Spammy title, right? It’s mean in these streets, you gotta do what you gotta do 😉 But it’s the truth… there are tried and true practices you can use on Instagram to increase your likes and followers and I’m here to share some of my favorites with you! Now I’m not drowning in followers, but I have experienced exponential growth since putting these tips into practice. If you want immediate growth have JB ask who you are, post a bikini pic with your model sis, or receive flowers from Kanye West. For the rest of us, try these out.
Each year I vow to be a bit more organized as one of my New Year’s resolutions. And no better place to start than here with my blog! I have a full-time job, so pre-scheduling my posts is extremely important. I searched the internet high and low for the perfect blog planning printables last year and didn’t find anything that fit me perfectly, so I created my own. Now that the new year is upon us, I wanted to re-release these in case you missed them! You have two options… You can purchase the planner (220 pages, paperback bound) here or just click on the titles below to download the PDF (make sure you can view Adobe PDFs on your computer). (more…)
Hey y’all… I’m back again with another installment of my Summer Blogging Series. This week, I have compiled every single app I use to trick my readers into thinking I’m not a hot mess 😉 Confession time: I’m not naturally tan, organized, or even a great speller. And fabulous lighting is tough to find sometimes! (Cue Hannah Montana’s Nobody’s Perfect) So thank goodness for modern technology!
I’m banking on the fact that y’all already use the obvious social media apps (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest), so we won’t cover those. This post is all about the additional apps that will help you elevate your blog game on the go!
1. AfterLight: Before any photo I take makes it to Instagram, I always edit it with this app. It’s easy to use and just takes a couple quick edits to make an ordinary picture eye catching. Once I upload a photo into the app, I increase the brightness, saturation, warmth, and finally sharpen it. If I have an image that isn’t square but needs to be because Instagram is bossy, I can add a white background in the app as well. It is my all-time favorite!
2. Pic Tap Go: This app was recommended to me by Emily Helm of Life with Emily and I cannot believe I haven’t tried it sooner. The ease of use is great and I like the brightness and saturation settings a bit more than AfterLight. The best part is this app will save your past settings, so you can easily apply your favorite filter in the future.
3. PicFX: I use this app solely for the awesome bokeh options… yenno, the little lens flare sparkles I use on some of my images? There are quite a few options and you can adjust the strength of the bokeh as well.
4. VSCOCam: Think about your brand before delving into this one. My photos are typically bright and crisp, so I use this app sparingly. But take Mary Seng of Happily Grey for instance. If she wasn’t so cool already, each one of her photos has a gray filter and it makes her Instagram feed have a theme. VSCOCam is awesome is you want to do the same and stylize your Instagram feed.
5. Snapseed: There are tons of options on this app, but I use it mainly for landscape or skyscape images. The Drama filter is my go-to for adding dimension to clouds.
6. iDashboard: I check this sucker twenty times a day! It is my personal favorite of the Google Analytics apps. I am able to check every traffic stat and set daily, weekly, and monthly goals.
7. rewardStyle:The folks at rewardStyle are geniuses and this app keeps getting better with every update. I use this app to post my Liketk.it Instagrams and keep up with their analytics. (And confuse my non-blogger friends)
8. BlogLovin: How would I easily stalk my favorite bloggers without this app? BlogLovin is great because it keeps me from having to jump from blog to blog online to check out all the latest posts. It consolidates them into one feed and lets me save my favorites to visit later. I can also see who is following, liking, and commenting on my posts as well.
9. WordPress: Thank goodness for this app! More often than not, I find a typo on my blog posts once they’re published and I’ve stepped away from the computer. With this app I can update blog posts, see who is commenting on my posts and reply, and even begin a new blog post if inspiration strikes!
10. DropBox: I keep a big chunk of my blog photos in DropBox so I can easily go between my phone and computer with them. I have run out of room on my iPhone quite a few times, so I keep all of my high-res images in labeled folders of this app. It takes a large image quite some time to email, but it’s a snap to transfer with DropBox. Additionally, my DSLR has wifi so the images I shoot go directly to my phone. I put all of these pics into DropBox so I can edit them in Photoshop or on my phone with an app.
I hope these apps help you turn into a one-woman blogging machine! As always, if you have any questions shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