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I’m a big fan of blogging resolutions. Whether it’s planning to publish a blog post every day for a year, posting a list of favorite things every week, or sharing photos all year, resolving to blog can be a great way to kick off a new site or revitalize one that’s stalled.
This year, I’m resolving to update my blog from the WordPress mobile app. My phone is always nearby, which allows me to blog from wherever I am, and there’s something about the smaller screen that seems to take the pressure off for me. I can whip up a post draft on the spot or publish a photo immediately.
Challenge yourself to blog from your phone in 2018! Here are some ideas to get you started.
Document Your World
Keeping a record of our lives — of how we spend each day, how we get through hard times, and celebrating our successes — can be so rewarding. As we settle into a routine, the days can start to blur when you recall them. But when you document your life on a blog as it happens, you’ll be able to look back with clarity. A few years ago, I blogged every single day for a year, and I must admit that whole year is so much easier for me to recall than any others in recent history. The highs and lows, the travel, landing a new job, and what was on my mind that year are all right there to read and remember.
Another bonus of documenting your year? If you’ve ever wanted to do a big recap post, it’s easier when you’ve blogged the whole thing. My 2016 “Year in Review” post was simple since I’d blogged so much of my life all through the year.
I even included this line in my first yearly recap, written in 2015:
I took a peek through the archives to remember my year, and I must point out that the months before I started this blog (January, February, March) were the most difficult to recall because I didn’t really have any details recorded. Blogging saves memories, y’all.
Considering writing your own year in review post? See here for tips.
Resolving to blog from your phone will help you keep that resolution going strong all year. Making a habit of managing your blog on your mobile device helps eliminate the need for the “right” time or place. You can take a photo with your phone or share your thoughts on a place you’re visiting any time, anywhere.
Reach Your Goals
Beyond documenting your life, maybe 2018 is the year you tackle how to make the perfect pie crust or the year you snap a photo to represent each day. Document your progress (and eventual win!) right from your phone. Working on your computer isn’t possible while you’re up to your elbows in dough, or out and about looking for your daily photo, but your phone is right there with you the whole time. (And a little pie crust smudging up your phone screen will wipe right off. Not that I know anything about that… )
Starting a photo blog for 2018? Check out themes that highlight photography.
Take your photos and tap out a quick update in the WordPress app to update your readers on your success as you go. Create a tag or category on your blog to group your progress posts together so you can take a look back at your success at the end of the year.
Inspiration at Your Fingertips
Keeping a photo blog in 2018? Try the weekly photo challenge. When blogging a photo each day, snap a photo with your phone and upload it into your post in the app right away. You can add text if you’d like, or keep it simple by posting it with just a title to explain the image and the image itself, like my colleague Cate did on her photo blog all throughout 2017.
Looking for a theme that showcases your writing? Browse our blogging themes here.
If writing daily is more your style, check out the daily prompt or take our free Blogging University course on writing called “Finding Everyday Inspiration.” (Feeling ambitious? Dedicate a whole month or year to blogging about prompts shared here on The Daily Post.)
Connect with People
By participating in prompts or challenges, you can find bloggers with similar interests and develop a group of blogging friends who read each others’ blogs, swap comments, and give you a boost anytime you feel a creative block coming on.
In the app, tap on Reader to browse posts by bloggers you follow, see the latest curated content on Discover, or search by topic to find new blogs to follow. Personally, I find it helpful to see other people blogging about similar challenges or goals I’ve set for myself, and chances are, if you blogged about your recent kitchen fail, so have many others.
Get Started Now
I look forward to following along as other bloggers document their year along with me! If you’re new to blogging in the app, this post will help get you started.
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