If you don’t have one now, you’ll probably have one soon enough. It seems that everyone is getting a tablet computer, and with good reason. They’re versatile devices that can not only provide you with tools to make your blog better, but can also become your primary blogging device. If you do choose to blog from your tablet, here are a few tips that will make life a bit easier.
1. Get a Bluetooth keyboard
On larger tablets it might not seem that an external keyboard is necessary. The on-screen keyboard on most 9- and 10-inch tablets closely resembles the size of a normal keyboard, which makes it easy to type. Those who have already learned to type on a touchscreen smartphone will probably adapt easier to the virtual keyboard of a tablet. Even still, the physical keyboard still makes sense. Bluetooth keyboards are cheap, and many of them fold up, which makes for easier traveling. Most importantly, using a Bluetooth keyboard means you can use the entire tablet screen when composing posts and doing other blog-related work. Even 10-inch screens are a bit smaller than a typical laptop, so it’s important to get all the screen real estate you can.
2. Don’t use a blogging app
WordPress users almost universally love the WordPress app for smartphones. Even on the BlackBerry it’s a powerful app that lets you edit and write posts, and moderate comments, with ease. It’s a must-have app. Tablet platforms such as iPad and Android do run WordPress apps, but they’re largely unnecessary. Tablets are just that much more powerful than smartphones. Not just WordPress users, but users of any blogging platform will find that a tablet browser is just as powerful as a desktop one. It’s easy to simply log into the WordPress Dashboard from the browser, since it acts exactly as it does on a normal computer. This means bloggers can do literally anything on their tablets. Apps might be a wonder for smartphones, but they’re just not necessary with a tablet.
3. Get a photo editing application
Many blogging platforms contain image resizing functions that let you change sizes for easy viewing. This might seem temping, but it’s not the best path. It’s always best to have an image editor, even a simple one that can only resize, rotate, and crop images. Those are the functions essential to any blogger. It might cost a few dollars, but that’s a worthy cost for a blogger. Uploading full images and resizing can mean unnecessary bandwidth usage. The lack of cropping can mean poor-looking images. For the best looking blog, an image editor is a small but necessary expense.
4. Tap into your desktop
It’s not as though people are going to sell their laptops or desktops after getting a tablet. Even if people are using their tablets far more often than their computers, there are still limits as to how much someone can do. Some of those limits can go away, however, with a remote desktop application. With an app such as Splashtop Remote Desktop HD, just $4.99 on the Android Market, users can tap into their computers and use most functions. This is not only useful for certain files that don’t run on tablets, but also for applications not available on tablets. It creates a perfect desktop simulation, which makes the tablet even more powerful and versatile.
5. Change your environment
The beauty of a tablet is its portability. It’s even more portable than a laptop, and bloggers have been writing on laptops at coffee shops since, well, the beginning of blogging. With a tablet you can go even more places. Seeing new sights can bring on new inspiration, and new inspiration can lead to more and better posts. No blogger would complain about that.
Author Bio:- Joe Pawlikowski is the editor of Prepaid Reviews, a site that provides information, news, and reviews on anything remotely prepaid. He broke his prepaid rule and blogs frequently from his Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.