This post is the first in my blogging resources on an iPad Pro series, you dno’t actually need an iPad to use most of them but if you do then these posts may give you some ideas on how you can use your iPad for blogging if you don’t already. A lot of the resources I’m going to be talking about are things you can do on a PC too so don’t worry if iPadOS or macOS is not your operating system of choice.
Drafts is a note/writing app that I use for taking down ideas really fast either by typing them out as when you open the app itself it opens onto a fresh notes page every time, or alternatively via my Apple Watch where I can quickly dictate an idea which Drafts will then save as text. I love this app, I’ve mentioned it in a blog post before but I really cannot stress how much I use this. It’s just *so* fast at enabling you to get your ideas down that it almost makes it impossible to forget anything. It’s also free which is fantastic considering how brilliant this app is.
iA Writer is an app soon to be featured in my new apps March post as it’s one that I’ve only been using for around a week. That being said, it took me about 5 minutes to realise what the hype I had been reading was about and I was instantly glad I made the purchase. At £8.99 it’s a little pricey (imo) but you do get the both the iPhone and iPad version for that price. I do love the layout and typing experience it gives you. It’s a very clean, easy to use writing app and it somehow makes me feel more focused when I’m writing which, I absolutely cannot complain about. The Mac version is a steep £28.99, which I almost didn’t purchase. However, it’s a brilliant blogging resource on the iPad Pro and the Mac and as I use both for writing it made sense to me. I was previously using Drafts for my blog post writing, using Markdown Mail to then email the post to myself before copying and pasting into Squarespace but I have found that having a dedicated writing app specifically for my blog posts has helped organise things for me. I’m big on organisation and finding things that make your life easier and so separating my ideas from my actual writing made sense. Now I use Drafts for my ideas and quick thoughts I need to jot down and iA Writer for my blog post writing and I can’t see myself ever looking back.
Grammarly is a blogging resource that is literally a lifesaver when it comes to spell and grammar checking my writing. I have the keyboard installed on my iPhone, iPad Pro and Mac. I also have the app itself on my Mac and it’s a great tool for blogging especially.
Title Case is the website I use for checking titles to make sure I’ve capitalised in the right places. I get this right 9/10 times but it’s always nice to check. It’s like spellcheck, better to be safe than sorry.
I hope these resources have been helpful, please let me know if you have any others in the comments below and keep an eye out for the next Blogging Resources post!