I’ve been writing with my iPad for a while. Almost every post on this site was written with Editorial
. I even built a custom workflow to post to Tumblr directly from the app. And so far, I’ve been including screenshots using an adapted version of Federico Viticci’s image upload script
It works well, but this sort of thing isn’t accessible to everyone. It’s too fiddly to set up, it requires looking at and sometimes editing code–it’s difficult. And while blogging from an iOS device is currently a small topic with a limited audience, I think there’s a broader audience who would be interested in it if it weren’t so difficult to do.
The fact that it’s non-trivial irritates me. For a device that Apple touts as being immensely capable, something as simple as blogging should have been solved on day one. When a person is judging whether or not to adopt a platform, the decision can often come down to things that seem trivial.
I really like the iPad. I want to see more people using them. So I’m building Plink to make blogging from an iOS device easier for those people who’ve tried and found it to be too difficult. For me, the biggest annoyance has been dealing with images. Uploading them, getting a link to them, inserting the link in my document, etc. Plink takes care of that.
You could say that Plink is a feature, not a product. You’d be 100% correct. And honestly, if an enterprising app developer wanted to build a wonderful blogging application that fits all of my needs (including the functionality that’s in Plink), more power to ‘em. I’d buy it (or back their Kickstarter or Backer campaign) in an instant.
But until then, Plink could fill a small gap in a small workflow used by a small set of people. And if it eventually convinces a few more people that an iPad can be used as a primary writing/blogging device, I’ll be pretty stoked.