My 5 Favourite FREE Blogging Apps

Blogging is more than just writing a few lines on a notepad and uploading onto a blog. The use and integration of technology is more paramount than ever when it comes to succeeding as a blogger.

A lot of it coming from apps I’ve enjoyed using and have helped enhance the quality of my blog itself. You’ve probably read the first two paragraph and realised – hang on – a non Edinburgh post. Yep! I’m finally putting Scotland to rest. Instead I’m giving you FIVE blogging apps that are guaranteed take YOUR blog to the next level:

1. Canva

I first installed and started using Canva last summer. It’s been mainly used by myself to create the blog banner/header and thumbnails for my blog posts that you see. They feature templates that are compatible for all social media platforms and websites. Allowed me to be more creative and experimental with my blog.All in all Canva has made graphic designing for my blog simpler than I thought it would. I’ve started to wonder why I hadn’t discovered it earlier but I guess that’s all part of learning on my blog journey.

Favourite FREE Blogging Apps

Favourite FREE Blogging Apps

2. Pexels

Out of all the apps on my list, Pexels is the most recently installed onto my phone. Along with Canva, Pexels is where I get stock photos to use for my blog posts – with image credit too of course! It’s very useful if you’re struggling to find images of your own to use for your posts. Most images are free to download and all it takes is that touch of the download button once and it’s all yours.

Favourite FREE Blogging Apps

3. Twitter

I’ve discussed enough about the love I have for Twitter when it comes to blogging. It is very good for a blogger looking for good promotion and engagement. You’re constantly meeting new bloggers and influencers on comment/follow threads, blog chats, Ever week there’s always a new travel blogger starting out I’m coming across and it’s great to see th. embracing Twitter as a platform, toxic things put aside.

A lot of collabs have been organised thanks to Twitter’s help and I recently had sponsored opportunities come right at me which I’m excited to boast abiut a bit xD. It’s difficult to imagine the place I would be in with my blog had I not been making the most of it.

Favourite FREE Blogging Apps
Image Credit: Canva

4. WordPress

The Why for WordPress is simple if you’re a blogger like myself. It’s where I upload all my posts and can customise my blog to my liking. Since I’m self-hosted too, I get access to plugins and widgets designed to boost my SEO. Obviously I also get my own domain which helps me be more attractive to brands and sponsors as they see you as independent and not associated via “”Truth: Most of my blog posts start off on my phone and I sometimes work on posts whilst on the go as soon as an idea pops into my head. So to have the WordPress app on my phone is very handy and less time and energy-consuming rather than carrying my bulky laptop around with me or waiting till I get home.

Favourite FREE Blogging Apps
Image Credit: Canva

5. Instagram

Lets be real, travellers and travel bloggers get a lot of validation and attention from their travel pics on Instagram than they do from most other social media. For me this is where I post a lot of my pics and highlights from my travels. I also use Insta as an additional platform for blog promo. Online clothing apparels and brands often approach me asking me to be an affiliate, which is an additional way of making income. Freelance photographers thrive on Insta. Much of their creative work can be an amagulation of editing apps used. E.G. the logos for my travel highlights on my insta home page were created on Canva.

Favourite FREE Blogging Apps
Image Credit: Pexels

Final Word

A lot of the apps are transferable across many mediums, blogs being included. They can effectively make you more skilled and efficient. Best part is that these apps I suggested are all easy to use and again – FREE of charge. There are plenty more apps I didn’t include on this list but have been very helpful for me. It doesn’t pay [much] for you to become more creative and savvy as a blogger.

Favourite FREE Blogging Apps
Image Credit: Pexels

What are your favourite apps you use for blogging? Check out some of the best ones to use for travelling also. Follow me on socials to keep up with what’s coming next!

Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures


Johnny is a 23-year old solo traveller and travel blogger with a craving to know the world better and make the small world bigger!


  1. April 3, 2019 / 7:59 pm

    Wait! WHAT?! Canva has an app?!?!?! Please excuse me- I have to go download something!!!!!!!

    • Johnny
      April 3, 2019 / 8:03 pm

      😂😂😂 Take all the time you need!

    • Johnny
      April 4, 2019 / 8:08 am

      You’re welcome Beth 🙂 Hopefully you enjoy the app!

  2. thecococreativ
    April 4, 2019 / 7:20 am

    I cannot blog on my phone, I simply can’t! I’m old like that but also because my phone is so small and my eyesight is so bad, I need that large screen. Now I really sound old LOL!

    I love using Canva on my phone though. It’s super helpful, I usually create my visuals on the computer and then download them straight to my phone with the app so it’s helpful for when I need to share something on the go.

    Great list and yep, freeeeeeeeee apps for the win!

    • Johnny
      April 5, 2019 / 10:27 am

      Same! They’ve got so much to offer

  3. Thesacredspaceap
    April 4, 2019 / 9:28 am

    Yes! I have all of these, that means I’m doing good right?!
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Johnny
      April 5, 2019 / 10:30 am

      Yep, set right up to become an award winning blogger 😂 You’re welcome Alyssa!

  4. April 4, 2019 / 12:59 pm

    Canva is it, for everything! Have even used it for resume/ CV building. I love it! I think I’ll look into Pexels, I’ve heard about using it for stock, but haven’t took to it yet.

  5. April 4, 2019 / 1:28 pm

    Hey Johnny,

    Came across your post in the Connect & Cultivate group in FB. Decided to check you out. I’m always interested in Apps that help to better make life easier.

    I have to agree with you that these are some really top notch apps that can brand very well. In fact I use the majority of them on a daily basis when I am not at my laptop.

