JUST FOR BLOGGING?
I wouldn’t say that this is a guide, more like an insight as to whether a tablet is needed for blogging from my experience. I must admit, I did purchase an iPad mini whilst in Hong Kong just for blogging but there were reasons. My main reason was travelling. As I travel a lot around the UK (visiting friends and family) as well as abroad, I don’t want to carry around my macbook everywhere weighing me down. It has made my life much easier but there definitely are some limitations. Ever since then, I have used it for non blogging duties and have got myself addicted to a few games over time.
First thing’s first. Money. Most tablets are probably £100 or more. Not cheap. Money may or may not be an issue but you would want to think it through first. First thought would be “Would I use it often?”. You don’t want it to be one of those side sitting items that you’ll completely forget about.
Having a tablet doesn’t mean you’ll have internet access if you’re not at home. Internet isn’t really an issue and it won’t restrict too much you from blogging. These days, tablets come in two versions, 3/4G and Wifi, or Wifi only. Just a note, tablets are more expensive if you choose the 3/4G and Wifi option. I opted for the Wifi only option so I’m not forking out a mobile data only contract and more for the iPad. I’ll tether my phone so I can connect my iPad to it if I’m not at home or there are no wifi hotspots. But I’ll only tether whenever I need to since it does drain my phone battery.
If I’m on the train, plane etc with no internet, I’ll write up a blog post with the notes app that automatically comes with it. I use it to jot any blog post ideas too. Once there is internet access, I’ll copy and paste a post into the blogger post then publish the post if everything is ready to go. I dislike typing on the screen so I invested in a bluetooth keyboard which makes life A LOT easier. I cannot manipulate or upload any photos from my camera to the iPad which is a downside but that doesn’t stop me. I can edit and upload photos whenever I have my Macbook again or do it in advanced. No internet also means no social media to promote and interact. But you’ll have your phone for that.
If I’m having some quiet, some me time, I’ll watch something on Netflix on the Macbook and use the iPad to read/comment blog post, write up content, get inspiration etc.
In my opinion, don’t get one for the sake of it, thinking it’s a blogging “necessity”. Get it if you actually are going to use it. If you are buying one and are about to cry at the price, think of it as an investment. Also think of all the cute cases you could get!
Do you use a tablet for blogging?