If you’ve blogged for any amount of time, you know the importance of preparing a post when inspiration strikes. But why is it that a great ideas rarely hit when you are sitting in front of your computer ready to write? It makes sense that the seeds for great blog content most often sprout when you are away from home, having new experiences. Knowing that, you need to be able to create content on the go while the ideas are fresh.
Today we’re sharing some tips that will get you blogging from anywhere, any time.
Avoid frustration by investing in the right mobile equipment from the beginning. You need a smartphone that allows you to sync content across devices, has a high-quality camera and photo editing capabilities, and supports the apps and tools you want to download. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S6 offers collage editing, has a 360-degree mode and can take wide-angle selfies with its camera, plus it allows you to sync data to your desktop automatically after installing the Side Sync App to your computer. Above all, though, you need a phone with a platform and functionality that you feel comfortable navigating.
A good smartphone gives you everything you need to blog on the go, but, it never hurts to have a few accessories on hand.
- Keyboard: For those times when a wordier post is in order, get a Bluetooth keyboard. Keyboards like Logitech’s Keys-To-Go or the Anker Ultra Compact are lightweight, portable and able to connect over Bluetooth to turn your smartphone into a word processor.
- Tripod: A small, adjustable smartphone tripod helps you take stable video or pictures. Try the Joby GorillaPod or Polepod.
Make sure you are armed with the right apps before you try to take your blogging show on the road.
- Text Editor: In addition to the mobile site for your blog’s platform, a text editor like Google Docs is a great place to compose posts and ensure your content is backed up. With a text editor, you can easily start a post on your phone and finish it on your laptop, or vice versa.
- Photo/Video Editor: High-resolution smartphone cameras have made photo documentation easy. For beautifully edited, blog-ready photos, download a photo editor like Pixlr Express or Snapseed. For video editing, try VivaVideo.
- Social Media Aggregator: Download a social media aggregator such as Hootsuite or Buffer to easily share your latest blog post across all your social media platforms directly from your phone.
The real key to blogging on the go is going out and experiencing something. Start small. Challenge yourself to post “on location” once a month or maybe once a week once you are comfortable with the technology. Pick an activity or place that you know will interest you and your readers.
If you’re a food blogger, for instance, try live blogging a cooking class. Have a parenting blog? Document your five favorite places to kill time with a toddler. So many blogs are abandoned because bloggers feel chained to their desks and pressured to create content. Creating and posting content on the go keeps blogging fresh and allows you to strike when the inspiration iron is hot.
What Are Your Tips For Blogging On The Go?
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