5 Must-Have Apps For Creatives

If you’re an entrepreneur, business owner, writer or an overall creative I’m sure you are starting to realize that social media has become one of the number one places to go for marketing purposes, especially Instagram. Depending on the content, number of followers and your overall consistency, it can even become a money maker for some. One day my goal will include receiving earnings for my content but right now my goal has been to build an audience that enjoys the content I create and aren’t just looking for a follow back.

As a new author, business owner and blogger, I was stuck on how I could grow my audience. I went from page to page hoping to get an idea for my own but I didn’t want my page to look like everyone else’s, it still had to be a representation of ME. For months I posted and deleted everything off my page until I finally came across a layout I was proud to look at. Being a social media manager for a few months also motivated me to get my shit together. Why was I able to grow an audience for someone else’s social media pages and not mine? Why was I putting so much work into another’s content and not mine. Little did I know, all it was going to take was a few extra tools (apps) to get the ball rolling.

With that said, here are 5 apps I think you should download immediately if you’re looking to be seen:

CANVA

Canva is my absolute favorite app and is perfect for content creation. You can create content across all social media platforms including, IG, FB, Pinterest and more. It’ll even allow you to create your own flyers, book covers and those media kits to pass out at events. It’s literally a one stop shop and best of all it’s FREE. Of course it you want more of the advanced features you’ll have to pay, but take it from when I say it’s worth it. Here’s the author bio I created with it:

LINKTREE

You know how Instagram only let’s you put one link in your bio? Thanks to Linktree you’re able to use one link that sends you to every website you own. I have about 5 links in my tree. I was tired of having to switch my links around whenever I wanted to promote a book, blog post or clothing.

UNSPLASH

Finally a place with completely free photos you can use for those blog post, stories and more. Usually you have to pay for professional photos or you’re stuck dealing with watermarks. Not with Unsplash! Not only are you able to use these beautiful, high-res photos but you can also contribute your own work. There’s also the option to give the photographer credit. It’s not required but I’m sure the artist would appreciate it. Here’s an example:

Photo by Paweł Czerwiński on Unsplash

UNFOLD

Another favorite of mine is Unfold. I use this app to create Stories on IG and Facebook. Most of the layouts are free but if you’r looking for more options you can purchase packs of templates for as low as .099c

DISPLAY PURPOSES

This app I love because it helps you with those hashtags. Sometimes I have no clue what to tag under my post that relates to the content. Sure I have my go to #hashtags but sometimes it’s good to switch it up. It’ll get you’re work out there to a wider audience interested in what you are promoting, whether that be apparel, books or motivational quotes. Type in one or more hashtags into the search and the most relevant will appear. You can limit the amount of tags you’d like to use. Here’s what it looks like:

What tools do you enjoy using to create content/promote yourself?

Level Up – Read a Book!

It’s sad to say this but since the passing of Nipsey Hussle, I’ve been inspired with wanting to level up and educate myself more on entrepreneurship, financial stability, my history and who I am as a black woman in America. A lot of that involves feeding my brain with the information out there that is provided to us. There are well over 100 million books in the world just waiting for one of us to pick it up, providing us with the information that no teacher ever has. It’s really up to us to take that power, upgrade ourselves and anyone else willing to learn.

Most of the books I’ve read throughout life have been fictional and more on the ghetto or supernatural side but I’ve decided to expand my views a bit more when it comes to reading. Yesterday I asked a few people some of their suggestions and I’ve definitely wrote them down since I can’t order a million books at one. I started with ordering the following:

  • Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim
    • Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging remains with readers the rest of their lives—but not everyone regularly sees themselves in the pages of a book. In this timely anthology, Glory Edim brings together original essays by some of our best black women writers to shine a light on how important it is that we all—regardless of gender, race, religion, or ability—have the opportunity to find ourselves in literature
  • The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison
    • The Source of Self-Regard is brimming with all the elegance of mind and style, the literary prowess and moral compass that are Toni Morrison’s inimitable hallmark. It is divided into three parts: the first is introduced by a powerful prayer for the dead of 9/11; the second by a searching meditation on Martin Luther King Jr., and the last by a heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin. In the writings and speeches included here, Morrison takes on contested social issues: the foreigner, female empowerment, the press, money, “black matter(s),” and human rights. She looks at enduring matters of culture: the role of the artist in society, the literary imagination, the Afro-American presence in American literature, and in her Nobel lecture, the power of language itself.
  • A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing by DaMaris B. Hill
    • From Harriet Tubman to Assata Shakur, Ida B. Wells to Sandra Bland and Black Lives Matter, black women freedom fighters have braved violence, scorn, despair, and isolation in order to lodge their protests. In A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, DaMaris Hill honors their experiences with at times harrowing, at times hopeful responses to her heroes, illustrated with black-and-white photographs throughout.
  • Year of Yes by Shondra Rhimes
    • This poignant, intimate, and hilarious memoir explores Shonda’s life before her Year of Yes—from her nerdy, book-loving childhood creating imaginary friends to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her (like Cristina Yang, whose ultimate goal wasn’t marriage, and Cyrus Beene, who is a Republican and gay). And it chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun—when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and giving the Dartmouth Commencement speech; when she learned to say yes to her health, yes to play and she stepped out of the shadows and into the sun; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self. Yes.

These books are currently on the way thanks to Amazon Prime but what I’m extremely happy about is the post I was tagged in this more, Nipsey’s Book List. It came at just the right time and I can’t wait to add those books to my collection. This man was so damn intelligent, giving, spiritual and had a heart of pure gold. I can’t wait to get into his head a little bit more by reading a few of the books he enjoyed and shared with his family and friends. I will list a few below but you can find the whole list on this account!

NIPSEY’S Book List

  1. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. Blood in My Eye – George Jackson
  3. Conscious Capitalism – John Mackey & Rajendra Sisodia
  4. Contagious – Jonah Berger
  5. Creative Collection – Ken Kocienda
  6. Culture Vultures – Kenyatta Griggs & Damon Dash
  7. Fools by Randomness – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  8. Heal Thy Self – Queen Afua
  9. How to Eat to Live – Elijah Muhammad
  10. I Didn’t Do It For You – Michela Wrong

List some books you think everyone can benefit from reading.

TDOS – Don’t Let Up

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In August of 2018 I had lost the one job I had been working for 3 years. Did I panic? Not really but I began to wonder what I’d do with my free time. I had started a merch store (TDOS) selling crewnecks and T-Shirts with a logo I had someone create for this blog, and to help promote my poetry book, which was also entitled The Diary of She.

Long story short, I enjoyed coming up with designs and quotes for my clothing and that’s when I decided to keep the store up instead of taking it down after the few orders I received. My mom went ahead and secured the business name and seller’s permit for me, so The Diary of She would officially be mine, at least for 5 years that is lol.

TDOS – Don’t Let Up

I’ve Made Some Changes.

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Last night I was up until about midnight thinking; thinking about all the ways I could rebrand The Diary of She. Not just the blog but all my social platforms that go with it. My YouTube Channel, Podcast and Social Media accounts. The longer I stay up the more ideas I have about making quality content and to stop worrying over the quantity.

The first thing that needed to change was my YouTube channel. I decided to completely get rid of it. There wasn’t many videos on there, about nine or so, but the quality of them absolutely sucked. Being that I don’t get the best lighting in my house, everything I recorded looked an absolute mess. I was finding that I was spending more time editing the video to not look so dark, overly bright or pixelated that I didn’t even want to record anymore. On top of that my background didn’t look the best. With that said my YouTube channel won’t be back until I can give you all the quality you deserve. In the meantime I’ve decided to focus on other aspects of my brand.

I’ve Made Some Changes.