Lately I’ve been wanting to work on a couple of writing projects.
One is a design document for a new online service that I’d like to start. Eventually I’ll have to recruit a programmer or two and some other members of a team for it, but the first step is to get down on paper the details. Another is an ebook on blog promotion that I’ve been wanting to write.
I created both in OpenOffice (the word processor I use at home), but made absolutely no progress on either. The problem was that to work on them at work, I needed to put them on my USB stick, open them up at work, edit them on whatever machine I happened to be on, synchronize them back with my home machine, etc.
So I found myself not doing any of that because it was too much of a pain.
Somewhat belatedly I remembered about Google Docs. That’s a suite of word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation creator. The gimmick is that it’s all web based, with the documents themselves stored on a Google server somewhere. So you can work on documents anywhere you happen to be.
And for group projects, you can share a document with one or more other people, and can specify whether they can just view it or edit it.
Since I copied both documents up to Google docs, I’ve made quite a bit of progress on them. It’s very easy to pop onto Google Docs on whatever computer I happen to be on when I find myself with a few minutes, make some additions, and then log off.
If you find yourself working on the run, give Google Docs a try.