Blogging on iPad: A Do or a Don't?

Dale Henry has blogged about the pros and cons of a biblical counselling degree and is working towards becoming a sonogram tech . When the iPad debuted just a few short months ago, many said it would change computing forever. Some predicted that like cell phones did to land lines; it would make computing a portable venture and would eventually render traditional computers obsolete. Whether that happens still remains to be seen, but its potential to be taken on the go and do many of the functions of a regular computer certainly is enticing, particularly for a specific group of computer users who would benefit from being able to compute anywhere — bloggers. Does this potential actual pan out? Currently, it’s a little bit each of yes and no.
Blogging on the go
When inspiration strikes, being able to take advantage of it — and scoop the competition — is key for most bloggers. The iPad does, to some extent, allow for users to work from almost anywhere. Composing in Notes or similar word processing programs is no problem. To me, the iPad keyboard feels natural, but for those who do not like it, compatible keyboards (including some that fold up nicely for portability) can be purchased for as little as $30. Shop around and try one that fits you the best.
The iPad’s image capture capabilities are also appealing; wouldn’t it be great to have your word processor and image/video capture device all in one reasonably compact and portable device?
As for actually blogging, more and more blogging platforms have created apps for the iPad (and some even for the iPhone) that allow users to access their accounts from these mobile devices. WordPress was the first, but most of the other popular blog hosts have joined the fray as well.
Can you actually use it to blog?
Well…it kind of depends on what you want to be able to do while away from a traditional computer. Though the iPad has made several big improvements to its operating system since its debut to make it more intuitive and user friendly, it simply is not as good of a platform for blogging as a laptop or PC; you just can’t do as much on it as easily or as quickly. Something as simple and essential as adding links can be a chore, as switching from the Safari web browser to a blogging app still leaves something to be desired. Editing audio and video is generally out of the question as well, unless a user wants to splurge on expensive apps, and even then the quality of the finished product does not match that of a laptop or PC and really isn’t worth the time that most likely will need to be invested.
Use iPad as an on-the-go complement
That said, the iPad is still a great tool for some blogging functions that complements well the work needed to be done on a traditional computer. If a blogger has to truly get something out there in a timely fashion without access to a computer, the iPad is there for them. Serious bloggers can also use iPad blogging apps to follow comments on posts and respond in a timely fashion as necessary. Those who head up large blogs and look over staff work can do so on the iPad and publish work already in the drafts folder from iPad as well. Truly tech savvy and creative bloggers can sync their iPad with their home computer as well using programs like LogMeIn Ignition, which allows users to in effect work from their home computer using the iPad as their computer’s monitor. However, such a program is somewhat expensive ($25 and up) and requires some deal of technical expertise — and a computer left on all day at home.
The iPad and similar devices are not going to replace traditional computers anytime soon. Nor will blogging be done exclusively from mobile devices in the foreseeable future. But for right now, the iPad does present some appetizing options for bloggers on the go who want to use their mobile device for certain blogging functions.

It’s often useful to compare prices before buying a new ipad or laptop. There are many useful comparison sites where you can find the cheapest iPad and advice on laptop deals.

11 thoughts on “Blogging on iPad: A Do or a Don't?”

  1. Avatar of Shabnam Sultan

    Excellent article bro:) iPad is the most desired gadget for geeks and it would be great to blog from an iPad as there are so many apps to make blogging an awesome experience.
    I hope i can get an iPad soon 😛
    Enjoy your weekend 🙂

  2. Avatar of Grapples

    There are pros and cons on using iPad and you have pointed this out clearly on your post. I basically just use the iPad when I’m on the go and I need to keep track of my blog. But when I’m at home, I still prefer to use my desktop. I agree with what you said, iPad will not replace the laptop.

  3. Avatar of Aswani

    Interesting ! Blogging on ipad, I don’t have an ipad and so, I cannot say more on this. I do have a mobile device but have never felt like blogging on the same as I really don’t find it as convenient as blogging on my laptop or computer system. For me, it is all about the convenience where ipad may still appear a better alternative but I would still prefer to blog on my laptop…no issues 😉

  4. Avatar of Delena Silverfox
    Delena Silverfox

    Hmm, well I don’t own an iPad. That being said, I’ve still been looking at the iOS for a few of my needs and considering for the future, and I think I might still seriously consider an iPad. For my on-the-go needs, it sounds like it might be good if I just want to toss up a quick blog blurb. Maybe not for serious stuff, but still. Quick and dirty sometimes works too.
    Delena

  5. Avatar of nazimwarriach
    nazimwarriach

    Lawmacs, you have actually saved my money. I was planning to buy an iPad in a couple of days but now after reading this helpful post I have changed my mind and now I will buy a Laptop for my on the way blogging.

  6. Avatar of Design Belfast

    Interesting post. I wonder if the Ipad 2 will make the blogging experience easier or harder! From a website design perspective its always wise to make sure your blog design looks good for items like Ipad and mobile phones when loaded on the browsers of these devices.

  7. Avatar of Finally Fast

    I completely agree. If you’ve got a blog in which you regularly include rich content like audio and video that you self-edit, you likely won’t be able to use an iPad as a standalone blogging interface.
    That said, for the travel blogger that simply takes photos and writes mostly narrative content, I think it’s fine. Fortuntaly, I very rarely edit audio or video specifically for my blog and I’ve found the WordPress app really easy to use. Works well as a blog platform for me.

  8. Avatar of pas cher shox

    Excellent article bro:) iPad is the most desired gadget for geeks and it would be great to blog from an iPad as there are so many apps to make blogging an awesome experience.

  9. Avatar of Web Development Ventura

    I would use it if I have one. But the foremost reason why many people are still not using tablets is that notebooks are better alternatives. Even smartphones would make great blogging tool, so tablets should be great too.

  10. Avatar of Matthew

    I blog on my iPad and I LOVE it. The convenience and the ability to write quickly about how I am feeling regarding everything is amazing. Ideas are still fresh and thereby allow me to enjoy what I am writing and keep the thoughts great on paper.

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