I’ve had many blogs over the years and one thing I always wanted was to be more mobile with my blogging. I’m old and have terrible eyesight, so blogging on my phone has never been an option. My eyes are too bad, my fingernails are too long, and my patience is too short to write posts on a dinky phone screen.
I’ve always been a PC kinda gal, so I am most comfortable writing that way. A full-size keyboard is my friend, especially one with a great ‘feel.’ I learned to type on a manual typewriter (yep, I’m that old) and keyboards with no feel drive me batty.
However, over the last year or so, I’ve been using my iPad more and more. Especially now that I am drawing on it, I tend to take it everywhere. So I thought I would try out blogging on my iPad. It couldn’t be that hard – even though I loathe the new ‘block’ editor (it’s not that new anymore, I suppose), I’ve been doing okay with it on the PC.
My thoughtful husband bought me a bluetooth keyboard that I could use with the iPad so that I could type with an actual keyboard rather than the on-screen one. (I am active on some forums and let me tell you, trying to select text with the built-in keyboard is a freaking nightmare!)
I also had intentions of participating in Inktober (notice the past tense there) and had drawn up a mandala for the first prompt. I drew it up, decided to post about it, and wrote up the post. Simple, right?
It took forever for the iOS WordPress app to load up my jpg image of the mandala. I think it took about 5 tries before it finally loaded. I finished up my post, proofed it, and published it.
I tried to, anyway.
After hitting publish, the app just sat there with the loading wheel spinning and spinning. So I closed it and tried saving the post.
Nope. Wouldn’t save either.
I tried publishing it again. Again with the loading wheel. I thought, well, I’ll just give it a few minutes and see if it worked. I did a few chores around the house and came back. Nope – still the spinning wheel.
After about an hour of trying to post, I finally gave up. I don’t know if WordPress hates Apple or Apple hates WordPress or they both hate me, but I was so frustrated I was ready to spit nails. Oh, and during this whole process, I also discovered that posts I had saved to come back and read later in the app have also disappeared.
All of them.
So for now, I’ve resigned myself to drawing on the iPad and posting on the PC. Not exactly what I wanted, but we can’t have everything, right?