So here’s my getting ready to blog off-line story of frustration. And please – if there’s anyone who knows a better way – let me know! I’m sure I’m pretty much a Luddite! My kids sure think I’m as non-technical as a prehistoric being.
The iPad app “Blogger” enables a person to blog off-line. But it’s limitations are that it is impossible to use other than photos taken with the iPad – a very cumbersome and inconvenient photo taking device. Another downside is that in order to automatically “follow” a “blogger” blog one needs to have a gmail account.
Solution – use the more universal and – in my opinion – better WordPress blog format. WordPress enables the user to take photos from their photo library, thus pictures taken with one’s camera, and downloaded onto the iPad. Anyone with any email address can follow a WordPress blog. But downside of WordPress is that one needs to be on-line to use it.
For those of you who don’t travel to remote areas where there is no Internet or poor slow Internet or seriously scary expensive Internet, that would not be a problem. However as I travel to places where there is no, or very poor, and very slow and sometimes poor-slow-expensive Internet – well the solution seems to be to blog off-line then post when the posting options are optimal.
So at cost, despite already having “word” on my computer, I downloaded “word” as a word processing format onto my iPad.
Here I am using this. It is easy to copy and paste with an iPad. So after typing up my off-line blog, I tested the copy and paste process. And here’s where the frustration level skyrockets. With the iPad keyboard all that happens is that the entire blog post gets copied into the title bar of the WordPress blog. Seriously! There appears to be no way to make the paragraph body section acknowledge the paste function.
Serious grumbling. What to do?
Well you know those add-on key boards that some people have – which are separate from the iPad? If one uses this external key board the copy paste function works just fine.
So here I am – to blog or not to blog? If I blog of-line I need yet another device. One which needs periodic charging. Another “thing” to be carted along and added to the veritable mountain of electronic gadgetry! It is a bit of a dilemma for sure. Thankfully my son is loaning me his keyboard so I don’t need to go out and buy one.
So readers of kimsglobaladventures – if more blogs come your way between now and my departure – please bare with me as they are all practice runs. And if you hear no more from me – rest assured I’ve gone back to the simple days of pen and paper. You shall need to buy the book to know what happens in Nepal this go round.