Katie Orr: Blogging Gadget and App Recommendations


Katie Orr

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Katie is probably the most techie blogger I’ve interviewed so far. She does graphic design, she builds her own sites and has a diverse tool kit of apps and gadgets.

Being a bit of a geek myself, I loved reading about everything Katie uses and discovered several new things to try out.

Whether you’re techie or not, I think you’ll enjoy many of the tips and tricks she is sharing today!

Katie Orr’s Blogging Tool Kit

1. What computer do you use? (i.e. MacBook Air)
For years, my Mac Mini. I recently received a brand-new baby: my MacBook Pro.

2. What kind of phone do you have? (i.e.Samsung Galaxy III)
iPhone 5

3. Do you use a tablet? If so, what model? (i.e. iPad 4)
iPad 2

4. What blog platform do you use? (WordPress, Blogger, Typepad etc)

5. If applicable, what blog theme/child theme do you use? (Genesis, Thesis, WooThemes etc.) Or feel free to use this space to give a shout out to your designer.
Genesis: Magazine child theme (Do Not Depart, Katie Orr Blog), Outreach (HelloMornings), Balance (Quench). Atahualpa: (A free theme which is what all my sites were on before I moved to Genesis. Blogging with Amy has great Atahualpa tutorials!) Focused15. Minimatica (free theme): KatieOrr.me I fell in love with this theme, and had to use quite a few redirections to get it to work, but I love how it showcases all my online projects!

6. What web hosting company do you use? Do you recommend them?
Bluehost. Love them. Great customer service AND unlimited number of sites! I have certainly put that to the test, and have had no issues.

7. What app do you use to write your posts?
If I’m at my desk, I draft straight into WordPress. If I’m on my iPad, I like to use WriteRoom. The WordPress app makes me nervous that I’m going to publish on accident! Occasionally an idea strikes while I am on the go, or in bed, and I’ll use the WriteRoom app on my iPhone. It has a dictation option which I love!

8. How do you capture your blog ideas? (Notebook, Evernote, Word, Sticky notes etc.)
Pen and paper. I have a million notes scribbled down. Though, I do try to keep most of my brainstorms in my Moleskine.

9. What are your most useful computer/web apps?
Hootsuite for monitoring Twitter streams and managing different social media accounts.

Buffer for scheduling posts. LOVE the buffer for Chrome extension. Makes scheduling multiple tweets from one post really easy. Just select a sentence from the post I want to tweet, and it copies that text, plus the shortened url into a buffered tweet. Huge timesaver.

Google Drive for project collaboration, and all my spreadsheets since I bounce around from my iPad, to laptop, to desktop a lot.

HTML tester site: Great for when I’m experimenting with code, or creating a button.

Statigram for grabbing my Instagram pics for blog posts. Instagram doesn’t let you drag/drop them anymore.

Keynote for all my logo/web design, and creating “pinnable” images. I can set the “slide” to any size you I want, then export as an image.

10. What are your most useful phone/tablet apps?

Pandora for background music.

Shutterstock for stock photos. This app makes it really easy to search for the type of photo I am looking for. I search for coupon code, then buy a bundle credits. Shutterstock charges the same for any size you want, where others charge more for the larger photos.




Logos for Bible study

11. What other tech do you use? (Camera for photos, mic for podcasting…etc.)
Mostly my iPhone. Instagram makes it so easy to take, edit, and share photos for a blog post.

For when I need a better quality picture, I love my Sony NEX-5N. Hoping to get a 50mm lens for my NEX soon …

Join the Discussion

Kat here, I’m curious, what techie things would you like to know more about or understand better? Using WordPress, new apps, learning HTML, how to podcast, photography, social media techniques? I’d like to bring in some experts to teach you, so take a minute today to tell me what you want to learn. Click here to ask Katie a question and tell us what you want to learn about.

Read All The Interviews with Katie.

1. How They Blog: Katie Orr
2. Gadget and App Recommendations
3. On Social Media and Writing (Coming Friday)

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  1. Hi Katie, thanks so much for the many great recommendations. I feel the same way about the WordPress app….completely afraid of the accidental publish. I’ve been keeping notes on my Ipad2 but am not satisfied with it. I usually take the notes there then send an email to myself ( Kids have gotten hold of iPad and erased things accidentally), then copy and paste into WordPress blog. Need a more efficient way of doing this. Will check out Write Room..sounds interesting.

    • I like it. I use it to do a fast draft if I am writing away from my desktop, then email it to myself. Copy/paste into WordPress and edit there. Now that I have my laptop I don’t use it as often, but I have used it for well over a year and it is worth the $5, or whatever it is!

  2. Thanks for sharing such great resources here, Katie.

    Kat, as a brand new blogger, using WordPress, I would LOVE to hear a bit more about anything involving that platform.

  3. Such a wealth of information. Thank you!

  4. I would love to learn more about WordPress and customizing sites, I’m just using a super basic site right now and I’m not happy with it yet not confident on customizing it. And not quite ready to hire a designer. 😉
    Also, I’d appreciate learning more about social media and how to build relationships online, without being online all the time. =)

    Very informative post, Katie!

  5. Katie, you are a rock star 🙂 Love the tip to use Keynote for creating pinnable images!

  6. Thank you for all of these apps to check out Katie!
    Kat, I would also love to learn more about WordPress, specifically which plug-ins are highly recommended and any other tricks as I am so new at it!

  7. Love how all the online spaces in which you are involved look completely different, but you use the same apps for all, just different themes. And katieorr.me is a really unique blog look. It is super easy to navigate and I love the black and pink!

  8. I am new to the world of blogging. Thank you, Katie, for sharing so much information.Now I’d have to sieve through all these and get my bearing.

  9. Yeah, thank you for the tip about Statigram!!! Love it!!!!

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