Blogging apps for iOS

I love my Mac, but more and more I’m finding myself using my phone for blogging. Especially when I’m at work. It has a lot of what the full sized laptop has to offer with the added benefit of being extremely portable and always connected to the web. I am seriously considering buying an iPad with data but the price still doesn’t justify itself for me. Especially since I have almost everything on my iPhone that the iPad has.

There has been some debate over the effectiveness of different devices for consumption of media or for creation. For example it has been said that phones, 7 inch tablets and small net books are more for seeing and listening to media rather than creating. By media they mean books, magazines, videos and music. It has been said that the iPad and laptops are more suited for creating.

I am going to throw in my vote that if you want to create you can do it in pretty much any way you can. I have used my iPad, iPhone, and laptop to create blogs and edit and paste photos and video. I firmly believe that it is your desire to create and your determination that rules when it comes to creating art or content. Some of the best work I’ve ever read has been done using the most rudimentary of technology. Martin Luther King Jr wrote Letter From Birmingham Jail on the margins of a newspaper. Some of my better writing (in my humble opinion) has been done on cheap notepads and blank pieces of paper.

That being said I absolutely love these apps and don’t think I can go back to writing with a plain typewriter without a great deal of adjusting.

I am using an iPhone and am going to list the top apps I use to get my blogging done. A while back I made a quick blog about the top blogging apps for iPad and while some of the apps transfer over there are some that are still unavailable on the iPhone. I hope that changes soon especially since I’m pretty sure the iPhone 4s can do anything the first iPad can do. So let me begin:


Blogsy – iPad only (for now). $4. In my opinion this is hands down the best blogging tool on the iPad. It can post your blog to Blogger, WordPress, TypePad, Tumblr and more. It can format your text and add photos and videos easily. It can create hyperlinks in your blog post without any coding and it will work effortlessly once you post. You can write and edit your HTML but, like me, you probably won’t ever do that because you can just edit your work and the app does the HTML edits for you. It can save local files that you can work on if your away from your wifi and can post immediately or at your scheduled time. Simply amazing. I have not run into any problems with it so far. I use a Tumblr and a WordPress account with it. (I have written to the app creators and told them that if an iPhone version of the app would be made I would buy it and they have stated they are still thinking about it but they have gotten some positive feedback about making one. I really hope they do.) I added this with the hopes that the makers of this app listen and make it compatible with iPhone.

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Tumblita – iPad and iPhone. Universal app. $3. Tumblita is an application for viewing and posting onto your Tumblr account. This is a weird choice for me in that it is at best a 4 star app. It doesn’t do everything I think it could and sometimes it fails. Tumblr unfortunately has been ignored by app makers on the iPhone and iPad and while this app is definitely better than the regular Tumblr app at times it leaves you wanting more. Posting is easy to do and reblogging something from one of the people your following is easy. Pinch to zoom is not seen, however, and many times I find myself using the ‘open in safari’ button. Still for one price you get both an iPhone and iPad app and if you use Tumblr unfortunately there is no better choice.

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WordPress – iPad and iPhone. Universal app. Free. If you use WordPress as your blog platform this is really a no brainer. This is my go to app on my iPhone for blogging on the go since Blogsy still doesn’t have am iPhone app. It has quite a few features for editing HTML through links so I don’t have to learn code. You just highlight and then click what you want it to be, a hyperlink for example, and it does the rest. Posting is a breeze and you can even see some of your stats in the app. It is polished and for free so who can really complain?

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Pastebot – iPhone and iPad (not optimized for the bigger screen). $3. This application is amazing. If you ever wanted a clipboard editor so you could just copy on a web page and then store different quotes, links, notes or anything else you want (yes even pictures) this is the one. You can turn on the app and then copy something in safari or from your notepad and it’s instantly in the app. The main clipboard can hold over 200 items, but you can create folders that hold as many as you want. I have one folder dedicated just for my EMS blogs and I can manage any of the items any way I want. I like to link to articles I read and give proper credit when I am quoting someone or talking about something I read online and this is perfect. I turn on the app, then I can copy the web address, copy a piece of the article I’m going to quote, copy the authors name, maybe a picture or two and then I can paste them as I want in my article. They’re all saved and a quick pop into the app to select which item I want to paste is all I need to switch from copied item to item. Simply a great time saver, I’m still looking for something this great on my Mac. Only downside is it is not a universal app and thus makes my iPad use the 2X feature when I want to use it there.

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Pages – iPhone and iPad. Universal. $10. For anyone that says the iPad can’t compete with a normal laptop because of business oriented apps I put forth Apples iWork apps. With Pages you get a full fledged word processor for a fraction of the price a Windows based word processor costs. For 10 dollars you get a universal app that works on both the iPad and the iPhone. It can save in Apple’s pages format or Windows docx format. On both devices you can use it horizontally or in landscape mode. If you use iCloud you can sync your apps together. Whatever you are working on in one device will be saved onto your other device. This is great if you are working on a longer project and like to do minor touch ups on the go. If you add a bluetooth keyboard to your iPad with Pages you will have a laptop word processor with most of the bells and whistles that programs at 3 or 4 times the price range have.

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Reeder – iPhone and iPad. Different app for each device. I have many RSS feeds I follow and if it wasn’t for Reeder I would never be able to read as many or keep up with some of the blogs I follow. It is a very easy to use program and once you set it up with your google reader account it syncs all your feeds. What makes this app shine in my eyes is the amount of extra tools it puts at your disposal. From inside the app you can send any story to your Instapaper, Readability or Pocket accounts. It is a one time set up and then it is fluid in sending the items. It can open the link on Safari or if you want it can save the link so you can paste it into your blog. The only downside I see is that it is not a universal app and you have to buy a separate app for each of your devices. I really like the way it works so I went ahead a bought it. In reality you don’t need this one as much as the others to blog well. It does make it easy to get inspiration, however, since you can read the headlines and blog about whatever your interests are. I have feeds from EMS blogs to music to photography to the latest trend in technology. With Reeder I am able to quickly read and discard those articles I don’t want to read and then send to my Instapaper account those that might take me longer to read.


The next few apps I have used for less time and while I find them pretty good so far I still am not 100% sure of their benefit.



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Byword – 3 dollars, universal app. I have not downloaded this for the iPad. I have been using it for the iPhone and the Mac app. So far it has been fairly effective. I like being able to write and have it able to export onto your clipboard in HTML with one button. You can create and preview your documents and it shows your markdown just how it’s going to look on the web. If your still not used to at least some HTML….. well there’s really no reason you shouldn’t be. On my phone its one of the better text editors.

I hope these apps help some of you create your art, blog or not, and at the very least help you get inspired. Are there any apps you use? Let me know.

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