Finding time for social media: blogging by (smart)phone

One of the most frequent questions that I hear from business owners and busy professionals is about finding time to actually do social media stuff. Today, I’m going to share my how-to secret with you. I usually do my blogging while I’m standing in line at the store or waiting at the bus stop for my daughter. In fact, right now, I’m at the bus stop.

How do I do it? I use the WordPress app for my smartphone. My smartphone of choice is a BlackBerry, but there are also mobile versions of WordPress available for iPhone and Android. Like most mobile apps, it’s dirt-easy to install and, like, it’s very easy to use.

There is one thing you need to do before you can use it with any of your current WordPress blogs – turn on the XML-RPC protocol, which the app uses to access your posts and pages.

Yes, I said posts and pages. So, if you are one of the many that uses WordPress as a CMS platform for your website, you can use the mobile app to update your page content as well. Handy, eh?

Another way to update your WordPress blog on the go is with the post by email feature. In the settings for your blog, you can designate an email address to be used for this. This email address should only be used for blogging by email, because the system will posts all emails from this address to your blog. Then all you have to do is go to the designated link that will run the process to post those emails to your blog. Easy-peasy.

We are all busy busy people. Whether you are a stay at home parent, an entrepreneur, a traditional employee, or a corporate executive, we are all very busy – and most of us wear many of these hats. But there are ways to find time to do the social media that you want to. You just need to be creative about the use of your time.

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