13 Blogging Tasks You Can Do From Your Phone

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One of the most frustrating things about being a mom with a blog is that… well… sometimes the mom part makes it really hard to get anything done on the blog part.

#thejuggleisreal

I’ve just come out of one crazy week. My little one caught a chest infection and we’ve spent pretty much the entire week sitting on the couch watching Boss Baby on repeat (it’s his favorite). I say ‘we’ because he wouldn’t let me go.

What’s a mom to do?

So, I held my sick little munchkin whipped out my phone and got down to business.

Yes, it’s possible to do a LOT from your smartphone. You could even write blog posts if you were really adept with your phone typing (alas, I’m not).

But, there are other things I can do. Some of these things are even BETTER to do on a phone rather than when you’re at your computer. Because, I don’t know about you, but when I’m on my computer other things distract me and I don’t even realize it…

If you’re ready to start your blog, but haven’t yet, check out my helpful guide to starting a blog from scratch!

1. Get Social

Do you find yourself getting lost in the Facebook feed only to find minutes or hours of your precious work (nap) time have disappeared?

Working your social media on your phone is one way to stop that from happening (ok, you still might end up wandering Facebook for a little too long).

Here’s some ideas for you:

  • Reply to comments and mentions on all your social platforms
  • Like and comment on other’s posts
  • Answer questions in Facebook groups
  • Find viral content to share on Facebook (save it for later)
  • Do some manual pinning
  • Schedule social media posts

2. Get Graphic

Did you know that Canva has an app? Mmhmmm. Download it and get to work on those blog post images. If you’ve got an editorial calendar going, you might even be able to do a bit of batching and make your images in advance!

Apparently, PicMonkey also has an app if you prefer to use PicMonkey.

Some more ideas for you:

  • create your blog post featured images
  • make more pins for your best blog posts
  • make quote images for Instagram

3. Get Your Learn On

One of my favorite things to do on my phone is listen and watch all the videos/podcasts that I didn’t have time to watch at my computer. When I get a course, I love to log in on my phone so I can access the video tutorials from wherever I am and maximize my learning time away from the computer.

Some ideas for you:

  • Learn from an online course
  • Watch a great YouTube channel
  • Catch up on a webinar replay
  • Watch a Facebook Live
  • Listen to podcasts

Want to see a list of my favorite courses and resources for bloggers? Click here!

4. Get Photographing

Most new-ish smartphones take great photos. You can take your own photos for your blog posts or create styled stock photos to use as an opt-in freebie. (Why not?!)

You can both take photos and edit, crop and filter them easily from your phone.

5. Voice-to-Text Your Blog Posts

This is something I’ve started doing recently – I have an iPhone, I open up notes and use the voice keyboard. Then I simply speak the next blog post I want to write and it turns into text in my notes. Then I email it to myself and clean up the grammar.

Now, it’s not the same as typing. If you’ve spent as much time typing as I have, you’ve probably got a finger-to-brain direct connection going on. Suddenly speaking your blog post out loud won’t be the same at all.

But, it’s worth it.

In less than 20 minutes I can draft an entire blog post. In an hour I can have 3 drafted and ready to go!

6. Reading and Replying to Emails

I love having my emails on my smartphone. That way I can see instantly when a sale comes in or when I get an inquiry for my services (and I can reply immediately.)

7. Responding to Blog Comments

You can log in to your blog via your phone internet browser. All you need is your user name and password and you can access your WordPress dashboard and make any and all changes you could make on your desktop.

Responding to blog comments is a simple task that you can knock out from your phone.

8. Planning your content

Do you have your content planned out? Or are you flying by the seat of your pants? Bit of both?

There are so many apps you can get on your phone that’ll help you plan.

For example:

  • Trello has an app
  • You can get Airtable on app
  • Workflowy has an app
  • If you like Mindmaps, try Mindly.

If you’ve got your editorial calendar set up in Trello or Airtable, you’ll be able to access it on your phone and know what blog posts you could outline or draft, or create images for.

9. Brainstorming Blog Ideas

Sometimes I just feel like I need to get some ideas out of my head and down on paper (or smartphone screen). These might be blog post ideas, freebie ideas, product ideas, crazy fun ideas… you name it.

And, sometimes it’s better to do this away from the computer. Because the computer can be really distracting.

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10. Research blog posts

When I’m writing a freelance piece, I need to do the research to make sure I’m up to date with current information and am linking to the latest and most accurate sources.

I like to research other blog posts on similar topics for this blog to see what angle people are taking with the topic. I also like to do this to make sure I’m not missing anything.

11. Reading, sharing and commenting on other blogs

Commenting on other blogs and sharing their posts is a great way to form connections with other bloggers. It can also send traffic your way.

But, you don’t want to spend precious computer work time on this. Wait for phone time!

When my little one was very little I could use my phone while breastfeeding without distracting him. I binge read loads and loads of blog posts. And if you’re reading all those posts… well… My motto is, if you read it and liked it – share it! Comment if you have time.

12. Work on an e-course or product

If you have an iPhone, you’ve got access to Keynote and Pages. If you’ve got an Android phone, you can download Google Slides to work on. It may not be quite as easy as on a computer but you don’t need to stop working on your e-course or product because you have to use your phone.

Just get it done!

