Blogsy is an app you create your blog on your iPad. At the beginning when I desperately tried to work out how I best wrote a post on a mobile device, I came across Blogsy. Someone from Blogsy did listen to my request (I simply sent them a question through email) and helped me to run several tests through the whole process.
That experience has really impressed me. Don’t trust the app ratings on App Store until you discover yourself the pros and cons. For most apps, it is a pity there is a trial version (any return policy?). Some may offer a lite version with limited functionality. Anyway, When I got my iPad 4, I immediately purchased Blogsy through App Store. Surprisingly I have never thought of a chance to use it until I was about to travel.
During my recent travel to Iceland and Greenland, I used Blogsy to finish writing my post every day and posted it up to this site. It was not as smooth as I originally thought. Let me tell you what my workflow was:
- Tap Blogsy icon on the iPad
- Tap the + sign on the right
- Tap “New Post” area if start new
- Tap the link icons (such as your camera roll, other social media such as Picasa, Instagram, facebook, YouTube and Vimeo) and add the media to your post
- Tap Save icon on the left
- Tap Post Info icon to configure things like Post Type, Status, Categories, Tags etc.
- Tap “Publish” button on this “Post Info” window to publish the post to your blog
Of course you have to follow some more guidelines for setting up the link between Blogsy and your site. There is always the “settings” icon at the bottom right corner to let you check the details. According to the settings, Blogsy also works with other common blog tools such as Blogger, Joomla, Drupal, Tumblr and Squarespace.
In my experience, I did not directly publish my posts by using Blogsy. I chose “Pending” under Post Status to let Blogsy publish my post to the Admin area. From then I logon my site on Chrome or Safari on the iPad, did some modifications such as setting up the Custom Fields such as Featured and Thumbnail images. That involved a bit of extra time to copy the image URL from the Media Library. You can imagine it is quite hard to tap on the File URL, select and highlight all before you tap”Copy”. On the iPad, the admin area of my WordPress site was not shown as properly as a desktop or laptop, but pasting the link was effortless. The final step was similar to what I do normally for writing a post on a desktop: setting up the WordPress SEO such as the Focus Keyword, SEO Title and Meta Description. At the end, press the “Publish” button.
Blogsy has actually eased most of my worries of blogging. It is a good, practical and functional app on the iPad. The price is also reasonable. It is far better than login the Admin area of your WordPress to create a post. If you write mainly text and make use of the media available on your iPad or social media network, Blogsy serves all your purpose.
But the real problem blogging on the iPad is made more complicated with the addition of processing RAW image files and uploading them to the media library. There is nothing as smooth as using Adobe Lightroom on any desktop or laptop.
After all, at the end of a long day, all you need is simply a sound sleep.