With the holidays appearing thick and fast from now until next year, it’s a great time for meeting up with the people who are important to us, giving and receiving gifts, relaxing and indulging ourselves. But while you’re doing that, give a thought to your poor neglected blog this holiday season.
For blogs, this can be the loneliest time of year, the time when our posts grind to a halt and our readers drop off like flies. But don’t shed a tear, there is a solution.
Blog From Your Phone!
Sure, the last thing you want to do is sit behind a computer as turkeys emerge from ovens, gifts are ripped open and grandma busts her moves on the kitchen table. But you don’t have to be tied to the computer to blog — not only does WordPress.com have the option to phone in a blog post, or email pictures and posts from any device you have on hand, but we also offer easy-to-use apps for several smartphones.
Let’s take a look at each of these options, starting with our super-cool phone apps.
WordPress Mobile Apps
If you’re packing a Nokia, Blackberry, iPhone, iPad or Android phone, you can download a free WordPress application to write and edit posts and pages, check stats and even moderate your comments. This gives you a comprehensive way of managing your blog on the move. You can find it on your phone’s app store/market, or find out more at these sites:
Post by Email
Love email and use it all the time — even on your phone? Then you’ll equally adore our Post-by-email feature. While it doesn’t offer as much flexibility as the WordPress mobile app, it’s a swift and handy way to update from anywhere. To enable Post-by-email, you first just need to do a little tweaking from your computer. Simply:
- Head to the Dashboard menu and hit the My Blogs option:
- Enable your blog or blogs for Post-by-email:
- Copy-paste (or download the vCard for) the secret email address and send it to your mobile email address for later use:
Then, Post Via Mobile Email
- Now, from your tablet, phone, laptop or other email-enabled thingy, just bash out an email. The email subject line turns into the post’s title.
- If your device supports it, attach photo(s) to the email. Single photos appear in-line, more than one turns automagically into a gallery
- Address it to the secret email address you found in the My Blogs menu
- Hit send – and that’s it, your post is live!
Phone It In
But that’s not enough! What if you want to record audio of your carol singing antics, or the cat landing suddenly on your uncle’s sleeping face? You’ll need Post by Voice. Here’s how to dial in your call:
- Head back to the (you guessed it) Dashboard > My Blogs menu:
- Activate the Post by voice Enable button next to one or more blogs:
- Jot down the secret phone number and your own private code (they’ll appear in the same place you pressed Enable)
- You’re ready to start posting audio
Dialing in an Audio Call
- Call the number you jotted down (smallprint – doing this outside of the U.S. may prove costly, as calls are charged at standard U.S. rates)
- Enter your secret code (you wrote that down too, or committed it to memory, remember?)
- Record audio of your talking, singing, shrieks of merriment or incidental seasonal sound effects. You have up to an hour to do so.
- Hang up. Your audio post will hit your blog almost right away.
Bonus Round: Automatic Posting to Your Favorite Social Networks
Why go to the hassle of sending out multiple updates, when you can do it all at once? Before you take off for the holidays, be sure to set this up — and every time you publish a new blog post with your phone, it will automatically get sent to your Twitter, Facebook, and other social media accounts.
- Head back to the Dashboard > My Blogs menu:
- Next to the blog or blogs you want to activate, under the Publicize column, check the services you want to automatically send updates to:
- You’ll need to authorize the accounts to sync with WordPress:
- Done! If you want to get into the nitty-gritty, check out our support docs all about Publicize.
So, yep, that means just new post can send five updates out to the world in the space of a second or two. Leaving more time for you to get on with some seasonal chillaxing.
You’re All Set
Hopefully between the apps, post-by-email and the voice-powered blogging feature, we’ve got your mobile needs covered this holiday season. Happy moblogging holidays!
- Nov 19, 2010 @ 10:23 pm
can I have that?
I like WordPress for Android. I mostly use it to moderate comments and the latest update made it faster for me to do so. Thanks for everything! Keep it up!
We all llove WordPress, Thank you!
I need my new iPhone 4 quicker than ever!
Now if there were only a way to post by email and not have it go “live” so I can then use the Android app to tweek it to my liking and then publish…
Thanks for the WordPress for Android. Very useful for moderating comments, but still need to use computer for posting.
This is great but the question is, is the falling snow coming back this year?
Thanks for the comprehensive take on how to blog virtually anywhere and anytime. :)
Cool idea but i think I’m more excited about the chance of “snow falling for our WP.com blogs”
As I say to everyone, there’s a million ways to post to WordPress. I LOVE IT!
Great information… Thanks :)
I am too!
Can’t wait to try this out during the holiday season! Thanks for all of the fun ways to stay blogging while traveling.
I won’t neglect my blog ’tis season for merrymaking :-)
Great stuff for the holidays.
So u wanna say: ‘Keep Blogging, Always.” Yes we will. Thank you so much.
so many improvement Thanks WP
What great ideas!! Blogging by phone, Voice blogging…soooo cool.
