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.
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?