Today marks the end of the last class between me and my Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. I will be taking this week off (with the exception of the ALA TechSource Webinar that is scheduled for Dec 1st (Wednesday) of this week – there is still time to register!) and doing a whole bunch of nothing (where nothing equals watching TV and knitting).
Yeah for the end of my 19-year degree!
I was surfing along on the Internet a few days ago when I came across the WordPress Editorial Calendar plugin (via Chris Brogin) and immediately downloaded and installed it to both my work and personal blogs. It puts all of my posts – drafts, scheduled and posted – into a calendar that lets me see, at a glance, when my next posts are coming out and what I have scheduled in the near future. It also – and this is the killer feature for me – lets me do a quick typing of a blog post directly from the calendar. Every day has a “new post” link that brings up a simple box with the title, content, time and status of the new post. You can set up a post as a draft, schedule it or post it immediately from the calendar itself. The posting interface is simple and doesn’t include the bells and whistles that the Add New post page does, but it gets the job done pretty well nonetheless.
This little plugin has really helped me create new posts for my work blog, where I have a goal of at least 2 posts per week. Now I can easily see that I’ve missed a week in my scheduling and either move a post (via a very simple click and drag from one day to another) or create a new post right there from the calendar. It’s given me a little more incentive to write here, because as I look back at the wasteland that is my very erratic posting schedule here, I get motivated (by shame, yes, but that’s good enough for me…).
Therefore, when looking at the upcoming weeks of empty boxes on my blogs, I am motivated to write – more often than I have been recently – and will hopefully be able to produce more content for both of my blogs!
One criticism I see about the iPad is that it’s software-based keyboard is difficult to use and unpleasant for long-form writing. I will agree that it takes some getting used to and that I still make more mistakes when using it than I do in a traditional, hardware keyboard, but it is still quite useful for me. I’ve written 2 1500 word articles, a 12 page chapter that will be published in an upcoming book, numerous blog posts (using the fabulous WordPress app!!) and more using nothing more than the software keyboard that the iPad comes with. I did shell out the $60 for an iPad dock/keyboard combo that I never use, because it is unusable with the iPad’s standard case (too much extra stuff around the edge of the case keeps the iPad from being able to connect to the dock at all… I need a new case, clearly!) and it’s more hassle to pull the iPad out of the case than it is to prop it up and start typing away. I’ll admit that I prefer typing in landscape mode – portrait is both a bit cramped and hard to do with the case being configured the way it is (again – new case for me – I’ll put in my Remember The Milk account now!), so landscape is the only way I create text on the iPad.
Now, to be honest, I have pretty small hands – my reach is pretty limited and my fingers are fairly small – so the keyboard that works for me may not work so well for you, depending on your hand size.
The reason I’ve posted all of this is to say that while some people may find it difficult to create text on the iPad, not everyone does. I wanted an alternative voice out there for people with small hands and a willingness to make a few mistakes in return for the convenience of being able to write where ever you are!