Getting content posted regularly is crucial for successful blogging, which means a lot of bloggers post on the go. More and more, the phone is replacing the laptop as bloggers take photos, share on social media and even compose their blog posts with mobile apps. On WordPress alone, there are nearly 65 million blog posts each month, according to its official website. For blogging on the go, these top mobile tools help you write content, edit photos and publish posts from anywhere in the world.
Camera and Photo Editing
Bloggers often use images from their phones for their social media and blog posts. Before investing in a new phone with a camera, make sure it can get the job done. If you’re thinking of upgrading, you may want to do a side-by-side comparison of the models in question. Also, check how many megapixels the camera has. It’s not a perfect metric, but it’s helpful. Then, think about other features. For example, if you need to use your phone in any weather, consider a waterproof phone like the Sony Xperia.
Once you have the pictures taken, basic photo editing is crucial. You need more than just filters to make good social media posts. Ideally you’ll be able to crop, make collages, use overlays and add text all on your mobile phone. Consider popular apps like Pixlr Express or PicsArt. Both are available on Android and iOS and have a huge variety of functions available.
Once you have your images, you’ll need text to go with them. Writing on your phone can be riddled with typos, so first you’ll want to invest in a keyboard app like SwiftKey. With a responsive keyboard app that adapts to the way you type, you won’t find yourself dealing with bizarre autocorrect errors or typographical problems in your posts.
When you’re ready to post, look at the different blogging platforms like WordPress, Blogger, Squarespace and Tumblr, which all have mobile apps to let you write content and add images from your phone. If you manage blogs on multiple sites, an app like iBlogger can let you post to several different platforms and edit your stylesheet.
When your post is done, you want to share it with the world as easily as possible. For many social networks, using their native apps will be the most effective.
- The Facebook Pages app is great if you have a fan page, for instance, because it gives you the control to interact with users, reply to comments and see how much engagement your post is getting.
- For Twitter, the pros generally use HootSuite, which lets you manage multiple accounts. HootSuite also can manage additional social networks and schedule tweets for later.
- Or, if you really need to manage multiple social channels, look to an app like Buffer where you can share a link, photos or status updates simultaneously to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. Buffer lets you schedule shares whenever you’d like or it can spread them out for you.