I am all in an experimentation mood these days. I guess I am all bored with writing about same old visits to restaurants and I had run out of ways to say things like “the meat is tender and juicy”. I guess I want to push some boundaries of in food blogging. One of the things that I want to do is to find ways to make things interesting so that I can engage you on the blog.
A few days ago, I was having breakfast with Suanne in Lido. I came across an item on the menu I had never noticed before. I ordered that and I wanted to share with all of you what it looked like because I thought it would be a conversation maker.
Naturally I thought of using Twitter or Facebook but I wanted to do something different. So I whipped out the iPhone and tried to blog from it. I was doing it for the first time and so it was a lot of slow pecking and fumbling around. That 20 minutes breakfast turned out to be 40 minutes! Poor Suanne had to sit patiently while waiting for me to blog about it on the small device.
I am getting a hang of it. Each post I made gets easier and faster. However, this is just experiments. I don’t foresee I will blog a lot on-the-go. This is because these sort of posts are sort of quick and dirty — short sentences, poor quality pictures and all. I guess it will be useful for those “breaking news” type of posts or a single-dish-dining-alone restaurant visits.
I had been using the WordPress app on the iPhone a lot already. However, I was just using that app for checking new comments (above, right) and I use that feature a lot.
Chowtimes.com is written on WordPress and there is an iPhone app for WordPress. For those of you who blogs on Blogger, there should be an app for that. You just need to search the Apple AppStore for it. I am not familiar with Blogger and so will just cover WordPress on this post.
Talking about Blogger, I would like to encourage those of you on Blogger to consider moving to WordPress. Chowtimes.com started as a Blogger site but over the years we moved to WordPress and I am glad we are on it. There are pros and cons with moving to WordPress. The key thing is that WordPress … does appear to be more technical and complicated than Blogger. However, with WordPress you can make your site to do virtually anything you want because there are over 13,000 plugins you could use to customize your site.
The iPhone is mine which is a 3GS. I used that mainly for emails, WordPress, Twitter, Facebook and browsing. Arkensen, a self-professed geek, out-tech’d and out-spec’d me with his Android phone. There is also WordPress app on Android (last row, second from left).
To write a post on the iPhone is straightforward. About the most difficult thing to master is only to peck at a speed fast enough. At the bottom of the screen above is where the features are, from left: Write, Settings, Preview, Attach, Video, Picture.
What I like best about this app is the two right most buttons: the video and picture. You can record a video and take a picture without leaving this edit mode.
With the video recording, you can instantly upload the video to youtube and once uploaded, it will attach the appropriate codes to the video. Likewise for the picture.
The only thing is that it will attached the html codes for the video and pictures to the bottom of the post. So if you want to reposition it, you gotta do a cut and paste.
There … there is all there is to it. Simple.
The above is the Android version of the WordPress app. I thought it would be similar but it looked like it has richer features.
On the top left picture you can see a Stats option. This is not available on the iPhone. I check the site stats often and will certainly wish that WordPress will add this on the iPhone version one of these days.
Even on the Post edit screen (above right) is vastly different. It looked more like the native WordPress interface with preset html buttons. I think this will be feel more technical compared to the iPhone version which is more user-friendly.
As you can see, our traffic dropped drastically last week when I only made 1 post for the whole week.
Any questions on this post above? I am new at writing this sort of posts and I realize may not make much sense.
Can you give me some feedback please? Do you find quick-and-dirty, on-the-go and short-and-simple poor-quality-picture sort of posts is what you want to read more on chowtimes?