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.
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!
I have switched to using a laptop mainly for portability & cost-savings. I did have to initially shell out a larger amount but the savings from the lower electric bill compensates for this.
I agree using a laptop is more cost effective and also gives u an element of freedom, even more so if you have an internet dongle which would provide you with internet access at all times where ever you are.
In my point of view,It depends what is more important to you: portability or memory? Desktops tend to have better systems than laptops for the same price. But you can’t take them on the train to watch a DVD! So you get more for your money in terms of memory etc with a desktop but it is not easily transportable. If it’s for gaming then I would have thought a desktop would be a better investment as you can easily upgrade memory and systems as gaming gets more slick.
Anyway, I write this whilst sitting in office with my laptop. Nice!