20 Must Have iPhone Apps for the Casual and Professional Blogger

These apps help me become a mobile blogger.

It’s true – I’m addicted to my iPhone (but it’s not my fault!).

Sure, sure… I have tons of good excuses like the fact that being a full-time blogger requires that I’m using it constantly or that my startup business require that I have one with me at all times but it’s really the apps that keep me so hooked!

Here are the applications that I use to keep my blogging efforts fluid and effective:

1. WordPress for iOS

Without question this app is a must have for the serious blogging professional. Heck, you don’t even have to be a “pro” to see the value in this one!

With a new update that allows you to see your traffic stats right in the system (via WordPress.com Stats) it’s a killer app that you need!

Get it right here.

2. Instagram

Instagram is a photo application that has become one of my all-time favorites. It allows you to take photos, give them some neat effects and share them with via the most popular social networks.

I use the photos often for many of my blog posts and love the look and feel of all of the effects. It really “ups” the quality of a blog post with a good image!

I’ve tried many of the other image and photo apps for iOS but this one takes the cake!

3. TweetBot

This is obvious because my last post was all about TweetBot!

You’ll have to check out that full post to get a perspective of how much I like it but I feel it’s the best Twitter iPhone app out there.

Go get it and be a happier Twitter-user!

Done and done.

4. Things App

I haven’t really shared much of my thoughts about Things App but let me tell you that it rocks.

I use it to help me organize my day and my to-do list of things for my blogs, life, and other work. When it comes to GTD (“Getting Things Done”) I always come back to Things, and now that it syncs with my iPad and the desktop version it’s a true winner.

5. MediaTemple

Although this blog is hosted on VPS I still use MediaTemple for smaller blogs that are in a state of trial and/or incubation.

With the MediaTemple iPhone app I’m able to manage the server there and purchase domains. It’s the latter feature that I use the most and I love how easily I can make those purchases.

This is a good and bad thing since I have way too many domains that I’m not using!

6. ServerDensity

The ServerDensity App is an application that I use for my server management via VPS. I mention this service in my WordPress Hosting blog post here.

It enables me to see the load and to catch issues before they do much damage. It also sends me alerts based on key criteria which I’ve defined.

Most bloggers won’t be using this but I love it.

7. Moleskine App

The Moleskine iPhone app is a new one for me recently but since it’s come out I’ve found it as a great drafting board for my thoughts as well as a simple way to organize topics for blog posts per category.

I’m a firm believer in having a pen and paper but I happen to not have one I’ll opt for this app instead of the native “Notes” app from Apple.

Check it out and let me know your thoughts!

8. Domainr App

Domai.nr is a service which I recommend to help bloggers find the perfect domain name for their blog. I love this web service and when they created an iPhone-specific app I got it on day #1!

It’s perfect to check out new possible domains for blogs or sites.

Beware! You might get addicted. Download at your own risk!

9. ChurchAnalytics

I’ve shared my favorite web analytic applications before and one of them has a native iPhone-specific service included.

You can check out ChurchAnalytics here. It’s a paid service but the app allows you to see all your stats and also all your visitors in real-time.

Pretty sweet and I dig using it.

10. Paypal

Paypal app is a no-brainer for me as I need the ability to manage my financials related to receiving payment and sending payment to my team, authors, editors, and for my business.

It’s clean, simple, and I love the quick-login feature that allows me to jump right in. I also like the “bump” feature for sending people money directly after a meal. Heck, I’ve even purchased a few items in local shops with it!

Get it and go have fun!

11. Dropbox

Dropbox app for the iPhone is one of those miracle applications that I honestly can’t imagine a world without. I have purchased tons of additional space on this thing and I use it daily.

If you haven’t checked out Dropbox then you need to do yourself a favor and get an account today! It’s probably one of the best apps that I’ve ever used, ever.

Yeah. Winning!

12. Skype

The Skype app is one of those apps that I’ve found I use more and more. I use this to connect to not only my business partners but also my family.

I’m not a huge fan of Skype to begin with but there are fewer systems that are as comprehensive and so widely used. I wish someone would make a better application but for now I’m married to it based on community use.

Sigh. But, still a good app.

