No, this is not a joke. Am I crazy? Maybe just a little.

First of all, I don’t have the latest iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy anything. And there’s no computer hiding anywhere in our desert cabin.

Last year, I was blessed with an Asus Padfone X mini where my 4″ phone sits inside a 7″ tablet, making everything I see larger (yea, no squinting!) and everything I do on-screen more maneuverable.

That being said, smartphone blogging has been both pull-my-hair-out frustrating, and joyfully fulfilling.

Smartphone-Only Blogging {it CAN be done!} https://vineblossom.wordpress.com
My blogging binder, favorite teacup, phone inside tablet perpetually plugged in to solar-powered charger, my Bible, reading glasses I need all the time, and keyboard I use now and then.

Living in the middle of nowhere, my cell-phone data is subject to hiccups, lags, and cyber silence.

Each month, I have a limited supply of high-speed data (high-speed out here is only relative anyway), so when that runs out I suffer sloth-speed until next month.

I could take a nap while waiting for websites to load, apps to update, or images to upload to my blog.

Picture me groaning, head in hands, or talking to my phone “hurry up, hurry up” as I watch that blasted circle go round and round and round.

 

This is my everyday blogging adventure.

 

Other than keeping my phone active each month, I haven’t spent any money on blogging.

My point here is not to brag, but to let you know it’s possible to start a blog without a domain name, a self-hosted site, or even a computer.

To be clear, I would love to invest in this new-found calling.

But sometimes we are placed in a financial position that prevents us from doing what we want. (Understatement of your life, maybe?)

At this stage of my journey, I CAN’T spend money on blogging.

Which leads me to my next point. Not having the funds to invest in your newfound joy can cause considerable disappointment and regret.

You’ll want the latest e-book and e-course everybody is touting, or the book bundle to end all book bundles, that will make you a better blogger.

You’ll want a better camera for clear, dazzling pictures, and the latest themes and fonts to make your blog pretty. (Free blogging platforms can only do so much. There aren’t many bells and whistles.)

But you must guard yourself against the inevitable bloggers envy that will creep up because you can’t have these things now.

Remember: all good gifts come from God. (James 1:17)

If it is meant to be (whatever it is you desire), it will happen in God’s good time.

 

What I’ve learned from my first year of blogging by phone.

  1. Most of the common apps and services that writers/bloggers use are meant for desktop computers, NOT for mobile devices.
  2. Everything takes longer using a phone, so time management is VERY important. Otherwise nothing else will ever get done. Or you will burn dinner. Or both.
  3. Blogging by phone is limiting; you can’t compete with other bloggers. Their graphics will look more stylish, their websites will function better. Accept it! Don’t compare.
  4. Even with all the difficulties smartphone blogging brings, it’s worth it. This is a wonderful creative outlet for sharing your heart with others.

Smartphone-Only Blogging {it CAN be done!} Do you want to blog, but think you need a computer? I'm blogging with my phone. Let me show you what I do. https://vineblossom.wordpress.com

 

What has worked for me:

  • WordPress app. I just downloaded the app and followed the steps provided, and-voila-I was blogging! The support staff (AKA: The Happiness Engineers) are there to help should you need it. I bugged them a lot the first six months.
  • Pixlr. A great photo editing app. Most bloggers love Canva, which unfortunately doesn’t work on mobile devices. And although PicMonkey recently added a mobile version to their app, the gap between the desktop version and mobile version is too wide. The reviews have been poor.
  • Evernote app (free version). This is where I store all my blogging-related information.
  • A Micro SD card. Blogging is going to fill up your phone’s memory capacity fast. A Micro SD card is one way you can fix this. Transfer all your photos, videos, and .pdf documents and other downloads you’ll need for your personal use and your blog.
  • IFTTT (stands for: If This, Then That). A terrific help for making apps talk to each other, and take care of things for you behind the scenes.

What I recommend for a better blogging experience:

  1. Join a Facebook blogging group! This has helped me so much. You can ask stupid questions and get advice from other bloggers brainstorming with you when you are stumped about the numerous technical issues you will encounter. My favorite bloggers hangout is BIG Idea Bloggers. Debi Stangeland of http://www.debistangeland.com has a vibrant, growing community of newbies (like me) and more seasoned bloggers who are ready and willing to share their know-how.
  2. Find and join Blog Hop/Link Up parties! These are the best way, in my experience, to gain exposure and make new friends in your blogging journey. You can check out my favorites here.
  3. Take advantage of the many services that store your files in the cyber-cloud. This will relieve your phone from being overloaded.
  4. Speaking of overloaded, you’re going to need to clear all your app’s cache and data from your phone periodically. (Since I push my phone to the max, I have to do this at least once a month.) It’s a pain to have to login to each of your apps (and remember your passwords) and reset all your notification settings, but it will be necessary. Don’t worry, though, you won’t lose your stuff. It’s in the Cloud. My finger trembled over the ‘clear all data’  button many times before.
  5. Purchase a Bluetooth-compatable keyboard. This is especially helpful for drafting long post entries. I’ve been pretty good at thumb typing, but eventually you get cramps in your hands. I also recommend a phone/tablet stand for angling your phone in whatever position you need.
  6. Download all Social Media apps. You’ll need these.

In conclusion:

If you only have a smartphone and really want to blog, it CAN be done.

Take it slow.

Stockpile patience. You’re gonna need it.

With blogging, and everything that goes with it: writing, editing, commenting, promotion, photography or image selection, social media, etc., there will always be something more to learn.

And you’ll make a ton of mistakes.

