Another random blog post before I head off for my fieldwork for two months or so, where I will probably be beyond the reach of internet, telephone or even electricity for the most part of the trip.

Lately, I've become a big fan of writing in Markdown, and more I use it, more I like it, especially when I can export what I writing in the format that others want without me having to spend a lot of my time trying to format the text. Although I have a pretty good setups to write in Markdown at home in my Mac and on my iPad, I haven't yet found an app that I'm completely happy with for my Windows 7 PC in office. As I am looking for and trying new Markdown apps for Windows 7, I have found one that is Open Source and looks pretty feature rich, and it lets me publish on my blogs directly - its called MarkPad. If you are into Markdown writing, its worth a spin.

Now, for my fieldwork, I'm heading to Madagascar and will spend most of my time there in the eastern rainforest. Its the rainy season there so expecting lots of torrential rain, probably some typhoons, and plenty of mosquito and leeches. I'm prepared though, and very much looking forward to it :-)

One of my favourite Markdown editors in Mac, Byword, has added the ‘premium’ feature (via in-app purchase) to publish directly onto my favourite blogging platform WordPress, as well as in Blogger, tumblr and Evernote. I use WordPress in all my blogs but have also been using Evernote quite extensively recently to gather useful info both for personal and professional work. So, although this premium feature comes at relatively steep pricing of £2.99 ($4.99), especially given the fact that I purchased Byword at a significantly discounted price (of £2.99), I think this add-on is worth its price if you want quick and easy publishing to your blog from a very good markdown editor on Mac. I don’t know if Byword for iOS has also been updated with this pubishing feature, but hope it is, as I also use it on my iPad quite a lot, particularly while taking notes during the meeting and just writing bits and pieces of thoughts whenever I’m in the field or travelling with my iPad.