Desktop or a Laptop?

Having a personal computer is the very first prerequisite to start blogging. Whether to go for a desktop or a laptop is a common dilemma most of us encounter. Around the time I took up blogging, having a laptop was beyond my reach. So, I had to settle for a desktop. Getting the latest configuration desktop assembled that time had cost me around $550; accessories like UPS, speakers, table, head phone, etc. not included. I didn’t have to buy a chair as I made use of the one lying in my drawing room.

blogging from the beach
Photo courtesy: Giorgio Montersino (flickr)

When you grade towards becoming a serious blogger, you need to be in touch with your blog on a regular basis, at least once a day. This is not a difficult task so far you are at home. However, when you are on a vacation or traveling otherwise, you will realize the need to have a laptop. In my case, though most of the blog related files are available online, there are still many resource files stored locally on the system. This makes ‘effective’ blogging almost impossible without a laptop.

Even at home, blogging from the confinement of the room has started boring me to the core. The other day, I was browsing through the photos of people using laptop from the luxury of their lawn at home or beach during vacation. This made me actively consider buying a laptop. So, I did a bit of web search on laptops and laptop accessories. I was excited to see that there are many brands and varieties of laptops available in the market for prices starting as low as $600. There are few ‘must-have’ accessories as well but for the time being I should be okay with a laptop sleeve or a backpack.

Whether you use a desktop or a laptop, here are some good practices you should follow:

  • Have your blogging related data (modified themes and plugins, software, advertisement database, etc.) stored on a different partition of the hard drive. Never store them on C drive.
  • Whenever you make some substantial changes in the stored data, don’t forget to take a back-up of the modification, preferably in a pen drive.
  • Make it a point to have a separate pen drive for your blogging related back-up. Don’t use it for the personal stuff which you share with your friends and other folks.

These simple looking tips will go a long way in making blogging a happy experience. After all, if you consider blogging a serious affair, why not do it the organized way!

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