Best Apps for Blogging On The GoSeptember 24, 2018
Being a blogger means that you constantly have to search for ideas around you. It also means that you have to follow a schedule and to post your artic
Being a blogger means that you constantly have to search for ideas around you. It also means that you have to follow a schedule and to post your articles according to it. But what happens if inspiration will come when you're not at home? What happens if you have to go on a trip and you forget your laptop? You'll have to continue blogging. That's why I thought of putting up a list of the best apps for blogging on the go.
It doesn't matter what kind of blogger you are (a travel blogger, a B2B blogger, a fashion/food/marketing blogger), because at some point you'll definitely be in need of some apps that will help you write wherever you are.
Especially if you need to write some notes and ideas if they come up in your mind. And also if you'll want to check your blog, to see how's going. Our smartphones and tablets are powerful enough to let you keep your blog going, without needing a laptop.
I put myself in various situations and thought “what app would I need if I am on the go?”. I would need something to upload/download my photos, to write easily, to check the stats of my blog, to schedule social media posts etc.
The apps that you'll find in this article are either for iOS, either for Android, either for both. That means that it doesn't matter what type of smartphone you have – I got you covered. The bonus part is that I also tried to find apps that will work both on desktop and smartphone. This is because I enjoy having everything everywhere, not having to switch between apps, to copy and paste a lot and so on. And I'm sure that there are people like me, too.
Down below there is the list that contains the following parts:
- Photo Editing Apps
- Writing Apps
- Proofreading apps
- Productivity apps
- Social Media On The Go
- Website Checking Apps
- Apps for Constant Inspiration
As I've said, there will be moments in your life when you'll have to write from your smartphone or from your tablet. It can happen that you'll have to leave for a trip, or that your laptop just broke. You shouldn't worry, because there are a bunch of apps that let you do your stuff, without letting your readers ask themselves “why didn't he/she posted an article this week?”.
It's a paid app, I want to make it clear from the start. It offers your 14-day trial, so test it out and see if it works for you. Still, the price is super low for what it has to offer: $4.99/month (or euros, pounds – the price is the same no matter the currency). It's a bargain, I tell you.
One of the greatest features of Ulysses that will help your blog on the go is that it works beautifully on all of your iOS devices: Mac, iPhone, iPad. So it will be extremely convenient for you if you're working on your Mac, then suddenly you have to get up and go – because you'll continue writing your blog article on your iPhone or on your iPad.
Other key features that caught my eye are:
- synchronization and auto saving – start writing on your iPad and continue working on your Mac or on your iPhone at any times;
- grammar check – you'll not have to have another app installed in order to be sure that what you're writing is correct;
- attachments – if you need to have additional information regarding your blog articles, such as pdf, images or notes, you can simply attach them;
- writing goals and deadlines – similar to AirStory (an online application) you will be able to set a deadline for your blog articles. Besides, you'll constantly be aware of how many words you wrote and how many you still have to write;
- publish directly to Medium or WordPress – you can schedule to post your blog articles in WordPress or in Medium, which is super convenient, as you don't have to copy paste and re-arrange your whole text, just to fit it in your actual blog;
- share & Open In – maybe you'll need to share your blog article in Google Drive or through Whatsapp, or maybe you want to open it in iBooks. Choose whatever option you need and want, because it's super easy;
- live preview – it sounds so good because writing a blog article in WordPress will make you constantly have to click on the Preview button, to see how it'll look. And yes, this feature works both on Mac and on iOS;
- other UI features, such as full dark mode, split screen, distraction-free window – all for you to have the best writing experience.
Being a blogger requires commitment on your part. In order to be a productive blogger you should find and stick to your own schedule, be consistent and try to have everything organized and distraction free.
Being on the go will definitely put some obstacles in your productiveness. Changing through your devices, having tasks in one place and ideas in other places – it just doesn't sound that good.
Luckily, there are some apps that work on every device you have, either it's iOS, Android, Mac or Windows.
One of them is Evernote. It is free to use for two devices. You can use three, but not at the same time. So if you have Evernote on your computer and you're trying to use it on your smartphone plus on your iPad, you'll have to ditch one of them.
