Essential Blogging Apps for 2012
Keep your blog flourishing while you’re out
A fresh stream of high-quality content is essential to your blog’s success. These apps will help you make good use of your down-time to produce great content at the doctor’s office, on the subway ride to work, or anywhere else you might find a minute.
1.Tumblr for Android
Microblogging is ideal for on-the-go updating, and Tumblr is one of the best microblogging clients on the market. This app provides a slick interface to post photos, links, quotes, text, or video to your blog in moments. Posting things you find on the move can also give your readers a richer, more authentic experience, since you’re presenting things from out in the world, rather than what you Google or dream up from your home office. It’s also ideal for skimming your favorite Tumblr blogs for inspiration at any time.
2.WordPress for Android
WordPress’s sophisticated blogging client is elegantly pared down for the mobile app. You have access to the same posting options as you would from your home computer, but in a tight mobile format. Obviously you are still limited by the difficulty of typing from your phone, but a phone with a high-quality touchscreen like the Samsung Galaxy can make posting much easier. Just like at home, you can use your smartphone or tablet to track your blog’s traffic, edit posts, and check other WordPress blogs.
3.Nobody’s Reading My Blog
This 9-part ebook by Robin Nixon provides tips on creating an engaging blog that will keep readers (and advertisers) coming. Nixon’s advice covers both the creative and business aspects of blogging, including tips on creating stimulating, controversial, and trustworthy content, as well as getting your blog linked and noticed by somebody besides your mom. It’s free to download, contains no ads, and is a great resource for beginning bloggers. Intermediate or experienced bloggers may find something they haven’t considered, but this is more of a primer than an advanced text.
Posterous Spaces is a less-known microblogging client that allows you to post within “spaces” whose readership you control, much like the “Circles” feature in Google+. This is a good option if you have friends or family with varied interests, or if you want to keep blogging audiences separate. Most blogs allow you to customize the privacy level of your posts; but if you know exactly how you want to draw the content line, and you want a fine-tuned, quick interface, Posterous may be the client for you. Tumblr has a larger readership, and the privacy settings obviously limit who sees your stuff, so it may not be the choice for a blogger looking for mass appeal.
5.Blogger for Android
Blogger is one of the biggest and oldest names out there, so if you have a BlogSpot domain, this app will help you maintain it. In terms of features, the app itself is vanilla—you can post like you would on their website, but not much else. Still, it’s free, and if you use Blogger, it’s the easiest way to mobile post.
6. VideoSpin Touch
This app allows you to record, publish, and upload videos and text from your Blackberry to an expanding collection of blogging and social networking sites. It has a simple, no-frills interface that allows you to post to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, MySpace, Google Blogger, WordPress, TypePad, LinkedIn, LiveJournal, Live Spaces, and eBay in seconds. This ensures that whatever you have to say can be broadcast to as many people as possible, in seconds. If the developers can iron out this app’s design flaws, it could be the only resource you’d need for mobile blogging—but the reported issues are serious enough that you probably shouldn’t rely on VideoSpin alone for your mobile blogging.
Bio: Jane Johnson is a writer for GoingCellular, a popular site that provides cell phone related news, commentary, reviews on popular providers like T-Mobile.