How to Publish a Blog Post from Smartphone

mobile blogging

With our so-called hectic daily activity, not always we have time to publish our writing to our blog by turning on the laptop or computer. Why bothering yourself with laptop if you can always maximize your smartphone to have your postings published? Here are the steps to do it!

For WordPress Users

If you use WordPress to blog, you simply need to download the application in Play Store or Apple Store. Once the application is downloaded to your smartphone, then voila! You’re ready to blog on-the-go!

Step 1

Go to Play Store or Apple Store

Step 2

Search with keyword “WordPress”.

Step 3

Login to your WordPress account.

Step 4

By clicking the pen icon, you’re ready to publish your post!

WP Android 1

WordPress in Android. In Apple, it’s more or less the same.

Using WordPress mobile app, you can also schedule your post, label it, categorize it, add picture, almost the same features you have in the Website. That’s why, if you are using WordPress platform to blog, I recommend you to download this app to your smartphone.

For Blogger or Blogspot Users

I also experienced downloading BloggerΒ app for Android, but I think the application is not representative and comfortable enough as Blogger we have for Website. So, if you are using Blogger and still want to be simply posting via your smartphone, here’s the step.

Step 1

Login to your blogspot account.

Step 2

Go to the Dashboard.

Step 3

Click on ‘Setting’.

Step 4

Click Email, and then type your customized email on the menu: ‘Posting using email’, after that, choose ‘Publish immediately’ if you want to have your posting published soon after you send the email.

tutorial posting by email

And, done! Your postings will be published shortly after you hit the enter via email on your smartphone.

Now you can always publish your posts everywhere you go with your smartphone.

 

My Favorite Smartphone Apps

I can never imagine how our today’s life would be without the presence of smartphones. Sounds too much, but I guess you will also be with me because now on, some of you are reading this post through your smartphone, aren’t you? 

The very first time I started using a smartphone was in 2012. It was a tab, an Android tablet, given by my dad. I still have that tab, still working, and I won’t give it up to anybody because it has many memories, it has history. It is one of the last things my late dad gave me before he passed away in 2014. I still remember that I created my Instagram account using that tab. I played games using that tab. I watched movies using that tab. So many things I did using that tab. 

The time went on, I changed phones eventually. Not because I follow the update of what is so-called trendy smartphone, but more because I have to change my phone. The old ones couldn’t be functioned anymore πŸ˜πŸ˜‚ I experienced using a small Samsung that belonged to my brother, untill then the phone was too old to use and it was my birthday so I got a new smartphone as a birthday present from my husband. One year and more, the phone was too tired to operate. It seemed that my phones were always waiting the moment of my birthday to be broken so then again, I got a birthday present from my husband: another Android smartphone that I am using now to write this post. 

In almost every smartphone I have ever used, I always install WordPress application. And I am using it right now. I have been using WordPress blog for 9 years (and still counting) and I am very happy that WordPress provides a mobile application for Android users and it is very user friendly! 

9 years using WordPress

Dashboard of WordPress App

I can always check the statistics of my blog everywhere I go. I can check and reply comment easily from this application. Most importantly, I can write post instantly using this app with no need to turn my laptop on. I am laying down when writing this post, by the way. I think most of the times I always lay down when writing posts for this blog hehee 😁✌ That’s why I really loovee WordPress app! 

Another smartphone application that I like is Kamusku. It is a dictionary, English – Indonesia dictionary. This application is really handy, very useful for a non-native English speaker like me. Even though I have been learning English language since I was in primary school, as an Indonesian, I still need a dictionary to find out certain words that are not stored yet in the lexical part of my brain. Including when writing this post, I am also using Kamusku to reconfirm whether or not the words I choose for the sentences are the right diction and appropriate words to use.

Actually I still have other favorite applications to put on the list, but I think, too many applications for the list might be making those two a little bit less special πŸ™ˆπŸ˜œ So I guess, this is it. 

What about yours? What are your favorite smartphone applications? πŸ˜‰

Students, create a blog!Β 

New semester at the university has started, and I am also starting to execute some new plans which I haven’t executed before in my teaching history like giving instruction to my students for this semester to have their own blog.

I read in some journals that a few researchers stated that blog for education is considered “so yesterday” thing to do. Also it has some points of proven disadvantages, particularly for ELT. But question appeared: Where is this stance valid? 
As my previous research for my so-called vacation project was about blog writing, the idea to have each of my students had a blog will be in line with the part of my chapter five of the thesis. Hence, this semester, I instruct my students to create a blog and post their writings as the structured assignment. 

Execution of this idea is based from what I learn from the previous semester, where the structured assignment score was taken from their weekly portfolio from what they have got along the teaching learning process at the classroom, submitting the assignments in a bunch of papers, and I was getting so much dizzy. Hundreds of students with thousand papers. So many kilograms. Really not “Go Green”. Then I think, a blog will be very handful for me. One student one blog. 

I realized from the beginning of designing this idea that it will be time consuming. Reading hundreds blogs, with the students writing that…. well I can imagine how good and how bad the quality of their writing later πŸ˜‚, but at least, I guarantee that I will not throw their assignments away into the trash bin. It will last for a long time in Internet as long as they don’t delete their blog. Go green, yes? 

Anyway, interesting facts appeared at the very first week of the meeting. I still find a student, in this very year, at this very all digital era, who still has no email! Is he inspired by the story of the successful entrepreneur who sold tomatoes because being rejected by a company for not having an email? Could be. One other fact so far is there are also a few students who got no idea how to create a blog, and consult to me (via LINE) instead of googling by themselves, or ask their friends. I was in the middle of wanting to laugh and trying hard not to cry for knowing this fact. So sad but real. 

Having my students have a blog seem like forcing some of them to do something that they might not reay like to do. I also realize this point. But I believe, people all over the world also know that English language has 4 skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. So blogging is my way to insist them producing a good writing. Eventually, they will still have to write for their paper. Even though writing in blog is considered less academic based on some researches even my own one, but getting them used to writing via blog is not a bad idea anyway, I guess. 

Let’s see what happens next. I can’t wait to read their writings πŸ˜‡