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Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Can your BlackBerry Help Your Writing Career?

by LuAnn Schindler

OK, I admit it. I bought myself a "Happy Holidays to me" gift: the latest, greatest smart phone from BlackBerry. At first I considered just the practical aspects: email availability from up to five accounts, Twitter and Facebook applications for promotion and posting of writing samples, video and voice recording capabilities, and a memo program. It also has documents-to-go, including Word and PowerPoint.

I've used it a couple times to jot notes for articles so I don't forget about the sensory details associated with an event. The small keyboard is, well, small, but I can type 120 on a regular keyboard. I'm close to 75 wpm on the BlackBerry keyboard.

Will BlackBerry revolutionize a writer's world? Maybe not, but it is a handy device to keep me organized and close to my work, even if I'm away from the office.

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Blogger Joanne said...

Love those "Happy Holidays To-Me Gifts!" I've looked at the Blackberry, and you make it sound enticing to be able to access work/writing on the go, but I haven't committed to one yet. Still thinking ...

8:57 AM  
Anonymous allena said...

I'm jealous. I'm budgeted to get a Storm in late Feb :) I have been wanting one FOREVER!

I have a regular blackberry and it has ALWAYS helped me. I am ultra organized. I have to- do lists that are sorted by due date on it- and yes, I follow them!

Then, I use the memo feature a LOT to jot down peices of ANYTHING that come to me in the middle of ANYTHING.

The calendar helps me to remember where I'm supposed to be and when. THe alarm allows me to take short naps in parking lots between errand 1 and errand 2, lol. I love it.

In the 80s/90s I excelled at Franklin Planning, so I think that that's just part of my personality.

Have fun! Can't wait for my Storm!

8:59 AM  

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