While each author presented what they liked about the apps, they also presented some of the shortcomings found therein. I myself enjoy blogging from my iPad and iPhone due in part to their portability and convenience but also in part because my notebook is an absolute clunker.
So after reading these articles and gaining some experience with these two particular apps, plus iA Writer, I began to wonder: What would make the perfect mobile blogging app?
You see there are certain aspects of Poster that I love:
I like the way it looks. Clean, simple, very intuitive to use. I like the ease with which you can insert images, size them, justify them, etc. I like that you can bring in content from the clipboard or Dropbox.
I don’t like that you can’t add video and that you have no access to menus, comments, or stats.
I LOVE iA Writer’s use of screen space for content creation:
To be fair iA Writer is not a blogging app, it is a word processor. But it’s so good at what it does that I had to include it here. Imagine if this experience were available in a blogging app.
Really the only things from the WordPress app that I need are the ability to moderate comments and add video. Other than these two things I think the WordPress iOS app is a waste of space.
I can’t do everything I want with a single one of these apps, I’ve got to use a combination of the three. Hence my desire to set the guidelines for the perfect mobile blogging app.
So if I were to set out creating the perfect mobile blogging app it would have to include:
- iA Writer’s use of screen space when you are creating content.
- The ability to not only add images but also the ability to use Jetpack’s new gallery options
- The ability to move images around within the text, much like the Pages iOS app
- Support for post formats
- Support for pages, posts, menus, stats and comments
- Support for featured images
- The ability to insert video
- Support for multiple blogs
- Minimal and intuitive design. I want to love using the app.
- Dropbox, Evernote, and clipboard integration
- Access to the dashboard that isn’t the desktop web browser experience crammed onto an iDevice. We can do better than this.
- With access to the dashboard would come the ability to update plugins, change settings, etc.
I know that someone out there has the ability to make this happen. I also know that if this happens people will be all over it.
The goal, in my opinion, is to make mobile blogging just as easy and user friendly as the desktop experience. If I had the power to do on my iPhone what I could do on my notebook I would be in heaven.
What would you want to see in such an app?
What is your opinion on mobile blogging?