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With three kids, I’m always on the go. Always. They go to three different schools, and then they all have different activities. It can be hectic to get everyone everywhere, and often it leaves me needing to catch up on some blogging and social media. This can make it a little hard to keep my blogging on schedule, especially when I’m in desperate need of a new smartphone.
Just recently we went out of contract on our phone plan. Nate dropped his phone and shattered the glass a couple weeks ago ($150 just to repair!), and my phone is 2 years old and dying. It’s already had the battery replaced once a year ago, and now I don’t trust this battery at all. It dies on 30% charge. On more than one occasion, I’ve been mid picture taking for an important blogging event, and it dies on me.
And to top it off, my phone company has changed their upgrade policy so if you upgrade your phone bill jumps up an additional $25/month PER PHONE! That’s $50/month for both Nate and me to upgrade for 2 more years. Then, I heard about the T-Mobile Simply Prepaid™ plan with the Samsung Galaxy Avant.
Most of the time prepaid phones have slow data, a spotty network, and second rate phones. However with Simply Prepaid™ from T-Mobile, you get 4G LTE on a Data Strong network with award winning customer service, not to mention the latest smartphones! The Samsung Galaxy Avant is quickly becoming my favorite smartphone.
With it being prepaid, you can do it in a few different ways. You can pick up a refill card at the store, or you can call on your phone to pay. Or my fave — You can do it automatically! Just chose Auto Refill, pick a date, and it will automatically refill your account every month on that day. No worries!
When I went to Walmart to get it, the lady at the electronics department told me this one was flying off the shelves, and I got the very last one in stock. Before I decided to go with this one, I read the reviews on the Walmart website, and there were so many glowing reviews for this phone. For just $40 dollars a month get 4G LTE data with unlimited talk and text, who wouldn’t want this one?
Now that I have a reliable smartphone with a fast network, I am able to blog more efficiently when I’m on the go — not to mention keeping up with social media, too. For both of these, I have my Top Apps for Blogging that I use all the time when I’m on the go. These are Android apps, but I’ve used most of these on my old phone as well, so most likely you’ll find them for iOS, too.
1. WordPress – this is my go to app to moderate my comments, check stats, and start a new post when I get an idea, as well as make any quick changes to a blog post when I’m not near a computer.
2. TurboScan – If you’re a crafter or DIYer, then you will LOVE this app. I can’t live without it. Often times, I make small 8.5 x 11-inch patterns that I don’t want to draw out on my computer, so I draw it by hand and scan it into TurboScan. You can add it to Dropbox or Google Drive or email it to yourself as a PDF.
3. HootSuite – This is a great tool to schedule Social Media posts, so you don’t even have to think about it keeping new content coming to your readers.
4. DropBox – This is one of my most used apps. I save pictures and scanned images to DropBox, so I can easily access them on the computer. It makes it so easy.
5. URL Shortener – Remember one of the tips from my “Grow your Facebook Reach by the 1000s” post was to use a shortened link in your Facebook posts that you share from Instagram? Using this app, I can quickly make a goo.gl shortened link and edited it into my FB post straight from my phone.
6. Google Docs – This is where I work on my free printables or patterns for tutorials. If I’m working on them away from my computer, I scan them with TurboScan and place them into a Google Doc to be ready for publication.
7. Google Drive – When I’m done editing on Google Docs, this is where I upload and keep my tutorial patterns for sharing with all of you, which I can easily do on the go.
8. Google Keep – This app I just recently started using, and I love it. It’s like a little blogging notebook for due dates and future posts. It can even alert you! I just add what I need to work on, due dates, etc. — grocery lists for foodie posts. You can make them all different colors, so you can easily see everything as needed.
9. Pixlr – This is a great editing program for photos you take with your phone.
10. VidTrim – This is one of the few decent video editing apps I’ve found for Android. Blogging seems to be going towards vlogging, so I’ve been working on using this more lately, since my phone is my video camera, too.
11. Flipagram – This is a great way to make a video from a collection of photos. Those are always fun and engaging to put up on Instagram and my blog, and they get great reach when you share them from Instagram to Facebook!
12. Pocket – And last, but not least is Pocket. This one I just started using as well. I find it hard to use Pinterest on a smartphone when I’m surfing to save things. With Pocket, you can share webpages, articles, photos, videos, or anything from the web directly to Pocket and then you can go back to it later when you have time.
I hope you can find some of these apps helpful to you if you’re a blogger, too. They’re so helpful to me, I don’t know how I lived without them or this phone!
With T-Mobile introducing Simply Prepaid™, they’re changing everything you know about wireless. It even has 4G LTE data! Don’t settle for second-rate prepaid wireless. Head to Walmart and check out the Samsung Galaxy Avant with T-Mobile Simply Prepaid™, and you will not be disappointed! I love using it with my favorite apps to blog on the go.
Are you a blogger? What are your favorite apps for blogging on the go?