Friday, 4 January 2013

How do you do?

This is a bit of a post more for the bloggers out there, but don't click that cross just yet, I'll try and cover a couple of other bits, I promise.  

So, last year I was lucky enough to get myself an iPad. I'd worked a couple of gigs over the summer and decided to use the money to buy myself an iPad, my laptop at the time had just died a major death too, so it was an ideal time really.


Uploaded from the Photobucket iPad App
No posed at all I tell you, at all!

I bought it really with blogging in mind, I thought it would be great to be able to have a tool at my disposable that was completely mobile, I could use whilst travelling without having to lug an unwieldy laptop around and even though I couldnt afford to have a 3G option on it, I still use the word processing apps to jot ideas down, compose blog posts in draft and then copy and paste them into blogger when I have access to wifi.  

I've been asked several times now if an iPad is the right option for blogging. I'll be completely honest, compared to a laptop or desktop it can be a bit more challenging, but once I got the hang of it, I really enjoy using it for blogging. The only downside is that accessing blogger through the browser on an iPad means you can't use the "compose" function, or at least I haven't found it easy to, so I use the HTML option which for me is easier anyway, because I use photobucket to store all my photos and use a HTML link to upload photos, so it's pretty easy once you know how. The only thing lacking for me is that due to my limited HTML skills, my formatting can be a little haphazard, so I don't justify my text and centre my photos like I would if I was using a laptop. But with a few basics like knowing <p> is the code for paragraph, I find I can get by ok!

"Why don't you use an app?!" I can hear some of you crying! Well I have tried a couple of blogging apps, but I haven't found one that suits my needs yet, I don't like the way on the blogger app you can only put your pics at the bottom of the post, and not interspersed through the post. I've had similar problems with unofficial apps too, but, if you do know of one that works great for blogger and the iPad, please, please let me know, I'd be so interested in trying it out!

For more general use I've found the iPad invaluable, Poppy loves using it for games and movies, and I love using it for social media (y'all know I'm a twitter-holic) and browsing the web. Even my mum finds it easy to use and trust me, that's a miracle in itself.  So all in all I'd say if you're looking for a flexible, mobile option for blogging, you can't go wrong with an iPad.


Carphone Warehouse have a great selection of iPads  and tablets at the moment you can check them out here...

So indeed How do you do? What do you use to blog, are you a Desktop kind of blogger, a tablet or Laptop? 

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19 comments:

  1. I'm a 'laptop' girl, but that is mainly due to having one through work. I do have a desk top, and once I'm in my house, I'll be able to use it fully again!

    I've never really thought of a tablet as an option, but I'm sure that when I get settled in my home I'll have a better idea of what my needs are!!

    Thanks for the insight my dear xxx

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    1. You're very welcome. I think in an ideal world we'd all like the luxury of a couple of options, like an office with a fabulous desk and desktop when you're feeling all professional go-gettery and then a tablet/laptop for lazy casual blogging on the sofa! lol x x

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  2. I use my laptop and occasionally my iPhone with the blogger app, I agree that it's so annoying to only be able to put pictures at the end of the post-I usually get straight on the laptop and edit the photos when I get a chance. I too wish that the blogger app was more advanced. Xxx

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    1. Here's hoping they improve it! X x

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  3. I officially feel so old school. I blog on my giant, wieldy PC. Yep, a desktop pc, mainly because I'm a gamer and when I owned a laptop in uni I umm.... stepped on it a few times!

    I'd never really thought about an iPad or equivalent as a blogging tool, its an interesting concept. It'd be nice to get things down when you're out and about. Hmmm.

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    1. Ooops! To be fair, mine finally said goodby because of repeated dropping incidents! My husband has a really old PC which still serves him well to this day, and if I could be bothered to sit up in the office all night I'd use it more, but I like getting holed up on the sofa for the night, iPad on my knee! It's definitely a great tool for travelling, but I know not everyone can afford, so a good old note book and pen don't do too bad a job! X x

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  5. My first try to comment with Google+ failed miserably, so here goes the second :D

    I use both Eee PC netbook and desktop computer. I prefer to read and comment on first and use desktop for photo-editing and most of publishing.

    I've never tried iPad, but am pretty curious. How easy is it to type on it? I'm so used to keyboards. Not sure if I'd be able to "type" on touchscreen as fast as I'd like :)

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    1. I was surprised how quickly I got used to the keyboard, and how quickly I forgot how to use a normal keyboard! The layout is exactly the same just a bit smaller! I think with any new purchase like this, it's worth going into a shop and having a try first and see how you get on with it x x

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    2. Oooh, that's great to know! Thank you!

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  6. This was really interesting to read because I've always wondered how iPads fair against using them for things like this rather than playing games etc. Do you not find it odd not having a proper keyboard to type on?
    I'd be worried if I had one I'd be too distracted by Angry Birds and Chuzzles to use it for sensible things hehe.
    xxx

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    1. I think you get used to the keyboard pretty fast, but I know what you mean about the distractins ;). X x

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  7. Interesting post, thank you! I use my iPad and laptop fairly equally. The wordpress app means you can only post pics top and bottom too but I use safari to add in pics and format instead. It is a bit fiddlier at first but now I've got the hang of it its fine. One thing that I've found useful is a bluetooth iPad keyboard case, I quickly and it's made life so much easier! I got it for Xmas and theres a pic on my Xmas in photos post if you'd like to see!

    xxx

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    1. That's great thanks Sheona, I'll be sure to check it out x x

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  8. I've had my iPad for about a week now and I'm finding the Blogger and Wordpress apps so frustrating. I tried the Blogsy app and its alright but I hate the layout of it. It's good though as you can add any platform to it and manage multiple blogs. CloudOn is good if you want to use Microsoft Office program's like Word. Hopefully someone can recommend a really good one that doesn't cost loads of money. Xxx

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    1. I'll have a look at the ones you've mentioned Hayley, like you day hope someone recommends, or develops a more user friendly app for blogging! X x

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  9. Just use my laptop. I am pretty simple, so it works for me.

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    1. Ha ha, I'm sure you're not that simple ;) I actually do miss my laptop, I wish I could have both, but until I've won the lottery I think we're dreaming! X x

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