I got myself one of those Droid Incredibles a few months ago. I never thought I would become one of “those” people who are constantly on their phone -not talking, but swiping/touching/texting, etc. Well I became one of them.
I’m always checking my Facebook/Twitter/Email with this thing, watching videos, torrenting, etc. Man there’s always something to do on the phone! So it should come as no surprise that I started getting my blog on, too. Mobile-like, that is…
Out on the town…and Out of Touch
Anyway, I was out one weekend when I checked my mail and I got the notification of some new comments. I thought to myself “well I’ll just have to wait until I get home to approve that.”
But then I thought…“or DO I?”
I remembered reading (somewhere) about the WordPress Mobile App and I thought this would be the perfect time to give it a shot.
Getting the WordPress Mobile App
A quick search of the Droid Marketplace turned up the official WordPress app. My beloved fellow Droid users can get it here:
There’s a nice intro video on the Android version but there doesn’t seem to be on the others.
Other platforms click here to choose yours:
Or if you’d rather use a Barcode/QR code scanner you can jump to it directly using this barcode (for Android phones):
For those of you not familiar with QR code scanners, these are apps you can run on your phone that work with your phone’s camera function. You just take a picture of the code n the screen while the app is open and it will jump right to the Marketplace/Website destination without all the hassle.
If possible, I prefer to use these rather than search the Marketplace. Sometimes there might be 2 or three versions of the same app and I don’t want to install the wrong thing.
Here’s a list of scanners you can use for the Droid:
For the iPhone (alternate ones at the bottom):
Going (WordPress) Mobile
Once you get the app downloaded and installed, you’ll need to fire it up and input your blog info in order to get your mobile WordPressin’ on.
Now for those of you used to these smart phones, you know what a pain in the butt it is to type into these things. For that reason I’d never want to actually compose an entire post in the Mobile app.
However, it’s perfect for editing your existing posts and of course, approving comments.
You check out your blog from another machine or from your own phone and you see an embarrassing typo. Crap! You don’t have your password memorized. Now do you gotta wait until tonight until you get all the way home before you can fix it?
NO! You DON’T.
Just open the WordPress app you already installed and set up, then go to town, edit to your heart’s content!
Here’s where I truly realized the power of the app:
After a long night composing a post, I had finally made it to bed and was ready to sleep the sleep of the just. Unfortunately, I just HAD to look at my site one more time. Of course, I caught an error on the post.
Man, I’m not dragging my ass out of bed where it’s warm and toasty and walking twenty steps out of my bedroom out into the cold over to my computer! Hell no.
Then it was time for my thumbs to spring into action and open up the mobile WordPress app. I fixed the error in a few seconds and I was able to keep my toes nice and warm while I did it.
Chuckling softly to myself about how I had ONCE AGAIN bested fate, happenstance and the brutal Wisconsin winter, I rolled over and drifted off into well deserved slumber.
People, it just doesn’t get any better than this. I was lazy AND efficient at the same time. Check this out if you have one of the requisite smartphones, you’ll love using it in a pinch, especially if you have multiple blogs.
If you use it or have questions let me know what you think. Good luck in your Mobile Blogging endeavors!