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Friday, February 18, 2011

What’s on my iPhone – Blog from phone apps

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Blogging on line has become easy and accessible to everyone through a growing number of free online services availalbe to choose from.  Blogs can be set up as an online journal to share your thoughts, photos and videos with the world or blogs can literally be set up to mimic a professional website for a home business or hobby without the expense.

Blogs are also an incredibly convenient way to keep friends and family up to date during special events, travel abroad, interesting projects, births, parties, house projects, new gardens, renovation updates and just about anything you can think of.

And now you can enter good looking updates, with photographs, geo-tagging or videos all from your iPhone or IPad.  While I was looking for the perfect on the go blog app that I like best, I tried several and have settled on BlogPress as my app of choice.  On my iPhone, and described below, I also have Posterous, LiveJournal and WordPress.


Oh this one is easy, easy, easy, to use and handles just about every blogging platform you can imagine. Blogger, MSN Live Spaces, WordPress, Movable Type, TypePad, LiveJournal, Drupal, Joomla, Tumblr, SqaureSpace, My Opera - all from one little app on your iPhone.  You can create online drafts that can be saved on your blog provider for later editing.  Images and videos can be added to posts and saving options are flexible.  Posts can also be automatically announced on Twitter and Facebook.  An automatic signature can be added to the end of blog entries posted from your iPhone or iPad.  I especially like that you can write updates and queue them for later publication.  Imagine sitting in an airport waiting for a delayed flight, and scheduling beautiful descriptions of your beautiful photographs from your visit to be released on your blog on day at a time.


Posterous is easy to look at, easy to use and it was difficult choosing one app to stick with.  Posterous can be configured from you computer to autopost to just about anything on the planet.  The Help file has all kinds of quirky and fun stuff in it including video tours and autoposting tutorials. On it's site it brags that it might be the easiest way to keep up with the whole family, and I think they may be correct.  No complaints.


The LiveJournal app caught my attention with the attractive blue pencil icon and the ability to add your mood and music to your posts.  It is limited, however, to its own closed environment and I was looking for something that would let me post to my existing blogs on blogger and wordpress.


WordPress's iPhone app is just great.  No complaints.  Schedule posts, videos, photos, preview, easy to use, just beautiful.  But it too is limited to it's own environment and in that regard, BlogPress wins.

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