All of these applications would serve bloggers well. How well depends on the need of the blogger.
When I first started this I thought I would end up using MarsEdit, which has a spectacularly simple and comfortable interface that’s hard to beat. After a few tests, that changed, and I thought I’d end up going with Ecto (even though the bulk of this set of reviews was written using MarsEdit) because of its features. While Ecto is the most feature rich out of the box, the stability problems I encountered were bothersome enough to steer me away. MacJournal, too, is a spectacular tool, but its lack of focus on blogging means some of the tools I’d like to have aren’t available, at least not comfortably. Still, this one’s under strong consideration.
For the moment, I’ve settled on using Flock with the ScribeFire plugin installed. I’ve always liked Flock, at least after getting used to its interface, and ScribeFire is good enough to give any of the paid applications a run for their money in many respects. The combination also means almost by-default integration with the social web. Since I’m looking to be more productive, and also better connected, I think this combination will serve me best. Nevertheless, as a writer, I’m also still strongly considering MacJournal due to its interface. It overlaps in certain ways with applications like Scrivener and ScribeFire, but it does so because it serves as such a great writing platform.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this set of reviews and found them useful. If you have any questions or comments on these applications (especially if you’ve been using them) or if you know of other applications I might be interested in trying, please take a minute to comment.