Through lack of planning and technology roadblocks, I wasn’t able to properly engage with my blog and Facebook communities during a recent trip. And I missed all of you!
Before leaving the U.S., I purchased international data plans for my iPhone and iPad. The prices were reasonable for the first 25 MB, but horribly expensive for anything after that. So days before the trip, I unsubscribed to more than a dozen email lists to limit what I would download. But I was surprised by how many more kept cropping up. (This is an ongoing issue.) I also tried to remind myself to turn off data roaming when I wasn’t accessing the web, but I wasn’t always successful.
And of course, I tried many hotel, café, train, and airport wifi services. Two observations: 1) They are not always easy to connect to. 2) For the most part, they are painfully slow. For example, it was impossible for me to upload a video to Facebook while in Scotland and London using wifi. Even clipping the video didn’t work.
In addition to feeling bandwidth-impaired, I found that while my various devices were great in their own way, they were basically useless together. For example, I never got in the rhythm of synching up the Notes and Kindle apps on the iPad and iPhone so that content would be available on either device. Sometimes even Gmail didn’t synch up properly, so I had to delete unwanted emails again when accessing them on another device. (Sometimes emails didn’t go out, either.) And, of course, there was no way to get photos from my camera onto my iPad without going through DropBox and risking having to pay huge extra data charges for the uploads.
I didn’t attempt to blog, even though I had pledged to myself that I would. I’d already found that using the WordPress dashboard on the iPad is frustrating. (I really need more practice in blogging on the go.) But more importantly, I was just not thinking or acting in a professional capacity until my last day in Edinburgh, when I visited the Writer’s Museum. Hopefully that will result in a decent blog soon.
All-in-all, I was feeling rather lame until I began composing this blog on the flight home. And I started to get excited about engaging with you all again. Which reminds me, I still need to learn more about you. If you’ve never commented before, leave a quick note about who you are and whether you have your own Facebook business page and/or blog I should check out.
As always, thanks for being here, and on Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest.
P.S. Last year, I took a different view of vacation and had an interesting outcome for my social media sites: [unplugging: an experiment]