But what's Evernote?! This app definitely one for productivity on the go but not only. You can:
- Where you can edit the text exactly the way you want to (styling, fonts, and colors);
- In your notes you can even add attachments like photos and recordings;
- You can add tables;
- If you're feeling artsy, just add a sketch: drawing with the pen will help you make perfect lines; using the highlighter is more permissive; erasing is also facile; and you also have a cut tool, which you can use to cut part of your drawing and move them on the drawing screen.
- Put reminders
- Have notebooks – each one for your different needs; you can even add a different notebook for each of your blog articles.
Start a work chat
- Here you can add your teammates or simply other persons with whom you want to share your notes or notebooks.
- Have shortcuts – to find the notes you've edited recently or the ones that you marked as a shortcut;
- Search within the app – in order to find the exact thing you are looking for; you can even search for a word and you'll get the notes where Evernote found that word in.
What's nice about this app is that everything will be synchronized – have an idea that you have to write ASAP? Perfect, you'll find it on your iPad/tablet/laptop or wherever you've installed Evernote.
You can write offline, but what you add will not be uploaded, of course
To use it on more than two devices at once, you have to pay a subscription, which costs about 5 euros per month. This will allow you to have more space for your attachments (10GB).
It will surely be one of the useful apps when you'll be blogging on the go, as you can edit the text just the way you intend to. And even if you will use it just to write the text part, it will save you a lot of time and it will be a stress relief knowing that you'll be able to write wherever you want.
Still, you won't be able to push the article directly to your blog platform. You have to copy and paste, but it will still be OK as you'll have it all prepared for publishing. Just copy-paste it, insert the phots and you're done.
I'm sure you've heard about the Pomodoro technique, but for those of you who didn't, it's about working in batches. The classic style is to work for 25 minutes and to take a 5-minute pause; do this for 4 times then take a 15-minute pause, and repeat.
It's a great and simple app to use because it will help you stay focused no matter where you are. It is important to keep yourself from distractions, in order to be capable of blogging on the go. And this is exactly what this app does, thus it's one of the best blogging apps.
Think of it this way: what're 25 minutes from your travel schedule? Maybe you're waiting for your flight to arrive, or maybe you're stuck in traffic (of course, being the passenger).
Even if you write for less than 25 minutes, turn on the app and start writing; at the end of the day, you'll thank yourself.
An app that works both on smartphones and on Windows is another one, called Focus to Do. It will have all of your data synchronized, but you'll have to pay for each device you use. Still, the price is low – about maximum 3 euros per device.
Other than that you can add multiple projects that you'll work on. And you'll be able to see statistics for each of them or for your entire day/week/month. Which is super great, because if you are a freelance blogger, you will know for sure what to add in your timesheet.
And yes, Evernote can be also put in the Writing Apps category.
Trello is an app that lets you create cards for organizing your work. “OK, how does this help me as a blogger on the go?”, you ask.
Well, I thought of it because of mainly two reasons:
- It will help you work with your team (if you work in one, of course);
- It's useful even just for yourself.
Let me explain a bit. So if you're working in a team, it will be super easy to know what you'll have to do – in this case, what you'll have to write about. You can also add a due date to your cards, just to let your teammates know when you're going to publish your blog article.
It's useful for yourself because you can quickly add your ideas about what to write. For example, you can create a card for a subject that you want to write about. In it you can add details about it, keywords to use, ideas that you want to include.
You'll not have to worry that you forgot about something because you'll have everything organized. And organizing is good for yourself, too, because your brain is not a hard drive.
Either way, you can use the app on your browser or as an app on any mobile device.
This is a general app, that you can use to store all your files. I consider it a good blogging app for writing on the go because even I'm sure you have a lot of things that you want to keep in a safe place, and to access whenever you want.
It's good even if you have an iOS device because you'll easily have access to files that you created on your Windows laptop, for example.
Google Photos is particularly useful, I've said it before because you can instantly upload photos from your computer, and access them on your smartphone; or vice-versa. All of your smartphone photos will be uploaded quickly so that you'll never have to worry about losing data.
Again, it's useful for iOS, too, especially because it's a bit complicated when it comes to uploading and downloading photos; not to mention the fact that with Google Photos you have unlimited storage, as long as you save your photos at High Quality (which can, indeed, be lower than the original one).
