Blogging is a popular activity; many make a living from writing and/or running a blog, while others simply enjoy doing it for free. Some people love it so much, they write for as many blogs as they can, just for the experience and to enjoy the feedback of their community.
Rather than log in to many separate blog accounts, why not employ the services of some blog posting software that you can run from your desktop? This way, the blog comes to you, not the other way around!
There is more and more blog posting software available – let’s take a look at the choices.
ScribeFire Blog Posting Firefox Extension
One of the most popular ways to connect with your blog dashboard without actually having to open your blog is ScribeFire, available as an extension for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox browsers.
With ScribeFire, you can connect to multiple blogs, include images and media content, assign tags to your posts and even save them as drafts rather than publish them straightaway. There is also the facility to create new pages, which pretty much gives you full remote control over your blog. ScribeFire will connect to a variety of blogging platforms, including WordPress, Blogger, Movable Type and Drupal.
Visit www.scribefire.com to find out more.
Use Word as Blog Posting Software
The latest release, Microsoft Word 2010, supports posting to a variety of blogs, including WordPress and Blogger with the expected support for SharePoint and Windows Live Spaces. If you’ve already got Word installed then you don’t need to go to the trouble of downloading additional software – you should be ready to get going straightaway!
Checkout my tutorial on using Word to update your blog – give it a go, it really is as simple as it sounds!
Auto Post Blog
Despite the freedom Word and ScribeFire give you (and in direct contrast to the latter’s free nature) some users might prefer a slightly more structured approach to their blogging.
Auto Post Blog is a premium solution (currently for a knock-down $39) which lets you blog to Blogger, WordPress, MSN Live Space, Tumblr, LiveJournal (as well as the less common Blogetery and Opera) and permits you to update multiple blogs simultaneously with the same or different posts.
If you need to additional functionality that Auto Post Blog offers over the other solutions, then head on over to www.autopostblog.com to try your free trial.
Qumana Free Blog Posting Software
An alternative free blog posting application is Qumana, a desktop application that you can use to update your blog. This app supports a variety of platforms, much more than the usual 5 or 6 listed above, and this support is probably unrivalled among blog posting software such as this.
The benefit of having Qumana on your PC (or Mac or Linux box) is that you can – as with Word 2010 – save you blog posts locally. Losing blog posts due to a server outage or dropped internet connection is one of the most frustrating issues a blog editor might encounter, and saving your work locally can save you from tears later on!
Qumana requires free registration to use; visit www.qumana.com to download this great application.