There’s a big world out there (no, not online – the other one). If we’re spending all our time at a desk we’re missing out on the very experiences that can catapult our writing into new realms of wonderfulness. Experiences make us richer writers, and the best bloggers are looking for ways to get out there and bring the blogging with them. This article can help.
Are You Managing One Blog or Many?
Before looking for the right solutions, you have to carefully define the problems. Bloggers posting to multiple blogs have different options than those who only need to post to one.
If you’re a single blog person, the apps developed by your own blogging platform are likely to be your best bet. Look for WordPress, Blogger and Live Journal apps. Most of the mobile versions work very much like the desktop versions, Live Journal and Tumblr in particular.
Bloggers keeping up with many blogs on the go need more powerful apps, such as CellSpin. This free app allows you to post to WordPress as well as LinkedIn, Blogger, Live Journal and also give you the option to email the post simultaneously. It can replace several apps, freeing up memory in the mobile device and making posting quicker and more convenient.
Bloggers who only want to share with a few people also have mobile options. Posterous Spaces lets you manage Spaces, which work a lot like Tumblr’s Tumblelogs. You can upload a photo or an entire group of photos and share videos or just a text post. Users can create one Space or many and create groups so others can contribute to the Space. It gives you more privacy than ordinary blog platforms because you can choose who sees what you share.
Are You Posting Text or Sharing Real Life Experiences?
The kinds of posts you produce also factor into the best way to do it mobily. Bloggers that are heavier on words than pictures have lots of tools to make taking notes, writing posts and organizing these easier.
Brainstorming on the go is easier with Evernote. This app is free and is easier than searching for scraps of paper or stray pens when an idea strikes. It allows you to take notes as well as store snippets of pictures and audio for later posts, and also helps you keep things organized.
If you’ve got lots of files to deal with, consider File Scout. This app lets you create directories, move files to directories for quick retrieval later and zip and unzip files from mobile devices. Docs to Go also lets you create files, whereas many apps only let you edit existing files. Docs to Go also has a variety of fonts and characters rare in text editors for mobile devices.
Managing Pictures and Video
There are probably more apps for handling photos and videos than everything else you’d want to do for your blog mobily all put together. If you want something you recognize from working on your desktop, consider Adobe Photoshop Express. The app isn’t as powerful as its big brother, but it does beat having no way to edit or manipulate photos without a desktop.
vPost lets you capture several images (or audio clips or videos) and post them together. This is handy, especially if you’re chronicling an adventure to share with readers.
For heavy video posting on the go, such as powering live events for your readers, a free app that makes this a dream is Cover It Live. This app also lets you post your own commentary during the event and upload multimedia files for your viewership’s enjoyment.
So Many Devices, So Little Time: Tablets vs. Smartphones
Before heading out to blog the globe, consider whether a tablet or smartphone is your best mobile blogging tool. The arguments for a tablet are: it’s larger and works more like a desktop. Which means less new stuff to get used to.
A smartphone is smaller and easily slips into a little pocket if you’re somewhere that managing a bag or backpack isn’t convenient or possible. And the cameras on most smartphones are as good as entry-level digital cameras. Smartphones may be the route to go for ultimate portability and lots of photos or video with lighter text blogging.
Tablets are perhaps the best solution for bloggers who do heavy writing and light photos and videos, and the larger screens are far easier to manage HTML code.
Show You What? The Money?
Blogging is fun, but getting paid to blog is where it’s at. Fortunately, PayPal has an app that lets you manage your account from anywhere, so you don’t have to wait to get back to the spare bedr – I mean – office to get your money or pay what you owe. It offers all the functions available on the desktop version, including the ability to get your ad revenue, take payments and send money.
Blogging on the go and getting paid to do it. Bliss.