The Best Blogging Apps for Windows, Mac, and More

Blogging apps make me happy!

[This is part of the Developing Great Blog Content Series.]

Update: I’m building my very own desktop blogging client, Desk PM! Stay tuned!

Great content is born out of your head, your hands, and the apps that you use. Many of us choose to draft directly into our blog applications (which can be dangerous) while others choose to use a number of different applications to draft and write in.

Honestly the best blogging application for you to use is the one that you love the most and that’ll encourage you to write more! It doesn’t matter to me as long as those two elements are there!

As such, here’s a list of a number of applications that you should consider trying as you solidify your blogging and writing workflow. These apps specifically connect to your blogging platform so that you can publish directly to them without ever having to login!

I’ve broken them out into apps for Windows, Mac, and those that are Web-based for your consideration… and even a few bonus ones for Linux:

Yummy.

Windows Blogging & Writing Apps

Here is a list of blogging apps that you might want to check out if you’re a Windows user that are specifically designed to connect to a blogging platform, such as WordPress, Blogger, etc. Enjoy!

Windows Live Writer

This is one of the more generally accepted desktop apps that many people have used with success.

It’s capable of connecting to WordPress, Blogger, and many more apps so you won’t have to worry about compatibility issues.

I’m not a mega-uber fan of Microsoft but this product isn’t half-bad.

Get it here.

Raven by Zoundry

This Windows app is currently open source and wants to be the “best” publishing platform out there.

It’s not there yet but it’s a good try and perhaps you can even make it better if you’ve got the coding skills to help out.

From what I can understand it’s functional and works quite well. Give it a go why don’t you?

You can get a copy of it here.

BlogDesk

A totally free app for you to use it interfaces with WordPress, Drupal, Movable Type, ExpressionEngine, and more.

It’s got an image editing wizard and even sports some support for multiple languages.

And heck, it’s even got a spell-checker? Fancy that.

Get a copy of it here.

wBloggar

wBloggar is a free app that has a few neat features like importing data, posting to multiple blogs, and even set up your FTP to upload images and more.

You can even edit in HTML mode so that you can see what you’re doing in the raw.

Get a copy here.

Apparently they are still working on a refresh of their webpage so you can check out their FAQ for more information.

BlogJet

BlogJet has been described as being a blogging desktop application for Windows on steroids:

BlogJet is a posting screen on steroids. And even that description understates the power of this program. BlogJet is not free […], but its features are worth the price to many power bloggers.

The cost is a bit prohibitive for the average blogger but it’s worth sharing for those that might find it quite useful.

Check it out here.

Qumana

Qumana, besides the different name, is a robust blogging application for both Windows and the Mac although it’s more well-known in the former context than the latter.

Hey, it’s even available for Linux if that’s your kernel of choice.

One of the neatest things about it is the ability to add advertisements right into the system so that you can monetize your blog.

You can check out a copy here.

Rocket Post

This app is currently having some serious website issues but the app itself has been historically robust.

One of the best features from this premium desktop app for Windows is the fact that it can download your entire blog so you can quickly (and locally) edit posts and more.

Now if they could only get their website working properly so you could check it out… Ah, the features page works.

PerfectJournal

This app is built specifically for Blogger (Blogspot) so if you’re looking for a WordPress-specific app then you can just skip over this one.

But, if you’re a user of Google’s Blogger then you might consider this app in the lineup. It integrates well with Blogger and it’s free.

The fact that it enables you to draft while offline is definitely a nice catch.

Check it out here.

WebStory

Take away the pretty bare looking website and you actually have a really decent publishing application!

It has a fairly large following and is used by a number of bloggers.

I personally haven’t tried this one but if the screenshots are true then it might be one of the better ones out there!

Give it a try here.

Thingamablog App

This simple app that’s a bit older is still a goodie and works well for many bloggers. All you need to have is FTP/SFTP access and an internet connection to get started.

It doesn’t necessarily have any significantly-unique features that would call it out above the rest but if you’re interested in trying everything then here’s one more for your list.

Get a copy here.

Post2Blog

This app is very similar to the previous app in that it’s not supported much any more but worth a look if you’re interested in testing out multiple different apps.

It’s free to download and try and can even help with image uploading from Flickr and even insert affiliate links from Amazon.

A nice touch, if I do say so myself.

Get a copy here.

WB Editor

Another windows-based app it sports a WYSIWYG editor and let’s you save offline drafts.

