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Writing on an iPhone (can be done, but I don’t recommend it)

There are few things less annoying than writing a long form blog post on an iPhone. It can be done, though. This post is an example of it.

I’m using a small app called IA Writer, which I’ve used before on the iPad, and have grown to love. I love it so much, in fact, that I bought the Mac version as well and use it extensively. The best feature of the app is that it gets out of the way and lets you focus on your writing. It’s quite literally a blank page and a souped-up on-screen keyboard.

On the iPad it’s a beautiful thing, especially of you have a physical keyboard that you can type on. I guess I can always use a physical Bluetooth keyboard with my iPhone as well, but for this experiment I’m typing away with my thumbs on the on-screen keyboard. Even though I’m a decent thumb-typist when it comes to short text messages and Twitter posts, long-form is a completely different beast.

After a while, thumb fatigue starts to set in. Your fingers start to hit the wrong keys a lot more frequently and you start to lose your train of thought a lot quicker because of all the correcting you’re doing.

I guess if you’re close to deadline and you find yourself away from a keyboard, the iPhone is a way to actually get some work done, however productivity will plummet. And I’m certain you’ll get frustrated soon enough and stop.

Like me, with this dumb test. See you!