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I’m into my sixth year (can you believe it!) of blogging here on Never Enough Thyme and still enjoying sharing favorite recipes with you every week, but I’ve never shared what really goes into creating a post and the technology behind the blog. It’s a lot more than just typing up a recipe and pressing “publish.”
A post starts first with a recipe idea, then shopping for ingredients, followed by cooking and testing the recipe. All the time I’m cooking, I’m also photographing important steps that I think you might find helpful and thinking about how I want to plate and style the finished dish. I choose all the props (dishes, flatware, and linens) that I want to include in the photo and get that all set up. I also set up my camera and lighting equipment. When the recipe is finished, I then photograph the final result. You might think that was the end, but oh no, that’s just the beginning.
The next step is processing all the photographs and choosing the ones to be included in the post. Each photo is processed, cropped, and sized. And all of this happens before the first word of the post is ever written. Creating a single recipe blog post takes me an average of between 6 and 8 hours. And I’m still not finished! After the post has been published on the blog, it is then sent to my 8,000 newsletter subscribers and promoted on social media – Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and LinkedIn. The featured photo is also submitted to many sites for inclusion in their curated collections. And none of this would be possible without the technology to support it!
I’ve always been something of a technology geek. I spent my entire professional career outside of the blog in technology. I’ve done everything from heading a technology help desk to setting up networks to repairing computers to being a webmaster. My background gives me a real appreciation of technology and the products that make everyday tasks easier.
I was recently offered an opportunity to try out the Intel powered Dell Venue 8 7000 series tablet. When the Venue 8 arrived, I could hardly wait to get it out of the box and get my hands on it! As pro-technology as I am, I had never used a tablet with a touch screen before and wasn’t sure how I was going to like that. It took me less than 5 minutes to decide that it’s a very good thing! I’ve been using the Venue 8 constantly since it arrived and I’m crazy about this device. I can do nearly anything on the Venue 8 that I can do on my laptop and big desktop computers.
The Dell Venue 8 employs the Android operating system. If you’ve ever had an Android phone, you’ll be right at home from the moment you first press the power button. This the thinnest tablet in the world at just 6mm and features the best tablet display technology available – absolutely crystal clear! Its size makes it perfect for me to nestle into my purse for quick trips away from home and so much easier than lugging around a big, heavy laptop!
There are thousands of apps for the Venue 8 available from the Google Play Store and I’ve already downloaded quite a few to help me with blogging tasks. I can take and edit photos, track revenue and expenditures, write blog post drafts, track my calendar, and much more.
One of the most fascinating features of the Dell Venue 8 7000, and one that I know my blogging colleagues are going to be amazed by, is the camera! This is the world’s first tablet with the Intel® RealSense™ Snapshot Depth Camera which consists of one 8M pixel camera and two 720p stereoscopic cameras that enable you to capture and measure all the depth information in a photograph. And get this bloggers – you can refocus the photo after it’s taken. Really. Say you have a great photo, but you actually wanted that tomato in the foreground to be the focus. No problem! Intel® RealSense™ can fix that for you with a couple of clicks. I’ve never seen anything like it and it is amazing.
Still wondering whether the Dell Venue 8 7000 is a valuable productivity tool? Well, would you believe I created this entire post from photo processing to writing completely on the Venue 8 tablet? I did!
What I was up to…