Blogging. Everyone is doing it. It's become simple for anyone, even with no coding or web design skills, to sign up for a free home on the internet and start sharing the ideas and pictures. Whether you host a casual photoblog on Tumblr or Flicker or have a full-functioning, say, app review site, there is a bit more to blogging than just jotting down some thoughts. The text needs to be formatted, the photos and videos have to be placed, and if all goes well, traffic needs to be managed. This week we look at four apps that take the blogging experience mobile. If we missed your favourite be sure to leave us a comment below.
WordPress has become one of, if not the, largest free and paid blog hosting sites around. WordPress, the app, allows owners with blogs hosted by them to create posts with a fairly full-featured visual editor or work with HMTL to post on the go. The app allows bloggers to manage comments, add photos and even check stats.
Perhaps the most popular app for blogging, BlogPress has video and multi-photo uploading along with text or simple HTML input. It including support for tags and categories and allows for a fair amount of layout ontrol. The app lets bloggers upload to a vast number of blog hosting sites including Blogster, WordPress, Tumblr, Moveable Type, MSN Live Spaces, Live`journal, Drupal, Joomia, Sqaurespace, My Opera and has Facebook and Twitter integration built in.
Blogsy is iPad only because it uses the full screen to let bloggers really gain control over blog layout on the go. The drap and dop features provides a visual editing experience unlike others on this list since it takes full advantage of the multitouch screen. HTML is supported as well of course, but note -Blogsy is not for post creation. Blogsy can create or edit existing posts. The app integrates with WordPress, Blogger. Posterous, Flickr, Picassa and YouTube.
Note: At first posting it was erroneously reported that Blogsy can not create new posts. This error has been corrected.
Once you have a blog, you’ll want to see how it’s doing. Bloggers need to keep track of how many visits they get, which of their posts are doing well and how the ads on their site are performing. The industry standard for checking stats is Google Analytics and Analytics Pro gives bloggers or any site owners access to all the statistical information Google has in an easy to read and easy to interpret iOS-friendly format.