One of the most frustrating things about being a mom with a blog is that… well… sometimes the mom part makes it really hard to get anything done on the blog part.
I’ve just come out of one crazy week. My little one caught a chest infection and we’ve spent pretty much the entire week sitting on the couch watching Boss Baby on repeat (it’s his favorite). I say ‘we’ because he wouldn’t let me go.
What’s a mom to do?
So, I held my sick little munchkin whipped out my phone and got down to business.
Yes, it’s possible to do a LOT from your smartphone. You could even write blog posts if you were really adept with your phone typing (alas, I’m not).
But, there are other things I can do. Some of these things are even BETTER to do on a phone rather than when you’re at your computer. Because, I don’t know about you, but when I’m on my computer other things distract me and I don’t even realize it…
1. Get Social
Do you find yourself getting lost in the Facebook feed only to find minutes or hours of your precious work (nap) time have disappeared?
Working your social media on your phone is one way to stop that from happening (ok, you still might end up wandering Facebook for a little too long).
Here’s some ideas for you:
- Reply to comments and mentions on all your social platforms
- Like and comment on other’s posts
- Answer questions in Facebook groups
- Find viral content to share on Facebook (save it for later)
- Do some manual pinning
- Schedule social media posts
2. Get Graphic
Did you know that Canva has an app? Mmhmmm. Download it and get to work on those blog post images. If you’ve got an editorial calendar going, you might even be able to do a bit of batching and make your images in advance!
Apparently, PicMonkey also has an app if you prefer to use PicMonkey.
Some more ideas for you:
- create your blog post featured images
- make more pins for your best blog posts
- make quote images for Instagram
3. Get Your Learn On
One of my favorite things to do on my phone is listen and watch all the videos/podcasts that I didn’t have time to watch at my computer. When I get a course, I love to log in on my phone so I can access the video tutorials from wherever I am and maximize my learning time away from the computer.
Some ideas for you:
- Learn from an online course
- Watch a great YouTube channel
- Catch up on a webinar replay
- Watch a Facebook Live
- Listen to podcasts
4. Get Photographing
Most new-ish smartphones take great photos. You can take your own photos for your blog posts or create styled stock photos to use as an opt-in freebie. (Why not?!)
You can both take photos and edit, crop and filter them easily from your phone.
5. Voice-to-Text Your Blog Posts
This is something I’ve started doing recently – I have an iPhone, I open up notes and use the voice keyboard. Then I simply speak the next blog post I want to write and it turns into text in my notes. Then I email it to myself and clean up the grammar.
Now, it’s not the same as typing. If you’ve spent as much time typing as I have, you’ve probably got a finger-to-brain direct connection going on. Suddenly speaking your blog post out loud won’t be the same at all.
But, it’s worth it.
In less than 20 minutes I can draft an entire blog post. In an hour I can have 3 drafted and ready to go!
6. Reading and Replying to Emails
I love having my emails on my smartphone. That way I can see instantly when a sale comes in or when I get an inquiry for my services (and I can reply immediately.)
7. Responding to Blog Comments
You can log in to your blog via your phone internet browser. All you need is your user name and password and you can access your WordPress dashboard and make any and all changes you could make on your desktop.
Responding to blog comments is a simple task that you can knock out from your phone.
8. Planning your content
Do you have your content planned out? Or are you flying by the seat of your pants? Bit of both?
There are so many apps you can get on your phone that’ll help you plan.
- Trello has an app
- You can get Airtable on app
- Workflowy has an app
- If you like Mindmaps, try Mindly.
If you’ve got your editorial calendar set up in Trello or Airtable, you’ll be able to access it on your phone and know what blog posts you could outline or draft, or create images for.
9. Brainstorming Blog Ideas
Sometimes I just feel like I need to get some ideas out of my head and down on paper (or smartphone screen). These might be blog post ideas, freebie ideas, product ideas, crazy fun ideas… you name it.
And, sometimes it’s better to do this away from the computer. Because the computer can be really distracting.
10. Research blog posts
When I’m writing a freelance piece, I need to do the research to make sure I’m up to date with current information and am linking to the latest and most accurate sources.
I like to research other blog posts on similar topics for this blog to see what angle people are taking with the topic. I also like to do this to make sure I’m not missing anything.
11. Reading, sharing and commenting on other blogs
Commenting on other blogs and sharing their posts is a great way to form connections with other bloggers. It can also send traffic your way.
But, you don’t want to spend precious computer work time on this. Wait for phone time!
When my little one was very little I could use my phone while breastfeeding without distracting him. I binge read loads and loads of blog posts. And if you’re reading all those posts… well… My motto is, if you read it and liked it – share it! Comment if you have time.
12. Work on an e-course or product
If you have an iPhone, you’ve got access to Keynote and Pages. If you’ve got an Android phone, you can download Google Slides to work on. It may not be quite as easy as on a computer but you don’t need to stop working on your e-course or product because you have to use your phone.
Just get it done!
13. Record an Anchor.fm Podcast
If your little one is happy to play relatively quietly, why not jump onto Anchor and record your thoughts on a topic for a few minutes? It’s the new and low pressure way to podcast and it’s PERFECT for busy moms!
What Else Can You Do From a Phone?
There you have it. Thirteen things you can do to help your blog from your phone.
Do you do all these things from your phone? Or do you have another task you do? Let us know in the comments below!
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Hi, I'm Cath
Blogger. Freelance Writer & Pinterest Manager. Mom of one. Keeps me busy! I’m also a corporate escapee, determined to help moms create options so they can stay home with the little ones and contribute to the family finances.