On the go: Blogging from your iPhone

Blogging on the go - woman in pink gown with laptop image by: Mike Licht

Blogging while traveling can be a huge pain if you let it—think lugging your laptop when you really don’t have room for it, vying for outlets in airports, and just trying to keep it all together! Lucky for us, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are so many apps and shortcuts you can use nowadays to make publishing on the go easy as pie. Here’s a peek at what I use when I’m doing drive-by-blogging:

Writing

Editorial app: $9.99

Editorial is an app that supports Markdown, which is what I write my blog posts in. It's super handy for tapping out articles and setting up links and formatting. The whole thing syncs with Dropbox, which is where all my content is housed, making it super simple to use.

Drafts app: $9.99

Drafts is similar to Editorial, but instead of using this to write my posts, I use this as my publish button. Drafts syncs up with Dropbox, too, and Ryan has whipped up some unknowable magic to link up the content saved in Dropbox and my blog. If you'd like to know more about this setup, Ryan can walk you through the whole thing. I won't pretend I know what he's done, but I use it and love it.

Dropbox: Free!

I've already mentioned Dropbox twice in this post, so you knew this was coming. I can write posts in Editorial and save the drafts in Dropbox, where I can move or rename them as needed. If I accidentally delete something, I can recover the deleted file. Etcetera, etcetera. I really can't imagine working without Dropbox on my phone.

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Photos

Camera Awesome: Free!

Camera Awesoooooome! When I started blogging over three years ago, I knew I needed to use my own photos but was having a hard time getting started. I'd snap photos, but they seemed super-blah to me. I'm trying to remember whose blog pointed me to Camera Awesome—I want to say it was Kris Atomic, but I can't find the post. (Read her blog anyway. Super fun!) Camera Awesome lets you adjust contrast, exposure, vibrancy, etc. etc. It's great and is an easy way to perk up sad-looking photos.

Over: $1.99

I still find text over photos kind of silly, if done incorrectly, but if you're gonna do it, try using Over. You can adjust the font type, size, and orientation, make it more opaque or more transparent, match your font colors, and even add goofy artwork. They have some professional looking samples on their Instagram account that you can check out before taking the leap, but I'd suggest getting it, if only to play around with it. Fun!

Picfx: $1.99

Picfx was another suggested app from Kris Atomic, and I lurv it. I used to use all the crazy filters, but I am (as I think we all are) getting over the overly processed look. Lately I only use the light layers to add a bit of bokeh or lens flare when I'm feeling fancy.

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Sharing

Hootsuite: Free!

Now that you're all set up to write your posts and add glorious photos to them, you're ready to share your content, right? I can't say I'm innovating when I tell you that I use Hootsuite to schedule social media posts, but I will say that Hootsuite is an oldie but a goodie. I really don't use the app for anything other than scheduling posts to go out when I won't be able to post them in real time, but for the basics I need it for, it's great.

Instagram: Free!

How I wish Instagram allowed you to schedule posts! (And have a multiaccount setup. Why not?!) I don't share posts often on Instagram because it's inconvenient for people to view your photo and then have to click the link in your full profile to get to it (ugh, Instagram, come on!), but every so often I'll share an image there and let people know what's going on over here. Instagram is also a fun way to supplement your blogging life with peeks into what's going on outside your neatly contained posts, which can be fun.

Pinterest: Free!

For all that I love reading, I also love our collective visual leanings. Pinterest is a fun way to engage with people who might not otherwise find your blog. You can pin photos from your post and link back to the article itself, adding an engaging caption that gives people a hint that there's more behind the photo if they click through.


I’m sure you’ve been using some pretty similar apps, but I want to hear all about your setup! What are you using to blog on the go?

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