I’ve never done a tech post before, but as I was sitting here reading my glossies and various friends’ blogs the other day, the thought came to me! My life, especially my blogging life, has been forever changed by a few things, most of which are technology related. As this technology has helped me out so much, I’d like to share my knowledge with you now! I’ve put together the top three apps that have influenced my blogging and social media interactions and I share them with you in no particular order.
Next Issue: In the states, I had subscriptions to no less than 5 magazines and my husband had a few more. Sadly, when I moved overseas I had to cancel all of these subscriptions, and this was probably the worst day of my life because I knew that meant no more 900+ pages of Vogue with the September issues. Then, I discovered the Next Issue app thanks to my amazing friend Sarah of StyleItOnline.
This app gives you access to over 100 different magazine titles, everything from Automobiles to Travel and everything in between, and the BEST thing about this app is you have access to back issues of the magazines as well as the current issue available on the news stands. Hello, lifesaver! Now my husband and I have all of our magazines back and then some! And I’ve discovered some amazing fashion finds, recipes, and travel destinations that I may have otherwise never had in print!
The app is free to download, but will run you $10-$15 per month depending on which subscription plan you choose. For me, this is a small price to pay for as many magazines as I’m reading every month. Just make sure you do the math to ensure the cost/benefit will be worth it for you before signing up! (But you can cancel your subscription at any time) If you are a magazine junkie like I am, and you are always on the go, this app might just be for you as it is cross-platform and can be used on your computer or tablet. Don’t get me wrong, I still love having a glossy in my hands as there is no substitute for flipping pages, but sometimes those glossy pages don’t fit in your handbag!
HootSuite: I don’t know about you, but in a given day I switch between Facebook, Twitter, and a host of other social media outlets so many times it sometimes makes my brain spin and my browsers crash! Then one day not too long ago, I was watching my Tweetdeck feed and I stumbled upon an article from Mashable: The Beginnger’s Guide to Hootsuite. Naturally, I created a HootSuite account, followed along with the guide, and got myself all set up and HOLY MOLY my life has been changed! I can now easily navigate between my social media platforms without having 400 tabs open in my browser; I can easily post or schedule a status update to all of those platforms (same status, all platforms); and I can even shorten my links to conserve precious character space in my posts to target my audience with hashtags! (read: it’s your 140 character best friend, especially if your blog domain takes up half of your tweet!)
It has been a real time-saver to have such a platform that can handle all of these things for me and I never post a link on Twitter without shortening it — characters are so important! I really had no idea what I was missing out on, but am eternally grateful I found the article when I did! And while I find it’s easier for me to use while on the computer–especially when trying to put blog updates on social sites–I do also have it set up on both my phone and my IPad for when I’m on the move. Best news though? This app is FREE (but you can always upgrade to Pro if you manage multiple brands or accounts) and who doesn’t love something for free these days? I’d easily pay for this app though, knowing the simplifications is has brought into my life!
Pocket: As a blogger, I read tons of other blogs in a day and I see so many more things run through my twitter feed that I want to read but just simply may not have time for when I see them. Bookmarking everything takes up too much time, and space, and ultimately just gets lost in translation! I have loads of blogs bookmarked, don’t get me wrong, but I can’t bookmark every article that I want to read! Then, I found Pocket. Pocket is like a bookmark, but so much better because it is saved to your Pocket account and then you can tag that save to easily find it later. Best parts? You can look at your bookmarks whenever and wherever from any device with the app (even offline, great for traveling!) and this app is FREE. Save an article from Twitter on the computer and read it later on the train from your phone. GENIUS. I found this app particularly helpful when I was training for my half marathon as I was storing running articles left and right.
I hope some of this information you’ve found useful. All of these apps have changed my life, for the better, and I wouldn’t recommend them if I didn’t fully utilize & adore them! You can always unsubscribe/delete if you hate them, right? And of course, as you work through the apps, give me a shout if you have any questions. I’ve had my fair share of frustrating moments with technology!
Enjoy your new apps. XOXO – K