Many of us have dreamt of becoming successful bloggers, making a living from writing about the stuff we're really passionate about, whether that be food, fashion, or general frolicking. But Rome wasn't built in a day, and if you're really serious about making the break, there are some equally serious steps you'll need to take first.
The first logical move should be to maximize your little corner of the web and exploit in the best way possible, capturing and captivating your readers, until your words become their daily bread.
The following 6 iPhone apps will prove invaluable in helping you establish space for your own writing in the blogosphere.
A good blogger should always be ready and on the lookout for great ideas, and inspiration will often come to you in the strangest of places. That means you'll need a solid app for jotting down your musings to translate them into developed prose later.
SimpleNote is an efficient minimalist tool that'll help you organize your thoughts through the power of tags. And of course, all your scribblings can be automatically synced with any device.
Download if you... have great ideas, but the memory of a fish.
We might be writers or journalists by trade, but even we pros have mental blocks from time to time. So it's always handy to have a solid dictionary and thesaurus at hand to keep the words flowing.
Wordreference is one of the most popular online dictionaries going, perfecting for quickly looking up synonyms antonyms, and conjugations, plus checking that you nailed that complex sentence structure.
Download if you... never get tired of learning new words and expressions.
There are a ton of blogging platforms out there, but not all are created equal. Wordpress is a classic, and its design has improved vastly in recent years, making managing your blog from your mobile an absolute cinch.
Change topics, read and respond to comments, check out viewing stats, and go ahead and publish articles and multimedia files, all without having to park yourself up at your computer desk.
Download if you... don't always have your laptop on hand, but know that blogging is a 24-hour occupation.
Medium has become a true Internet phenomenon since its launch back in 2012 by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams. This online blog-publishing platform is a beautiful space where you can write articles and group them into different collections. It's gained a great reputation for the calibre of the writing on offer. A great way to make yourself known to a more educated audience, plus find inspirational authors to follow.
Download if you... are passionate about writing and airing your views, but don't want the hassle of running your own blog.
Yep, it's great that you enjoy what you're writing about - but does your audience? Bro, do you even have an audience? Google Analytics will give you all the engagement stats you could ever imagine about your blog, including basically everything you'd ever need to know about your readers and how they interact with your content.
With this brilliantly accurate visual tool, you can figure out what content attracts the biggest crowd, plus find out how much time people spend reading your articles. How do they get to your blog? What page usually prompts them to leave? Analytics has all the answers.
Download if you... want to know who reads you and why.
Procrastination is the thief of time. It's no use writing a banging article, if you're going to wait another 6 months before you throw the next one out there. So if you want to amass a legion of loyal readers, you'd best get your ass in gear.
Motivate yourself to do better with Coach.me, a social platform where you can commit to your writing goals, and get encouraging advice and words of support from folks who are in the same boat as you.
Download if you... struggle to find time to write and need a nudge.