Cool Blogging Tool

I have a lot of blogs. Maybe you do too. The problem with having a lot of blogs is adding the content to them. There are various ways you can add content, including the very obvious one of logging in and typing something. It works fine, it’s free and it’s pretty simple.

But if you want to handle a lot of blogs efficiently, you need another way. I have a product myself that I sell, called FeedMe. It allows you to import mass content into a blog easily and quickly. It’s a great tool. But you have to have the content already created. That means it’s great for setting up entire blogs, but if you just want to add something easily when inspiration strikes, it’s not designed for that.

So I’m regularly on the lookout for new blogging tools. I used to use Live Writer, a Windows application. But honestly, it’s a bit old now and hasn’t been developed for some years. So you don’t get the maximum power of your blogs. If you use a Mac there is the leading application, called Mars Edit. That’s pretty powerful, but I just don’t like the look of it.

So when I saw a new tool, on sale, in the App Store for Mac I decided to take a closer look. I’m actually using that tool right now to create this post. And I’m recording what I’m doing so you can see how easy it is to embed a video into your post. In fact from my early reading of what it can do, it’s easy to add all kinds of rich media such as images and video.

You can even preview what your post will look like before publishing it. You can do that on your blog itself, of course. But the thing that makes Blogo interesting is that you can use it offline. You don’t have to be connected to the internet. So if inspiration strikes while you’re sitting on a plane heading to a vacation destination, you can fire up Blogo, write your post, preview it locally, save it and then, when you’re ready, publish it to your blog.

For managing a whole portfolio of sites that sounds like quite a nice way to work to me.

As you’d expect, you can also do formatting and things like that. Actually, while I’m in this section I’m going to add an image to spice up this post. It’s a bit bland and text heavy at the moment. Too many words and not enough imagery! I’m going to use a free tool to create a word cloud image. You’ll be able to see that in the video. I haven’t decided where to put the video yet, but you’ll see me do that later.

For the word cloud image I’m going to take all this text and use a free website to generate a nice looking image. Watch the video as I do that. I’m going to put the word cloud image higher up this post, as you’ll see.

Ok, so I should read the instructions and find out how to resize the image properly. I’m going to go do that now and then fix the ridiculously large image I currently have. When you see this final post, the image will be a sensible size.

Ok, maybe not! So I don’t know how to make the image the right size. There are worse things that can happen. I’ll have a look at the support system on the developer’s page to see what I need to do.

But so far, you can see the point that this is quite a handy tool. If you have a few blogs, it may not be a big deal for you. And of course you need to have a Mac to use it. But if you have a Mac and dozens, or hundreds of blogs, I think this kind of tool is a real smart way to look after them. Oh, forgot to mention, it’s going to have built in comment moderation facilities too. It’s all about working efficiently, as far as I’m concerned.

If you can make your own life easier by working efficiently, you’re more likely to do the things you need to do to succeed. Make no mistake, to succeed you have to keep doing the right things. It’s easier to do that if you can release chunks of time by working efficiently.

As far as the local saving is concerned, it seems like that happens automatically if you’re not online. Or you can save as a draft to your blog if you are online. Let’s see what happens when I click on save.