative for Photoshop, I use Enlight in only the most necessary of situations… i.e. when I need to cover up a zit, stray hairs, or discolorations in the photo. It’s also great to use if you’re looking to achieve a ‘double exposure’ edit.

Studio+ – An easy to use (yet not as easily customizable) typography app, Studio+ has a bunch of premade ‘overlays’ that you can add to any photo to create a nice banner for your post.

 Typorama – Personally my favorite Typography app, it’s simple to use and makes photos look amazing. It also definitely transforms any old photo into enticing clickbait and I tend to use this app (if I’m not desktop using canva.com or Photoshop) for typography most of the time.

Uptown & Co – A cross between Studio+ and VSCOCAM, if you’re looking to download only one app, I would suggest downloading Uptown & Co. It’s not super intuitive but it does make for some great images once you figure out how to use it.

Pic Stitch – A layout app by Facebook, this app is just useful if you’re looking to combine two or more photos for a photo to insert mid-post.

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WordPress- If you’re using a WordPress blog… this one sort of goes without saying.

Bloglovin– Though the blogging community seems split as to whether Bloglovin is useful vs. nonuseful, I’ve found that a majority of my traffic comes through Bloglovin and it’s a great way to insert yourself into the community. I also love just scrolling through posts for inspiration and keeping track of certain boards for future reference. Bloglovin’ is also definitely more reader-friendly than Pinterest.

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Last but not least is all the social media promotion that comes with blogging. Here are my favorite apps to keep track of my overall social media statistics and what I use to promote posts.

Pinterest- Definitely a great way to get your posts out there, I tend to pin my posts on Pinterest for further exposure.

Hootsuite – A multi-platform social media organization app, Hootsuite allows you to schedule posts and keep track of comments/likes/and followers for Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. This is great if you’re on the go and need to schedule posts.

Padview – My favorite way to view Instagram on my iPad, since Instagram has stubbornly refused to make an iPad or desktop app, Padview is the next best alternative. An easy way to like posts and keep track of your own account, Padview is super useful when it comes to using Instagram on your iPad.

That’s about it! If there are any other apps that you guys couldn’t live without, drop a comment and let me know about them! I’m a tech geek, I can’t get enough 😛

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13 Comments

  1. October 4, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    Great post! I haven’t tried blogging from using Ipad before but now I’m curious to try. Thanks for sharing the helpful blogging apps..

    • October 4, 2016 / 5:08 pm

      It’s really relaxing and much lighter to carry around than a laptop!

  2. October 4, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    Will definitely check out pad view and to do list. Thanks for these suggestions!

  3. October 5, 2016 / 2:59 am

    I have always used my iPad for blogging and very rarely use my laptop or pc for it. For my photography I use Camera+ for my editing and as I’ve just recently bought an Olympus Pen I can just upload my pics straight to the Olympus app without having to use a usb. Will need to try vscocam as I’ve seen quite a few people use it 😊

    • October 5, 2016 / 3:39 am

      It’s interesting you say that since I just bought an Olympus OM-D 10 Mark II and I absolutely love it! The Olympus app really makes photo editing and Instagramming so easy, it’s almost more pleasurable to blog hands on than lugging a giant computer around! 🙂

  4. October 5, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Some great recommendations! I knew of some but a few apps are new to me. I too love using Bloglovin for inspiration, there are just so many blogs on there!

    Kelly Knows It | A life & style blog

  5. October 5, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    I’m all for Bloglovin’ it really helps with my traffic, great post really helpful 🙂

  6. October 5, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Studio is my FAVE! great list, girl!

  7. October 7, 2016 / 11:33 am

    Great list! I absolutely love VSCO and pinterest is my favorite inspiration app!
    Found some great new apps though!

    • October 7, 2016 / 3:23 pm

      A lot of these, including Planoly really help organize my life and make blogging seem a bit less daunting and a bit more manageable!

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