If you are a blogger, chances are you have to churn out content on a regular basis.
That means having to sit in front of a word processing package – usually the WordPress editor or Microsoft Word for most – for more hours than most people would on the average.
What you might not know is that you can make your experience with creating content even better, only if you would invest in some writing apps that suit your needs.
That is why, today, we are talking about some of the best writing apps for bloggers, highlighting how these apps promise to make your content creation plan better.
What to Consider when Choosing Writing Software
Like it is with any serious decision, the choice of what writing software to go for requires a good deal of thought. Some of the things you will want to have thought about are:
1. The Usability
No one likes a complex software. Even though these softwares have been made with a light twist to them so that they suit specific needs of the writer, that is no excuse for them to be complex.
If it can’t be loaded and booted up to work right off the bat, you should probably look elsewhere.
2. Editing Features
Editing will always go hand in hand with writing. In fact, it can be said that editing is the most important part of writing.
It is the quality control section that helps you weed out unnecessary text, replace redundant texts with better ones, check grammar and spelling accuracy, improve on mechanical accuracy and so much more.
Everything you post goes on the web to a lot of readers.
Thus, a writing app of choice should be one that supports editing and in-depth analysis of your articles.
I, for one, am a lover of diversity. That means I like it when one app can handle a lot of functions.
But, even at that, I would love to know that the app I’m using stands out for at least, one thing. That way, I know why I am going for it over others – because of that special offering.
Different bloggers have different needs. Some writing apps are better suited to screenwriters than they are for novelists.
In line with this article, what you should be looking for are those which are suitable for bloggers.
While not absolutely necessary, your writing tool coming with a slew of integrations makes your work easier on a whole new level.
You will find out that some of these apps have cloud support built into them. That ensures your content is always kept safe and easily accessible from any computer whenever you want to make edits/use the document.
Asides cloud-based support, some writing apps will even allow you to publish onto your website directly.
If nothing else, that saves you some extra time on loading up your website then copying and pasting the content.
5. Other Features
These are features specific to the user of the software’s needs.
There are a ton of bloggers out there with each one having a different way of passing their message across. Some might prefer using short quotes to generate their content while some others will swear by the rate at which thesauruses have helped them become better writers.
What I will advise for the different classes of bloggers is that they pick a content creator that would be able to offer them those features they need to make their writing process faster and even more efficient.
Of course, all that is dependent on the availability of such features that they need.
It is not advisable that you pick a software with many features that you won’t get to use. Know what you need, then go for it
Functionality is the first thing you should think of when choosing a writing software. Alongside usability, that is.
It is not uncommon to find different writing apps out there with a barrage of features that are not in any way relevant to content writing. They are usually the ones with a nice interface and very little to nothing to offer in the end.
This software will most likely leave you frustrated in the end and with a bad taste in the mouth towards writing apps.
The best thing is to go for functional apps over those that make a lot of watery promises.
Have you ever been on a roll and out of the blue, a distraction comes along to knock you out of that thought process? That has happened to me – more times than one – and I can tell you how frustrating it can be.
This goes on to underline the need for writing software which offers you a distraction-free mode of writing.
What better way to ensure all your creative juices are flowing in the right direction without damming of any kind?
5 Writing Apps to Help you Blog Better
I like to practice what I preach.
Taking all of the criteria above into consideration, here are five of the best writing apps bloggers can take advantage of to step up their writing game.
As the name implies, Dynalist is one of those writing apps that lets you organize your ideas in a dynamic list format. Now, that is just scratching the surface on everything this unique tool can do.
Due to the nature of the app, there are a couple of ways you can go about writing your content.
One of the most popular uses of Dynalist by bloggers is to organize all of their ideas in one place before they start writing at all.
Nested lists’ function in the Dynalist app helps you include sub-headings and sub-ideas into your content creation plan.
Likewise, the added functionality that allows you to upload files to the app makes it easier to keep track of media files that you will like in your post and where.
Another way to write with Dynalist is to go ahead and build your content right from within the app and then export it as an article when you’re done.
Dynalist’s content editor is well suited to bloggers who publish code snippets on their websites due to the advanced markdown function.
Other features you get to enjoy with this app are checkboxes, numbered lists and calendar integrations, to mention but a few.
- Neat creation of lists and nested items
- Content upload
- Handles code snippets excellently
- Free version with unlimited lists’ support
- Organizes lists in different folders
- Sync across multiple devices
- Option to export lists
- Support for hyperlinking
- Sharing and collaboration on lists
- Limited in not being a full-blown content writing app
When it comes to the subject of note taking, there is really no other writing application that beats Evernote.
Having been around for a while now, Evernote is topping the charts for more reasons than one.
It has kept a reputation as one of the oldest ‘online notebooks’ writers have had. This is made possible with the cloud-based support in the app, helping you store all notes you make for later access.
Speaking of access, Evernote also integrates a multiple platform system, allowing you check content from any device at all. As long as your unit is connected to the internet, you can always view your Evernote content on the go.
Perhaps one of the most important note-taking abilities of this writing software comes in its allowance of audio notes. Even if you were so hard pressed that you couldn’t type, you could simply record your ideas and listen to them later.