Personally, an iPhone user, I constantly use these two apps, because they are easy and fast. Whenever I need something to have on my phone, I quickly upload it to Photos or Drive and voila, I have it in a matter of minutes.
After you've written and published your blog, you still have to promote it on your social media accounts, right? But what do you do if you know for sure that you'll not have access to the internet for the next couple of days? How will you promote your new article?
Just take a couple of hours and prepare your social media posts. Schedule them with one of the following tools, which are also great blogging apps for writing on the go.
These two apps do the same main thing: they help you schedule your social media posts on different social media platforms.
Buffer also offers some analytics regarding each post (it shows you how did the posts perform; if they did well, you can re-buffer them). It also has the option to automatically re-buffer the best performing posts.
Of course, you can use it on your smartphone, thus you'll just have to create the right message, upload the right image and schedule the post at the perfect time.
Hootsuite lets you schedule up to 30 posts per day, and it shows you how will your post look on each social media account you're planning to post to.
It also offers a dashboard where you can follow hashtags and posts where you've been tagged into, but this is for the desktop version. The smartphone version is simpler, but it does exactly what you need when you're blogging on the go – scheduling the social media posts.
Now IFTTT is a tremendous app that you can use to make your life easier. For this particular article, I'll mention its feature of posting your photo to every social media account you want – and it will be exactly the way it should be on every account.
You know that if you post a photo on Instagram and share it to Twitter, your new tweet will be just a link, not a photo. With IFTTT, your Instagram photo will be shared as a native Twitter app. This is super convenient for you, the blogger, because you can set these things from your smartphone (work on both iOS and Android) and you will not have to worry about posting on each account.
It is similar to Buffer and Hootsuite, yes, but IFTTT is more on the “post a photo on one SM account, and it'll do the rest for you” part. While with the other two you have to create a post in the app and then it will share it to the connected SM accounts (even schedule the post).
One other applet (every connexion is called “applet”) that can help you as a blogger is the one where you can press a button to track your work hours in a Google Spreadsheet. Or the one where you can sync your new Instagram post to a Pinterest board.
It is definitely worth to try, as it has so many connexions (it even works with smart objects from your house, such as lightning).
Proofreading is a must when it comes to all kind of content you are putting out there. It can be that one thing that will make people decide whether they'll continue reading what you offer or not. Luckily for you, there for desktop, there are two great tools: Typely (which I also highly recommend) and Grammarly. For blogging on the go, though, you can only use Grammarly.
Grammarly is a well-known tool that offers you a way to correct your text. In the free version, it only checks the basic mistakes such as mistaken words, commas, and some words that are not used properly.
It's an extremely useful tool for whoever writes. And the best part is that you can also use it on your smartphone.
They listened to their users' feedback and they released an app that will help you write correctly even on the go. It does, indeed need full access to your keyboard. The iOS pop-up said that it can transmit even sensitive data, and even previously written text/data.
Blogging on the go doesn't mean just writing your blog articles. It also means that you have to promote them and to also check your blog analytics. Don't leave your blog alone! Get into some analytics apps, to make sure that people are still visiting your blog, and to know if your settings still work.
Of course, the most popular way to check your website's analytics is through Google Analytics. It lets you set up different goals, see details about your audience, check the audience's behavior on your website and so much more.
The fact that it also has a smartphone app makes it awesome. You'll have details about your blog wherever you go, just at the tip of your fingers. It won't matter if you use an iOS or an Android smartphone – it works for both.
In the app you can pretty much do the exact same things you can on your laptop:
- Check key metrics in built-in reports
- Compare date ranges and apply segments
- Monitor real-time data
- Explore in order to build your own reports with any combination of metrics, dimensions, and segments that you care about
- Save any reports to your dashboard so that you can easily come back to them” (Source)
Now if you have your site on a server, you may also want to know when it is down or if it's having issues. Of course, if you're not a programmer then, of course, it can be a bit hard for you to re-bring it online. But at least you'd know what's happening with your blog in real time.
The desktop version offers a lot more features than the app. The app only notifies you about the issues and the downtime of your site. But both Android and iOS users are able to use it.
