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
Nov 19th at 10:40 pm
can I have that?
Nov 19th at 10:42 pm
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!
Nov 19th at 10:44 pm
We all llove WordPress, Thank you!
Nov 19th at 10:57 pm
I need my new iPhone 4 quicker than ever!
Nov 19th at 11:25 pm
Nov 19th at 11:49 pm
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…
Nov 19th at 11:52 pm
Thanks for the WordPress for Android. Very useful for moderating comments, but still need to use computer for posting.
Nov 20th at 12:12 am
This is great but the question is, is the falling snow coming back this year?
Nov 20th at 12:34 am
Thanks for the comprehensive take on how to blog virtually anywhere and anytime.
Nov 20th at 1:04 am
Cool idea but i think I’m more excited about the chance of “snow falling for our WP.com blogs”
Nov 20th at 1:28 am
As I say to everyone, there’s a million ways to post to WordPress. I LOVE IT!
Nov 20th at 1:35 am
Nov 20th at 2:42 am
Great information… Thanks
Nov 20th at 3:19 am
Nov 20th at 3:44 am
I am too!
Nov 20th at 3:45 am
Can’t wait to try this out during the holiday season! Thanks for all of the fun ways to stay blogging while traveling.
Nov 20th at 4:05 am
I won’t neglect my blog ’tis season for merrymaking
Nov 20th at 4:08 am
Great stuff for the holidays.
Nov 20th at 5:19 am
So u wanna say: ‘Keep Blogging, Always.” Yes we will. Thank you so much.
Nov 20th at 6:53 am
so many improvement Thanks WP
Nov 20th at 7:10 am
What great ideas!! Blogging by phone, Voice blogging…soooo cool.
Nov 20th at 8:36 am
I adore WordPress..thanks for all the hard work and Happy Holidays
Nov 20th at 12:18 pm
Very useful features for the hols! Thank you very much..
Nov 20th at 1:48 pm
It doesn’t work with Nokia N96. Why ?
Nov 20th at 2:31 pm
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!
Nov 20th at 3:46 pm
Nov 20th at 4:47 pm
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?
Nov 20th at 6:48 pm
Great additions, these will take the message wider yet.
Nov 20th at 11:41 pm
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
Nov 20th at 11:45 pm
I’ll most likely be submitting some blog posts from my Nintendo DSi!
Nov 21st at 12:17 am
Thank you for setting this up. I will definatly try to use this app over my Christmas holidays.
Nov 21st at 1:29 am
Nov 21st at 1:40 am
Nov 21st at 2:37 am
Rampress is impressed with wordpress.
Nov 21st at 3:57 am
Thanks very much for your hard work. D.V.,I wish to turn my blog around now, using some of the features.
Nov 21st at 4:08 am
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.
Nov 21st at 11:35 am
Very cool. Thanks for all of the updates guys!
Love your work.
Nov 21st at 3:39 pm
Nov 21st at 3:59 pm
that’s why i chose wordpress to integrate w/ my main blog.
i can blog anywhere from my phone. Thanks WP…
Nov 21st at 4:51 pm
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.
Nov 21st at 7:09 pm
I am using the Android version and it is really great, open source web development platform talking to open source mobile phone operating system.
Nov 21st at 8:48 pm
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!
Nov 21st at 10:06 pm
So cool! Just enabled Post by Voice, can’t wait 2 use it!
I recently did a travelogue by cellphone, posting to my blog. It was so much fun! And people loved it.
Nov 21st at 11:37 pm
Question ->is this for all or for us only ? nice greets from Germany ..
Nov 22nd at 2:19 am
Wow…it’s like…commercials on word press now! Well…it did make me smile
Nov 22nd at 3:20 am
what about a webOS app? : (
Nov 22nd at 4:52 am
Nov 22nd at 5:10 am
I blog from everywhere any time, these apps are great, never know when and where another major crime will break…Cheers
Nov 22nd at 5:24 am
nice info, thanks you
Nov 22nd at 1:52 pm
Nov 22nd at 3:34 pm
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.
Nov 22nd at 7:54 pm
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.
Nov 22nd at 9:35 pm
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
Nov 23rd at 2:34 am
oh this is fancy
Nov 23rd at 2:51 am
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!
Nov 23rd at 4:21 pm
Everyone Happy Thanksgiving Day and enjoy it, thanks
Nov 23rd at 6:17 pm
excellent news thank you WordPress
Nov 23rd at 10:44 pm
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.
Nov 24th at 5:25 am
This is amazing..
Nov 24th at 9:11 am
thanks for the update
Nov 24th at 9:39 am
Very helpfull indeed!
Nov 24th at 1:20 pm
yall just keep impressing me why dont you
Nov 24th at 7:11 pm
I need my new iPhone 4 quicker than ever!
Nov 25th at 5:06 am
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!
Nov 25th at 12:45 pm
Thanks for the mobile update, now I can drive with the bloging christmas spirit lol.
Nov 25th at 3:50 pm
good michael.. . . .you diligent man
Nov 25th at 10:29 pm
Great tools! Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 26th at 1:38 am
Thanks a Lot.
May ALL the bloggers have a very merry christmas.
More power wordpress!
Nov 26th at 3:55 am
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.
Nov 26th at 5:22 pm
posting via e-mail is a very good feature
Nov 26th at 6:58 pm
Thanks Michael – helpful and timely info – appreciate it.
Nov 26th at 11:51 pm
I have the WP app on my iPhone but always forget about using it on the go, so thanks for the holiday reminder. =]
Nov 26th at 11:55 pm
Yes i can post what i got hopefuly it wont be anything horrid like that pair of socks i got a few years back
Nov 27th at 5:05 am
Great stuff. I might just try this!
Nov 27th at 10:40 pm
10x for the information really helpful!
Nov 28th at 5:04 am
I like what am seeing.
Nov 29th at 2:49 am
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.
Nov 29th at 4:31 pm
Sounds fun! Thanks for working so hard for us!
Nov 29th at 7:53 pm
i was disappointed to know that (accdg to OVI store) it is not available for Nokia E72… sad…
Nov 29th at 10:06 pm
Great Job!! Thank you for so many improvement!!
Nov 30th at 4:34 am
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!
Nov 30th at 4:24 pm
perfect! thanks = )
Nov 30th at 11:59 pm
Some great ideas knocking about. Got me looking forward to Christmas dinner now!