It would be injustice to talk about everything Evernote has in store for bloggers without mentioning its social media support. Allowing you post content to all of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more with a simple tap, getting your message in front of your audience just got even better.
- Makes taking notes effortless
- Cloud support for files
- Syncing between multiple devices
- Social media integrations allow easy sharing of ideas
- Users can create audio notes
- Notepad can also be used to make sketches
- Requires almost no training to get started
- Fast and effective document search
- Freemium service is too restrictive
- No restriction on content deletion (anyone can delete any file)
3. Google Docs
Google Docs is fast becoming one of the most widely used content writing apps in the world, and it is not hard to see why that is.
The software is made entirely free to users and only needs the ownership of a Gmail account (also free) to gain access. That is not even the best part.
Google Docs allows multiple users to collaborate on the same document in real-time, working on writing or editing with everyone being kept in the loop of what went where.
A powerful dashboard brings all the tools a writer needs to start and finish their writing in the same place. That is not to mention the distraction-free writing mode it brings on board too.
One useful feature that many overlook is the ‘Save as you go’ feature built into the software.
Combined with cloud support (and a massive 15GB of FREE storage space to match), there is no limit to what you can create. Even the paid plans offer so much more for so much less.
When multiple collaborators are working in the Google Docs section, you have the ability to create document privacy settings for each individual.
With that, you will be giving trusted people access to edit while others might have lesser roles (simply reading, in a lot of cases)
Coming with support for mobile apps on all platforms, content can be created and edited on the go.
- Allows collaboration of multiple users with different permissions
- Freemium account allows you do so much
- Content created is usually ready to publish
- Dashboard is loaded with important writing and editing tools
- File/content upload is seamless
- Cloud storage allows for on-the-go content access
- Syncing between multiple devices/platforms is possible
- Unique links can be generated to each created content for easy sharing/referencing
- Doesn’t come with a large template library
- Formatting issues sometimes occur with copying and pasting
Blogo is that content writing software which brings simplicity and power to the table.
Although only available for Mac users at the time of this writing, it has gone on to become one of the most preferred writing apps in the market right now.
Blogo starts its impressive run of features with support for offline content creation. You will find that important in moments when you are not connected to the internet but still have a budding inspiration at the back of your mind.
It then builds on the basic content creation process by allowing users edit images.
Furthermore, you will be able to publish content to your blog right from within the app. That is made possible by integrations to WordPress, BlogSpot and Medium, to mention but a few.
There is a distraction-free writing mode specially designed to help writers keep their mind clear of any other thing when writing. This is bettered by the offering of markdown support and an impressive dashboard.
Where Blogo flips the switch is in its blog management plan.
You get to manage multiple blogs at once from the writing app. You will even be able to read, moderate and reply to comments on your posts with this app.
More than that, I think you will find the option to set featured images and update existing (published) posts from within the app an intuitive feature.
With all these in tow, Blogo is shaping up to be that content editor on steroids you’ve been looking for.
- Integrations to BlogSpot, WordPress and Medium
- Sync with Evernote to keep your notes and content in agreement
- Management of multiple blogs at once
- Reading and moderation of comments is possible
- Built-in image and markdown support
- Allows setting of featured image
- Offline writing mode
- Not available for non-Mac users
Your readers deserve properly-written content all the time.
However, you can’t always have an editor by your side to guide you through the content writing process. What you can have is Grammarly, and it is the next best thing!
The main function of Grammarly is to check your document and help you fix issues related to spelling, content organization, expression, mechanical accuracy, grammar and structure, to mention but a few.
The kind of AI Grammarly makes use of is unheard of even on the likes of MS Word and Google Docs. That goes on to highlight how important this tool is for you.
The best part of Grammarly is its integration fluidity. You can have the extension in your browser and never have to send even a poorly written email/social media post to your readers ever again.
Besides working as an integration, you can get Grammarly as an add-in for your MS Word. That, combined with the inbuilt MS Word spellchecker, will create a stunning combo that delivers you as a professional content writer and blogger in the end.
Of course, getting this add-in is only necessary if you don’t find it natural to write in the Grammarly online editor (which is equally great, by the way). Read this detailed review of Grammarly to know how it works.
You will glad to know that Grammarly is available across mobile devices too. Thier developers have created Android & IOS Keyboards that you can use to proofread your texts on Mobile as well (that too is completely free.)
I should also tell you that if you prefer to write in Google Docs, you will be able to use a Grammarly integration (current in beta.) Or you could copy and paste your Google Doc content into the Grammarly editor, work on it there then paste the edited work over the original copy in Google Docs.
- Simple content editor section
- Makes rigorous edits on articles
- Improves readability and content quality by far
- Browser integrations
- Compatible with MS Word
- File (document) upload
- Educates users with its on-page solutions
- Freemium is very limited in functionality
And there you have it!
Five of the best writing apps for bloggers on the market today, and all for your taking.
Looking through the list, one cannot but notice how Google Docs stands out as a must use app.
Cloud support with a massive storage as well as a fully-docked dashboard makes this an enviable option for any blogger.
Another loaded pick is Blogo. Even though it is limited to Mac as of now, the range of activities it handles is surreal for any writing app.
Should you have any other awesome app that aids your writing process which wasn’t featured on this list, do let us hear about it in the comments.