I have a couple of friends who have what I refer to as “baby laptops.” I know–it’s a far cry from the correct term, netbook, but that’s just my way.
I want one. I need one. I was hoping a special someone could get me one as a lovely birthday gift in November, but I didn’t have a special someone (not that week–he bailed before my big day). Christmas came and went, too.
I got an email on Christmas Eve about the Mom Bloggers Club sweepstakes where you could win an HP Mini 110-1100 with Windows 7 Home Premium. All you have to do is blog about what you would do with it. I know how I would use the baby laptop.
I’m on the cusp of officially launching my writing and speaking website, Delivering A Rich, Empowering Experience so marketing my services and getting my name out there is a priority for me. I’d use the HP Mini to keep abreast of my subscriptions for freelancing jobs and capture leads, follow up with experts I need to interview, update my editorial calendar, check on writing contests, and schedule my non-work activities such as my daughter’s social life (she’s 6, lol), church activities, Toastmasters events, and speaking engagements.
I traveled a lot in the latter half of 2009, and I always brought my laptop with me. My only requirements of a hotel are a decent bed and free wi-fi so I can use my laptop to access mapquest and local information as well as manage my writing projects and use IM, Facebook and Twitter to keep in touch. I usually have a layover when I fly, and I use that waiting time to type up story ideas, watch videos, and read PDFs of newsletters and ebooks I’ve downloaded. The problem is, my laptop belongs to my company (I’m still employed as well as freelancing), and it’s pretty heavy even if I switch shoulders carrying it around on travel days. The HP Mini is just over 3 pounds–music to my ears.
The baby laptop would be really convenient to have while I’m out and about every day. As a writer, I record my thoughts, inspirations, and notes in a legal-size notebook that I try to remember to take with me everywhere I go. With the HP Mini, I could type up ideas whenever the mod strikes, and not have to worry about keeping track of papers lying all over my desk and floor, nor would I have to sort them later. (Now where were my notes on such-and-such? It was right here a second ago…) I sing in the choir at church, but sometimes we learn new song lyrics “on the fly.” Typing the words to a song on the HP Mini while I’m listening to it would be much faster and more efficient than writing them longhand.
I would use my baby laptop in the house as well. I keep my company laptop and PC upstairs, while my bedroom and living room are downstairs, so having the lightweight HP Mini would save me more than a few steps.
Do you have a netbook? How does it help you organize your life? If you don’t have one, could you see yourself simplifying your life by owning one? Mom Blogger’s Club will randomly give away three (3) HP Mini 110-1100 by Studio Tord Boontje PCs to readers who leave a comments on various entrants’ blog posts, so leave a comment here!