Bloggers tend to enjoy new technologies, and especially new gadgets. While not every blogger owns a tablet, the chances of a blogger owning one are greater than they are for other professions. And why not? Tablets can be excellent tools not only for leisure purposes, but also professional. A blogger can use a tablet to do everything necessary to run a blog.
With a tablet you can:
- Write and edit blog posts
- Crop, resize, and otherwise edit images
- Research blog post ideas
- Keep up with other blogs
- Use social media to market your blog
- Keep up steady communications
A tablet might not be able to completely replace a desktop or laptop computer, but it’s certainly getting close. Tablets do, after all, contain all the features necessary for a primary computing device.
Late last year a few research firms released numbers that showed that 65 percent of tablet purchases were WiFi-only tablets. In addition, not everyone who purchased a tablet capable of using cellular data intended to buy a plan. That is to say, tablets are for the most part WiFi-only devices. That might seem to hinder a tablet’s usefulness, but if you think about it some more that’s not the case at all.
What percentage of laptop owners purchase mobile broadband services? Chances are, it’s a far, far lesser percentage than the number of tablet owners who use cellular data. If bloggers can run their blogs from a laptop, then, they can run them from tablets. The proper connection is right there: WiFi. Don’t let the lack of cellular data fool you.
Any tablet you get, from any manufacturer, on any platform, is going to have a browser that rivals that of your desktop or laptop. Even the BlackBerry has caught up in this regard. For years BlackBerry smartphones had sub-par, and in some instances unusable, browsers. But the BlackBerry PlayBook has a crisp, clear browser that works like a charm. The same goes for Apple’s Safari browser and the Android browser. And in all cases there are third-party alternatives.
Having a powerful browser puts a tablet on more equal ground with laptops. If you can browse the web, read articles, research posts, and access WordPress (or your CMS of choice) on a tablet in the same ways you can on a laptop, that’s a pretty significant equalizer. That’s perhaps one thing that holds smartphones back. They might have decent browsers, but there’s just not enough screen real estate. Tablets have big screens and powerful browsers. Both go a long way.
Loads of software
Need an image editor so you can crop, resize, and rotate pictures to insert into your blog? How about an HTML editor to make typing blog posts a bit easier? Thankfully you can get all that and more from a tablet’s app outlet. From the iPad to the BlackBerry PlayBook to a T-Mobile Android tablet, you can find an app that performs pretty much any blogging function that you can dream of. Many times you can find these apps for free.
You can even find a remote desktop app to access your home computer right from your tablet. That certainly acts as another equalizer, doesn’t it? It’s not as though people are ditching their laptops and desktops for tablets. If you can use your tablet to access your main computer, that makes it considerably more valuable. Running your blog, then, becomes a breeze. If you ever need something not on your tablet, you can just call up your main computer and find it there.
One big objection I hear when talking about using tablets for blogging is the keyboard. Some people just don’t want to type on a touchscreen keyboard. But that excuse falls a bit flat. This isn’t a smartphone, where you have to type with your thumbs. This is a full-sized device that has a full-sized on-screen keyboard. It might take a while to get acclimated, but once you practice a bit you’ll get used to typing without the tactile feedback of a physical keyboard.
Still not convinced? You can always purchase a Bluetooth keyboard. These can connect to any tablet, and give you a full physical typing experience. Best of all, many Bluetooth keyboards are compact, so they won’t take up much room — some even fold in half. There are a few tablet cases that actually contain keyboards right in them. The combination of easy on-screen keyboard and Bluetooth keyboards means typing on a tablet is nearly as easy as any old computer.
Tablets are spreading far and wide. Apple has made huge inroads with its iPad line. Android, too, looks poised to make a dent in the tablet market. It has a future OS version planned this year that will better power its tablet line. Then there are Windows tablets and the BlackBerry PlayBook, which are underrated but useful tablets. We can use these neat devices to our advantages. Blogging from them is one of the easiest, most intuitive ways to use tablets. All it takes is a little ingenuity and desire.