In an effort be more consistent in my writing, I’m attempting to start a series of posts on Fridays, featuring content that’s not strictly related to my field of profession – fashion. Hence the name Friday afternoon; I think usually by the end of the week most of us gets afflicted with this condition called Friday Brain and we’re completely checked out of our jobs by 3pm.
Plus I can say: Friday Afternoon with Alice / TYPENU, and it rhymes! No just kidding, I won’t do that.
Apps I use daily as a blogger
To kick it off, I’m sharing the apps I’m constantly using, abusing, and otherwise addicted to in my daily life, and hopefully introduce you to a few good ones you can utilize as well. Besides the official social media apps (FB, Pinterest, Instagram, etc), here are some apps I use everyday to edit photos, read the news, find inspirations, and generally make my digital life easier. Note that I use an Android phone but all of these should either have Apple App Store versions or equivalents.
VSCO: even though Instagram has done a good job adding more controls for fine tuning your photos, I still prefer the look of VSCO filters and the results of the tools they offer. There’s no reason you can’t utilize both though; occasionally I’ll use the HDR function from IG after importing a photo in from VSCO.
Chrome: Google Chrome is indispensable for someone like me who’s constantly hopping across her devices; if you’re logged into your Google account, Chrome can sync your bookmarks and anything browser related like history and recently opened tabs across all locations you’re signed in on. I can’t put into words how awesome this is.
Google Inbox: If you already use Gmail, you’d love Google’s relatively new email app Inbox. Instead of the traditional Gmail where you would need to check your tabs individually, Inbox groups everything together and bolds anything that’s new. It’s so helpful for getting the information you need at a glance and it helps my workflow immensely.
Insta Square Maker: One of the many apps that allows you to post landscape/portrait into IG. Even though IG now allows this innately, the ratio is still occasionally not wide enough or tall enough, so I still find myself using this to get my images just right. It can also do other fun things like adding backgrounds to the white spaces or shifting your image off from the center if it’s not a square.
InstaFollow: Apps like these are immensely helpful if you’re looking to keep better track of your IG and grow it. It can show you your most liked photos so you can visually see what’s working and vice versa. It keeps a running tally of how many users you’ve gained and lost until you choose to reset it, which I do on a monthly basis so I can keep track of my growth. It’s got a ton of other features, and I find apps like this to be more competitive than 3rd party Instagram websites that requires a monthly subscription fee in order for you to see information like this.
Flipboard: A lovely newsfeed app that displays everything like a flippable magazine. You can create your own categories and topics to follow in addition to what they already have pre-programmed, and you can save the articles to your note keeping apps like Evernote or Google Keep. I regularly use this to keep tabs on different categories of design, and save anything inspirational I’d like to return to later.
Google Drive: As someone who’s heavily invested into the Google ecosystem, Drive is a no brainer. It helps me sync photos back and forth from all my devices: desktop, laptop, and phone. You can download a desktop version of the Drive program that will allow you to access the folders on Drive as if they’re a part of your computer without having to go in from a web browser, and it’s awesome.
I’m sure there are tons more out there that I’m not even aware of, but for now these guys keep my blogging and social media sphere go round and round. I’m so curious as what you guys use on a daily basis, even if it’s not work or blogging related!! Let me know if you’re already using any of the above, and feel free to share what else you think I might be missing out on!!
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