May 25th, 2010 | daybook
Found out a few hours ago that I’m going to be in London for two business meetings tomorrow. Shooting in and out, but it still means that the bulk of tomorrow’s doing will be done on the mobile devices (I operate a Blackberry Curve for email and an iPhone 3GS for everything else. Because there’s nothing more annoying than the phone ringing when you’re trying to write an email on the same device.)
Which reminds me. In comments, someone asked me to list the apps I use for mobile work, particularly posting to warrenellis.com, "without it sounding like a shill." To which I would observe, you asked me, you knobend.
First off: I strongly advise you get a Posterous account, and plug in the details required to make it post to your blog (very easy). This will leave you with an email address that will post everything you send to it. If you find something you like better than Posterous, great.
* WordPress: the app is better for moderating comments and editing previous posts on the go than it is for actual posting, the process for which is frankly absurd.
* Audioboo: for posting audio to the site. Dead easy.
* Reeder: for reading your RSS aggregator on the go. Hooks into your del.icio.us account. If you have the WordPress plug-in, you can get your blog to post your del.icio.us links on an automagic basis. I tested a bunch of RSS apps, and so far Reeder has been far and away the best of them.
* Flickr app: lets you email photos from your contacts’ photostream. So, if you’ve got an email-to-blog system like Posterous, you can email photos off the Flickr app and straight to your blog.
(Oh, and if you’re on Tumblr and using an iPhone? The Tumblr app is very good. Also free.)
It’s a pretty simple set of tools. But moblogging, as we used to call it, isn’t supposed to be hard. It should always have been easy. Frankly, if I didn’t have a million posts here, I’d think a lot about moving my act to a Tumblr, just because the Tumblr people get it — this shit is supposed to be easy. There’s that bit on the first page of Charlie’s ACCELERANDO:
He glances up and grabs a pigeon, crops the shot, and squirts it at his weblog to show he’s arrived.
It’s supposed to be that easy. And as much as I hate being inculcated into the The Cult Of Steve, it was just never that easy with a Nokia.