I have been wondering how easy it would be to blog an article from a completely mobile source. You can carry your tablet around with you of course and when you are posting something you can preview your work quite well with a 7 to 10 inch display - but the minimal screen of a phone doesn't allow for that perfect viewing pleasure of a big screen which, lets face it, most of us use. For the sake of this post I am going to be experimenting by making total use of a Samsung handset: a Galaxy S2.
Picture this. I am sitting in the open countryside trying to be all phylosophical about putting my words down with thought and precision but I am......oh hang on. I just received a text, won't be a second...tick tick tick......I'm back.
Distractions aside I personally find it quite easy to write on a smartphone keyboard even in portrait mode so that important factor, which is the keyboard, is by no means a limitation. It takes some practice to be able to type properly on a smaller device but I would also suggest turning off "auto correct"—if you make a mistake you want to be able to see it straight away, not have your mistake disguised as a correctly spelt word that your software won't pick up on.
I suppose the hardest way to work is blind and as big as smartphones are these days, in landscape mode with a keyboard active you can only see a couple to three lines of text. If like me you proofread everything on the fly it can be very difficult stringing a sentence together with the few lines you have scrolling ever upward.
Where was I—Ah! Here in the heart of rural Cheshire I have to keep stopping and starting my work. As the cotton wool clouds caress the bright blue sky, often catching the rays of the sun, I find I can write at length about the burgeoning technology and its usefulness in the modern blogger's world—but then the cloud rolls by and the sun exposes itself and I can't see a bloody thing. The glare from the screen makes it unusable to the point that I notice the parting in my hair isn't quite right and my £500 dual core goliath has become nothing more than a very expensie vanity mirror.