With all of the tools and apps available today, blogging should be easy and straightforward. Yet, many bloggers find themselves struggling to make a cohesive schedule, meet deadlines for clients, and attract the interest of readers.
For these bloggers who need a little help we have created a list of the best mobile tools so that they can get out and live life on-the-go.
A blogging platform that claims it puts the publisher in control, TypePad is well-known for its high quality and incredible customer support. However, this app can be a bit expensive for freelance bloggers and those who are part-time writers.
As an added bonus, TypePad allows you to blog via email, computer or mobile. This platform even has the option to work as a commerce tool or not (for fancy bloggers). Customize your design and review analytics all for one price, so that your blog will become streamlined and practical.
With any device that sends email or text you can now use Blogger Mobile for free. This is a huge win for bloggers with budgets and those who are in love with all-things Google.
Easy and earnest, this platform is designed for the lowest common denominator among bloggers. The only way it could be easier is if you hired a personal assistant. On the downside, Blogger isn’t the prettiest platform to interact with on a daily basis. After a few months with this option you might upgrade to one of the tax deductible platforms.
Audio broadcasts have never been easier. CinchCast makes audio podcasts as convenient as McDonald’s and as accessible as your own left hand. You can even use this tool to take call-in participants of podcasts and to make minor edits to your recordings. This tool is phenomenal for bloggers who enjoy lacing each entry with audio clips, video, or other dynamic elements.
CinchCast makes your conference room as large as your imagination, allowing every caller to take part. With just a few moments notice you can plug-in to the universe from anywhere, making CinchCast a revolutionary business tool for companies that can’t afford frequent convention overhead costs.
Classic Mobify allows people to blog on-the-go, and Mobify Studio has taken mobile blogging even farther by offering web-based graphic user interface (GUI). Stylize any video, text or other content and Mobify Studio will turn it into something incredible for your next blog. Together with the classic version of Mobify, you can achieve all of your blogging goals while mid-business trip.
This platform offers much more than GUI or basic blogging capabilities: check out the case studies by Mobify to find out what else you’re missing. However, only the most basic services are free; the business level (at $995 per month) offers a lot more, but not full access. Expect to pay oodles for fully functioning Mobify Studio.
WordPress (Surprise, Surprise)
Every blogger should already be pretty cozy with WordPress. If you consider yourself a writer or blogger and you haven’t at least perused WordPress’ capabilities, then you’ve severely limited yourself. Yet, the mobile version of WordPress offers something new and surprising for those disenchanted with the formulaic nature of WP.
Bloggers can write posts, upload photos, edit, and respond to comments with ease using WP’s simple apps that are widely available on almost any smartphone. You’ll never be stuck without blog access again! This means that you can learn just one platform that scales to all sorts of devices: iPads, devices on contract or with prepaid cell phone plans, computers, etc. There’s no need for several different confusing choices when you choose WordPress.
Listed together because of their not-so-unique offerings, Tumblr and Posterous functioned much the same. Unfortunately, Posterous is no more. Tumblr allows you to publish micro-blogs via email or mobile device, and Posterous did, too. Some people prefer Tumblr for its popularity, while others chose Posterous for its clean, crisp branding.
Regardless of the identical platform you choose for micro-blogging, you will find your fans intrigued by well-selected images with snippets of upcoming blogs. Also, Tumblr is ideal for bloggers who are traveling and incredibly busy: either one takes less than a minute to write, edit and post a mini-blog.
Capitalizing on the touchscreen effectiveness of iPads and Kindles, Blogsy allows bloggers who are mid-trip to quickly upload pictures by swiping a single finger, jot down notes for future posts, and edit botched assignments from interns.
While Blogsy is a tablet-centric mobile option, it does make a lot of sense for business travel and for visual people. It allows you to see your options more clearly (on the larger screen) and quickly discern what needs to be revised. One extraordinary feature of Blogsy is that they offer clear-cut videos on the functionality of this platform: you’ll be able to quickly learn every feature and skill possible.
From just $12 you can get started as a blogger on SquareSpace, using one of their simple templates. Once you are one of their templated sites you can easily upload photos, blogs, and comments via email, text or PC.
Most people forego SquareSpace because it does block you into a corner with their templated designs and their pricing schedule (that’s clearly “take it or leave it”). However, if you’re looking for a one-stop blogging solution that will let you access the blog from Brazil, Target or the inside of a concrete building, then SquareSpace is a great choice.
No mobile option can beat Joomla, MovableType extended or Drupal for PC and Mac; however, all of these options will keep a mobile blogger moving and in control of his or her blog. Mobile blogging tools have been developed to make each blogger’s daily routine as simple as possible. By utilizing some of the exciting offerings from the mobile web you will find yourself more organized and content than ever before.