You can even moderate comments via some of the supported blogging platforms.

It’s not free so that’ll stop many people from using it but it’s worth a shot if you’ve got a few bucks to spare.

Check it out here.

NewzCrawler

This app is somewhat different in that it’s both a blog client as well as a RSS Reader client. You can get updates from your favorite new sources and then write about them.

But, it only supports Blogger, MetaWeblog, MovableType, and LiveJournal at this point in time. Not a big problem if your a WordPress user since I believe there are better apps out there.

Take a look if you’re interested.

Even more yummy.

Mac Blogging & Writing Apps

If you’re a Mac user like me (Macbook Air all the way!) then you might want to try some of these apps listed below for your writing needs that specifically connect to WordPress, Blogger, etc. Check them out!

Ecto

This app is one of the top Mac-based apps that you could get to help you manage and create content for your blogs.

It supports the major blogging platforms that you’re using and feel comfortable knowing that tons of people have been using it with satisfaction.

It’s not a free app but it might just be money well spent.

Get it here. And guess what? It’s also available for Windows.

MarsEdit 3

This app is a close competitor to Ecto listed above. It supports your favorite blogging platform and the interface is intuitive and clean.

I’ve had many people convert to this application simply because of the UI, by the way, and so if that’s a big deal then you might have found a winner.

And hey, you can’t beat that logo, right? Personally I felt like this app edged out Ecto slightly in my use of it.

Check it out here.

Blogo

One of the nice things about Blogo, another very competitive product for your desktop blogging needs, is the ability to do full-screen writing.

Other than that it’s very comparable to MarsEdit and Ecto in form and function. Actually, I take that back – the form is a bit different (and that’s why some people like it better).

It’s not free but it’s worth it if you find that you love it.

Get it here.

MacJournal

This app is another great app on the list that many have found to do everything they need to do and more. A much more robust app than just a blogging system you might find use for it in other contexts.

The screenshots can paint a larger picture of what you will be getting with this much larger desktop app.

It’s not free but it might be worth it.

Check it out here.

RapidWeaver

This app is generally know for helping people create websites and the like and has won a number of outstanding awards for it’s great feature-set and easy-to-use interface.

But, someone has been clever enough to create a plugin that allows you to publish to WordPress and a number of different blogging platforms.

I won’t necessarily recommend buying RapidWeaver for just your blogging needs but if you need the other features that RapidWeaver offers then it might be a good buy.

Check it out here.

iBlog

This is one of those apps that looks pretty sweet but I wish they’d update it since I feel it’s a bit outdated.

But it’s worth mentioning in this comprehensive lineup as a free alternative.

The screenshot on the homepage gives you a good feel of where you might be taken with this app but I’d recommend one of the paid apps above before committing to this app wholesale.

Check it out here.

And we save the best for last?

Web Apps for Blogging and Writing

Love the web way too much to give a desktop-based application any love? Then you’ll want to try these neat services that can connect directly to your blog.

ScribeFire

This web-based app is seriously impressive allowing you to blog directly in your browser and connecting to your blog seamlessly.

It’s available for every major web browser too (except IE, sorry!) and you’ll be able to blog with speed very quickly.

You almost have to try it at least once to appreciate this work of art in an app!

Get it here.

Deepest Sender

This app is very similar to ScribeFire listed above but is just Firefox specific. The interface is quick and functional and for some people this is exactly what they need.

It has some unique features like Music Detection that can detect if a song is playing and insert the details of the song for you.

Pretty neat. Download it here.

You gotta love the Penguin.

Bonus! Linux Apps

Why not, right? Here are a few that you might want to check out if you’re a Linux user.

Gnome Blog

This is pretty much your most stripped-down and bare blogging app that lets you just publish with speed.

It’s got a WYSIWYG editor and that’s about it.

If you’re fan of simplicity this might be the king! Get it done quick and easy. Sweet.

Get it here.

QTM

QTM is also another Linux app that’s pretty barebones. You will need the QT graphical user interface to use this app, so just an FYI.

If you’re up for it give it a try – you might just have found a new love.

Or maybe not.

Get it here.

Drivel Blog Editor

Drivel is a GNOME client for working with blogging platforms like LiveJournal, Blogger, MovableType, WordPress and Drupal.

Simple, elegant design as well as a simple feature set make it a good choice to review.

One of the nice things is an automatic recovery if it crashes. That’s pretty sweet but hopefully you’ll never have to use it, right?

Get it here.

