How To Blog On The Go From Your iPad
<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/blog.jpg”>For all its shortcomings, bloggers on the go can use the iPad as a useful blogging tool. While the iPad doesn’t have an inbuilt camera, most cell phones come with a camera, and a data connection, making it easy to include photos you take on the fly.
Depending on your blogging platform, you can access the backend of your blog using an app, or with the Safari browser, which gives you access to all of your blog’s features. Not only can you blog on an iPad, you can also use the iPad on the go when you’re looking for inspiration, as well as analyse the traffic coming to your blog.
Using the WordPress app [iTunes link], you can create new posts and pages, include photos and videos that are saved on your iPad, and preview your post before publishing it. If you have several blogs, the WordPress app makes it easy to add them all for convenient blogging on the go.
TypePad [iTunes link] is one of the only other blogging platforms that has a free dedicated iPad app.
With Tumblr, you can create text posts and share images that you’ve uploaded to Photobucket, all from the iPad’s browser. Since video sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo are accessible from the iPad, you can also easily copy and paste the link from any given video to include in your Tumblog, or any other blogging platform.
That said, the iPhone app [iTunes link] does actually work on the iPad, but of course has not been optimised for the larger screen. This will come in handy if you want to record audio posts to include on your Tumblr.
If you are writing about websites or apps, take screenshots on your iPad by pressing the lock and home buttons simultaneously. The screenshot will need to be rotated in order to post it. This can be done using the free app, PhotoPad [iTunes link]. Not only can you rotate, but you can also crop, resize and edit photos, as well add some effects.
If you prefer to have more photo editing features, the free app, Adobe Photoshop Express [iTunes link] is another option, although you cannot resize photos using this app.
One of the iPad’s major shortcomings is the fact that it shipped without a camera. The easiest way to get around this is to use your cell phone. If your blogging platform has a dedicated app like WordPress, all you need to do is take the photo with your cellphone, email it to yourself and then save it on your iPad to upload from the WordPress app.
If your blogging platform doesn’t have a dedicated app, you can upload photos to Photobucket from your iPhone, Android phone or Blackberry, via the mobile website or via email. Photobucket makes it easy for you to upload the photo, regardless of what kind of phone you have. Download the free Photobucket app [iTunes link] to your iPad, and access all of your photos and albums.
You can easily copy the direct link or HTML code to share the image on your blog.
LiveJournal has the added plus of being able to access your Photobucket images directly from within the blogging platform.
If you want to keep up with what’s going on in the blogosphere while you’re on the go, or are looking for inspiration, check out MobileRSS. The RSS reader, which syncs with Google Reader is available for the iPad and makes following your favourite blogs and sites a cinch.
Access your Google Analytics account to keep track of your blog’s stats with the free app, Analytics for iPad. The app gives you a quick and easy way to keep up with your blog’s traffic, popular content and much more.
If you want to write longer posts while you’re on the go, be sure to check out Bakari’s tips for faster typing on the iPad .
Would you blog using your iPad? Let us know in the comments.