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Top Cell Phone Tips For Bloggers

Maintaining a blog can be as hard or as easy as you want it to be, presuming that you allow for the fact that the more effort you put in, the more reward you are likely to get back. Many of us got our first go at blogging way back in the mists of time, back when LiveJournal was the foremost method of social networking. Back then, it was mostly a case of writing a post into the blogging client, sharing it with your friends list, and awaiting comments. Blogging has changed significantly since then, and become something you can make a living from.

If you got in on the ground floor with blogging, then it’s just over twenty years since you got your start, and it’s quite something to think about all of the things that are different now. Blogging for a living is a complicated process, with more plug-ins and widgets than we could even have imagined back in the day, and yet blogging is also something you can do from the comfort of a phone that’s small enough to fit in one hand. However, you’ll need to know what the dos and don’ts of blogging from a smart phone are – and they’ve been set out for you below.

Don’t compose posts on your phone

If you’re someone who spends a lot of time on public transport, or waiting in line somewhere, it can feel like a good idea to use that time productively to maintain your blog. And to some extent it is, but not in the sense of actually writing posts on a cell phone. 

It simply doesn’t work. Unless your posts are Tumblr-length brain coughs that run for no more than a couple of sentences, the act of composing a blog post on a phone is one of the most infuriating processes imaginable. Phones are good for tweeting, but awful for blogging.

But do plenty of research on them

 

The problem of composing on a phone has nothing to do with browsing speed – in fact, mobile browsers are getting better and better, and you can stream live content while waiting for your train without real difficulty. It’s the difficulty of typing at any speed on a tiny keypad that’s the problem, so maybe post a few tweets while waiting instead.

Or… you can research your next blog post. All the facts and figures you could want are at your fingertips. You can make notes – there are even apps for collating clippings from articles as you read – and when you get to your desktop PC or a laptop, you can throw articles from the mobile browser to the computer, ready to use for your blog post.

Don’t run essential blog maintenance from your phone

There are plenty of reasons that a blog can go down during a day, and it’s an irritating experience to live through. But live through it you should, if the only alternative is to try and make the necessary tweaks using your phone.

It’s not that you can’t make those tweaks, simply that – as good as the browser may be – the internet connection is inherently unstable. The page can easily update when you’re not ready for it to do so, and then refuse to come back when you try to make it right. Diagnose as much as you can from looking at the blog on your phone, and make notes so you can fix it when you get to your laptop.

Do take photos using your phone

Part of the joy of blogging is that it’s never going to be absolutely as formal as writing for an academic site or an authority newspaper. There is some freedom to take a more personal approach, and one way to do this is by taking candid pictures using your phone.

Once you crack the fairly simple process of converting a HEIC file to a JPG, you can run a lot of the content collection on your phone, even using pictures as a jumping-off point for a new post. It’s often said we have our best ideas when we’re out and about, and with a trusty cell phone, you can make sure they don’t float away.

There are other tips worth remembering, but too in-depth to be covered in detail here. For example, never try to correct a HTML error on a phone (ever); while you can’t write posts on a phone, you can certainly edit them and reply to comments; and perhaps most importantly of all, make sure you download the app for whichever CMS you are using for your blog. Follow these and the tips above, and you won’t go far wrong.

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