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My Must-Have Tools for Blogging

As a blogger, I’m always on the hunt for new tools to help make my blog look better and keep functioning. From tools that I can help make my images look nice, to apps that can help spark some inspiration, and even to apps that can help me on the go, in case I don’t have access to my laptop.

Blogging ToolsUnsplash // Jeff Sheldon

Here are some of the apps I rely on.

iPhone Camera

This one might be pretty obvious. I love taking pictures with my Nikon D610, but it’s not always feasible to carry it around with me. My iPhone 6 has an incredible camera on it, and since my phone is always at my side, I always have a camera with me.

PicLab or PicLabHD

I love imagery with motivational quotes. I love posting them on Instagram, but also for use on my blog. Both of these apps (you get them here and here) are great because you can add your quotes right on your images. The free version doesn’t have a ton of quotes to use, but you can purchase packages that will open up more for you.

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Created with PicLab

VSCO Cam

VSCO Cam is probably one of my most used apps. I edit a lot images in this app, as many people do. I love the filters they offer, but also the fading effect you can create with it. It can help to create some really lovely images for your blog. Plus I want to be insta-famous for my pictures, and I feel like everyone that is uses VSCO Cam.

PicMonkey

I use PicMonkey for just about everything. Most of photos that have that a title included on them for the blog were done here. My blog, Facebook and Twitter header were created there. You can do pretty much everything there. There is a free version, but I pay the $4.99 a month to have access to all of their features. It’s a minimal fee for the amount of things you can do with it.

Trapper

When I’m not near my computer, and I have an idea for a blog post, I run to this app. It’s a place where you can literally trap your ideas. As someone who gets inspiration at random times and through random things, this has been a lifesaver on a few occasions.

Hootsuite

I know many fellow bloggers use some form of a social media management system. I love HootSuite. It’s my preferred one. I’ve been using it for years. What I usually do with HootSuite is, once a post has been published, I go in and will schedule it to post a few times throughout the day on Twitter, as well as a few more times throughout the week. Then I’ll choose other new stories, tweets, and other things from other people to fill in through the day.

I have the app on my iPhone as well so I can pop in and check on things throughout the day.

Blogsy

Blogsy is my go to app when I’m out of town and want to blog. I don’t bring my laptop with me on trips, but I do bring my iPad, and this app is my blog away from home. It can be a bit tricky to figure out at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty great.

What apps and tools do you rely on for your blog?

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I Love These Instagram Accounts Right Now.

Ah. Instagram. The fastest growing social media network. I remember when it first came on the scene. I saw friends posting images from it to their Facebook accounts and I wondered what it was all about.

This was back when I still had a Droid and Instagram was an iPhone only app.

When I got my first iPhone in 2012, Instagram was the first app I downloaded. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I couldn’t wait to start taking pictures and sharing with the world.

Instagram AccountsUnsplash // Jeff Sheldon

Fast forward three iPhones and 3 years later. I’m still just as obsessed with Instagram as I was on day one. I’ve already written a post on obsession with it. I won’t bore you with why I love it, you can check out that post to see why. Instead, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Instagram accounts. And yes, there will be some overlap with my older post. Because some are still my top accounts.

By the Brush

I’m a very visual person, and I love my images to very visually appealing. I’ve love her account for the simplicity of it, but her images are always beautiful.

close to the river’s edge…away from everything else.

A photo posted by laura e. pritchett (@bythebrush) on

       

Tiny PMS Match

I stumbled across this account when she was featured in an article on BuzzFeed and completely fell in love. Seriously. It’s incredible.

Its Erin James

Her engagement ring was featured on the knot one day right after she was engaged, which led to me to her account. She’s a lifestyle and fashion blogger, and is in the process of planning her wedding (kindred spirits perhaps?). But her account is filled with beautiful feminine images. It’s very whimsical at times.

2Sisters_Angie

No words. I just adore this account. I mean how can you not? It’s just amazing.

There wasn’t actually a question as to which her favorite would be 😉 #fashionbymayhem

A photo posted by Angie (@2sisters_angie) on

Ballet Zaida

I’ve always had a love for ballerinas. I never was a dancer (didn’t have the body for it…or the coordination,) but I absolutely love watching and seeing pictures. They are incredible athletes and this account captures this.

Dancer – @isabellalwalsh Location – San Francisco, California. #BalletZaida #IsabellaWalsh #Dance A photo posted by Ballet Zaida (@balletzaida) on

Of course, these are only a select few that I love. It’s hard to narrow down when you have hundreds that you love to look at, but those are my current favorites.

Enjoy!

Don’t forget to follow me: @itseryne (personal fun images) and @erynephotography (my professional account – images from sessions and such!)

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