Filed under: autism, disability, social media, Writing | Tags: blogging, books, inspiration, Lectio Divina, Wordpress, writing
I only have two months to go of my challenge to post to my blog every day for a whole year. I will be glad when it is over, it’s not that I have not enjoyed it, I have, but it does put me under a lot of pressure. The two biggest challenges are finding the time and thinking of some thing about which to write.
I have set myself a deadline of midnight every day to complete my task. Sometimes I have posted slightly late, usually because I have not allowed enough time for the vagaries of the internet. It is frustrating when I think I have finished successfully, only to discover my post has been saved to draft on WordPress rather than having been published. Last night I tethered my tablet to my phone to get my blog posted, as time goes by I am picking up all sorts of tricks. I may not have time to edit as fully as I’d like, but I still need to attend to technical details. Some nights find me desperately typing well after eleven o clock at night in order to meet my deadline. Having a deadline to meet provides an invaluable discipline, meeting it provides an invaluable sense of accomplishment. I have learned to seize moments to write in-between other activities; it is futile to expect to get my days writing completed in one uninterrupted session, but it remains a dream.
Finding content can be a challenge. Sometimes the events of my day provide me with both inspiration and material. On occasion something read in the newspapers or seen on television may inspire reflection and comment. As this year has unfolded I have increasingly found myself using “flow of consciousness” techniques, it is very much like Lectio Divina (still, after many years, one of my favourite spiritual practices; easy to do, but not easy to do well.) except without the reading; I tend to find “flow of consciousness” particularly suited to those occasions when I am writing in my bath (preferable to writing in library books; you know who you are, desist!). Writing in ones bath may itself become material for a blog, possibly with references to Comrade Marat and Charlotte Corday (note to self: Check spellings of proper nouns). One thing I have learned is that there is plenty about which to write in this world, if inspiration is particularly elusive I pick any subject, perhaps from one of the books in my library, an old memory or perhaps a trivial incident, and write about it; as well as being a useful discipline in its own right, it frequently unlocks the doors for inspiration to enter.
Only two months to go, the end is in sight and I am quite excited. It will be good to no longer be under this pressure; the funny thing is that I think I’m going to miss it. I don’t have to though, do I?
Filed under: social media, Web Browsers | Tags: App Store, Drive, Evernote, Freemake, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Google Keep, Google Play, MX Player, Nexus 7, Polaris Office, Samsung, Wordpress
Decisions, decisions! I am due a phone upgrade in December and now some planning is necessary. I had thought of trying for a Galaxy Note 2, however as I have been promised the new Nexus 7 for my birthday, I’m inclined to go with the phone and mini tablet rather than a phablet. I strongly suspect I will get a Samsung Galaxy 4 , sadly the Galaxy 4 Zoom is not on offer. I have thoroughly enjoyed the S2, both my wife and daughters have S3s and they are very good, so I think I’ll stick with Samsung.
Over the next couple of months I shall be reviewing the apps I have on my S2 to see which I will want to continue using and which will go. It may well be that some of the photography apps I use I won’t need on the S4. I am certain I will continue to use both Snapseed and, for more intensive processing, Photo Editor. Until I have played with the camera I won’t know what else I need but there are some, like Fastburst Camera which I would pay for if I had two years of a contract ahead of me.
The one app above all I find essential is Google Drive and I use it every day. I draft my blog on Drive before copying and pasting it into WordPress, another app without which I cannot be. I can use Drive from any PC whether, Windows or Linux, I use both. I have the paid for version of CamScanner, it is that good! and it allows my to save my scanned documents, as PDFs straight to Drive. At present I use Polaris Office, but I will review that. I have Evernote and I love it’s functionality, however for quick notes I find myself, increasingly, using Keep, not as many functions but very convenient.
I use my iPod for music, however I do like to watch films on my phone so MX Player is a must, it seems to play anything I ask it, although that’s no stretch as I use Freemake to convert DVDs to S2 format. There are so many apps I’ll have to keep, including IMDB, Cineworld, iPlayer and You Tube, that I suppose my best bet is to start dumping the ones I have hardly used. Realistically I do not need five internet browsers, so I’ll have to decide which ones to keep, but I like trying browsers they are addictive, more so even than Linux distros.
This promises to be an interesting time, however it may prove to be pointless as I’m sure to find new apps to try as quickly as I get rid of the old ones. People complain that Google Play has fewer apps than Apple’s App Store, I say, “Thank God, that’s enough already!” Roll on December!
Filed under: social media | Tags: Android, Blog, blogging, FaceBook, Wordpress
As you may be aware I have set out to blog every day of this year, and so far things are going well. Personally I prefer to write my blogs on my laptop or on a PC. Sometimes my work schedule interferes with my plans, for example one of our managers tonight has happily logged himself into all the available PCs, so no one else can use them. On occasion, at home my internet drops out and so I cannot post from my PC. It is at times like this I turn to my phone.
In essence my procedure for blogging from my phone is the same as from my PC; I first draft the blog on Google Drive and then copy and paste it to WordPress. The WordPress app on Android lacks some of the functionality of the full program, but it is very easy to use.
Typing on my Android phone is very quick and easy because I use Swype; it is too quick and easy because Swype sometimes decides to substitute its own choice of word for the one I typed. This is not a problem as long as I notice it, but when typing quickly mistakes are easily overlooked. Before I copy my text to WordPress I read it over and correct it.
When I have my text pasted into WordPress I then put in any links I want, this in much easier on a PC than on my phone, but out can be done. On the PC it is also easier to add tags, on the phone I have to you’re each one, even the ones I use often. Finally before posting my blog, I read it over again and make my last tweaks and corrections.
Once my blog is published I read it over again and usually discover some of my corrections haven’t happened. Fortunately it is easy to edit a post on WordPress. Finally I can sit back and relax until my friends start pointing out my spelling mistakes on Facebook. A last edit and then finally, I can sit back and relax until my friends start pointing out my spelling mistakes on Facebook (this last step may be repeated several times!)
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Android, Android Market, asperger's, autism, cell phones, Galaxy S2, information processing, mobile phones, N95, Nokia N95, Samsung Galaxy S2, Wordpress, Wordpress Mobile
I don’t like change,and that applies to telephones as much as anything else. I have been using a N95 since it was at the cutting edge of communications technology and I still like it. My phone is set up exactly as I like it, and it works for me… unfortunately it works less often than it used and it’s falling apart.
I now have a new Galaxy S2 and I don’t like it. It’s not the phone’s fault it has a touch screen to shich I am not yet used. Nor is it the phone’s fault I have to set it up to suit me, and sort out my contacts — not that I phone people!
I disliked this phone until I discovered the Android Market. My N95 didn’t really have apps, modern phones have them like a rash. In the process of setting up my Galaxy, I found it neccessary to visit the Market where I found this rather neat WordPress application, I am beginning to think (if I ever master typing on a touch screen) I may actually enjoy this phone!
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: blogging, blogs, micro-blogging, QuickPress, Twitter, Twittering, Wordpress
I love QuickPress! It sits on my WordPress dashboard for when I have something to say, but don’t have the time, energy or inclination to write a full blog. It bridges a gap between Twittering and blogging. It’s one of those little details that makes me so glad I use WordPress. If Twitter is for micro-blogging QuickPress is for midi-blogging.