Considering how much time bloggers used to spend chained to their desktops, it’s no wonder more bloggers are taking advantage of the latest mobile trends.
But all bloggers should keep a few key do’s and don’ts in mind before they dive into the tech-savvy world of mobile blogging.
Connecting With Readers
Do use your smartphone to reply to comments quickly and efficiently.
Don’t use your smartphone to create full-length blog posts.
With a smartphone, you can connect with readers, initiate discussions, and build your following without leaving your on-screen keyboard. Your mobile interactions happen in real time, and it’s OK to have a few spelling and grammatical errors. We’re subject to the vagaries of tiny on-screen buttons.
However, those rules don’t apply to full blog posts. Readers expect clean, grammatically correct content that is well-written and easy to follow. Since typing on a tiny screen usually leads to more unintentional errors, stick with a computer keyboard when you’re creating full-length posts.
Creating Micro-Blog Posts
Do use your smartphone to create and format micro-posts.
Don’t format full-length articles from a smartphone screen.
Long-form blog articles are essential for all blogs, but they’re not the only way to get your message across. Micro-posts are a great way to keep your blog relevant without bogging yourself down.
We just finished telling you not to use your smartphone to create full-length blog posts — but you can still use your phone to create micro-posts. You can create micro-posts with snappy, relevant images directly from your phone to keep your readers engaged between full-length articles.
Adding Engaging Imagery
Do use apps to edit your photos and add them to your posts.
Don’t search for stock images from a smartphone.
If you take your own photos or possess a library of images, apps such as Canva can make adding images to your posts simplicity itself. These apps are designed to work within the framework of a smartphone screen, which means they’re designed with efficiency and screen space in mind.
However, online search engines displaying Google Images weren’t formatted for phone searches. Think about it: On a computer screen, you can look at 20 to 100 images per page while scrolling through them. On a phone screen, you’re confined to looking at one or two images at one time. Remember, the point of using a smartphone for blogging is to increase efficiency, not spend endless amounts of time flipping your way through photos.
Linking Your Blog to Other Social Media Platforms
Do use cross-promotion apps for syndication on social media platforms.
Don’t forget that you’re using social media to promote your blog rather than being, you know, social.
Cross-promoting your blog on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram is a great way to engage your readers wherever they may be hanging out online. Thanks to innovations such as Feedburner, you can share your posts across multiple platforms with only a few clicks.
You may be tempted to go onto those platforms after you’ve shared your post to see how people are responding, and you should do that. However, you can easily fall into the trap of clicking around on social media. You could find yourself wasting hours reading and liking your friends’ posts rather than promoting your blog. Use this technology wisely, and be sure to keep your priorities in mind.
No matter how you plan to take advantage of mobile technology, it helps to have the best tool for the job. Affordable smartphones such as the iPhone SE on the T-Mobile network make mobile blogging incredibly easy. With T-Mobile being named the fastest network in the nation according to an OpenSignal’s report, you can blog anywhere, anytime on this coast-to-coast 4G LTE network.
Considering that modern smartphones have more technology than the original space shuttle had, what you can accomplish with such power in the palm of your hand is limitless. Now that you know the do’s and don’ts of blogging, what will you blog about next?