Blogging fear: Stuck using a phone to blog
I asked for your biggest fears in blogging, and y’all came through.
This week’s fear: “I fear of losing following, because I do this all via WordPress app on my cell, and there isn’t even editing tools there. I fear I will lose followers for my blog, and posts are too plain. All because I don’t have a computer.”
Let’s take these one at a time.
1. I’ve used the WordPress app on my phone. I hate it.
If I get a tablet someday, I might give it another whirl. But while I’m fine writing drafts on my iPhone (usually in Evernote or Notes), I can’t stand the WordPress app.
One alternative is to use your phone’s browser instead of the app. Log in to http://sitename.com/wp-admin/ and use the regular WordPress dashboard. You can use the full set of editing tools. Remember, the app has editing tools, even if they aren’t as robust as using the browser version.
I wish I had a better solution for you.
2. Losing followers is a natural fear for any blogger. But first, make sure you’re blogging for the right reasons.
Is it to have fun, to share knowledge, to make friends, to sell something? Is it to gain popularity, to connect to other bloggers, to learn to be a better blogger (or writer or photographer or storyteller or artist or entrepreneur)?
I find nothing wrong with pursuing fame. But it can be a hollow pursuit. While I enjoy being recognized from my posts, it’s not the reason I continue to blog after 11 years.
The fear of losing followers pushes bloggers to do irrational things, like pandering to gain more traffic, or doing it solely for the audience even as it saps your spirit. Trust me, it isn’t worth it. That’s what many bloggers have told me again and again over the years.
Just have fun. Make your posts as fancy or as plain as you like. Blog because it brings you joy.
Tell me about your biggest fear in blogging,
and I might answer it in a future post.
More in our Blogging Fears series.