I certainly never imagined that this would happen, but almost every single long-form post I’ve written in the past few months has been on the iPhone. I now only use my laptop for more advanced image manipulation, adding links (something the iPhone is horrible at) and doing audio or video embeds. Almost everything else is done on the iPhone.
I certainly never imagined this happening for the blog. I always seemed like a horrible pain to type on little devices like a Blackberry or Palm. How could I ever get into a good writing groove on an iPhone, which doesn’t even have a physical keyboard?
I quickly became accustomed to typing on the iPhone after purchasing one over the summer, and I found that a two thumb typing technique allowed me to write pretty fast, though certainly not as fast as with a regular keyboard.
Here’s the big thing–this little device is with me at all times. When I want to do some writing, I just take it out and use it no matter where I am. No more waiting for the computer to boot up. No more searching out a table and outlet for by laptop in a coffeeshop. No more balancing my expensive laptop on my knees on a busy train and trying to write. This device lets me write when I want and where I want.
I’ve never had less time to blog than I do right now, and I’m in a situation that would make carrying a laptop extremely annoying. Yet I find that, with the iPhone, I am much more efficient about blogging and more able to capture ideas as they come to me.
I haven’t found a way to do podcasting on the iPhone, and I doubt that I’ll come up with a good solution for that, but being able to take care of nearly every computer-related task in my life on this mobile device is incredibly liberating. If you haven’t tried it, you don’t know what you’re missing!