Smartphone’s have revolutionized the world of blogging. In the past, bloggers had to wait until they got in front of a computer or, at the very least, lug around a laptop, in order to update their blogs with the latest news, important articles or just random thoughts and musings. With the rise of smart phones like the BlackBerry, iPhone, Android and a multitude of other Smartphone options, blogging on the go and writing about something as it happens or right away when you think about it, has never been more convenient. After all, you never know when inspiration will strike. Here’s a look at some of the best apps for Blackberry enthusiasts in the blogosphere.
WordPress is a popular site and a valuable resource for blog enthusiasts, offering free blogging with an easy-to-use, friendly interface. WordPress has extended its popular functionality to the handheld world with their WordPress for Blackberry app. With this handy app, BlackBerry-toting WordPress users can update blogs from anywhere. If you’re proofreading on the train, you can edit posts and even moderate comment, too. That’s right, there’s no longer a need to wait to delete spam or objectionable blog comments. The newest version of the app, version 1.5, even changes your home screen icon to tell you how many comments are awaiting moderation.
Users of the world’s other most popular blogging service, Blogger, aren’t left out in the cold either. Though there’s not a true “app” for using Blogger via BlackBerry, the service does allow publishing via email. To set up your Blogger account to allow email publishing, go to the “Email” tab in your Blogger dashboard and configure the “Mail To Blogger” address section. Then you can blog away with you BlackBerry’s familiar email interface. Helpful Tip: to keep you BlackBerry email signature out of the body of the blog post, finish your email with “#end.” Many BlackBerry users are clamouring for a true Blogger app, and one may be coming eventually, but publishing to Blogger by email is a fine alternative for now.
Type pad is available for your BlackBerry and other Smartphone platforms and makes mobile blogging simple. This free client is easy to use and can be configured to connect to Blogger, WordPress or another online blogging service. You can create blog posts, photos, manage blog comments and more easily from this app by developer Six Apart. Type pad uses an email-to-blog interface, but expands the functionality, keeping it on par with WordPress’ useful app, making it perfect for users of Blogger who might want a little more, feature-wise.
Every blogger needs content and information to write about, and one of the best apps for aggregating content is Viigo. Now owned by RIM, the company that produces the BlackBerry handheld, Viigo is a one-stop spot for all your news, sports, entertainment and RSS feeds. As a blogger, you’ll always be updated with information about whatever you’re interested in, on the go, with Viigo. So you’ll never have to worry about your next blog subject.
A guest post by Spencer Hogg who writes for the SIM Only website where you can find and compare Blackberry SIM only plans.