Today’s Tip: How to blog from mobile devices
I don’t have a computer anymore. I heard that gasp you know. I don’t, I actually blog and run the website entirely from my mobile and iPad, using the Viking’s computer in the rare occasion I really need to.
It started as convenience before I went overseas, to see if I needed to take a laptop with me or if I could blog while in the US from my iPad Mini. Then, upon returning home, it became a way of testing if I even needed my macbook. I’d recently dropped my macbook pretty badly and put a nice big dent in the top of it. It’s getting pretty old and in need of replacement anyway, so I thought I’d test out if there was actually anything I needed it for – the main thing I used it for was blogging.
As the weeks wore on, I realised I was becoming more and more accustomed to writing straight into my mobile devices, my phone and my iPad, and getting around all the pitfalls of blogging on mobile devices became more of a challenge in laziness (can I do this without having to charge my laptop?) than anything else.
Until one day the Viking pointed out I actually do all my blogging from mobile devices now, and don’t touch my laptop at all. Which is a good thing as it died in the mean time. So I thought I’d share how I do it in the hopes it might help you do the same.
The first thing is to download three programs right now:
- PS Touch or another photo editing program
You’ll need these to help you along the way.
WordPress: The best app for blogging straight from your phone into your wordpress site (.com or self hosted), the wordpress native app is easy to use and aligns with the back end of WordPress sites so it’s easy to navigate. You can upload photos in this app but it gives you the least manoeuvrability so I wouldn’t recommend it.
Blogsy: My favourite mobile device blogging program, Blogsy works really well with writing, formatting, assigning categories, assigning tags, uploading images and setting a featured image.
There are four things I don’t do in Blogsy, that I log in to the back end of the website using Safari to do. They are:
- Schedule posts – technically you can do this, but in my experience the posts publish immediately. Not a risk I’m willing to take
- Custom fields (i.e. Add to home page slider)
- Change author of a post
- Embed videos
For everything else Blogsy is a godsend. I can insert images, set featured images, assign categories and tags. It’s brilliant! I just log in to my site using Safari to do those other things.
PS Touch: The iPad version of Photoshop, and a lot more affordable than the full computer version, PS Touch makes the photographer in me very happy (I actually studied photography, did you know that? It doesn’t show). And it’s necessary for resizing and fixing images.
The next thing to buy is an external keyboard to turn your tablet into a tiny laptop. Logitech is my favourite and the reviews back me up. That’s the one I’m using in the image at the top.
The third thing is the hardest of all – you need to change your mindset from needing a full computer to using a tablet.
That’s it! That’s all you need! If I can run this site, you can ditch your laptop too.
Do you blog from mobile devices? Could you give up your computer?