The downfall of Blogo as I see it
When Blogo first came out I jumped on the bandwagon of an amazing new app. As a matter of fact, I still feel that it outdoes many of the other apps I use when it comes to certain things. The problem does not lie in the concept of the app itself, it lies in the execution of a regime switch and addition of the app to the now popular subscription service for Mac apps called SetApp (which I subscribe to and find it one of the coolest things I have ever paid for)
The best place to start it obviously at the beginning so this may be a longer post than usual.
In the beginning Blogo was an amazing app. It didn’t have the main feature I love about it at the time, but it was a breath of fresh air for those of us who blog and also use Evernote. I could manage my comments and posts for multiple blogs (if so needed) and the mobile app was just a good as the desktop application, which is hard to find sometimes. I was hooked from the very beginning.
I joined the beta testers group, I wrote a testimonial for the product that was on their website. I recommended the app to everyone that I knew that blogged – especially those who also used Evernote. The developer was great about releasing updates and keeping us all informed. Things were going great and it looked like I had finally found the app that I could stick with long term.
This was the norm for quite a while and then things started to get wonky. Users main point of contact via Twitter and the Slack group fell off the radar shortly after the Media Search and subscription model were announced. Questions started to go unanswered and the Slack group was and still is filled will unanswered questions. Still I persisted. I love the app and I was hoping that things would turn around.
Months went by and there was a new face communicating with us via Slack. Twitter is still silent. The new communication got me excited that good things were coming since the app had just joined up with SetApp (I’ll be writing a different post about this cool service in the near future). I figured that since they were part of the service that there were cool things coming down the pipe – and to be honest there probably are, they are just taking forever and not being conveyed to end users.
Then the latest mobile app update happened. The navigation was the same but the one thing that I can’t do without on mobile is predictive text. With a smaller keyboard it’s super important and losing it with the update rendered the iOS app useless to me. I need to be able to grab my phone and type wherever I am. I don’t always have the ability to take out the MBP or the iPad Pro and the keyboard and type. The phone is easy and essential. I no longer had that with the update.
I reached out to support and was assured that they were working on it. Still a member of the beta program, I deleted the regular app and downloaded the beta to see if that fixed it. No such luck. I contacted support again and got essentially the same answer and while their response time was good, they had nothing to tell me except that it was being worked on. Which I completely understand and I know that it takes time to work out bugs. What I don’t understand is that when you have multiple users letting you know this is an issue, why is it not a priority? After waiting a while longer I started to move my blogging projects over to Ulysses (which up until now I had really only used for my longer writing projects).
I don’t want this to come across as a bitch sessions, but I do want to let people know that you should always have a backup plan. I didn’t really have one and it has been a complete pain in the ass switching all my stuff over. (The pain in the ass is because of the way I have my stuff structured. It was relatively easy to get out of Blogo since I had my posts synced with Evernote and super easy to get into the new software I’m using which is Ulysses because I could import ENEX files directly into the program).
So where does all this leave me in regards to Blogo? I still enjoy the app and occasionally will re-download it to see if they have made any fixes. My current workflow includes Ulysses for blogging which does entail a few extra steps when posting to multiple blogs as there is no mirroring availability in the app. Blogo handles this very well with no extra step via the Medium website to approve and publish posts. I am able to hit Publish and my post is sent to both WordPress and Medium with one click. The mirroring is the one thing that I miss the most and when the problems I’m having with Blogo are remedied I will go running back. Not going to lie about it. I know I will so I’m not going to pretend that I’m not. Well, I guess I should say that unless Ulysses comes through with mirroring first. Should that happen there will be no need to switch back.
So I guess to close out the post I should try to give you final thoughts. So here goes:
- Blogo is an amazing app that has fallen victim to a regime change that isn’t going well in my opinion.
- The problem I am having is huge to me, but may not be to others. I still recommend the app and I still stand by the testimonial that I gave way back when. Just know going in that the same issue might creep up for you as well.
- Ulysses is also an amazing app which I used daily for writing my books.
- Ulysses has proven more than capable of being my full-time blogging app of choice even though it is missing some features from the other app. (Nothing is perfect, but Ulysses is damn near close to it).
- Markdown is available in both apps, but it is easier to use in Ulysses.
- If you do not like searching for images when posting, Blogo is going to be the better app since it has integrated media search.
Okay, enough of my bitching for now. Hopefully I will be able to post an update in the near future.