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Writing anywhere

September 12th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’ve just written a blog post on my iPod touch. I liked it so much, I’m doing it again now! It used to be that if you wanted to write in an obscure place, you had to rely on having a note book to hand. Now there are quite a few options.

But why would you want to be able to write anywhere? A big reason for many is that it allows you to capture ideas quickly, while they are still fresh in the mind. Convenience is also a major part of it – if there are no seats on the train for example, I can still write. Even if it is just some notes, snatched paragraphs, or some planning.

The iPod touch (or iPhone of course) is just one option. Many handheld devices now include some way of recording notes. Or if they don’t, then more and more devices support a way of getting something that does allow it, like a downloadable application. If you’re desperate, even a mobile phone will allow you to type and save a text (even if it can be a bit cumbersome).

I like using the iPod touch because I find the touch keypad relatively easy to use, even for things that are longer than a few notes. Not only that, but it is also easy to move those notes to the usual place I store my writing – on my computer. I have to wait until I get home, but I can easily email my text to myself directly through the notes application. Ok, so it’s not as convenient as having Dropbox, like on my laptop, but it’s a lot better than having to type something up that I’ve handwritten.

Of course, some people will always prefer a notepad, and that’s fine – whatever works best for you. personally, I find the idea of copying stuff up, or keeping notes in separate places, a real waste of time. After all, there’s so little of it anyway!

Has anyone got any tips for recording notes you can easily send to yourself? Any app recommendations? Or do you find that only paper will do, and all this technology just gets in the way?