My Blogging Experience On A Smartphone

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Smartphone (Photo credit: Pixabay)

In my early days of blogging, I did the majority of my blog posts via my smartphone (Those were the days when BlackBerry was the in thing).

The only time the laptop computer was involved was when I wanted to change to a new theme or when I wanted to do a bit of photo editing.

The smartphone came in rather handy back then, because I loved blogging on the go.

These days, I only blog on my laptop computer (I have to admit, that typing on the keypad of a laptop computer feels natural).

And, I have often wondered, “How the hell I managed to produce content via my smartphone?”

I guess that, back then, I was really determined to make it happen with my handheld device.

So, I have decided to take myself outside of my comfort zone; I would find out once again (from an entirely new perspective), what it is like to compose a blog post via the usage of my smartphone.

I no longer have a BlackBerry smartphone. I have a modern Android smartphone; which would be utilised to compose a draft copy for my article.

If my friend, Marie-Céline is capable of doing it, there is the probability of me doing the same (Provided that I put in the same amount as effort as her).

And, when I am through with composing my draft copy, I would format the content via my laptop computer.

After all, the formatting process is way easier on a laptop computer or on a desktop computer.

Have you ever used the WordPress Mobile App to update your blog?

The Android Smartphone Is Easy To Type On

The first time I used the touchscreen keyboard on an Android smartphone, my finger missed the letter that I wanted to press; it ended up touching the other letter that was right next to it.

Thankfully, I have had years of practice. I can now type without making too many errors (And, this came with the help of sending text messages to friends).

Could you remember what it was like when you first tried your hand at composing a blog post via your smartphone?

You probably gave yourself a good cussing for not using your computer.

The WordPress Mobile App Fell Short

Now, do not get me wrong. The WordPress Mobile App works well. However, it lacked a feature that I am accustomed to — the word count feature (This is important to me, because I made a conscious agreement with myself to post articles that are no less than a thousand words).

So, what did I do?

I copied the article from the WordPress Mobile App and I pasted it into the version of WordPress that I was using in my smartphone’s browser.

Lo and behold, I saw the word count at the bottom of the screen.

I rejoiced and I began typing away.

I Did It All In The Comfort Of My Bed

In the past, I composed the drafts for my blog posts via my smartphone in bed (I actually forgot how lovely it felt to compose the drafts for my blog posts in the comfort of my bed).

In the good old days, I did a small portion of blogging in bed with my laptop computer.

But, nothing beats using a smartphone in bed (Hmm. I have a strong feeling that there are other bloggers who use their smartphones to compose the drafts for their blog posts while they are in bed too).

I am proud to admit, that I never fell asleep while I was composing drafts for my blog posts in bed (And, that is because, I never engaged myself in that activity when I was tired).

I think that every blogger should attempt composing drafts for their blog posts in bed at least once in their lifetime.

The Mosquitoes Tried To Distract Me

In The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, we have mosquitoes; they are some very vicious suckers. 

Could you imagine brushing mosquitoes off of your arm or off your of leg when you are trying to compose drafts for your blog posts on your smartphone?

Anyway, those mosquitoes did not stop me from partaking in this highly interesting experiment; I continued typing away on the touchscreen of my Android smartphone (I showed those mosquitoes that I was just as persistent as they).

Whenever I see my friend, Ryan Biddulph on Facebook again, I will ask him, “How do you deal with mosquitoes when you are Blogging From Paradise?”

Smartphones Can Help Bloggers To Get Their Quota Of Blogging Done

If a blogger is having technical issues with their computer, they can still get their quota of blogging done by using their smartphone.

It might feel a bit awkward at first, but one will eventually get the hang of it.

Today, there are a lot of bloggers who only use their smartphone to blog (I used to be one of those people).

I can bet that there is someone thinking to their self, “Why should I use a computer to blog when I can use a smartphone?”

Final Thoughts

Composing a draft for my blog post this time around with my smartphone, was a pleasant experience.

The smartphone is:

  • Lightweight
  • Powerful
  • Convenient

The smartphone will come in handy as a secondary device for blogging — an electronic device that can be used to blog when one’s computer is down.

