One of the many beauties of blogging is that you can do it do it whenever inspiration and the desire occur – not just at the end of an evening when you are sitting in front of your desktop computer.
Thanks to the proliferation of laptop computers, Wi-Fi hotspots and devices like mobile broadband dongles, more and more people are hitting the web to express their opinion or business blog.
And just like deciding whether you will blog on WordPress, Tumblr or Typepad, there are a multitude of ways to get online to do it, there’s home broadband, mobile broadband, wireless routers, tablet computers, Wi-Fi hotspots or even via your phone.
Here’s my take on mobile broadband and why it can be the ideal way to get online when you are blogging.
It’s there where and when you are – There’s nothing worse than wanting to update your blog and not being able to, luckily that’s not a problem with mobile broadband, because it’s an internet connection in your pocket or bag.
Whether you’re getting online with a USB dongle or a Wi-Fi router, you can be online within a matter of seconds – ideal if you need to connect to post an urgent update or to moderate blog comments.
Cheaper than ever before – Not long ago, the idea of having your own mobile data connection, was something which was only available to rich business users, nowadays there are a wide variety of packages to suit every budget.
Options range from monthly deals which offer large data allowances for power users, to pay as you go alternatives which can be paid for by the month or even by the day for more sporadic bloggers.
It’s more reliable than wifi spots – There’s nothing wrong with using public wifi spots… usually. But sometimes you can find a router needs resetting, there are too many people already using the connection making it slow, or any other number of annoyances. Luckily you don’t have those worries with your own mobile broadband connection.
This means that using mobile broadband is often a better way to go if you need to live-blog an event, or just to have that certainty that you will be able to get online when you want (or need) to.
Security from being in control – It’s a well known fact that using your laptop in public can be a security risk – but connecting to the internet via a dedicated mobile broadband connection is a safer way of doing it.
Using a mobile broadband dongle or Wi-Fi router, you know the network you are connecting to is a secure one, not one set up by some unscrupulous character who is using it to collect the details of other users. For bloggers this can be a particular risk, because if someone is able to intercept your blog admin password they could take control of your blog and even lock you out from it.
There are plenty of ways to use it – While the most common ways of using mobile broadband are broadband dongles and Wi-Fi routers, they are by no means the only way, tablet computers with built-in mobile broadband capabilities are booming in popularity.
And with devices like the Apple iPad come new ways of blogging, there are a number of blogging apps for iOS and Android tablets which are designed to make the process of blogging a lot easier and quicker.