    I do have a suggestion if you want to check this out. I have to schedule my time wisely so I have the Trello app that I use. You may want to check it out in the app store. It is a quick and easy download and I find that it gives me the time to schedule all of my social media posts and also gather all of my groups in one location which is a really big time saver.

    Thank you again!

    Keep on rockin’!

    • Johnny
      April 8, 2019 / 6:07 pm

      Definitely will check out Trello! Surprisingly never stumbled across it as a lot of bloggers do schedule their tweets and stuff. Cheers for the recommendation 🙂

      • April 13, 2019 / 3:33 pm

        Johnny it’s a real life saver. I just got back in from Vegas so on Monday I will be back at it again. I hope you like trellis and if you would like a link to some really kick butt FB groups that u can use trello with let me know. Keep on rockin’!

  6. Millie
    April 7, 2019 / 2:58 pm

    Love using these apps! It’s surprising the number of people that don’t know that Canva has an app so I think this is really useful – thank you!

    • Johnny
      April 8, 2019 / 6:07 pm

      Yep, Canva are way ahead of a lot of people like that! Cheers Millie 🙂

  7. April 7, 2019 / 7:21 pm

    Thanks for this. I am off to download canva and maybe then my pins will all look the same. Really struggling to find a good a good app and that is what I am looking for!

  8. April 7, 2019 / 9:12 pm

    Thanks for these ideas ! Think I need to down load headspace as I can be stressy sometimes as I’m so busy never have me time !!!! It’s really refreshing to read a males blog aswel thanks for tips brother !

  9. April 7, 2019 / 10:29 pm

    I use all the app mentioned above except from pexels. I use unsplash for my images . really good photos there .

    • Johnny
      April 8, 2019 / 6:08 pm

      Thank you *notes newly discovered app in memo* 😂😂

  10. Nicola D
    April 8, 2019 / 7:48 am

    Great post – apps can be really helpful for bloggers. It’s a lot easier having things like this on your phone rather than having to do everything on a laptop. My favourite blogging apps are Twitter for networking, Canva for creating pins, Buffer for scheduling tweets and Pinterest for promoting posts because I get a lot of traffic from there.


    • Johnny
      April 8, 2019 / 6:12 pm

      Cheers Nic 🙂 100% It just makes the apps x10 more accessible having them on phones. I’m surprised how much Pinterest helps with blog traffic – might need to step it up on there 🙂

  11. April 10, 2019 / 3:48 pm

    yes yes yes for Canva! It’s definitely one of my most used apps/blogging resource! I used to use picmonkey, and I can’t believe that I hadn’t heard of this until about a year ago! Great post xx

    Melina |

    • Johnny
      April 10, 2019 / 5:47 pm

      Canva is just life 😂😂 What’s Picmonkey like? Appreciate you reading btw 👍🏾

      • April 16, 2019 / 4:49 pm

        It was a lot less user friendly? They also had a lot of less features when you compare it with Canva!

  12. April 11, 2019 / 6:11 am

    Great Post! Canva is the best, I use it for everything.

    Sarah –

  13. April 12, 2019 / 6:41 pm

    I love using Canva! Great quality.

  14. April 12, 2019 / 7:33 pm

    Such a useful blog post! It’s nice to know I can use these apps on my phone!

  15. April 12, 2019 / 7:52 pm

    Great list! I never thought about using Canva for designing featured images but I’ll have to try that out.

    • Johnny
      April 13, 2019 / 7:24 am

      Cheers Michael, definitely give Canva a go!

  16. April 12, 2019 / 8:26 pm

    Great post! I don’t use pexels as I take and edit my own pics but I’m no professional so I will check it out 🤔😊

    • Johnny
      April 13, 2019 / 7:26 am

      Thanks Rudiano, I don’t normally use Pexels to edit pics themselves but still download it and see what you can experiment with

  17. April 12, 2019 / 10:08 pm

    I am totally in love with Canva! I think it’s great, I use it so so much and I love that I can design pins on the go on my phone and then put them together into pinterest when I get home

  18. May 4, 2019 / 12:47 pm

    Thanks for this post! I’m downloading Canva as I leave a comment loool. Time to elevate my game on Pinterest and for my blog

  19. May 21, 2019 / 2:10 am

    In love with Canva…I’ve never tried Pexel. I rely on Unsplash for stock photos, but I’ll check this out. Thank you for sharing!

    • Johnny
      May 22, 2019 / 9:46 am

      A pleasure sharing! Canva is king if you want to up your blogging game! Pexels is a gem too for obvious reasons given 😉 Need to get Unsplash noted down cos thats the first time hearing of it 😂

  20. October 3, 2019 / 11:14 pm

    No idea Canva had an app! Downloading now.., – thanks!

  21. April 7, 2020 / 3:23 pm

    Great post! Definitely use and abuse all the same apps 🙂

    • Johnny
      April 7, 2020 / 4:17 pm

      😂😂😂 Thanks! Gotta take advantage where you can

  22. May 22, 2020 / 1:52 pm

    I love all these apps too! The only one I haven’t heard of before is Pexels. I will have to check that one out. Thanks for sharing!

    • Johnny
      May 23, 2020 / 4:07 pm

      You’re welcome 🙂

  23. May 22, 2020 / 5:49 pm

    Yours is the second recommendation for Canva I’ve seen recently so I need to make sure to investigate it properly!

    • Johnny
      May 23, 2020 / 4:04 pm

      It’s so good! It makes me feel like a wizard of graphic designing 👌🏾

  24. Lisa Alioto
    May 26, 2020 / 12:49 pm

    Canva was a huge addition to my blogging when it was introduced to me – I can’t thank that person enough! I love it! And it’s so easy to use!

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