Smartphones have improved a lot (So, I can understand the reason why a person would want to update their blog solely on their Android device or their iPhone device).

Although the smartphone gets the job done, I would prefer to use something larger; such as a tablet computer (And, it has the same touchscreen functionality).

I enjoyed this experiment so much, that I am willing to try it again.

Now, in spite of enjoying this experiment, I will still continue to use my laptop computer for blogging purposes.

I have learned, that an Android smartphone is quite capable in the area of composing drafts for my blog posts.

Also, my mind was at ease.

And, my fingers were at ease too.

Please note, that no mosquitoes were harmed during the writing of this blog post. They were gently brushed away.

And, thank you for checking out, Renard’s World.

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15 thoughts on “My Blogging Experience On A Smartphone

  1. Thank you so much for the mention.

    Yes, I blog almost entirely from my phone. I create my infographics (that I use for the featured image) on my phone as well. I can type quickly and accurately thank goodness (with my thumbs). I don’t remember my first experience of a touch screen “qwerty” keyboard, but I do remember I had a Samsung Chat which had hard keys in the QWERTY style.

    I do not use the word count but if it was available on my mobile app then I would use it. I don’t compose things using the mobile browser, but I would consider it if I was desperate to use the additional features.

    The one thing I would like to see on the iPhone app is easier scheduling. On the desktop I can see all my scheduled posts on the calendar. This would be a good excuse for me to start using my bullet journal again though 🤔

    Blogging on the go is just marvellous though, isn’t it?

    I’m glad you did your experiment, and thanks again for the mention.

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    1. [ Smiles ] Oh, you are welcome, Marie-Céline.

      Hmm. And, I thought that everyone would have remembered their first experience of using the touchscreen keyboard of their smartphone.

      Well, I understand that the word count feature is not important to everyone. But, there would be those people like me who would rely on it.

      Yes, blogging on the go is fun, Marie-Céline. You do not have to be back at home in order to update your blog.

      I had to mention you, Marie-Céline, since you were the one who inspired me to experiment with my Android smartphone.

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  2. A very well written post, Renard, thank you for sharing!

    I only started my blog a week ago but in that time I have decided that my preferred method of writing posts is on my iPad mini. It is lightweight enough so that I can carry it in my bag without having to worry about it, the battery is good enough so that I don’t need to pack a charger, and the keyboard is just the right size to type on. I have a new small(ish) android phone and my hands are still getting used to such a small keyboard – I spend more time correcting typos that actually writing new content. My laptop pretty much stays on my desk and I don’t like taking it with me when I leave the house.

    My current workflow is keeping up to date with blogs I follow & my own stats using the app on my phone, typing new content on my iPad or laptop, and then polishing the posts from my laptop (adding links and photos). If I could do it all on my phone I would but I don’t have the patience at the moment!

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    1. [ Smiles ] Thank you for mentioning your method of creating content on these electronic devices.

      I would imagine that it would be easier to compose a draft for one’s blog post on an iPad.

      Apparently, we still need to use a laptop computer to add the final touches.

      Thank you for reading and for commenting.

      Do have yourself a fabulous weekend!

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  3. I only use my iPhone for blogging. I compose and post on the iPhone and I respond to comments, and read and comment on other bloggers’ posts on that device. The WordPress iPhone app doesn’t have word count, but when I need it for prompts and challenges that have word limits, I log into WordPress on either Safari or Chrome on my iPhone and they do show the word count. I very rarely go to my laptop for blogging and I’m happy with using my iPhone for my WordPress blog.

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  4. [ Smiles ] Well done, Fandango!

    I used the Android version of the WordPress App and was very displeased to find out there was no word count.

    I think accessing WordPress via the smartphone’s browser is much better than using the WordPress Mobile App.

    Thank you for your participation!

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  5. I use my Android for blogging due to the fact that my laptop is VERY sluggish. I love the fact that I can blog on the go and in comfort. I hadn’t considered using WordPress on the mobile browser but I think I’ll do that because I’m trying to make my posts longer. Thank you for sharing this!

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