Useful Links

Updated 10 January 2019

Well, I’ve found them to be useful. As with all links on this site, clicking on one of them will open the link in a new browser tab. I hate it when I follow a link and then can’t get back to where I was, don’t you?

Blog Editors

Why on earth would you need a blog editor when there’s one right here? In fact, I’m using it right now to create this page. But sometimes you want to write an entry and you can’t use this editor because you’re not connected to the Internet. In those cases you’ll need an off-line editor; that is, an editor that lets you create an entry without being connected to the Internet, and then lets you post it to your blog when you get connected again.

Here are the ones I use.

WordPress

WordPress makes its own offline editor for both Android as well as iOS. So if you have a tablet, smartphone, iPad, or iPhone, you can log on to the relevant app store and download this free tool.

I have it installed on both my smartphone (Android) and my iPad. It supports multiple WordPress blogs.

BlogPad Pro

If you blog with your iPad, then you definitely need to check out BlogPad Pro. It’s the best mobile app I’ve found for blogging, and I use it exclusively when blogging from my iPad. It’s $4.99 from the Apple App Store, and it’s worth every penny.

When the iOS 8.4 update was released, it broke my copy. I shot off an email to BlogPad’s tech support, and within 5 minutes I had a reply, telling me that they were aware of the issue and were working on a fix. 10 minutes later, they sent me the fix. So, how’s this? From the time I reported the problem until the time they had the fix: 15 minutes!

BlogPad Pro also supports multiple WordPress blogs.

Open Live Writer

After trying several desktop blogging editors over the course of 3 or 4 years, I’ve decided that Windows Live Writer (WLW) is the best Windows-based blogging editor available. It was made by Microsoft, so it integrated seamlessly into the OS.

And it’s not just my opinion that it’s the best: several reviews from multiple sources agree with me. Here’s one you can read and see for yourself.

Microsoft created a furor when it announced it will no longer be supporting nor upgrading WLW; however, the good news is Microsoft has decided to open source the program. So it will always be available and supported.

Like the WordPress app and BlogPad Pro, it supports multiple blogs, and adds support for multiple blog hosts such as SharePoint, Blogger, TypePad, and others.

WLW has been replaced by Open Live Writer. It’s a free program, and you can download it at OpenLiveWriter.org

iOS Applications

I own both an iPhone and an iPad. Lately, I’ve been doing most of my writing, journaling, and blogging on the iPhone. The apps I use are BlogTouch Pro, iA Writer (which is also available for Windows, Mac, and Android), Scrivener, and Ulysses.

But I’m always on the lookout for other apps.

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