Monday, 27 March 2017

What's On My Phone

This is apparently a very popular tag for YouTube videos, but I got this idea from one of the many, many blog post ideas pieces I have read, and thought it might be a cool little post to throw together. People's phones are often very personal and private things, so I thought this might be a neat little way for you all to get to know me a little better.

I don't know anyone who would let others scroll through their camera roll in fear of having to explain the hundreds of random screenshots and other photos that we all have, so it is quite interesting when you're actually able to get a look into someone's phone. Now, I'm not going to post every photo on my camera roll because that would be the longest and most boring post of all time, but I am going to talk about my favourite apps and what I use them for. Feel free to comment some of your favourite apps below and I'll check them out!

Social Media

- Facebook & Messenger.
I only use Facebook to message friends and contribute to blogging groups, and that's usually on my computer, but I do like using the app throughout the day to save photos and videos of cute animals to show Daniel.

- Instagram.
My favourite social media app by far. I love both taking and looking at photos. I could easily spend hours browsing through the incredible things that people upload to that site, and sometimes I do. I'm actually quite proud of my own Instagram, especially with the recent pink aesthetic that I have seemed to acquired.

- Snapchat.
I never really cared about Snapchat, but I've been using it more now than ever before. I usually only post things to My Story because sending Snaps to people directly makes me think that I'll annoy them. I'm also part of a Snapchat group with people that I work with - who are some of the greatest people I know - so that brings me a lot of joy.

- Twitter.
I have quit Twitter multiple times, and have always come crawling back to it. In the end I have decided to keep it because it's another platform to let people know about my blog, as well as interact with other bloggers and creatives. Besides, sometimes I just need to get a certain thought - like this one - out of my head and into writing.

- Tumblr.
I honestly don't even know why I still have this app since I never use it. I have 3 Tumblr accounts (main, poetry and... other? I guess?), but they mostly run on queues. I do still like the website as it has opened my eyes to so many things that are now integral parts of my life and who I am as a person, I just don't have a lot of time for it anymore.

Photo Editing

- Afterlight.
This is my go-to editing app. It's so quick and easy to use. I enhance the brightening, play with the contrast, and maybe sharpen the image if needed, then I'm done. This app has definitely improved my Instagram game immensely.

- Waterlogue.
This app is just for fun. It turns your photos into water colour paintings, which sounds really cool, but often important lines and shapes are too blurred and the photo ends up looking like a hot mess. When it works, though, it can produce some really pretty photos.

- Tiny Planets.
This is also an app that is just for fun, which means that I'll keep the photos on my camera roll, but won't upload them to Instagram (except for the two times that I did). This app turns your photos into a sphere, so they look like tiny planets, hence the name. Not every photo turns out the way you hope, but usually the result is pretty cool.

- AirBrush.
I have recently discovered the huge difference that blurring your background makes to your photos. Sometimes photos can turn out sort of blah when your subject gets mixed in with the background, so whenever I have that issue, I just go to AirBrush and blur the background. You have to do it manually, which can be a little tedious, but the result is always worth it.


- Solitaire.
One of my all-time favourite games that I recently re-discovered after not having wi-fi for a few days. I could play 100 games a day and still not get bored of it.

- Word Search.
I am a sucker for word searches. I've always owned multiple word search books at the time since I was 10. I could do them for hours, but I don't always want to bring a book with me everywhere I go, which is why I downloaded this app. I used it for a little while, but it's just not the same as the real thing.

- Candy Crush.
I used to be obsessed with this game. One particular level took me a couple of weeks to beat and I was so happy when I finally did it. I honestly don't think I've ever worked so hard at anything in my life before - but, as with most of my games both on my phone and DS, I just don't have much time to play this anymore.

- Pokemon GO.
I'm a huge Pokemon fan, which anybody who has known me for more than 5 minutes would know, so of course I have this app. I don't use it very often though because when I'm out I'm usually at work or with friends so I'm too busy to use it, and when I'm at home there's no interesting Pokemon around.


- Reminders.
I'm not sure if this one really counts as I have to have this app on my phone, but I really like to use this for grocery shopping as it's just so easy to "tick off" things once you purchase them.

- Notes.
This is another app that I can't delete even if I wanted to, but it's one that I would be completely lost without. I use it to write down any little thing that pops into my head. I have a list of blogging-beneficial hashtags to use on Instagram; a list of funny things that Daniel has said; a list of lyrics or quotes that I like; a list of places in I want to visit; et cetera.

- VicEmergency.
After your house burns down, a part of you is always going to be paranoid about it happening again, so I like to receive news of fires and other accidents nearby as they happen. It particularly helps me not stress as often when I am away from my house, as I know that if something were to happen near my home, I would get a notification about it.

- MyFitnessPal.
This app is such a huge help whenever I feel like I'm wanting to eat better. Counting calories helps me lose weight quite easily, and it also helps me make healthier choices throughout each day. I also like that it tells you the serving suggestion, as I have found that I can pretty much eat what I like (within reason), and as long as I stick to the serving suggestion, I won't go over my calorie intake for the day.

- Countdown.
I like this app because it allows me to see all the great things that are coming up this year, which drastically changes my entire outlook on life. I love being able to look forward to all the exciting things that I'm going to get to be a part of in the near future, such as: birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc. I think it's very important to also find happiness in day-to-day life, but it's nice to think of the bigger events whenever you're having a bad day.


Until next time,
Indya xx