Blogging on the train
For my recent birthday, I asked for money towards an iPad. I’d played with my sister’s and decided I wanted one for myself, with its super-fast Internet access. I felt very pleased and excited – until the iPad arrived. I’m such a writing obsessive that I missed a proper keyboard and plunged into self-doubt. Had I just stupidly spent hundreds of pounds on, well, a toy? Should I have bought a laptop instead?
I’ve since got over that wobble and have used my iPad every single day. This bit of technology is now a credible blogging option and very useful on my travels (see picture above), but it took a bit of time and thinking to get there, so I thought I’d share my experiences in case you have the iPad glint in your eye.
A wireless keyboard
I bought the Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad after reading many enthusiastic reviews about it. It has been really great. I can even use this set up propped on my lap when I’m lounging on the sofa! The keyboard and display unit fold up really neatly, when you’re not using them:
Yep, this has definitely been a winner. Some would argue that if I need to invest in a keyboard to go with my iPad, shouldn’t I have just bought a laptop? Well, I only use the keyboard when I have serious amounts of typing to do and the iPad is SO great for casually slipping into your tote bag. A new laptop would mean a proper laptop bag, more weight and… For now, I’m delighted with my Logitech keyboard. I wouldn’t write a novel with this, but I would write a blog post!
The next challenge I came across is that I couldn’t upload photos from my iPad to WordPress. I don’t mind admitting, there have been a few needs on my iPad that have required an app. An app here, another one there, a slow dribble of money… Apple aren’t stupid, are they?! Anyway, I invested in the Blogsy app for £2.99 and it’s been great. I can upload photos, write blog posts in a cafe, send them live. You just need to do a tiny bit of new learning to use this app, but otherwise I’d say it’s a corker.
One other things to bear in mind: If you want Internet access on the train or out and about when you can’t lock onto a wireless supplier, you’re going to have to pay extra for mobile data access. With Vodafone, I buy in £5 chunks.
I hope this may have helped some of you! I’d love to know if anyone has other hints and tips to share. I’m all about the hints and tips. Or do you have an opinion on tablet devices? The work of the devil or something you just can’t live without?