I have talked before about how to blog with your iPhone using the Blogpress app (see here). I found that app the easiest way to blog on platforms such as WordPress. However, it was a little time consuming which is why I went looking for alternatives. The iPhone app that I have been using the last few weeks is Posterous which posts to the website of the same name (see here). Both the app and setting up a blog on the website is free of charge. In fact you can add as many different blogs as you like and then easily switch between them on the iPhone app. I have it set up so that when I post a posterous blog it will tweet a link to the blog as well put it on the wall of my Facebook. An added bonus, it will also cross-blog it onto my original iPhone WordPress blog over at www.richardbarrow.com
When you are ready to post a blog, you just have to type a title, write a caption and then choose which pictures to upload. You can also post videos. In settings you get a choice of different picture and video quality. Once uploaded, you will see on the website that you get the first picture full size and then the rest as small thumbnails. Unlike Blogpress, you cannot write a caption under each photo. I am now using this photo service on twitter instead of twitpic. You can find your blog at posterous.com or do like I did and have a domain point to it instead. Here is my website www.MyThaiPhotos.com where I am posting pictures from the Posterous app.
Another iPhone app for posting pictures that I have been playing with is Instagram. Again this app is free. This one is a bit different as you can produce stylised pictures with the help of numerous filters. There is also a built-in tilt-shift option to make things like cars and buildings look like models. I haven’t been playing with this one for too long but I am already hooked on it. By playing around with colours you can turn a badly exposed picture into a work of art. The only downside that I can see is that they don’t have their own blog platform and you have to view your photos and your friends’ on the app itself. However, it is possible to tweet to individual pictures and also to post onto Facebook. There is also an option to post to a tumblr blog.
Probably the most popular blog around at the moment is Tumblr. Again this is a free app for the iPhone and you can sign up for free blogs on their website of the same name (see here). Blogging is very straightforward even for the novice. As you can see you can blog a variety of different media. However, unlike the Posterous app, it seems that you can only post one picture at a time. However, if you log in on the web interface it looks like you can post as many as you like in one go. Out of the two blogging apps, I think I like Posterous better. But, I think I will keep my Tumblr blog to host the Instagram pictures. Like Posterous, your blog is at a Tumblr.com address but you can use your own domain if you like. My Tumblr blog is www.ThaiPhotoBox.com.
Let me know in the comments if you use any of these apps or if you have suggestions for a different one that does a better job.