How do you manage a blog when you never know for sure when you’ll have internet service?
And in our case, with some trepidation. We’ve been operating on an aging HP laptop for the last year of blogging, and it’s been working ok, but the basic WordPress site (where our blog is hosted) is strictly an online service – if you don’t have Internet service, you can’t blog.
While we were living ashore that was no more than an inconvenience, but once we move aboard (tomorrow, we hope!) we’ll only have Internet when we choose to find it, and that presents the problem of publishing a blog that we’ve been advertising to friends, relatives and followers for the last year. We needed to upgrade.
Still, I’ve resisted. Upgrading the hardware costs money, and money is a resource whose well is distinctly shallow these days.
But the old HP made the decision for me the other day when the screen developed a crack and become largely unreadable. Enter the IPad Air II, upon which this post is being composed. It’s small, light, sips electricity compared to the HP hog I’m used to, AND being an Apple product, it has apps available to d darn near anything. Including composing blog posts offline for later uploading.
Which is NOT to suggest that it’s been painless. I hate Microsoft products with a passion – they’re cumbersome, cantankerous and crochety – but I was used to them. Now I have to learn a whole new way of working, the Apple way. It’s a uphill fight.
But I have a cool new app that allows me to create blog posts offline, to save for later publishing, and it seems to be capable of doing all that I require in that regard. Time will tell.
With a little luck, I’ll be smiling when I click on “Publish” in a few minutes.
And speaking of smiling: We’ve set a departure date (still subject to change) of Wednesday! That’s only four days from when I’m writing this. Between now and then Nicki and I have to finish moving aboard (including the food and gear that can’t stay in the RV over the winter), clean, decommission and cover the RV, store the cars AND remember all the folks we promised to say goodby to before we sailed off…
That last part may be the hardest.