Blogging from the iPad

I never thought I’d be the one to write a tutorial on anything blog-related much less iPad related! Most of the time I learn tips and tricks through the wondrous Google machine, but in this case I had to figure things out for myself!
When I got Thomas last year, I was SO excited to have a handy devise that wasn’t as big as a laptop but gave me the ability to be mobile while I tweet, blog, and research the migrations of Sandhill Cranes. To my surprise, once I became used to using the iPad (aka Thomas) it felt more like a big cell phone and mobile devise rather than a computer. I had to figure something out for when we were on vacation or when I just didn’t want to move from my new comfy bed 😉
Here are some helpful tips for blogging from your iPad!
1) Use your calendar to plan – I use the Google calendar on my iPad to plan out posts and jot down ideas that I want to write about at a later date. You can also do this with other Document apps. I use the blog app as well which is another option, but there’s always that chance of an accidental “published” post that was meant to be a draft.

2) Get the Blogsy App – another inexpensive app ($4.99) Blogsy is the app that I use to blog from my iPad and I have grown to love it with more and more use! You can use Blogsy for WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, and other various blogging platforms!

 
There are tutorial videos for all parts of the app that are a great way to visually learn how to use it as a blogging tool. It starts with a blank template for a post you’d like to write and even allows you to update drafts from the online blogging platform itself that you haven’t started in Blogsy. For example, if I am on my PC and start a post, Blogsy allows me to pull that same post up and continue editing it. The features for posts are the same in regards to rich text editing, with cool options such as the ability to create links by just pressing on the word itself and choosing “select” – super easy! My favorite feature of Blogsy is the way it allows you to drag and drop photos into your posts. You can choose photos from not only your iPad photos, but also from: * Facebook * Flickr * Instagram * Picasa, as well as videos from Youtube once you link your accounts! There’s even a button to go to the internet in a separate browser window as you simultaneously post in the event you want to look something up! I am still trying to get used to the spacing between lines being different than online Blogger, but using the internet window to preview your post makes it easy to go back and make adjustments.

3) Get the Camera Connection kit – this adapter is my favorite accessory I’ve purchased for my iPad (and not very expensive – $29.)

It comes with two connectors that you can use to either connect an SD card or to connect your camera itself to the iPad. I use the SD card adapter to take my photos from my camera to my iPad. They automatically pop up and it asks you which you’d like to import – it also gives the option to delete the photos from the SD card itself. The only glitch I’ve found is that with the camera connector, is is a USB port but won’t allow you to connect a USB Flash drive if it is too big in storage size.

4) Create collages with Instapic Frame – there are also other photo editing apps for free you can choose from on the iPad, this just happens to be the one I like using that has simple options for creating a collage. I’ve used this app to watermark my photos along with creating collages to use in blog posts. I find that sometimes when you have a plethora of photos related to an event, etc. that having too many photos can make a post too ‘scroll-dependent.’ I like having the option to create collages so that multiple photos can be within one happy little space. This app has various backgrounds, collage options depending on the # of photos you want to include, along with text/font editing choices.

Easy breezy!
I shall continue to ice now – finished a half marathon long run this morning in 2:03, why can’t I do that at races more often?? Or am I more used to it now?? – and then off to volunteer at the Rock n’ Roll St. Pete expo with Brooks once again for the day!

How do you typically write your blog posts – through the online editor?


Any other questions related to using the iPad for blogging?

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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21 Comments
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    February 9, 2013, 2:44 pm

    I use Windows Live Writer to do my blog posts and I love it. I love all the options and it’s much easier than online. I like things to be easy. I bought an iPad Mini last month and I have not done any blogging from it, but I do love it. Thanks for sharing your favorite tools!

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    February 9, 2013, 2:59 pm

    Blogger has a very frustrating app that I quit using and just use the website on the browser. I do like blogging from my kindle too, but there arent as many extra features or intuitive apps to use with it. I’m so glad that you’re able to use Thomas to his potential! And way to rock that run this morning!!

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    February 9, 2013, 3:25 pm

    This is awesome! Thanks for the tips! I never even considered blogging from my iPad but it could be so much convenient than lugging around a big ‘ol laptop! 🙂

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      February 10, 2013, 2:54 pm

      Yea my laptop crashed so winning the iPad was a blessing fr sure! Now that I make use of it, it’s so portable!

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    February 9, 2013, 3:46 pm

    Stopping in from FFA. I have not tried blogging on my iPad yet. I was lucky enough to get a new MacBook Air recently so it’s nearly as light and portable.

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    February 9, 2013, 4:19 pm

    Great tips! I need to start using my ipad more – Gonna look into that Bloggsy App!

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    February 9, 2013, 4:25 pm

    I usually write my blogs from my laptop. I have an iPad but haven’t tried blogging on it. I think I will download those apps.

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    February 9, 2013, 5:23 pm

    Both my parents have iPads and use them quite often. I think I’d miss having an actual keyboard when it came time to blog, though. Nice job on the 13.1, friend! 🙂

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    February 9, 2013, 6:57 pm

    awesome, thanks for the ipad blogging info! I dont have one…but who knows? Maybe one day 🙂

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    February 10, 2013, 6:26 am

    I just do it straight online…but now I really want an ipad. Gosh Kat, way to make me envious 😉

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    February 10, 2013, 1:57 pm

    I too prefer an actual keyboard and I purchased the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for my iPad and feel I have the best of both worlds. I still have all the iPad features for playing Angry Birds, The Room etc. and a very lightweight laptop. I mostly use google drive or Evernote to save files.

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    February 10, 2013, 5:11 pm

    Great tips! I will check out the Blogsy Icon, i just have the standard WordPress one and it is not the easiest.

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    February 10, 2013, 6:30 pm

    I am actually pretty excited to see this post. As soon as I wake up enough I am going to Best Buy to look at a Microsoft Surface! My other option is buy my co worker’s 6 month old Ipad for $425. I have just heard that it is more difficult to use blogger from an Ipad. I still haven’t switched over to self hosted yet (looooong story on that!)

    My hubby almost got me a tablet for Christmas, but then he got me my bike instead.

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    February 11, 2013, 3:34 am

    Love this! I needed more ideas for my iPad to blog from! Thank you 🙂

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      February 11, 2013, 1:00 pm

      Anytime I can pass on the knowledge, I will! 😉

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    February 11, 2013, 7:25 pm

    Just what this princess needed 🙂 Thank you for sharing

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    February 12, 2013, 11:16 am

    Great list! I bought a case with keyboard my tablet and it is so much easier to type. For some reason I can not type well on the tablet itself #oldschool 🙂

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    February 13, 2013, 12:12 am

    Thanks for the tips Kat! I was having a hell of a time blogging on my iPad so I’ll definitely check out the Blogsy app.

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    February 13, 2013, 4:12 am

    This is so timely for me! I’m debating between a laptop and and iPad, but I didn’t know if I could justify it if I wasn’t able to blog with it. Thanks for all of the tips! Love this.

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    February 15, 2013, 3:40 pm

    I also tried Blogsy, but found the Poster app much more friendly to use (wordpress only though).

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