One of the coolest parts of blogging is that you can do all of your work from home. But what about when you can’t be at home? Blogging doesn’t have to stop just because you’re on the road. By investing in the right kinds of hardware and choosing the best mobile applications, you can get all of your daily blogging in on time without having to lug around an entire office.
Laptops: Go Light and Fast
If you need a robust blogging setup, your best bet is still a laptop computer. It’s great to have a full suite of reliable programs to connect to the Internet, create and edit images, cut together movies and shape any other kind of supplemental content that makes your blog better than just a wall of text. Also, never underestimate the importance of having a full-size keyboard at your fingertips.
Hammering out 500 words isn’t fun on a touch screen.
When searching for your on-the-road laptop, keep these features in mind:
- Lightweight: the computer, power adapter and peripherals shouldn’t weigh more than two or three pounds.
- Power: good battery life can save you a lot of headaches from lost content.
- Peripheral space: count a laptop’s available USB ports and SD card slots to make sure it can handle all of your equipment.
Smartphones and tablets are getting more powerful every year, so if you don’t need a lot of extensive software to maintain your blog, consider ditching the comparatively clunky computer for a mobile device. Though they don’t have the storage capacity of laptops, mobile devices are excellent for cloud computing, and they conveniently allow you to transfer vital data between devices with sim cards.
Smart devices are especially handy for bloggers who record a lot of audio, images and video; most modern mobile tech has high-quality A/V components that make generating content a snap. Of course, you shouldn’t forget about grabbing a few of the best editing apps out there.
- Instagram and Adobe Photoshop Mobile are great for image editing
- Apps like VC Audio Pro and TapeMachine offer broadcast-quality audio editing
- Majisto and Quik Video are strong offerings in the emerging world of mobile video editors
Keep the Power Flowing
One of the big challenges of taking tech on the road is making sure the batteries stay charged. It’s no fun to try to nurse a dying smartphone or laptop through the electricity famine of the highway, plugging in only when you stop for lunch or grab a hotel room. In these cases, it’s handy to have:
- A universal power adapter so you can charge your devices through the cigarette lighter in your vehicle
- A compact power box or mobile power strip if you have multiple devices that need juice from a limited source and to expand your number of available outlets
- A mobile Wi-Fi generator so you can connect to the Internet from anywhere
If you choose the right combination of devices and peripherals, you can have a one-bag mobile blogging office. You’ll be free to travel without putting your blog on the back-burner, plus you’ll be able to share your experience on the road with your subscribers.
Image via Flickr by Tsahi Levent-Levi