If you’ve been blogging or freelance writing for some time, you will know how busy a blogger’s life can get. From the frequent writing to the continual maintenance, the work just doesn’t seem to stop. You wished you had more time to do all the work in. But the real problem doesn’t lie within the excess of the work. It lies in the management of time which a lot of people lend very little care to. If you’re a regular blogger, and want to maximize your throughput by optimizing your time, then you might be interested in some desktop blogging tools that will help you with your blog writing by automating some processes, and/or help you manage your blogging work.
1. Windows Live Writer
No blogger’s Windows PC is complete without a copy of the Windows Live Writer installed! It’s a pretty solid tool that comes with the Windows Live Essentials toolkit. And it is a pretty powerful word processor too, with many of the editing tools you get with Microsoft Word. And it gives you some advanced tools as well which you do not get from your blog’s post editor, such as tables, graphs, pie charts, histograms, etc.
You can set it up with any blogging platform, and any theme/template installed. You can write your posts in that same style, and preview it live on your PC. In fact, it is a complete blogging software, after using which you will not need to log into your blog’s dashboard to write or edit a post again.
Another pretty handy desktop software for bloggers. This one is more for the pros, as the interface is minimalistic. But that isn’t to say it isn’t lacking. I mean sure, it doesn’t have the drag-and-drop functionality with images, but it has other pretty good tools such as the automatic tag generator, the most Frequently Used Phrases tool for re-using text snippets, and a lot more. I really love this tool, and even though I’m a fan of coding posts in HTML rather than typing them, I’d recommend this excellent WYSIWYG editor to every blogger out there.
3. Deepest Sender
Looking for something that’s more easily manageable than a full desktop application? Try this great Firefox extension instead. It’s a small, but really useful app that lets you quickly jot down ideas, drafts, and even final posts while browsing. Like a post you’re reading currently? Quickly launch this extension with a shortcut button, and start typing! You won’t even have to open a new tab for this.
Not a Windows user? Well, I don’t blame you. And I have a solution for you if you’re using a Mac. Ecto has a pretty slick interface, and almost all the features you need in a desktop blogging software. One of the best things I like about it is the multiple blogging profiles you can set up and operate at the same time.
Thingamablog is another popular desktop blogging client. It runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac, whichever you prefer.
It’s a standalone application that allows you to setup, manage, and update multiple blog from your desktop. In fact you have got the option to publish a blog entry via email!
Thingamablog has an integrated feed reader that you can use to get new ideas and topics for your posts.
So did you like this collection? What other blogging software are you using? Leave your comments in the comments section below!