After my talk at WordCamp US on publishing in 10 minutes per day, an attendee approached me and said, “I realized during your talk that I do most of the things you spoke about. But I do them on my phone while I’m rocking my baby, after she’s gone to sleep and I have those few minutes of quiet.”
I loved that he sneaks in writing time in the best way he can fit it into his life: with his sleeping baby in his arms, on a phone because that’s the way he can make it work.
He inspired me. I am writing this on my phone, from the bleachers at the pool on a Friday night while our daughter’s swim team practices below.
I’ve never written like this before. My husband would tease me because I’m a single-finger texter, and I’m super slow. Typing this is no different. It pains him to watch me type on a phone, much the same way watching someone hunt and peck on a keyboard pains me. But he’s not here, so I can type slowly and painfully.
It’s funny being stripped down like this, to only using the WordPress app on the phone. It’s making me realize how distractable I am on a laptop. In the paragraph above, I would have searched the thesaurus for a synonym for “pain” so I wouldn’t repeat the word so many times. But that’s too much trouble on a phone, switching apps and whatnot, so all the pains stay.
This may not be the most brilliant thing I’ve ever written, but I guess it’s always good to try something new. Krista Stevens has written before that the best camera is the one you have with you. We are moving into an era where I think we can say the same thing about blogging tools.