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Blogging on the Go - How to be Flexible and use Technology to your Advantage

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This is my first swaray into the mysteries of the World Wide Web. I'm not pretending to be an expert, i don't know jargon, i don't have a marketing degree and i'm not a web developer. I have a passion for design and a full time job.  I'm learning as i go and developing my business and website. I'm going to share honest stories and developments here and provide some useful free content along the way.

Blogging on the Go - How to be Flexible and use Technology to your Advantage

Andy Fawcett

You aren't tied to your desk. 

Its a big wide fun world, you are a busy person and you want to experience it.  Howver you also want to build your blog consistently and with quality content. This takes time, correction, lots of time. 

If, like me, you have started your blog for fun, for a break from the nine to five and to experience, to learn and to develop. Then you don't want to spend endless hours in a home office, no matter how quirky and fun you have made it.

In this post I am going to discuss a few helpful hints and tips for blogging on the go and how t squeeze in some time around your life.  Not squeeze in life around your blog. 

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How often should we blog

The experts recommended blogging consistently, some recommend that as a new blogger you should blog 3-5 times a week. Others state that generating new content ensures the almighty algorithms of The Google overlords will reward you ten fold.  Personally I think you should blog when you can and as often as you can, but don't burnt out, if the fun is lost then your blog will die. 

So often creating content can be a long and involved process. Researching, Writing the first draft, editing, re-writing, creating images and then promoting. Not sure about you but it take hours and hours for me.  However some times when you are in that sweet spot, the words flow continually and you feel you write an epic tale in a matter of moments, other times you can stare and stare at the blank computer screen and nothing comes. So how can you avoid this sticky situation.

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Iphone Notes

The notes app on your phone is fast, easy and incredibly useful to document ideas.  Waiting for a bus and see a sign that's sparks an idea? Quick get on you phone and save it.  I keep a number of lists for different categories and keep these topped up with ideas as they come. 

Carry a Good Old Fashioned Note Book and Pen

The notes app may be good for capturing quick ideas, but don't neglect how good a notepad can be for scribbles and developing an idea. Doodling, sketching, working on titles or just writing nonsense can really spark something and help to formulate a piece of content.

Use Evernote or Similar to Keep Stuff in The Cloud

Evernote is the next step of notes and essentially a digital note pad.  It's the iPhone notes app on steroids.  It is a great tool for keeping your projects ideas and inspiration in a handy spot that can be accessed over a number of platforms, mobile app, desktop etc.  You can also make little doodles, capture photographs, copy and paste text, make notes on text. The best bit it starts on a free tarrif so you can give it a go without committing any of you tight budget.

Use the Squarespace Blog App

This one I actually love and have wrote this post on.  My website is made via Squarespace, which is so intuitive and easy to use.  They also have a number of apps that make life a little bit easier, the blog app is so easy to start writing content and (Similar to Evernote) can be accessed from multiple platforms.  I like working directly into the Squarespace blog app when I can as its saves on doubling up on work and allows you to add SEO, links and images as you develop your post.

Create Images on the Go

Creating images to develop your post and promote your bland is a essential part of any blog post.  This is often very time consuming and one of the tasks you just have to be at your desktop for.........WRONG!  There are now some great tools to help develop images on the go I use two regularly. Firstly there is the Adobe creative cloud, I pay a monthly subscription to Adobe to access photoshop, illustrator and their other amazing products.  Recently Adobes suite of mobile apps and cloud storage has made it easier to develop images on the go.

  Howver not everyone fancies his or herself as a designer and their products are fantastic (when you know what you are doing). Canva is an amazing website that you can use to make images and is free. It's very intuitive, fast and looks very professional.

I made this image so quickly and I love it

I made this image so quickly and I love it

 

Happy blogging folks, 

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Andy @ designuntapped