Blogging seems to be what everyone is doing these days. FaceTime and Twitter are a form of blogging. Blogs are easy to setup, easy to manage, and can be as free as you want. What do professional bloggers use to write their blogs?
The Desktop Blog Editor
For Mac users, the blogging tool of choice is MarsEdit, a professional level application that serves as the writing platform, complete with previews, and one-click publishing.
There’s a cheaper way to blog, of course. Simply login to Tumblr, or Blogger, or a WordPress site and enter text the old fashioned way.
The problem with that all too common method is the danger of losing content when the web connection disappears.
Or, worse, not being able to write when you’re completely offline, not to mention previews, rich text, and other blogger requirements.
MarsEdit starts life as the desktop blog editor on your Mac. Edit your content using Rich Text, or get geeky and tweak it all in HTML mode.
The interface is all Mac.
MarsEdit lets you store multiple drafts on your Mac and publish only when you’ve finished writing.
Use MarsEdit to login to and manage multiple blogs on multiple platforms.
The toolbar is elegant and self explanatory. Click to create a new blog post. Select a post and click to edit or delete.
MarsEdit can log in to your blog online and retrieve recent posts, change categories, edit, and re-publish.
There’s a built-in media browser so you can store photos and images locally on your Mac and then publish them within a blog post (which also scans iPhoto, Aperture, Lightroom, or Flickr).
For more geeky Mac users, MarsEdit also integrates with popular text editors, including BBEdit, TextWrangler, TextMate, and WriteRoom.
The option to write a full blog post, including embedded photos, without an internet connection is a valuable proposition. MarsEdit works with most online blogging platforms, and therein lies the only real rub.
Setting up a connection to publish your blog from MarsEdit is either easy, or complicated, depending on the service you use. Otherwise, using an app vs. using an open browser window is a no-brainer choice.