There are some days (which can quickly turn into weeks, and subsequently turn into months) when bloggers have time for everything except blogging in itself.
I know, the irony!
Your computer is packed with distractions: blinking icons in the system tray, chiming reminders, endless social media possibilities.
Distraction-free text editors are useful if you want to write in a relaxed environment without interruption from graphical toolbars, reminder beeps, distracting interfaces and so on.
Every successive release of Microsoft Word comes with even more bells and whistles and you often find yourself spending more time with the menus than actually writing.
As I mentioned a few times, I easily find myself writing on the go. Winter will add an added layer of trickiness, as fingers are practically frozen and most phone-touch gloves are a joke.
Many of us have some kind of writing to do during the course of the workday, but how do you get down to some serious typing with so many distractions around?
These mobile and desktop apps tackle the problem head-on, stripping down the old word processor concept to its essential parts and enabling you to focus on the words.
As walking gets my creative brain spin round, I quite efficiently manage to line up a blogpost or two thanks to ‘Blogo ‘.
Blogo is not a new app, but it has surely improved since its early days. Blogo works with my beloved WordPress, as well as Blogger and WordPress.com
For a practical minimalist like yours truly, minimising the number of steps that need to be taken to write, edit and schedule a post can be longer than expected.
Here’s where Blogo comes in handy.
From writing to formatting and editing, Blogo combines pretty cool features (such as featured images, GIFS and excerpts) with a simple interface.
Most times when I am in WordPress I tend to get stuck into extra tasks, such as selecting images and formatting.
Blogo’s distraction-free environment really helps me focus – extra brownie points for the option to see a real, live preview.
I also believe that Blogo can help new bloggers to get better acquainted with the different functionalities of their blog.
I currently use Blogo on my Mac and iPhone to keep my blog in sync – unfortunately, I am yet to hack the offline mode when I hit the underground, but I am hoping that’ll be sorted soon.
If you want to get all fancy you can use the “Send to Blogo” share extension and make it easy to add content from other apps or websites / blogs…and did I mention you can add GIFS on the go?
Keeping it simple
Typed is another great Mac option – it has all the basics you’ll need like word count and auto-save, but you can fade out everything but the current paragraph for that focus-power mode.
There’s even a special Zen Mode complete with sound effects and inspirational quotes for the hardcore writers.
Calmly Writer is another browser app that’s available both free and paid-for. It includes focus mode just like Typed, and you get some basic image import options, as well as a choice of two fonts to do your writing in.