There's an app for that: how I blog on my iPad on the go

My first day in San Francisco I was screaming with frustration at the difficulty in blogging on the iPad. I ought to have tried it out before I came but it's so much easier on my laptop; I couldn't force myself to do it until now. A few days later and I'm loving blogging on the go. My posts are quite different but I think that's as much the holiday vibe as it is the available technology.

Getting images onto the iPad

I bought a camera connection kit off of eBay for £6ish and it is fantastic. You pop your memory card into it and it sticks into the charger port. You can then upload all your pictures directly onto your iPad. I love it.

5/5 for ease of use.

Editing images

I have loads of pictures I want to share but not all images are equal. That's why I love Diptic for the little photo collages I've been posting on here. It allows me to group my photos and I love the square photos. If you don't want to be square you can buy an add on to the app to change the height and width. It's so easy and fun to use and it's available on the iPhone too.

5/5 for ease of use.

Saving images

I save my Diptic images into my photo album on my iPad. Partly because I want to use them in other places but also because I found saving the images into flickr from Diptic was painfully slow on the free hotel wifi connection. From my photo albums I upload the pictures to flickr using the official flickr app. I may be doing it wrong but I can only upload 5 images at once, another benefit to creating a photo collage on Diptic as far as I am concerned.

I also struggle with the periphery tasks like naming, describing and tagging my photos and putting them into sets can be a little hit or miss so I've decided to be okay about leaving the sorting out of all that until I get home. For now I just need the pictures online so that's all I do. The other thing I have to note is that the flickr app is a scaled up version of the iPhone app so it's all pixelated and looks a bit special. It works the same as the iPhone app so it gets the job done but it doesn't make the most of the iPad real estate.

A final issue I have found is that can't upload imported images, just saved images so if I want to use an unaltered image from my camera I have to faff around saving it before I can upload it.

2/5 for ease of use

Blogging

I've tried a few apps for blogging in the past and none seem to have the features that I need so I always ended up on my laptop. The most recent I've tried is packed full of features so I've stuck with it and Blogsy is my favourite for blogging on the iPad.

Because Blogsy has all of the features of blogger, my blogging platform of choice, the learning curve is rather steep and I wasn't able to pick it up and use it off the bat. I didn't get inserting images straight away which is why I am uploading images to flickr first. I have since learnt that I can upload pictures straight to the blog like I do at home but I'm continuing with using flickr now for consistency.

The help feature is great and even has videos so if you're not getting something straight away you can watch how it is done.

Blogsy has 2 sides which took me a bit of getting used to but now I understand how it works it is getting much easier to use and I'm enjoying blogging a lot. My posts are a lot more minimalist but I think that is as much about the holiday mindset as it is the technology. I can see myself using Blogsy at home when I have a quick post to do and it is becoming easier and easier for me to use. I'm getting in to the swing of things and I really recommend this if you have been struggling to find an app for blogging on the go.

2/5 for ease of use when you first use it, 4/5 for ease of use after a few days of practice!

What do you use for blogging on an iPad or tablet PC? Any great app recommendations?

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