As noted in my previous post, I prefer to keep technology that works as long as possible, even if others consider it obsolete. Case in point: my iPod touch, which is less than a year old, but which has been supplanted by a sexier version with a camera. I like to travel light, and I plan to visit Poland (in an area with wifi, my research assures me). I would rather not carry a laptop. Can I blog, complete with images, while on the road with just my trusty iPod touch and my foldy full-size Bluetooth keyboard?
Turns out the answer is yes. The blogging part is easy: WordPress has an app. Images were trickier. A test post revealed that the WordPress app won’t embed pictures. But I figured out a way around that: upload the image to a remote site, then hotlink it.
This blog post is a test for my new setup. I purchased, for a mere $40, the zoomMediaPlus card reader. As advertised, it reads SD memory cards. I popped mine out of my camera and into the reader. You have to download an app, which mediates between the touch and the reader. This step is the weak link in my blog-with-images scheme: it depletes battery life at an amazing rate as it copies from the SD card to the touch. It also doesn’t have a useful way to specify which images you want. I had envisioned choosing, say, three images to load onto my touch, just for blog posts; but it may be harder than that to select exactly what I want. On the up side, as the software transfers the image, it smallifies it to a version better suited to appearing on the Web. This means that the SD chip still has the high-quality images I took with my camera, but I can blog with poorer-quality, Web-optimized images, which is exactly what I wanted.
Once the image is on the touch, you use the zoomMediaPlus app to copy the image to the touch’s photo directory. Mine ended up in Albums > Saved Photos.
The next step is getting the image online so you can hotlink to it within your WordPress app post. Flikr and Photobucket both have apps; I use the latter. (zoomMediaPlus has an “upload to Flikr” button, which makes it even easier for Flikr folk.) I launched the Photobucket app and uploaded the image I’d pulled from my SD card. I copied the URL, then pasted it into the WordPress app blog post:
Test image, pulled from my camera’s SD card into my touch, then uploaded via the Photobucket app
Although my main concern was getting images into blog posts, the apps permit more to be done: both zoomMediaPlus and Photobucket let you upload images to Facebook, for example. And if you have it set up in your Photobucket account, you can tweet the image.
When I researched this topic, I discovered that most bloggers draft using the app, then save it and finish it at their regular computer, where they add in images and hotlinks. However, it’s certainly possible to do the entire thing within the WordPress app. Just be sure to hit Save before you exit to another app, or, like me, you may end up typing up the blog post twice.
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