For some people, holding an iPad while walking on the street is probably only a symbol of existence. For children whose parents are fortunate enough to afford one of these Apple’s babies, iPad could be just a fancy toy to play around. But for me iPad is a validation of my status as full time blogger. Somehow I was hoping with the little gadget I could blog wherever I went without having had to carry the laptop. But blogging from iPad turned out pretty annoying.
I gave up for the first few months thinking that my iPad could only function as my grocery list note, digital organizer and browsing. As a matter of fact I, once, thought of giving it up for a sowing machine! Can you believe that? Well I am glad I didn’t do it. Because I finally found the secret. So here are the 5 must have FREE apps to make blogging from iPad more fun and easier.
1. Line Camera
This is a great photo editor that I just found from a friend’s recommendation. The screen is similar to Instagram but it has better features. There are many things to do with your photo using this app. Line Camera has effect editor to make your photo brighter, darker, in vintage look or in various other styles. It also has collection of frames and patterns you can add into your photo. It has a great inventory of stamps to decorate your photo, wide selection of fonts to add words and once you finished you also get to share it with your social network like Facebook or Twitter.
2. Pic n Pic
Pic n Pic is another photo editor with strength in collages. There are various types of collage you can choose from with selection of frames. I like to combine the use of this app with Line Camera.
These days Instagram is not only a photo editor but also a social network on its own. People follow each other and it provides button to be placed in your blog just like Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. Although it doesn’t have elaborate features like Line Camera, I think Instagram is a must have app for it’s nature as social network.
Some themes like mine can’t open your normal post editor pad in iPad and instead open the Html one. Hence you need to have a bit of knowledge in coding to be able to arrange your paragraphs. But this one is manageable. How about pictures? Even if your theme’s post editor opens in normal pad you will still have trouble to insert pictures. This is where Photobucket app comes in handy. You can upload photos from your gallery to your Photobucket album and obtain it’s code to embed it in your post.
5. Social Network
Because blogging is all about networking you must have social network apps ready for you in your iPad. In mine I have Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, G+ and LinkedIn. You can add more depending on your own social network. My suggestion is to only install social network apps that you use more often. With these apps readily set up, sharing your blog post is as easy as flipping hand.
Finger crossed once you get your hands on these apps, blogging from iPad can be addictive. Check out my post here, which I did from my iPad and have the above apps integrated in it. Looks like fun isn’t it?
Biography: My name is Rina, a mom of two notorious yet adorable little boys who jump around and run around all the time. A former hotelier who quits the corporate ladder to join the stay at home mom troops and embraces full time blogging. I blog at www.cutecoconut.com and I still have my sanity.