Being a blogger, you must constantly read articles – to look for inspiration or just to see what's new, what are people writing about. It can be a tremendous way to come up with new ideas for your blog (new ideas that you can write in the productivity apps that I mentioned above).
You can read, but you can also listen – listen to a podcast, which is still pretty popular, at least in some parts of the world. Hearing various discussion can make your brain try to come up with arguments, with reasons, therefore you'll put it to work. And listening to podcasts is an activity that you can do while driving while traveling by plane while walking.
Whenever you have 5-10 minutes to spare, just use one of these apps and fill your mind with ideas.
One app that I would like to recommend is Pocket. You can have the Pocket Chrome extension installed and save all of the articles that you see on different websites but you don't have time to read them.
Install the Pocket app on your smartphone and those articles will be in your…pocket whenever you want. So traveling will be less boring because you'll have tons of articles that you can read – the ones you saved on your computer and the ones that you discover through the app
I'm talking about the native Podcast app that you can find on the iOS devices. You can discover new podcasts just by searching in the app, or you can follow a podcast that you already know about.
If you'll know you won't have access to the Internet, you can download the podcasts and listen to them offline.
There are tons of podcasts that you can follow, just search in the categories. You'll never know what you'll stumble upon. Remember that you can get your inspiration from everywhere so don't be too picky.
This app is solely for Android users. I had to pin it here because I said that I will present blogging apps for writing on the go for both Android and iOS users.
It also supports audiobooks, which is great in case you have a book that you want to “read” in order to develop your blogging skills or creativity.
The exciting part of this app is that you can use the Search to search inside the podcasts; this feature is called Audio Search. So you'll definitely find exactly what you want between those 50 million episodes it claims it has!
When it comes to blog articles, you know that you also have to use photos in them. Mainly if you are a blogger that mainly combines text with photos (fashion, food, travel, even technology blogger).
Most of the apps that you can use on your smartphone are not available for use on your laptop. But now is a time when you can use the Google Photos app, to quickly edit the photos on the smartphone and save them. When you'll get to your laptop, download and use them.
VSCO is a pretty popular app because of its presets. There are a lot of VSCO themes that are shared online. What are these? They are combinations of settings: exposure, brightness, fadedness, color etc.
It also has pretty nice filters that you can use as they are. It's an app just for editing photos (you're able to edit videos only if you have a premium account).
The most useful thing about this app is that you can copy the edits and paste them into one or many other photos you have. It will save you a lot of time because you won't have to edit each photo separately.
Snapseed is an app developed by Google, but it works just as well on iOS devices.
It came up to have a lot of features, even including the Healing one that you can find in the Adobe Photoshop app. You can edit your photos using features like the classic ones (brightness, contrast, ambiance etc.) or you can use ones like Grunge, Retrolux, Glamour Glow etc.
You can choose between different filters, but you can't adjust their intensity. And you can't copy one edit and paste it to all of your other photos, just like you can with VSCO.
It's still a great app because you can open even RAW images. And I do have to mention that you have to get used to the all swiping – Snapseed focuses on vertical swipes to change the setting (ex. from brightness to contrast). Horizontal swipes are to change the intensity of the setting. Once you get used to this, ti will be really easy and fast for you to edit your photos.
It is a free app, so use it all the way.
If you have a Creative Cloud account, that's great! You can have your work synchronized. If you want to edit your photos getting a bit more into details, then this is the app for you.
It lets you modify the exact parts you want using a brush: exposure, brightness, saturation etc. You can also use the liquify tool, the healing one (to basically erase things that shouldn't be there).
It's like the desktop version of Photoshop, with a lot fewer features, of course. But basically, if your photos are not exactly the way you want, you can use this Photoshop app to “correct” them. After that, maybe, you can use one of the apps above, in order to use the right filter, to express the exact feeling that you want.
P.S. If you want to add some blurry background to your photo, try the Facetune app. Believe, it's not only for editing faces (which I don't encourage). Luckily, it's free for iOS users (you still have to pay to have more features), but sadly you have to pay $5.99 on Google Play.
If you have any other apps that you used while blogging on the go, feel free to reach us and tell us about them. Be sure to check our blogging category, to find other useful things about…blogging.