As you’ve probably guessed, I like to do as much work on my iPad as possible, and that includes blogging. While Simplenote is fine for banging out the text of a post, I’ve been looking for a more complete blogging solution for my iPad, something that would allow me to do the entire process, from creation to publishing. The WordPress app is okay for text, but as I said in a previous review, it falls down when adding images.
I was browsing the App Store and ran across Blogsy. It has great reviews, and it seemed to have all the features I was looking for, and it was only $4.99. That made it worth a try.
To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. It may be fine for updating a personal┬áBlog, but I found it inadequate for writing and publishing to something like Gadgetell.
The post creation screen is reasonably user-friendly. I was able to figure out the options quickly enough. You’ve got lots of formatting capability. See the toolbar along the right side? That allows you to create links, add photos, videos and easily add any of those elements to your post.
So all looks good, but when I started working with Blogsy, I ran into some issues. Back to the screen shot of creating a new post. See the arrow on the side? When you look at the HTML view, that’s a random “p” tag which the app inserted. It doesn’t just add one “p” tag. When I finished my post and saved it before uploading, it added extra tags between every paragraph. So the HTML of my post looked like this in WordPress.
I had to go back and manually remove each of those breaks. If there was a way to stop the app from doing that, I couldn’t find it, and I read all the formatting instructions I could find on the Blogsy site. When I create the text of posts in Simplenote (like I’m doing for this one), I can get clean text that easily copies and pastes into WordPress.
However, even assuming I could solve the formatting issues, I ran into the biggest show stopper for me. When I tried to add tags to my post in Blogsy, the app crashed. Apparently both this site and TeleRead have too many tags saved, and Blogsy can’t deal with them all.
So, if you don’t mind fixing formatting and want to use the app for your personal blog, it might work. But if you want to use it to post to a busy site with lots of users and tags, it might not be the app for you.