You’ll be praying that when the screen goes blank, due to weak signal or unexplained glitches, you haven’t lost everything you’ve spent an hour doing.  (I know–this has happened to me multiple times!)

But even though I’m a hobbled horse compared to other bloggers, I’m so thankful to God for all the sweet friends I’ve made along the way, for the privilege of sharing His truth through my stories, and for the encouragement I can impart to anyone who lands on my page.

Smartphone blogging is, indeed, worth it.

 

(Since you’re here, I would be honored if you would read the very first post I wrote on this date one year ago. Don’t worry. It’s a lot shorter.)

 

 

Abiding in the Vine,

~ Gleniece

 

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17 thoughts on “Smartphone-Only Blogging {it CAN be done!}

    1. Thanks, Tracey. It’s been quite an experience. But I’m happy to pull a few strands out if it means making friends and connecting with similar hearts, like yours.
      As for Pixlr, it isn’t perfect. But considering my options, I can’t complain. It has some good features I use all the time, like auto fix, crop, bright and shadow, and it has some pretty good filters and frames, too. Plus, you can save your work by pushing ‘done’, then going back and finishing up when you have more time. Have fun!

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  1. Gleniece, this is so good. I would never have guessed you were using your phone either. I have never tried Pixlr since PicMonkey works fine on my laptop, but I might check into it.

    I really enjoyed reading how you make it work with your phone! Keep up the good work. 🙂

    Many blessings to you!

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    1. Thank you, Gayl.
      I’ve heard great things about PicMonkey, and I wish they had made their mobile version as good as their desktop one. I would be using it if they had. Oh, well. Maybe some day.
      Thanks for your encouragement. Have a great evening.

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  2. I’m always amazed (and never forget) you are doing all of this by phone, friend. I appreciate so many of your comments in this post. You are correct – do not get up in trying to compare what you’re doing to other bloggers. God has given you a special, creative voice. Keep plugging away. (Sometimes I want to cry, and I have a laptop 😪). Have you tried the new Canca App? I don’t know how it compares, but you might give it a look. Also, there’s an App called TextonPS that you can use to add text in varying fonts, sizes, colors overlaid on your own images. I’ve used it a bit for Instagram.

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    1. Dearest Karlene, I’m sorry I haven’t responded until now. Somehow I didn’t get a notification on my phone for this comment. 😣
      Anyway, thank you, my friend, for your love and encouragement. I truly appreciate it!
      Did you mean Canva? Yes, I’ve tried it. Unless they’ve changed recently, it doesn’t work for me. But I’ve never heard of TextonPS. I’ll go looking for that today.
      So happy I found your comment this morning. Sending you love and prayers. 💕

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      1. Oh, my. Yes, Canva, and I see another typo in my earlier comment. This proves I could not do what you do, because I typed that on my phone! Later, I wondered if Canva was compatible on all phones. I’ve only used Canva on the computer, though I did download the App. I’ve found TextonPS works pretty well for pictures already on my phone that I want to post to Instagram (which can then be shared elsewhere, of course).

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        1. I’m smiling here because I’ve made a ton of typos on other people’s sites. Or my auto correct thought I couldn’t have possibly meant *this word*, I must have meant *this completely nonsensical word* instead. And then before checking my comment I pressed ‘post’. I think auto correct has a mind of its own and secretly wants to embarrass us. 😕
          (I looked into TextonPS and found posts about it that were a couple of years old. Then I went to Google Play and searched for the app, but couldn’t find it. I’ll keep trying though.)

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  3. You are doing a great job! I’m glad you are blogging. I would never have met you otherwise. 🙂
    Keep up the good work! Continue to be content with what God has given you. It’s okay to ask Him for an easier way, but it’s up to Him to say yes or no or wait.
    I’m very impressed that you’ve hung in there like you have. I remember the days of slow internet, and I pretty much just didn’t use it much even for e-mail. May the Lord bless you and your ministry for His glory.

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    1. What a sweetheart, Ruth. Thank you! Yes, I’m so happy to have met you too. Blogging has been a blessing.
      I REALLY want a laptop, but I’ll still have the slow internet problem. Nothing is perfect here in this life. God knows what each of us needs when we need it. (Patience, patience, patience).
      Thank you for visiting and for your encouragement, friend. 🙂

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  4. Hi Gleniece! What a big challenge you have taken on with blogging by phone! I would think that the small screen would be a deterrent for me, so I can see why you’d use the magnifier. The Facebook group you’re a part of looks interesting! I’ll have to take a peek, thank you for sharing.
    Hope today was a ‘patient day’!
    Ceil

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    1. Hello, dear Ceil! I’m glad you stopped by, my friend. Yes, my blogging adventure is a challenge! But my larger screen and a great Facebook group has made a huge difference.
      Just so you know, I’ve had a stressful two days, unrelated to blogging, which has required large quantities of patience. Thankfully, God is faithful. He never leaves us nor forsakes us.
      I hope your days are filled with the patience needed for whatever comes your way.

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  5. Wow, I feel your pain. I have trouble keeping up with a laptop, but to blog on my phone would be next to impossible. I love blogging and am blessed that I have some ways to make money to fund my hobby. Have you ever heard of Blogher? Thanks for stopping by and offering encouragement today.

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    1. Hello, Mary. Yes, there’s a lot of sighing in frustration around here, but I find much more peace when I release my blogging burdens to the One who gave me this opportunity in the first place.
      And, yes, someday I hope to earn money blogging too. (Every little bit helps!)
      As for Blogher, no I’m not familiar. Could you enlighten me?
      Thank you, Mary, for your visit. Looking forward to hearing back from you. 😃

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