One of the beauties of blogging is its flexibility. I can blog on the go just about everywhere. All I need is a flat surface and 3 pieces of technology. One could even argue for just one, but I prefer all 3.
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This summer, I brought my iPad mini, Logitech keyboard, and iPhone 4S to the pool and worked on post drafts while my kids played in the pool with their friends. I also stayed on top of social media networking, though with some limitations. The only thing I couldn’t do was edit photos since I store all my images on an external drive attached to my laptop.
Blogging on the Go: Equipment
My first tool for blogging on the go is my iPhone 5S, a recent acquisition. Before that, I had the iPhone 4S for 2 years, and used it for blogging on the go. I loved to use my old phone for dictating recipes while I was working on them in the kitchen. I could capture everything as I went along and email it to myself for editing.
Unfortunately, the Dragon Dictation app doesn’t work correctly on my new iPhone 5S. No great loss since I have other options. I can dictate notes and posts in Evernote or in the WordPress app. I just started using the WordPress app to capture post drafts while putting together my editorial calendar.
The iPhone 5S’s camera is so much better than the 4S. I can use photos from my iPhone in posts if I want, and I have.
Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover Mini for iPad mini – Black
For a big birthday/Christmas/Mother’s Day gift, my husband treated me to an iPad mini through our mobile provider, Verizon. The iPad mini is big enough to use somewhat comfortably yet smaller enough to fit in my purse. I found a cute pink and white cover at my local Staples store to protect the iPad mini.
However, I couldn’t blog easily on the go without the Logitech keyboard for the iPad mini. This keyboard is sturdy! I’ve tucked it in my purse and in my pool bag. The keyboard layout is similar to the one on my laptop, making typing almost natural. The piece at the top of the keyboard is magnetic, making it easy to hook the iPad mini and keyboard together. The keyboard charges through a USB connection to my laptop.
The bluetooth connection for the Logitech keyboard was simple to set up. Connect the keyboard to the iPad mini physically and turn on the keyboard. Go into Settings, then Bluetooth on the iPad mini and wait for the iPad mini to find the keyboard. Once the connection is established, it remains on the iPad.
My only complaint is the iPad mini doesn’t always recognize the Logitech keyboard if the iPad has been inactive for awhile. I need to turn the keyboard off and on to re-establish the bluetooth connection. Once the connection is back, the on-screen keyboard slides down, and the iPad mini accepts commands from the Logitech keyboard.
Software for Blogging on the Go
For drafting posts and writing down ideas, I use Evernote. I have Evernote installed on my laptop, iPhone, and iPad mini. It syncs on a regular basis, including automatically when it’s in my home. When on the iPhone, I use the microphone feature to dictate post ideas or notes. I can add the appropriate tags and select the correct notebook for storage when I’m finished.
This summer at the pool, I typed in post drafts on the iPad mini. Without the distraction of Facebook and other social media, I could type a post draft quickly. I wrote up about 5 posts for August in July which was a big help as I was getting ready for back to school for my kids.
Dragon Dictation App
When I had my iPhone 4S, I discovered the Dragon Dictation App, a free app for the iPhone. I could dictate a recipe using the app and email it to my Evernote account. I loved the app! Unfortunately, the app doesn’t work correctly on my iPhone 5S.
WordPress App for the iPhone
However, on the iPhone 5S, I can dictate posts and post ideas through the WordPress App. When I do my monthly editorial calendar, as I write down the topics on the calendar, I do a quick draft post in the WordPress App about the idea, a note about a possible pinnable image, and anything else I think might be relevant for the post. Then I add the date and category. The app automatically syncs with my WordPress site on my hosting company, Fresh Roasted.