Blog Your Thumbs Off

August 24, 2010  |  

Many of you may already know by now that I’ve recently relocated and that move has left me without internet far longer than I had anticipated. I had planned on about a week or so, but that week turn into two…into three…into…almost losing my entire mind! On the day that my service was finally supposed to be connected, we had a terrible storm in our area that caused our appointment to be rescheduled until several days later.

All I could do was laugh hysterically and resort to my usual blogging via my Samsung Eternity. Of course, the cell phone has its limitations to what I could do, but once I downloaded the OperaMini internet browser from getjar.com, that opened up so much more.

With this little browser, I could finally view a mini version of most blogs as opposed to the mobile view. I was once a great fan of creating a mobile verision of blogs, but those mobile versions limited what I could do. I couldn’t easily retweet a post or stumble it the way I could with the mini version.

With this mini version, I could interact with blogs almost as well as I could with my computer, with the exception of having to use my thumbs to type my comments (which slowed me down by the way).

I could even schedule and publish blog posts on my blog. Of couse, it took a bit more time to navigate and there were many WordPress functions that I couldn’t access. For example, I couldn’t insert pictures unless I had the HTML/URL and I couldn’t add links to anchor text because my phone doesn’t allow me to highlight and select text.

Regardless of the limitations, my phone enabled me to stay in contact with the blogosphere via Twitter and other social networking sites. The greatest asset, was that I was able to publish posts in a pinch.

While my phone certainly helped me through my no-internet period, I truly couldn’t have kept my blog going without the wonderful members of the We Blog Better Team. Thanks to Jean, Tia, Evelyn, and some awesome guest posters this blog is still growing and climbing towards the top.

I hope you will help me thank them by stopping by each of their blogs and sharing their content on Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon or whatever networks you frequent. Be sure to follow them on Twitter and Subscribe to their feeds.

Jean – VirginBloggerNotes.com – Twitter: @jeansarauer
Tia – Bizchickblogs.com – Twitter: @bizchickblogs
Evelyn – EvelynParham.com – Twitter: @evelyn_parham

Before you go, if you have ever tried to maintain a blog during a period without internet access, I’d love to hear about your experience. Please share how you overcame this period in the comment section below.

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Kiesha is the author of A Step by Step Guide to a Better Blog. She is a technical writer, blogger, and consultant. Read more of her work on We Blog Better, where she aims to teach others how to blog and build stronger online communities. Connect with her on Twitter or subscribe to her newsletter.

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