Top 10 Desktop Blogging Software for Pro-Blogger
Blogging for a living is a mostly fun and rewarding gig – trust us, we know! But as they say, every rose plant has some thorns. Sometimes, the blogging life can take a hectic turn, with deadlines to beat, power outages and having to fight off distractions like the Internet and kids. In such moments, you wish you had your own personal assistant and thanks to technology, you can actually have one.
Desktop blogging clients can wonderfully improve your blogging experience and even make you a better writer. They allow you to write, edit and publish your posts to a range of blogging platforms without leaving the program. What’s more, you can also schedule your posts at different times, and the software will post it like clockwork. We digress, this post is not about the benefits of using a desktop blogging program but a top 10 list of the same. And here we go:
Thingamablog is one of the oldest blogging clients in existence, having been established in 2006. The application simplifies every aspect of writing, posting, and managing your blog by enabling you to manage several blogs simultaneously, write offline, create your own unique layouts and templates and organize your blog entries by date or subject. Additionally, when you are not close to your desktop, Thingamablog allows you to post remotely through your email.
Wordable is an application that seamlessly exports word content from Word or Google Docs to WordPress blogs in a single click. Basically, you write (or paste) your posts in Google Docs and connect to Wordable which helps you format and polish them and when you’re ready, publish them. The software can also post on multiple blogs. Admittedly, the Wordable software, with a monthly fee of $19.99, will only make the difference if you post regularly and only on WordPress. Still, it’s a great option for pro-bloggers who don’t have much time on their hands.
This is not a software per se but a browser extension that runs on Firefox. No, no, don’t scowl. Deepest Sender only takes up 300kb of your space, and with it, you can jump right into the writing pad while browsing on Firefox at the click of a button. The extension can also run on the sidebar of your browser window and can run several blogging accounts, has a spellchecker and offers Drag and Drop functionality. On the flip side, if your browser crashes or malfunctions, you could lose all your writing although DS promises to recover what it can.
Open Live Writer is a free, open-source application that enables bloggers to write, customize and publish their posts on a number of platforms including Blogger, WordPress, TypePad, and Movable Type. It also allows you to add videos and pics to your posts and publish them all together. What’s more, the application runs offline which means that you can work on your posts without receiving distracting (or annoying) email notifications and only go online when it’s time to post. The downside is, Open Live Writer is only available to Windows users.
BlogDesk is a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) application that enables you to write and post entries to your blog without having to type complex Html tags. The application also uploads files and images on your behalf and keeps copies of all uploaded posts on your local drive. Other notable features of BlogDesk include an inbuilt spellchecker, multiple blogs management, great variety of templates, and word prediction. The software is available for free and is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Another amazing blogging client, BlogJet makes running a blog fun. For one, the application allows you to post YouTube videos and Flickr images on your blog. The ability to make posts in different languages, live word counter, and an efficient search feature are other amazing features. On top of that, BlogJet has an inbuilt statistics feature that helps you track the number of posts that you make and also supports posting in multiple languages. The only con is that only Windows users can use this software.
There are not many options available to Mac users as far as blog editors go. Blogo, which is an exclusively Mac application, is a great option if you want convenience and organization. With the app, you can write and edit posts offline and drag and drop images to any point in the post. Another thing, you can save unfinished posts to drafts and come back to work on them when your creative juices get flowing again. Lastly, Blogo provides a comment moderation feature and assists in search and location of videos, images, and posts from long ago.
MarsEdit is another blogging application for Mac users. The program smoothly combines plain and rich text formatting, making it easy to switch between the two. MarsEdit also supports fast and seamless file uploads, gives you previews of your posts before they hit the blog and is available offline. Further, MarsEdit is compatible with all blogging platforms that have AtomPub or MetaWeblog interfaces, which includes all the top blogging sites. The software is available for a one-off price of $49.85 at the Apple Store.
TypeMetal editor gives you the freedom to write and style your posts in any way that you want using your blog’s theme. You can also search, reference or directly quote excerpts from earlier posts and write offline too. If you want to fully focus on writing, you can click on the “Clear View” button, and all the sidebars, widgets, and theme icons will disappear, leaving your line of sight clear. Additionally, TypeMetal lets you set your text formatting preferences and does it all for you. Sadly, the software is only compatible with WordPress blogs and Mac computers.
As the name suggests, MacJournal is a desktop editor for Mac devices that costs $39.95. The app’s main feature is the daily journal, fully supported by a live calendar, which allows you to write about your daily experiences. If you want, you can easily convert your entries into blog posts and the MacJournal software will publish everything on your blog. When it comes to media files, the application helps you browse your pictures gallery, pick songs from iTunes and videos from YouTube. If you’re the meticulous type, MacJournal has a Timeline Mode feature that tracks your daily posts and presents them in chronological order.
In what is a testament to the opportunities brought about by the World Wide Web, blogging is now a source of livelihood for hundreds of millions around the world. In the United States alone, there are more than 30 million bloggers who post at least once per month. As the competition increases, so will the tasks involved in writing and publishing content online. We are, however, confident that the programs listed above can significantly reduce most of the workload for pro-bloggers everywhere.
As a blogger, which of these 10 desktop blogging software solves problems that you’ve been facing? Share with us and other bloggers out there.