Notice how brief the previous post about the Fitbit was? I was out-of-town and experimenting with remote posting using the WordPress IOS application for my new iPhone. I’m not what you call an “early adaptor.”
It’s clear the IOS app doesn’t give you nearly all the functionality of WordPress on a desktop. For one thing, I couldn’t figure out how to add categories and tags. I went ahead and posted without tags. Now that I’m home, I’ve gone back and added the tags. I guess that works.
I had some trouble posting comments from the iPhone, and a few comments were lost. I suspect it was mostly due to operator error.
I was also experimenting with the dictation function on the iPhone. After a lifetime of typing stories, and more recently posts, I have a bit of a learning curve to master dictation. But the iPhone dictation program is amazing. It correctly transcribes most of my words. I believe the software becomes familiar with the individual’s voice and word usage over time, and keeps improving.
Obviously, using dictation will make it easier and faster to write posts. But I’ll be sure to edit closely before posting, because the program doesn’t get every word right, much less the punctuation.
Meanwhile, posting remotely from an iPhone will encourage me to keep posts brief. Typing words and whole sentences on the iPhone is tedious and slower than using a full keyboard. Even if you dictate the post, you still have to edit it on the small screen and make corrections by tapping away on the iPhone. I’ve taken some photos with the iPhone, but haven’t yet posted a photo from the phone to my blog.
I suppose the blogosphere will migrate more and more to smart phones, and perhaps tablets. Any chance the desktop and laptop will fade into history? I hope the quality of blogs will not deteriorate because of smart phones. Technology brings us news and information faster and faster, and in ever increasing volume. It’s like a giant firehose. But faster is not always better, as seen by some of the reporting on cable TV.
— John Hayden