13. Yammer

Yammer is somewhat like an “internal twitter network” for a particular business or group of people. I use it every single day to connect with my team and to discuss work, projects, and life. In fact, we spend more time talking about life (and random silliness) than anything else but we include that as a part of our important culture.

Yammer for the iPhone let’s me obviously do this on the go and it’s a must-have for teams.

14. Facebook

Obviously I, like all of you, are on Facebook and so I’ve chosen an app to help me stay connected with that near-ubiquitous social network.

There are a lot of paid and premium apps but I’ve opted to use a free one. I’m not a mega-user of Facebook so I haven’t felt inclined to find one. If you’ve got a great suggestion I’m all ears.

15. Evernote

Who could go anywhere without Evernote?

The iPhone app allows me to do nearly everything I can with the desktop version (and web version) and automatically synchronizes all my work.

Are you an Evernote fan? I think it’s great but I’ll be honest that I’m finding it not as essential as I once thought it was going to be.

It’s probably because some other apps are slowly creeping into it’s feature set.

16. Google Mobile

Google’s mobile app for iPhone brings some native capabilities to the iPhone that I really love.

I live and breathe Google Apps and I find more and more of my content and data in their clouds every single day.

Love me some Google, especially for email. Ah, email. I can’t seem to get enough of it.

17. Reeder App

I’ve explained in a previous post about RSS Readers that the Reeder App is pretty much one of the best paid RSS Readers out there for the iOS.

It’s slick, pretty, and super functional. Stay on top of your reading and you’ll be a better blogger, trust me on that!

I know that Google has a good one as well that’s mobile-ready but this one really is a piece of work.

Finally, here are some other apps that I have that I use daily that I find indispensable:

18. USAA
19. Bank of America App
20. Voice Memos Native App

And, of course, my *bonus* app is HandyLight. Good luck finding that one! I’m lucky to have it and it’s awesome. Teehee!

How about you? What are some of the essential mobile apps that you use?

  • http://www.benterry.com Ben Terry

    A couple of apps that I have found to be really useful is Wunderlist, Pulse, and feedly.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      ah! pulse is pretty sweet.

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

      I liked pulse for a while, but when I found credit, there was no need for it. I love feedly!

      • http://john.do John Saddington

        hehe! word.

  • http://www.shyjumathew.com Mathew

    Awesome! Please do one for iPad too :p Thanks.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      ah… hmm. let me think about that!

  • http://Getbusylivingblog.com Benny

    So many great apps! I use a handful of those. For FB I think the native app is the best for the iPhone. Wish they would have one for the iPad.

    One I use daily is Whatsapp. It’s a text messaging app. You don’t need a text plan. Uses your phones Internet to send texts. What I use it for is international text messaging!! My fiancé lives in Taipei so we text all the time using that. For 99 cents it’s a great deal!

    • http://www.geekforhim.com Matthew Snider

      I use Google Voice the same way. It uses a different number but I can text for free now instead of paying ATT out of my butt for texting plans!

      • http://john.do John Saddington

        not a big user of google voice… perhaps i’m missing something.

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

        I use google voice also. I’ve completely switched to making my Google voice my primary number that o give out. NEVER pay for txting again!

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          i don’t use google voice much… i tried it for a while.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      i’ll have to check that out…!

  • http://abrahamchronicles.com dustin

    You pretty much hit all of my favorites: Tweetbot, Evernote, Things, Instagram, WordPress and Dropbox — all my favorites.

    I also dig Google Voice as well.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      sweet! i use them every day.

  • http://www.geekforhim.com Matthew Snider

    Great list brother, I have had or have all of them at one time or another!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      don’t have a top list?

  • http://jonwellman.com @jonwellman

    I draft posts in Evernote, use Toodledo for my GTD, CalenGoo for Google Calendar, and YouVersion for Bible reading. I also use HootSuite when I want to update Twitter and Facebook (personal and work) simultaneously.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      ah. have to check a few of these out…!

  • http://lugoslogos.wordpress.com Dan

    Moleskine? I had no idea, before. I have it on my iPad, after.

    • http://lugoslogos.wordpress.com Dan

      Alright, after about 25 minutes, I don’t find this to be a very intuitive app. I had to look up a video (appfreak.com) to see how to edit. I got that down, but once inside navigating between pages is slow, switching between text and drawing is clunky, and there’s no portrait mode!