I adore WordPress..thanks for all the hard work and Happy Holidays :)
Very useful features for the hols! Thank you very much..
It doesn’t work with Nokia N96. Why ?
this is very useful! thanks so much for this. i have used my iphone a couple of times to post in wordpress and it really is a neat application!
Many new good ideas for time of year. I have one question about the post by voice. I would like to know if the recording is posted online right away ot held in draft mode. Simply said, what happen to it once we hang up?
Great additions, these will take the message wider yet.
Thank you for a thorough way to stay with blogging.
It was a little mind boggling – but, gives me some goals
to aspire to in the months ahead. I really like blogging
on wordpress – still interested in how to build a readership
I’ll most likely be submitting some blog posts from my Nintendo DSi!
Thank you for setting this up. I will definatly try to use this app over my Christmas holidays.
Rampress is impressed with wordpress.
Thanks very much for your hard work. D.V.,I wish to turn my blog around now, using some of the features.
So… this post is cool and whatnot, great features… but more importantly… y’all know the telephone in that Bonus Round image is reversed, right? It may not be English, but it’s still read left to right.
Very cool. Thanks for all of the updates guys!
Love your work.
that’s why i chose wordpress to integrate w/ my main blog.
i can blog anywhere from my phone. Thanks WP…
Very useful, some day I may own a cell phone other than the one my employer supplies.
My blog and my boss don’t mix.
I am using the Android version and it is really great, open source web development platform talking to open source mobile phone operating system.
Dear WordPress-team and member, when could we use the Facebook boxes (e.g. “like it”) directly on our blogs??? And why it is prohibited to play music on our blogs? Or to run advertise on it? We could achieve so more things together, thanks from Germany!
So cool! Just enabled Post by Voice, can’t wait 2 use it!
Thank you. :)
I recently did a travelogue by cellphone, posting to my blog. It was so much fun! And people loved it.
Question ->is this for all or for us only ? nice greets from Germany ..
Wow…it’s like…commercials on word press now! Well…it did make me smile :)
what about a webOS app? : (
I blog from everywhere any time, these apps are great, never know when and where another major crime will break…Cheers
nice info, thanks you
Thanks for this. I mostly use my Blackberry app to moderate comments and follow stats, but I many consider it while on the road this Holiday season. I didn’t see the snow last year, but would love to try it this year if available.
How about the post directly from MS Word 2007/+? I have Word setup to post to several of my WP sites. I can even categorize the postings prior to uploading. I can use the image functions of Word to add creative borders, drop shadows and image skew/tilt. *I do note that the images aren’t quite a crystal clear as the originals, but that’s the tradeoff.
Can I ask though, sure now more people will update, but how many people will log in on their special family day, to read someones blog? Just stating a fact here… :S
oh this is fancy
Thanks for all the wonderful ideas to keep my blog abreast of current times: I might become converted to the android yet, as my husband has predicted! I loved your examples – they made me laugh, thinking of family members being included in my blog – much less reading it! And your photos were great punch to the story. I’d love to write a short story of the gent in the phone booth…. next blog! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Keep up the great posts!
Everyone Happy Thanksgiving Day and enjoy it, thanks
excellent news :) thank you WordPress
If you save as a WAV in HiFiCorder, you can click the file and there is an option to download a 3rd party mp3 converter.
This is amazing..
thanks for the update
Very helpfull indeed!
yall just keep impressing me why dont you
I need my new iPhone 4 quicker than ever!
It can be a bit difficult to sneak away from relatives on Thanksgiving to get to a computer, but they can’t take your phone away from you!
Thanks for the mobile update, now I can drive with the bloging christmas spirit lol.
good michael.. . . .you diligent man
Great tools! Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanks a Lot.
May ALL the bloggers have a very merry christmas.
More power wordpress!
I echo the desire for a webOS app. There is a third party one that does the basics decently, but I really miss all the functionality I had in the official version on my BlackBerry. Please, please, please consider it :)
Emailing in a post just doesn’t cut it for me (though far better than nothing.)
But thank you for making mobile blogging possible. Truly a valuable service.
posting via e-mail is a very good feature :)
Thanks Michael – helpful and timely info – appreciate it.
I have the WP app on my iPhone but always forget about using it on the go, so thanks for the holiday reminder. =]
Yes i can post what i got :) hopefuly it wont be anything horrid like that pair of socks i got a few years back
Great stuff. I might just try this!
10x for the information really helpful!
I like what am seeing.
This post finally convinced me to try the post by voice feature. Also, snowing on the blogs?!! Wha!!? Tell me more!
What are the chances of this happening? I want this. :D
Sounds fun! Thanks for working so hard for us!
i was disappointed to know that (accdg to OVI store) it is not available for Nokia E72… sad…
Great Job!! Thank you for so many improvement!!
I find the iOS apps slow and a little kludgy, and I’d like to make it easier to post HTML in the editor. Any chances of updates here? Thank you!
perfect! thanks = )
Some great ideas knocking about. Got me looking forward to Christmas dinner now!