Mobile is the future of the web. Some folks live on the Internet exclusively through their mobile devices these days, and more are getting comfortable checking email, browsing for restaurants, and consuming content on their tablets and phones than ever before.
So of course, I figured I should get on board too. I like to set challenges for myself to keep blogging fun and new, and to inspire me to keep publishing. My newest blogging project is to publish exclusively from the mobile WordPress app for one month. I started on the train to the airport in Vienna, and since then I’ve only been posting from my phone.
It’s an interesting experience. I’ve noticed I write differently depending on the device I’m using. Pen and paper feels contemplative and goes deeper into my imagination or psyche. On the laptop, I write more businessy type posts. In fact, if I want to write about career or work, I don’t use paper at all – I go straight for the keyboard. Creative writing requires ink.
Mobile writing is immediate. I can take it anywhere. Right now I sit alone in the car in the aquatic center parking lot on an early Sunday morning. Rain dribbles down the windshield, Justin Bieber is on the radio, and I feel an immense satisfaction from the tapping sound of my phone keyboard. I’m pretty proud because for years I have been a single finger typer on my phone. As of three days into this project, though, I transitioned to turning my phone sideways so I can use my thumbs, and I can now use both hands.
It’s the small victories.
Posts published via mobile will be tagged wponthego.
6 thoughts on “Mobile blogging”
Thanks for your post Andrea. I too challenge myself, as well but I don’t know about blogging exclusively using my phone. That’s a true challenge. My keypad is too small – vertically or horizontally. Now tell me again why I would want to type up and post a blog post (or anything else, for that matter) from my phone? Oh yeah, the wave of the future. Knowing me as I do, I will certainly give it a try. Albeit, a very short post.
I also use my phone to blog sometimes. It’s fun! No doubt!
Wow! Turn phone sideways! Okay. This will take some practice and slower at the moment but doable. I’m also practicing with swiping. But a w
a whole post? We’ll see how that goes.
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Interesting observation about how the platform influences style. I’ve thought about whether writing via phone would be at all helpful in content generation, but so far it’s still strictly web browsing, Twitter and games. I was thinking about getting a mobile phone keyboard, but that basically makes it a laptop again with a tiny screen. I really don’t know how to create anymore. Too much distraction. . .
It’s probably no surprise that I ❤ this challenge. 😀
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Every time I have tried to do so, trying to publish something more than a photo and a comment from my smartphone from WordPress or Tumblr app I got frustrated.
Things have gone a little better using clear, distraction-free, writing app like iA Writer od Byword or Simplenote … that’s if the post is mostly text and expressing my emotions at least, and I don’t have to use another websites for quoting or reference.
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