Even blogging, an intensive activity originally done in the comfort of a workstation, has gone mobile. With the rise of smart phones and tablets, it’s easy to take our digital life with us wherever we go.
In this article, you’ll learn about some useful apps to maintain your blog using a mobile device (either phone or tablet). Why do I recommend them? Well, because this article was written using only my phone – with the help of these apps.
Full review: Blog Anywhere With WordPress for Android
An obvious choice for those with WordPress.com or self-hosted WordPress blogs, this app is fully functional and does the job of posting drafts, publishing, or even scheduling a date for publication.
If you have a Blogger account, then this official app from Google is a great way to post short, simple articles. Although lacking some formatting features, the simple design of the app makes blogging less complicated.
Want to manage both your WordPress and Blogger accounts with one app? Then you should try BlogPost. You can also add other blog accounts such as YouTube, Livejournal and Flickr.
Full review: Tumblr 2.0
Tumblr, unlike WordPress or Blogger, is a minimalist microblogging site with a cult following. Crafty, creative bloggers prefer its interface and unique themes. The mobile app is an even more stripped down version of the website. Due to its style, blogging through Tumblr on a phone app is not far from the real thing.
Comments on a blog is essential for building a great relationship with your readers. Disqus is a comment-managing plugin used by many bloggers. Read, reply or edit your blog comments on the go with its official app. If you have an active community of readers, this app keeps you updated.
Confused with similar sounding (but differently spelled) words? Having this app ensures you don’t make any spelling mistakes in your writing. The app can shift to Thesaurus mode, and provide alternatives to a given word.
Don’t have an Internet connection? You can still write your drafts and copy-paste them later with Writer. A basic notebook app, it allows you to focus on nothing but writing. The app also allows you to view the file’s properties, including word count.
There are tons of photo editing apps in the Market, but this particular one seems to have a blogger’s needs in mind. You can resize, crop or draw over images in a slightly more advanced interface then most apps.
I tried lots of keyboards for the first few months that I got my phone. Nothing seems to come close to this app’s superb precision with text predictions. When you have a lot to type, you’ll need all the help you can get. This app is a huge time saver.
We all know that Evernote is a great note taking app, but I found it even more useful when typing drafts for a blog post. The interface and functionality rivals that of actual blogging apps.
With its sync option, you can write your drafts offline and sync it later with the text formatting already done!
Why Blog From Your Phone?
It’s never my first choice to write from my tiny phone, but some instances really push me to do so.
When you get over the initial “shock” of inconvenience, you might find the experience liberating. When your main goal is to blog using your phone, that’s exactly what you end up doing. There are less distractions and you’re not tempted to check on your email or Twitter feed every five minutes or so.
Blogging on the go makes you focus on writing your material rather than worrying about formatting and which images to place where.
Most importantly, blogging on the go is a life saver for those with strict publishing deadlines to meet. Now, you don’t have to be in front of a computer to hit that Publish button.
It’s also a great way to quickly fix errors within the published article such as grammar lapses or incorrect formatting which you might have missed before you put it online.
Why Not to Blog From Your Phone
If you’re not patient with things in general, then this practice is probably not a good idea. If you find it tedious to compose an e-mail or SMS using your phone, then this is most definitely not for you.
Although I, on the other hand, have been very patient with this process, the biggest issue I had was that it took away my enjoyment of writing. The small screen and limited keyboard are just a few details that made all the difference. There is a thin line between accepting a challenge and just plain getting annoyed.
Multitasking is also a chore when switching from different screens. For this article, I had to get links of the apps from the Google Play Store, which took quite some time. Although blogging on the go ideally saves time, you might also end up spending more time than you usually would if you did it in a desktop computer.
Overall, blogging from your mobile device isn’t as difficult with the variety of apps available in the Google Play store.
It’s not ideal, and the experience is more challenging than fun, but if you are left with no choice, then it’s good to know that it can be done.
These apps might not be a complete list – there might even be better ones out there – but it’s a good place to start if ever you need to blog away from your desktop.