Bloggers often look for the best way to keep their blogs up to date in whatever way they can think of. With iPhone, iPod and iPads coming to view, I would expect that developers would jump into the wagon of building blogging apps for bloggers. I am not really a paid app fanatic, I settle for free apps that satisfies what I need. So I ended up searching iTunes for free apps that could enable blogging on my portable device. The result were not encouraging. No need to shortlist a very short list of results.
BlogWriter Lite. Its a simple app and very light at 1.3MB size. The installation is almost as fast as other light apps we have in the iTunes cloud. Setting up your account is a breeze. Username and password is required and there are 4 available blog type to choose from : Blogger.com, Wordpress.com, Self-host WordPress Blog, and Others. after choosing the blog type, user needs to provide the blog URL and the port number to be used. Once set, you are ready to log in. Since I am a blogger, i use blogger.com that is, logging in to your account means accessing all the blogs you have created under blogger. You must select only 1 from the list of blogs you have to continue. The screen has 4 major menus to choose from : My Blog, New Post, My Feeds, Feeds Directory. For bloggers who is not fond of reading feeds, the first two menus are for you. Unfortunately, if it is your first time to use the app, you need to refresh the list of blogs in My Blogs to enable the app to download your posts. My Blogs list your blog post, it enables the user to view and delete your post. Unfortunately, you can not view comments to your post. New Post allows the creation of a new post. The creating a new post is not as flexible as I have expected. First, the keyboard is always in portrait mode and second, it does not allow you to categorize your post. Selecting send would post/publish your blog. Yes, no spell checking is available.
BlogSpace is another free app that I am trying out to manage my blog. This is a tool targeting bloggers for Google. No set up for URLs or port numbers, just log in with your google account ID. The app displays all the available blogs you have created. To post to a particular blog, select it and you are ready to go. The app is more flexible than BlogWrite. First, it has a capability to preview your post. Second, you can insert photos and videos. Unfortunately, similar to BlogWrite, categorizing your post is not an option and the keyboard is always in portrait mode. And yes, no spell checking is available.
I am not evaluating Wordpress for the main reason that I do not have any blog hosted on Wordpress.com. Basing on my test run, I will go for Blogspace if you are a blogger user.Below are my reasons:
1. BlogSpace let me select any of my blogs in blogger. BlogWrite allows only 1, you need to delete your account and redo the registration process again to select another blog from your blogger account.
2. BlogSpace allows the insertion of image or video to your post.
3. It has preview capability.