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The Art Of Mobile Blogging (How To Blog From Any Cell Phone)

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If you own a mobile cell phone, you can probably (or should I say most definitely) blog from the device without the need to purchase a smartphone.

Many blog services already support mobile blogging (aka moblogging) via email, phone, and text messages (aka SMS and MMS) which can make blogging on the go easier without the need of a WiFi network or a computer.

So instead of being jealous of your iPhone friends, Blackberry buddies or your neighbor sporting the latest Android device, here is a “brief” guide on how you can blog from your mobile phone without adding to your monthly phone bill from buying a smart phone.

Posting via Email

If your basic phone supports a data plan, you can actually email posts to your blog (which requires you to create a secret “email to blog” address) without having to use text messages.

Most blog services support posting via email including Blogger, LiveJournal, Squarespace, Typepad, MovableType (through a plugin), Tumblr and of course WordPress (self hosted blogs too).

With the exception of Blogger and MovableType, most of these blog platforms support both image and text posting, with Tumblr going a step further by supporting audio attachments (which becomes quite useful if you want to publish any voice messages to the world).

Typepad, WordPress.com and Tumblr also give users the extra option of adding categories/tags to your posts, which can help disguise the fact that you were writing an article from your phone instead of your computer.

Podcasting via mobile phone

Some bloggers prefer to have their voice heard instead of read via text. Currently only LiveJournal and Tumblr (via the Goodies page) allow users to “call in” a post, which will basically post an audio message upon your blog site.

For those of you seeking third party services to help post your voice upon Blogger, WordPress, etc., I would recommend Gabcast which allows you to call in an audio post for about $0.10/minute from your phone.

Posting via SMS

Due to the limited number of characters one can type (160 which is just above Twitter’s 140 limit), bloggers may not want to use this method, unless you are on Blogger (who supports image posting via SMS and MMS but ironically not through emails).

Although many blog platforms do provide limited support for text messaging, it may be wise for bloggers to simply add their secret “email to blog” address as a contact and simply text to their blog from there.

What about Posterous? And why not just buy a smart phone?

Even though Posterous can upload text and media via email, many bloggers may prefer to keep their content on blog platforms that offer more functionality (especially when it comes to themes and advertising).

Although I would suggest bloggers invest in a smart phone of some type (as long as it isn’t Windows Mobile 6.x), some people may not enjoy paying more money to a wireless company or spending over $100 (if not more) on a brand new smart phone.

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  1. reviewmylife ) says: 3/26/2010

    Hi, it is interesting that you can blog from your mobile phone, but it is not very practical. Even if you have an iPhone it still takes way longer to type anything than it would with a full sized QWERTY keyboard.

    I could see this might be useful if you are away from your computer and need to blog something very short and urgent, but it isn’t going to be good for regular posting is it?

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    • Darnell Clayton ) says: 3/26/2010

      Hey ReviewMyLife,

      It may not be as practical as a laptop or an iPad (or one of the various tablets coming out) due to the screen size, but it can come in handy for those who are unable to access a computer due to lack of funds.

      I’d recommend a smartphone for those who want to seriously blog from their phone, but its always good to have options.

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  2. How to Start A Blog Page says: 3/27/2010

    Well, blogging from the iPhone is not that bad than its sounds. I used to send post from my iPhone when I’m not by the computer. I have the wordpress app so this make life easier.

    reviewmylife right this isn’t going to be good for regular posting!

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  3. Bill Gibson, II says: 7/7/2010

    I have used an HTC Hero (Android) to create audio podcasts and post them via email to WordPress. Uploading audio files to the site requires a slight bump up from their free service.

    I’ve only found one Android app, HIFICORDER, which records well and then compresses to mp3 format. It has an option to “share” and email is one means. Typing is slow, so i keep that at a minimum, but I can also attach images and a location map with the audio clip. WordPress has a nice little ?javascript? audio player that it automatically embeds into the blog page.

    One problem is attachment sizes that are limited by the email system.

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  4. gerrish says: 11/3/2010

    nice blog… you can create blog through mobile phone where ever you are…. i like this blog…

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  5. Gilberto Galea ) says: 5/11/2011

    Actually when you get a smartphone, there’s no going back. The benefit of being able to directly access the site or to upload an item via an application, is priceless. You can do it from anywhere, and convert speech to text for the post. And then the price you pay for enjoying the benefits of a smartphone. So do not share, save it for a monthly excuse to use a traditional cell for blogging.

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  6. Blogmobilepro ) says: 5/14/2011

    Nice sharing this. I did find myself limited from fully joining the blogosphere due to lack of fund for a pc and internet connection. so I got myself in, the hard way by building a blog on blogger from my Nokia 3230 mobile phone until it began to earn me reasonable income from Google Adsense.. Took almost a year though, since I was trying to figure it all by myself. I’m glad I’m now making good monthly income and even created a second blog (self hosted wordpress blog) to share my mobile blogging tips and experience..

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  7. wholesale cell phone says: 6/7/2011

    the hard way by building a blog on blogger from my Nokia 3230 mobile phone until it began to earn me reasonable income from Google Adsense.. Took almost a year though, since I was trying to figure it all by myself. I’m glad I’m now making good monthly income and even created a second blog (self hosted wordpress blog) to share my mobile blogging tips and experience

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  8. Anonymous says: 8/19/2011

    Although many blog platforms do provide limited support for text
    messaging, it may be wise for bloggers to simply add their secret “email
    to blog” address as a contact and simply text to their blog from there.

    Reply

  9. Danny Correo Hotmail says: 11/9/2011

    Hi,
    Nice post. I am not from the same field but I have interest in online marketing field. It is my observation that online marketing trend is becoming more familiar in business field. Most of the businessmen have shifted their business towards online marketing trend because of fast feedback and revenue generating field. The information about mobile phone to run your blog successfully is also useful and I want to know the source of information so that I could learn more about it.
    Danny

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  10. Mary says: 11/10/2011

    I am using BlackBerry Style, I don’t know wether it can use blog.

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  11. iphone application development india says: 2/7/2012

    You can do it from anywhere, and convert speech to text for the post. And then the price you pay for enjoying the benefits of a smartphone. So do not share, save it for a monthly excuse to use a traditional cell for blogging.

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  12. john says: 4/30/2012

    Blogging can be done from many devices like tablet PC, Laptop and smart phones on the go. These are very nice tips to blog from any phone.

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  13. Harry says: 7/23/2012

    Some of these techniques are very helpful for bloggers, especially when you don’t have a computer device around you.

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  14. 99mobilephone says: 1/24/2013

    good information, its look like easy to do
    keep updated

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  15. Email To Cell Phone says: 2/10/2013

    Great post on using mobile devices to blog. Now that I’m on the go all the time, I rely extensively on my cell phone on all things, including blogging. Typing on a keypad isn’t very efficient, but it’s better than nothing!

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