As I mentioned in my last post, perhaps the secret to phone blogging is to carry a keyboard.
Today I’m writing this blog post using my Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android and the WordPress Android app, and it’s definitely a completely different experience.
The keyboard itself is about as small as it can be and still be considered “ergonomic.” The keys and spacing are almost exactly the same proportions as my Macbook keyboard, and though the keypress travel is a little shallower, the overall typing experience is very good.
The keyboard travels in a case that doubles as a stand for your phone / tablet. This makes it very easy to convert your device into something with a form factor very similar to a computer.
I have never gotten used to touching a screen instead of moving a mouse / trackball / touchpad, and I wonder if I ever will. I find the experience of taking my hand from the keyboard and lifting it to the screen disruptive to data-entry (as well as leaving the inevitable fingerprints) – but it works.
The keyboard works very well with the Android app. I haven’t taken the time to learn the various shortcuts available with the keyboard, but the usual hotkeys like CTRL-C work as expected.
Of course, carrying a keyboard is not much better than just carrying another device, like a Macbook Air or Chromebook. The keyboard is only a little smaller and lighter than a small computer. One advantage comes to mind though: with the phone + keyboard solution, I always have the option of jotting down a quick blog post just using the phone sans keyboard, or jotting down some ideas in the app and fleshing the post out later with the keyboard.
Of course you can achieve a similar result using a phone + computer but this option saves a step. And of course it’s easier to post photos taken on the phone directly from the phone itself, instead of having to transfer the content first to the computer.
Maybe the smartphone didn’t kill the blog after all.