Guide: How to Blog on Your GALAXY Note II

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Blogging isn't just blogging any more. When it kicked off over a decade ago, you only had a handful of options for publishing your thoughts online and managing the complex worlds of the associated web hosting, while organising your images and video and more was a complex, time consuming and often expensive task.

But that's all history.

Nowadays you can smash together a blog in seconds, using one of today's modern, simpler, personal publishing tools, that supply you with all the space, templates and tools needed to express yourself to your audience, whether that audience consists of 25,000 daily readers or just your mum.

The GALAXY Note II's generous screen and S Pen also let you handle more complex design tasks, meaning you can get your personal "online brand identity" sorted and updated without even having to leave bed.

Here's what you need to get your blog on in style.

 

Wordpress

Free

If you've plumped for Wordpress as the backend for your blog, there's an excellent Android app designed specifically to update it from a mobile phone.

You can upload images, specify default sizes, edit the positions and more, plus once something's live it even lets you filter and approve comments within the app, making it easy to navigate through and bin the endless stream of spam comments that clog up most Wordpress blogs these days.

 

Blogger

Free

Google's old Blogger portal was how a lot of people first cut their teeth and fingers on the personal blogging circuit, and the tool has survived in the form of a very useful Android app.

It imports all your old Blogger accounts, then offers a full and straightforward way to update your blog from phone. It integrates with Android's sharing menu too, so simply opening a photo in the Gallery and sharing it via the Blogger app is enough to automatically embed it in a new post that's ready for uploading.

 

Photoshop Touch for phone

£2.99

If you want to actually work on designing the look your blog yourself, you should get a professional image-editing tool on your Note II. Adobe's Photoshop series has long been the favoured picture manipulation option of the professional photography and design crowd, and yes, there's an Android version.

Called Photoshop Touch, this lets you work on layered documents on your mobile, supporting Adobe's cloud service for syncing mobile and desktop versions of files -- letting you seamlessly switch from working on your PC to fiddling about with graphics on your phone.

 

Little Photo

Free

For an easier way to edit your Note II's images prior to chucking them up on a blog, try Little Photo. It's a simple, free app that adds a variety of filters to your shots.

Unlike rivals like Instagram, it doesn't try to get you to upload photos to its own service -- you just save them to your phone's memory and are free to share them in any of Android's usual ways. Effects can be layered and multiplied, too, creating some wildly odd results.

 

Justin.tv Broadcaster

Free

If you are ready to take it to the NEXT LEVEL, there's this. Justin.tv is a personal video broadcaster, letting you use your smartphone as a miniature recording studio so you can video blog, live, from your phone.

All you need is a bit of Blu-tak to hold your phone up, then the world's your potential audience. Videos are streamed via the web, so anyone with a PC or Mac can enjoy whatever you're rambling into your phone's camera, leaving comments beside it in a continually updating stream. It is one for the brave.

 

Tumblr

Free

One of the more recent blogging portals is Tumblr, which makes collating words, text, pictures and videos amazingly simple. The Android app lets users share anything from their phone's memory to their personal Tumblr page, complete with an easily accessible Home screen widget for the ultimate in impulsive, one-press blogging action.

You don’t even need to add your own words, making it an ideal way to clip images, videos and short pieces of text for your own personal amusement.

 

Writer

Free

If you need to get into some sort of magical quiet space in order to churn out your best SEO ready content, try Writer.

It's a simple mobile word processor that ditches most of the options that usually clutter up the more professional old word processing tools, for a clean, crisp layout that emphasises only the very, very important and meaningful things you want to say on the internet. It's a minimalist thing for people who consider writing an art, rather than a painful chore to be endured.

 

SwiftKey Keyboard

£2.99

If your idea of blogging is simply to churn out as much content in as little time as possible, SwiftKey will help meet today’s word count target.

It analyses your writing style by reading through your existing SMS messages, social network posts and even any RSS feeds you may have populated with older content, creating a database that can be used to predict the next word you're about to type. It also uses gesture input, letting bloggers write without lifting a finger by simply drawing on the screen. It'll boost productivity by at least 17.4 percent.

 

Pocket

Free

Pocket's a great app for saving and managing little snippets and articles you want to blog about at some point in the future.

The clever thing here is the way it syncs your content between phone and desktop, so anything you've saved to the app during your working day will automatically be there on your phone ready for blogging up and linking to later. It's also a gorgeous app that's a great little mobile reading choice on its own, too.

 

Google Analytics

Free

Of course, there's not much fun in blogging if you don't know if anyone's actually reading your words or not. Which is why you might want to get Google's ultra-nerdy Analytics working on your phone, and instantly open up an enormous world of technical analysis for any site you've added to its database.

The Android app is as fully featured as the desktop site, giving you visitor counts, page referral stats, pretty little charts and more, all helping boost morale and make it all seem... worthwhile.