Monday, July 11, 2011

Blogging on the iPad 2 with BlogPress - 3 Part Video Series



Over the last few weeks, I've been experimenting with several blogging programs on the iPad2, and wanted to focus first off on one that seems simplest to use, and that's BlogPress. This App is available for $2.99 at the Apps online store, and is fairly intuitive for the most part. On the plus side, there are many easy to use and find features, such as Preview mode, and photo uploads both from your media library and the photo icon that comes with the program, enabling you to embed live photos into your post. The formatting text functionality is a bit old-fashioned, with a pop up menu that automates the HTML code you need for bold, italic, hyperlinks, block text, and others-- but it still does the trick, and the preview mode allows you to check and make sure you've formatted correctly.

In the videos, I focus first on the photo embed feature, second on the tags and scheduling function, and third on the text formatting. I hope you enjoy the series, and please feel free to comment here on your experience blogging on the iPad or iPad 2. Blog on!

Oh, I almost forgot...thanks to the kind folks at Blekko, a search engine group that's one of the fastest rising tech companies in Silicon Valley. (I've been experimenting with Blekko, too, and will get to that shortly in another post. ) I won the iPad2 from them at this spring's Web 2.0 conference, and have been so thrilled. So thanks again.

11 comments:

Bardolph said...

Thanks to mobile blogging, I've been updating my blog more frequently on the go without troubles of starting up my laptop and waiting for applications to run.

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StanleyMarcusMalone said...

That's true, although that makes you wonder why tablets aren't designed for content creation.

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Larry said...

With the presence of ultra books, I find tablet blogging a hard endeavor.

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Jennifer Swift said...

Blogging can now be done to any supported mobile devices like ipads and Android tablets. This really shows how technology continues to innovate.
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caroline jaffe-pickett said...

Thanks for your comments, Jennifer, Larry, Stanley, and Bardolph! This seems to be a hot topic, as more and more of us rely on mobile devices for all activities, including blogging. Postscript: since I published these posts, Blogpress has been undergoing some changes and will be available again soon. In the meantime, I have been using the Blogsy app, which has a lot of drag and drop functionality. If anyone tries it out, please post a comment here and let me know your impressions. Thanks!

Walter Fennigan said...

This is a cool feature for iPad and I am glad I am an iPAD user. It's good to know that I can already edit my blogger through iPAD. Thanks for the info.
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caroline jaffe-pickett said...

Glad you found the info useful, Walter, and thanks for commenting. Blog on! By the way, Blogsy is a fun app too, in case you hadn't tried it yet.

Richard said...

I agree with Larry on a certain extent. Tablets are made for content consumption and not the other way around; laptops and ultra books, however, and made specifically for content creation.

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caroline jaffe-pickett said...

Thanks for your comment, Richard. After having mi iPad2 for nearly a year now, I see that there are definitely certain programs that don't work at all, such as my enews program. But I do enjoy blogging better on iPad using Blogpress and Blogsy. It's super fast for whipping through my inbox, but is definitely more for consumption, as many programs require being able to upload images, etc. Tried Pinterest on it over the weekend, and it worked about halfway. So, shopping for a new laptop despite loving the iPad!

Michael Phelps said...

One reason why I've switched to BlogPress is because of photo sharing. You can upload photos from your library and photo icon that comes with the program, enabling you to embed live photos on your posts which is a great thing.

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caroline jaffe-pickett said...

Thanks for your comment, Michael. Yes, I agree the photo sharing is a great feature. Blogsy offers that too and I've been playing with them both. Let me know how you like it if you try it.