      Of course, this may work better for iPhone than iPad, but I’m sticking to Evernote for my electronic notes, and paper Moleskines for the rest!

      • http://john.do John Saddington

        i love me some paper moleskines… for sure! that over any app any day!

        • http://Lugoslogos.wordpress.com Dan

          I did just get SimpleMind+ and it is a great thought mapping tool! This is how I do all my brainstorming on paper, so I’m sure it’s gonna work its way into my life.

          • http://john.do John Saddington

            let me check that out too.

  • http://lifexpresseddigitally.me/blog Brian Alexander

    As far as #17 goes. I prefer Feedly.

    You mentioned before about staying in the black as much as possible. I don’t have a blogging income, so I stick to free services as much as possible. Desktop/Web sync as well. Works great in my workflow. I use it daily.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      love this. yes. don’t spend money if you can help it!

  • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

    I used to use Things. It has a beautiful, intuitive interface. But I couldn’t handle the lack of cloud sync. They have been working on it for two years and still don’t have it—at least they didn’t the last I checked. In the meantime, I am using Nozbe. The developer is very responsive, constantly pushing out updates. The cloud sync makes it a can’t-live-without-it app.

    Thanks for a great post. Some really good stuff here.

  • kevin

    I use several of those – great stuff for sure. Big fan of Google Voice, Dragon Dictation and Highrise (a client management system from 37Signals). A friend told me about Momento, to capture milestones in my kids’ lives – still figuring it out.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      ah, dragon dictation. didn’t seem to work very well for me.

  • http://www.mikekey.com Mike Key

    Awesome list man. But if I could make changes, I’d have to replace Things with Wunderlist, it’s a free app that also has a Mac client and web version that all snyc together. It’s just as useful as Things with a few more features.

    Also, I’d replace reader with Pulse, as it’s my personal favorite app to use on my iPad for reading.

    I’ve been personally disappointed with the WordPress iOS app. But what can you do, no one has produced a quality app for WordPress yet. Especially for iPad users. I’ve been fiddling around with a concept myself that would use the functions in Standard Theme.

    I know WooThemes created an app, hoping maybe you guys take up the challenge. We’ll see.

    Love the post, retweeting.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      a few others here like pulse, for sure.

      ;) thanks for the RT mike!

  • Brandon

    I agree with all of those…I don’t have a phone that supports apps so I guess I have to wait! haha. I have used the wordpress app on my parents’ phones, and it is awesome!

    By the way, I am running a free ad contest: http://bigb94.wordpress.com/2011/05/26/free-ad-contest-of-june

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      oh, sweet!

  • http://www.davidsantistevan.com David Santistevan

    So many amazing things here. Some extra ones I use are Mobile RSS, Action Method, & Mail Chimp (for newsletter tracking).

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      action method is a popular one too. i’ve used it but didn’t stick with it.

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

      I like the action method interface, but got frustrated with their free version limitations.

      • http://john.do John Saddington

        this is true. i didn’t like having to pay for it since i already paid for the physical booklets….

  • http://Twiiter.com/jclaytor jonathan

    Great list, I’m always on the look out for more cool apps to try.

    One of the coolest I’ve been using with friends and family lately is HeyTell. It’s free iPhone-iPhone push to talk messaging. Way easier than texting.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      ah! i use heytell with my wife!

  • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

    Great recommendations. For some reason, I do way too much research on premium apps. Since most are so cheap, I should probably just jump in and try a few out. I’m on a quest for the perfect note-taking app :)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      ah.. i used notes native for a long time…

    • http://Lugoslogos.wordpress.com Dan

      This is the hardest for me! I tried Notes, Notes Plus, which were both a little disappointing. Then I hope Moleskine would be amazing, but not so much. So far I’m sticking to Evernote, and am trying out SimpleMind+ for mind mapping. If you find the perfect note app, send it to me! @lugoslogos

      • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

        I’ll definitely keep you posted :)

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

      I can’t see why anyone would need any other note taking app besides Evernote. Nothing else I’ve seen even comes close.

      • http://john.do John Saddington

        google docs is a popular one in colleges and universities.

  • http://ichrch.com Rich Langton

    Great list – I use most of them too. The other app I find randomly useful is the Dragon Dictation app. It’s great for a quick note when I have my hands doing something else (like driving)… here’s a link it… http://ichr.ch/36

    • http://john.do John Saddington


      a few others mentioned it and i haven’t had much success with it. perhaps i need to try again.

