In the month of January, I am going to run Drewtensils using nothing but my iPad.
Research, asset gathering, writing, layout, and publishing — all done with an iPad Air and a lot of patience. I'm not the first one to do something like this, and I certainly won't be the last. I'm not trying to prove a point — this is simply an experiment that may not even go particularly well.
Or maybe it will.
When the iPad was first released in 2010, I dreamed that it could allow me to ditch my (then) incredibly bulky MacBook Pro for something lighter, more efficient, and easier to travel with. In 2014, I think we've reached a point where that's a legitimate possibly for a lot of people. Everything from music recording, to coding, to photo editing can be done on an iPad, and now more than ever, can be done incredibly well. It's an efficient and intimate device that for certain tasks just feels right. Recently I'm finding that writing is one of those tasks.
There's something very charming and refreshing about only being able to view one app at a time on the iPad, and I've found that it can really help battle the constant distractions that can be the result of having multiple windows open at once. Focusing on the single task at hand is key, and the iPad is excellent at that.
Now let's talk about the technical details.
The iPad I will be using is a first generation iPad Air, WiFi only. When at my desk, I will have the iPad propped up using a Belkin FlipBlade Tablet Stand and I will type using the Amazon Basics Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad. This is an excellent keyboard for an excellent price that is more than small enough to travel with if need be.
I will be doing all my writing in Markdown, in Byword, as per usual. Any code tweaks that need to be made will be done in Diet Coda and uploaded via SFTP. This is the very same workflow I use when writing on my Mac, so it's a relatively seamless transition to start doing this on the iPad. This is why I love cross-platform apps.
I'm not giving up the Mac entirely for these 31 days. I will still be using it in my day-job, and for my photography work. But any work that is done with the intention of it ending up on Drewtensils will be done on the iPad, including photo editing.
I will be writing about my experience on The Drewbot throughout the month. Let's hope this doesn't crash and burn.
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