Best Apps for Mobile Bloggers
Blogs are the new resumes. Here’s how to build one while getting your work done.
By the Dave Partners Team
Blogs are the new resumes. Especially in the competitive and cutting-edge world of tech, having a strong social media presence and sharing insights with the world is a must: It’s how you build your reputation, establish your unique skill sets, and engage with the thriving community of tech professionals.
There’s just one problem: You also have a real job. Unlike paid bloggers, you can’t sit at your desk all day compiling content and sorting through press releases; you’ve got to fit any content creation that you do into a schedule that includes meetings, e-mail, and every other part of a full work day.
Well: We’re here for you. Thanks to the tech world’s increasing focus on mobile, there are plenty of apps that allow you to do creative work in your real spare time: On the go, on the street, or while you’re on your way to somewhere else. Here, we list our top 3 mobile apps for would-be bloggers.
Curating smart, relevant content for your readers is always a challenge. For one thing, it’s hard to keep track of all the content that catches your eye over the course of an average day; the one piece you love can easily get lost in a maze of open tabs. For another, on a busy day, you probably don’t have the chance to actually read anything.
This is why we love Instapaper, which relieves 98.9% of the content headaches we experience in an average day. You simply install the app to your phone, then use the Instapaper bookmarklet to tag content you’re interested in (or enter hyperlinks into the website, if you’re at a desktop). Voila: Instapaper archives the text, which you can then access from your phone or computer at any time, even if you’re not connected to a network.
This makes keeping up on your reading easy and friction-free. We like to go through articles on the train, in taxi cabs, or while waiting in line for coffee, and “like” the ones we want to share, which puts them on a select, separate list; they go out on social media once we’re at our desks. You’ll probably adapt your own rhythm, but one thing is for sure: You’ll never run out of things to talk about again.
2) VSCO Cam
You’ve heard it said over and over: Visuals work, text doesn’t. We retain vastly more visual memory than verbal memory, and even the most complicated, nuanced and insightful blog post you’ll ever write is going to be a dud if it doesn’t have sharp lay-out and a memorable image attached.
Unfortunately, hearing isn’t the same as doing, especially if you’re not a very… well, let us say, not a very professional photographer. If your readers are in the tech world, they’re sophisticated and design-literate; blurry, generic Instagram filters are not going to cut it.
Enter VSCO Cam: Compact, simple, professional-quality photo editing software that fits on your phone. Any snap you take can be cropped, adjusted for color and contrast, and swiftly, painlessly uploaded, making you look like you know what you’re doing, without forcing you to haggle with visual artists or spend hours in Photoshop.
Everyone has had this problem: You come up with an amazing idea, line, or simply a solution to a problem. You swear to remember it forever. But because you’re not at your computer, and you don’t have a pen handy, that idea is gone fifteen minutes later.
Evernote makes it possible to record, access, and organize your ideas across platforms. Once it’s installed, you can type notes into your phone at any time, which are then stored in the cloud and made accessible from your phone or any computer you’re using. You can also organize notes; Evernote automatically records the location, but you can create new “notebooks” for different topics, or tag the notes in the ways you find most useful.
Thanks to Evernote, creating is now no longer something you have to do when chained to a specific desk, but an ongoing process that you can incorporate smoothly into your life. It’s a life-saver for those with highly mobile routines and a desire to keep creating.