I don’t know why, but I’ve never tried to mobile blog before. Actually there are probably a variety of reasons … I’m not a texter by nature, I mispell way too many words when I type in my phone (thank goodness for auto-correct), and I type much faster on the computer.
But there are other reasons too. In my past life as a blogger, I covered entertainment topics. This required me to upload celebrity images from other websites, embed videos, etc. Not easily done from a mobile device! Of course there are times, like when I was doing a red carpet event, that it would have been handy to whip out my phone, snag a picture, and upload it with an interview clip to my site. (Like when Peter Facinelli tweeted from my phone at the MTV Movie Awards last year. The picture below is from my camera – so I can test the photo upload aspect of mobile blogging!)
I see THAT as the biggest perk to mobile blogging … Immediacy. I can imagine mobile blogging when it is a topic that is important to my readers and/or timely and I want to beat my competition. The only other time I can see myself doing this is if I’m away from my desk and want to get a post started.
And so perhaps that is how I will use it in the future – but I can’t imagine using it frequently, because the drawback of mobile blogging is that I cannot format my post how I want! Where are all my HTML tags to bold and italicizes and add lists? And hotlinking? And aligning my pictures? It is going to kill me to see this post, all barren and bland. But I could see using mobile blogging if I already set up a post ahead of time (with formatting at the top) for a live blogging session, or if I wanted to start a draft and then post/edit it later.
Now that my fingers are killing me, I’m going to find out how to Publish this. In the meantime, how and why do you use mobile blogging?