13. Record an Anchor.fm Podcast

If your little one is happy to play relatively quietly, why not jump onto Anchor and record your thoughts on a topic for a few minutes? It’s the new and low pressure way to podcast and it’s PERFECT for busy moms!

What Else Can You Do From a Phone?

There you have it. Thirteen things you can do to help your blog from your phone.

Do you do all these things from your phone? Or do you have another task you do? Let us know in the comments below!

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21 thoughts on “13 Blogging Tasks You Can Do From Your Phone”

  1. Hey Cath,

    This post was really helpful to me. I’m thinking about starting a blog and I’m trying to work out the logistics of it. It’s helpful to know how much I can accomplish on my phone in my spare time as I always have it with me. I don’t always have my laptop. This advice will be put to good use when I get started. Thank you!

    1. Oh yeah… editing talk to text posts really sucks haha especially if you’re a pretty fast typer. But, you can get a lot of ideas down quickly so it can be worth it…

  2. Nicely written article with good methods given or task given which we can done by our own smartphone on the go. loved it absolutely and i try to use some of the task. thanks a lot for sharing good tips. Keep it up.

  3. Hi Cath, I actually started my blog and ran it for an entire year on my iPhone 4s! Looking back I’m not sure how I managed it, but I did. Even now the majority of my work is carried out using my iPad. Phones are brilliant for social. I’m definitely going to try using the voice. I quite often have ideas and don’t have a pen and pad to hand. Great post .
    Hope your son has a better year.

  4. Cath, thank you!

    I’ve been waiting for SO LONG for Canva to get a mobile ready app. I literally wouldn’t have known about it until I read this. I kind of gave up on looking for it because it was always a letdown. Haha!

    On another note, the mommy blogger time battle struggle is so so real. My son will be two in March so he’s well past multiple naps a day. Down to just one so between work, momming, wifing, it’s hard to find time to get onto my laptop.

    I actually made a quick note on my phone with a bunch of the tips that really resonated with me from this, granted it was pretty well all of them but you get my drift.

    I hope the winter is treating your little guy better than he was at the time of this post!

    xo Libby

    1. Haha I’m so glad I could give you the heads up about the app!

      Feel you with the time thing. It’s crazy. I miss those double nap days. I hope these tips help you get more done 🙂

      The little guy is doing great – it’s a scorching hot summer over here though 🙂

  5. Thanks for this! I had no idea canva had an app, I will definitely be downloading that. I also use the voice-to-text-feature when I’m struggling to put thoughts into writing. Speaking really helps me get over that writer’s block.

    I just started a career advice blog for millennials and will be using some of your ideas in the future.

    Thanks

    1. Hey Gail
      Yes, Canva has an app (it’s awesome!) Voice-to-text is my favorite thing ever. It works so well for list posts… and to gather your thoughts about a topic as well.

      Congrats on starting a blog 🙂 I’m glad you like the tips!

  6. Hey Cath,
    I loved reading these!
    I actually never thought of recording a podcast before. You have some really great ideas.
    Looking forward to reading more of your posts 🙂
    –Lauren

    1. Thanks Lauren! Hope you found it really helpful 🙂 I must say I’d never considered recording a podcast either until recently. I thought it’d be too difficult. All the equipment and editing you need to do… but Anchor makes it seem achievable and totally low key. I’m up for that!

  7. I’m actually leaving this blog comment right now using my camera phone and discovering how easy it is to use the awesome power of my voice to create content at light speed. This is doing a lot of good for me because I don’t have to worry about using my fingers nor straining my eyeballs sitting at the computer screen to create contact. One thing I learned about Pinterest is that although I did not bother to personally read the blogs and websites in the past concerning Pinterest marketing and how Pinterest is slowly increasing traffic to blogs and websites, I took it upon myself one day to start writing content and posting it naturally in Pinterest descriptions. I tried the experiment roughly for about a month or so and notice my Pinterest traffic significantly skyrocketed. I’m very humbled by this because my website had suffered in the recent past a shortage of traffic and unsure what methods I should employ to increase eyeballs on the website. Today, Pinterest is very encouraging to my online presence because it inspires me to keep going the extra mile in my business transformation of creating lots and lots of content from my site and sharing on Pinterest which puts me in a humble position to meaningfully connect with people and get more shares of my content by them on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, tweets on Twitter, repins on Pinterest, and more.

    1. If you combine voice-powered-writing with some typing shortcuts (eg. make @@ turn into your email address on your phone) you can get things done seriously fast! Glad to hear your results with Pinterest.

  8. Cath,

    Sorry to hear about your son! My son is going through the 100 day cough…this is after the 6 week cold!

    I know! Our entire summer was stalled until we said forget that and made August and the beginning of September our summer.

    These are great tips for sure. I actually don’t use my iPhone in the house. Our house has 3 or 4 laptops that are scattered around the house so I just hope on one of those to do commenting and sharing.

    But, if I’m at the park or at an appointment, I’m on the phone and I’ll be sure to try that Canva app!

    1. Hey Elna,
      Sorry to hear about your son too 🙁 poor little guy! Hope he kicks that cough asap.

      We don’t really have season changes here and I think that might be why, literally we were in winter one day and full summer the next. Ugh! Oh, plus he’s started going one day a week to family day care.

      Hmm, I might have to try that with the laptop. I could set my laptop up at the kitchen bench and do a few things in a spare moment. (The secret reason I wrote this post was to inspire me to make more use of my incidental time – it adds up for moms!)

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