BloGTK

This open source app is a weblog client that allows you to post to your weblog from GNOME without the need for a separate browser window.

BloGTK allows you to connect with many weblog systems such as Blogger, Movable Type, WordPress, and more.

BloGTK is written using Python and PyGTK, and is designed to be fast and simple to use.

Check it out here if you want.

KBlogger

This is a blogging application for the K Destkop Environment. With integration in the KDE Kicker and it is also available as a standalone application for KDE 4.

It can connect to Blogger, WordPress, MetaWeblog API, MovableType, and more.

It’s currently in “Alpha” so don’t bank on it forever.

Check it out here.

Got any that I’m missing? Please let me know!

And, of course, which ones do you use?

[This is part of the Developing Great Blog Content Series.]

  • http://jordanwiseman.com Jordan Wiseman

    Great list man! Any suggestions for iPad blogging apps? The WordPress one is kind of lame. ;)

    • http://randrambles.com Rand

      I use BlogPress for iPad and like it better than the WordPress one.

      • http://john.do John Saddington

        you like that one rand?

    • http://Benrwoodard.com Ben

      I really like the wordpress app for the iPhone and iPad. They have room to improve but have made some incredible jumps in the past few months.

      • http://john.do John Saddington

        i agree with this ben.

    • Jorge Silvestrini

      Sure – both for iPad, iPhone and Mac/PC: Evernote – I don’t leave home without a version of it!

      • Jorge Silvestrini

        But, you can’t publish from Evernote :0(

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          that is true…!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      i could do a post like this.

    • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

      Try Blogsy… A really full featured Ipad app that works great with WordPress

      • http://john.do John Saddington

        sweet! thanks john.

  • Tom Jamieson

    Hey John! Great list — you obviously put a lot of thought and effort into the list. I checking out http://www.scribefire.com/ right now for Google Chrome. Thanks for sharing. :)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      for sure! did you lose your gravatar?

  • http://m1p.org Greg

    Great list. MacJournal is a lot like Evernote but it goes a bit further with the capability to post directly from the App itself. Something to consider for Mac users. ;-)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      yup. that’s what this post is all about!

  • http://prayerhabits.com Jared Dees

    What an extensive list! But going back to your previous post Copy and Paste. . ., I don’t know why anyone would work out of anything other than Evernote!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      well, these interface with your blog so you can publish through the app… evernote is awesome but you still can’t publish from it…

      some people want to be able to do just that!

  • Brandon

    I always write my stuff directly in wordpress. Is that ok?

  • Brandon

    Hey Mr. John!

    I just got on my site, and it looks like the company my theme is by changed the commenting system. It is a little bit different. Do you think that it is better? I’d appreciate your input!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      commenting system?

      i talk about them here.

      http://john.do/comment-systems/

      • Brandon

        Actually, it is all over wordpress.com now. I guess they changed everything. I think it’s pretty cool though!

        • Calvin Koepke

          Ya they updated it just recently. Are you talking about the option to comment via a Twitter account or Facebook as well as the normal method?

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          yeah, i love those new connect features.

  • Calvin Koepke

    Thanks for the research bro. I apperciate it! (purposefully mispelled that ;)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      uuuuuuuuuuuuur welcome!

  • http://everydaysnapshots.com Dave Anthold

    What a fantastic line-up of blog posting apps. I use Windows LiveWriter for work blogs that post internally on our servers and it beats the internal posting app from SharePoint. I don’t find it as intuitive as other 3rd party apps, but I have to work with what I got. For my personal blogs, I have used Ecto in the past, but the UI needs a little updating and I found myself getting distracted because of it. I currently use MarsEdit and find that it fits my needs. I would highly recommend any of these.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      OMG. sharepoint… i have nightmares of that app.

  • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

    i used ecto for a long time and loved it. Very robust and did just about everything I wanted. However, the original developer sold the product to another company. The new company hasn’t provided an update in about a year. As far as I can tell, they have stopped active development. Worse, the support forum is unmonitored and a mess (e.g., full of spam, unanswered posts, rants, etc.) It’s really a shame.

    Several months ago, I switched to MarsEdit. There are still some things I miss from ecto, but It is offset by an active and responsive developer who issues new updates every month or so.

    Thanks for a very thorough and helpful post, John.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      thanks michael! i too felt like marsedit edged out ecto. the lack of support after the purchase and acquisition is definitely a let down.

      have you written a post on your use of mars?

