Blogging From My iPhone

Notice how brief the previous post about the Fitbit was? I was out-of-town and experimenting with remote posting using the WordPress IOS application for my new iPhone. I’m not what you call an “early adaptor.”

It’s clear the IOS app doesn’t  give you nearly all the functionality of WordPress on a desktop.  For one thing, I couldn’t figure out how to add categories and tags. I went ahead and posted without tags. Now that I’m home, I’ve gone back and added the tags. I guess that works.

I had some trouble posting comments from the iPhone, and a few comments were lost. I suspect it was mostly due to operator error.

I was also experimenting with the dictation function on the iPhone. After a lifetime of typing stories, and more recently posts, I have a bit of a learning curve to master dictation. But the iPhone dictation program is amazing. It correctly transcribes most of my words. I believe the software becomes familiar with the individual’s voice and word usage over time, and keeps improving.

Obviously, using dictation will make it easier and faster to write posts. But I’ll be sure to edit closely before posting, because the program doesn’t get every word right, much less the punctuation.

Meanwhile, posting remotely from an iPhone will encourage me to keep posts brief. Typing words and whole sentences on the iPhone is tedious and slower than using a full keyboard. Even if you dictate the post, you still have to edit it on the small screen and make corrections by tapping away on the iPhone. I’ve taken some photos with the iPhone, but haven’t yet posted a photo from the phone to my blog.

I suppose the blogosphere will migrate more and more to smart phones, and perhaps tablets. Any chance the desktop and laptop will fade into history?  I hope the quality of blogs will not deteriorate because of smart phones. Technology brings us news and information faster and faster, and in ever increasing volume. It’s like a giant firehose.  But faster is not always better, as seen by some of the reporting on cable TV.

— John Hayden

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4 responses to “Blogging From My iPhone

  1. Well done at mastering new technology.. I have on occasion posted comments from my little blackberry phone, but its not easy..But these new smart phones are the way this world is moving forward.. Though for me John I enjoy my little lap top and key pad.. 🙂
    And your last post is now Double Good News lol
    Have a wonderful Thursday
    Sue

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    • I have by no means “mastered” the iPhone, Sue. Nor my iBook laptop, for that matter. These machines can do so much. I only learn how to use the simple functions I need, mostly for word processing and tweeking photos on iPhoto. Like you, I prefer the full-size keyboard and screen. Sometimes I wish I hadn’t junked my first manual typewriter.

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  2. I can’t see myself ever using a smartphone to blog even if I had one. To start with, I hate the sound of my own speaking voice, and I feel stupid saying the things I would write out loud; I can type faster than I can talk. In fact, even the idea of dictating even to a live typist with the ability to instantly transcribe my words makes me feel like a deer in the headlights — I’d be paralyzed, I couldn’t utter a thing. It would be like a giant step back into confusion. If I used the screen interface I’d be so preoccupied trying to make the tiny little iPhone keyboard work that I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on what I was writing.

    I don’t think full-service computers are going away any time soon, even if some people become comfortable with phones. I can’t imagine I’m alone here.

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    • I don’t think you’re alone. I had to be dragged kicking and screaming away from my typewriter and forced to use a computer (with Wordstar word processing software back then). I’ve been typing on a typewriter or a computer keyboard since I was a senior in high school. In those days before computers, most people could not write directly on a typewriter. Newspaper reporters were among the few who did. I was so proud when I graduated from writing on paper to writing directly on the typewriter.

      Since the advent of word processing, many more people now write directly on a keyboard. But the quality of writing has gone down. Progress? I’m surprised I’m adapting to the iPhone so easily, but I’ve only scratched the surface of what it can do. I’ll always prefer a desktop or laptop, the larger the screen, the better!

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