  • http://mikesingletary.wordpress.com Mike Singletary

    For my feed reader, I use MobileRSS. I love this app. The interface is so sleek and it is fully loaded. Love the full screen reading.
    For my Twitter app, I use Echofon Pro. Love being able to click links, @usernames, etc. from main timeline. Also, super easy integration with ReadItLater.
    For notes, I use Evernote. Havent tried Moleskin, but based on the reviews, I dont even think I want to. And I also don’t need another app to use, when Evernote works just fine. I’ve organized the mess out of my folders and stacks.
    I use Things as well, and I really like it, but like Mike Hyatt, I would really really love to see them implement a better sync feature. But after paying so much for it, I hate to leave it.
    I also like using Momento for those personal notes/journalings during the day. Love how it incorporates all of my social netwrok feeds into each day.

  • http://www.Lbgtmsf.com Ted Werth

    I’ve become a fan of Nozbe. It syncs with the website app. Both apps are very good. It is set up for GTD. I’m not a strict GTD practitioner but I do employ some of the philosophy and find Nozbe works really well.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      a few people mentioned this one. i’ll have to check it out.

  • http://gbrenna.com Graham

    I read up on things app. That looks like a life transformation app. Might be investing soon!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      yes. it’s awesome.

  • http://scatteredblogger.com Joshua Chase

    I couldn’t agree more with your selection, although I use “analytics pro” for my analytics, it’s amazing. I think it was like $4.99. Great line-up, I couldn’t live without evernote. Not a huge fan of the WordPress app though..

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      is analytics pro worth it?

  • Greg Herman

    As a beginning blogger, I find this kind of post very helpful. Thanks for sharing. FYI: I have a few friends that are interested in blogging. Yours is always the first blog I recommend to them.

    • http://john.do John Saddington


      wow. what a compliment! thanks so much for that!

      don’t forget a gravatar: http://john.do/gravatar/

  • http://ragamuffinpc.com PC

    I am going to give the moleskine app a try. I have moved my notes over to there. The only thing I haven’t liked so far is I cant figure out a way to make “Plain” my default paper style. Do you know how to do that or if that is even possible?

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      hmm. i’m not sure. let me take a look.

  • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

    One I just thought of that I use a lot: SimplyNoise.
    It’s a free white noise generator. Plug in the headphones and I have an instant “concentration zone” no matter where I am.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      let me check this out.

      • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

        The interface is a little confusing – but if you check out the web app at http://www.simplynoise.com then it should make more sense.

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          checking now.

  • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

    Evernote all the way. I also like Posterous for photo sharing on multiple sites.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      i’ve abandoned posterous.

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

        Me too… =\

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          i actually just deleted it (finally) this morning…!

  • http://thisismethinking.com Darrell

    Great list dude. It looks like you get a lot out of that device. I didn’t realize that Moleskine had an app, but I am glad i know now. Thanks for the tips.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      sure thing darrell!

  • Greg Corliss

    Springpad, beats evernote hands down.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      ah. i’ve heard more than a few people say that.

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

    John, I have to say this list is pretty good. But I just want you to know I cried a little bit inside to hear your losing interest in Evernote. Don’t be led astray John!! lol

    I try to keep my iPhone as simple, and non-redundant as possible. Meaning ONE reader app, ONE tasks list app, ONE, note-taking app, and only as many social media management apps as necessary. However, I will admit I probably have a dozen apps on my phone that I never use (and likely never will) but just have them for the aesthetic they create. Lol

    Apps I couldn’t live without: Evernote, Twitter, Facebook, The Bible (YouVersion), WordPress, Quicklytics, Instagram, & Google Voice.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      yeah… i gave it a good run. it’s still a great app but i’m trying to streamline all that i do… and i found it a bit unnecessary since i was doing cloud backup with dropbox which i am required to use much more.

      found a unique workflow and it fits.


  • http://www.ryancard.com Ryan Card

    Love Reeder! Use it on my Mac, iPhone and iPad. Also a big fan of Evernote and the Bible App (You Version). I’m also addicted to Tweetbot! Can’t believe I went so long without it!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      tweetbot is amazing…!