  • Christopher Johnston

    This seems like overkill. I just write in TextEdit and then paste that into WordPress.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      perhaps you missed one of my previous posts…? in fact, the post right before this one?

      http://john.do/draft/

      • Christopher Johnston

        yep, this was my first time at your site. I read it after I commented

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          you’ve got some interesting thoughts on SEO. :)

  • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

    I use Evernote and textedit to compose my blog posts. Simple, but effective. Also, for other writing, I use Ommwriter – an excellent program, especially for the creative, easily-distracted type.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      love omm… but haven’t found a place consistently in my workflow yet.

  • http://ichrch.com Rich Langton

    Great list John – I especially like the sound of MarsEdit. But I do enjoy the control of writing in Pages and then pasting the text into WordPress though, with ideas and concept creation in Evernote.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      let me know if you try it!

  • Jorge Silvestrini

    Like always John, impressive – great research and very knowledgable post! Thanks!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      sure thing jorge! this post took more time than I had hoped actually. was glad to get it out there.

  • http://dustinstout.com Dustin W. Stout

    I am enjoying using Evernote to ideate, draft, craft, and finalize. Your copy and paste post was UBER helpful! It will probably be a while before I see a necessity to switch to a blogging app. When/if I do, Marsedit looks like the most likely candidate.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      let me know when you do jump in!

      • http://dustinstout.com Dustin W. Stout

        Will do. I’ll have to start making some return on my blogging first… Maybe I can start by writing a guest post for some awesome blog site… Possibly those 8bit guys. I hear they’re pretty cool.

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          hahah do it! email eric… eric@churchm.ag.

          • http://dustinstout.com Dustin W. Stout

            I gotta come up with something good first. I’ve got a few drafts in Evernote that could be valuable to the ChurchMag community, but I still needto do a lil research.

            • http://john.do John Saddington

              cool. eric can help you out with ideas too.

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Just curious, John, what blogging software do you use on your MacBook Air? I’ve been looking for something similar to Live Writer for the Mac platform. I tried a trial version of MarsEdit a while back, but I found that it was not very intuitive. I usually include pictures and text formatting in my posts so it’s nice to have something that downloads my WordPress template and gives me a formatted view of my posts before uploading. Live Writer does a good job of this… I’m not sure about MarsEdit? I also like Michael Hyatt’s idea of using Evernote for blog creation, but it’s the final format that concerns me. I don’t want to spend $40 on MarsEdit if it doesn’t tie everything together.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      i actually use a combination of textedit and evernote. I’ve been trying out the focus apps here as well but haven’t landed on one that i’m in love with yet.

      http://john.do/writing-apps/

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      btw, what i said is practically free…!

  • Tim

    Well, I tried Webstory..it crashed. It wouldn’t even log into my WordPress.com blog. Additionally, it makes you sign up for a profile on their site for some reason.

    Trying a different one.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      fail..! that’s a bummer.

  • http://www.lifesjugglingact.com Taryn Saunders

    Was doing it within WP #fail when working on security things you suggest. Ended up restarting from ground zero and now am drafting in Evernote! Love it! :-) Early days yet… we’ll see where I go from here…

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      you’re on your way!

  • http://milliverstravels.com Milliver’s Travels

    Have decided to try Qumana. I can’t say I entirely understand the need for one of these blogging apps – but I find Word annoying in some ways, so maybe this will be more fun to write in.

    ~ Milli

  • dawn

    HI there!

    Great post. So, I have a mac. I use WP for my websites, but for some of my blogs, I use Blogger. I’ve been trying to find the best system to blog easily, especially with bringing in photos. So, I have several questions …

    (1) Do you prefer to post images directly from your computer or from a hosted source (such as Flickr)? Especially interested in what people do for Blogger on this one. I have a Flickr account, so I prefer to use that if I’m able.

    (2) What is the best publishing software that works easy with Blogger and Flickr?

    (3) Is there a great publishing software that works great with WP and Blogger? And could I set up all of my different accounts through one?

    (4) I had purchased Ecto awhile back and it just never quite worked. The Flickr Helper would never sync up correctly, which was a huge let down. Images I did bring in directly to Ecto, later would not show up on my posts, etc. I think I’m just going to give up on this one. Anyone else having major issues with Ecto?

    (5) Since I have not been impressed with the reliability of Ecto, it’s a concern moving forward. Are there issues with this type of software not being reliable? Please recommend something that will work :)

    If anyone can help, you would seriously make my day! Thanks!!