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Commenting on Blogs from my Phone

This year has seen a big change in the way I “consume Web content” (can you tell I’ve been, maybe, consuming a little too much Web content lately?). Earlier in the year I finally upgraded my iPhone, which I’d had for ages. The new phone (an iPhone 5) was blazingly fast in comparison to my old phone, and I found myself utilizing a number of apps, like Pocket, Feedly and Flipboard, quite frequently.

Unfortunately, this also meant a reduction in the number of blog comments I made. Typing my comments into the comment form was easy, just like typing in a text, but typing in the other fields – name, email and website URL – was a pain and made the whole process feel too protracted. And for the email and website fields, one little mistake and you have to re-do the whole thing.

For a while there, I’d send links to myself with the intention of commenting when I got back on my laptop, but as with many good intentions, I just ended up with a lot of emails to myself about which I did nothing.

Earlier this year, I’d also been following a thread – on the Google+ Book Bloggers community, I think it was – where someone discussed using keyboard shortcuts in order to comment via his or her phone. I promptly added some shortcuts – and then forgot about the whole thing.

Last night, as I was taking a break from a deadline, I started reading blogs on my phone, and for some reason, I remembered those shortcuts. I decided to give them a try – and they worked beautifully! Now it only takes me a few seconds to get the name, email and website fields filled, so I can spend the rest of my time typing in my comment. I don’t type anywhere near as fast on the phone as I do on my laptop, but still, this is quite an improvement.

And I discovered I could actually comment from within Feedly, where I keep all the blog feeds I follow!

If you have an iPhone and want to try out the keyboard shortcuts, it’s really easy to set up (these instructions are for the iPhone 5 but I expect they won’t be any different for the iPhone 6).

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  1. Go to Settings, then General, then Keyboard.
  2. Click on Add New Shortcut. Enter the phrase you want to use the shortcut for, and the shortcut itself – use a short letter and/or symbol combo for your shortcut that you know you won’t be likely to use while typing out emails or texts on your phone. They should be easy to remember, too. Right now I’m using “bw”, “mb@” and “mb&” for my name, email and website, respectively, but I may change these to something even easier to remember, like “eee” for email and “hhh” for website.
  3. Click Save.

And that’s it!

If you use an Android phone, you can create shortcuts by going to the Language & Input section under Settings, then the Personal Dictionary. Detailed instructions can be found here.

Once you have your shortcuts set, all you have to do is remember them when you’re blog commenting. It definitely makes commenting from your phone much easier! I’ve really missed commenting on other blogs, and it’s so nice to know I can now do it quickly and easily while I’m on my phone.

Do you use your phone to comment on blog posts? If you do, do you have any other tips for making the process easier and more effortless?

Saturday Randomness: Halloween, NaNoWriMo, Twitter, Food and Comments

Happy Halloween to everyone who celebrates Halloween! It looks very windy outside my office window right now – hopefully the wind will die down before all the trick-or-treaters hit the sidewalks tonight.

I’m feeling a little random today (have you noticed I get this way at least once a week?) So I thought I’d throw all my scattered bookish and non-bookish thoughts together into a post for today.

First, Some Halloween Pumpkin Awesomeness

New Moon and Yoda pumpkins

Twilight fans, wouldn’t you just LOVE to have this New Moon pumpkin standing outside your front door? I’m rather partial to the Yoda pumpkin myself.

There are many more incredible pumpkin carvings here!

NaNoWriMo Starts TOMORROW!

Yes, that’s worth some caps. And I am so behind – I’d planned to get some work deadlines tucked away before November 1st, and now I have one day to get at least one finished (the best laid plans, and all that …).

And when it comes to my NaNoWriMo novel, well, let’s just say “unprepared” is the word that comes to mind. I don’t even know what the names of two of my three main characters are.

Luckily, Twitter came to my aid. This morning, I met @CarmenRenee, who sent me a link to this great article on succeeding with NaNoWriMo. I felt much calmer after reading the article. I might end up at the starting line calling my two characters Thing 1 and Thing 2, and you know what? I’m okay with that. Truly. If it gets me writing the approximately 1700 words I’m aiming for tomorrow, well, that works for me!

And Speaking of Twitter

I’ve decided that Twitter + #NaNoWriMo = Writers’ Watercooler/Cocktail Party/Awesome or What (take your pick). Writing my NaNoWriMo novel this year will not be an isolated experience, and I’m looking forward to taking part in the community feeling as I write (or after I write).

I have also been on Twitter much more now that I’m using Evernote. I hadn’t really been going on Twitter all that much when I was on my iPhone, mainly because one of the things I like most about Twitter are the links I come across, and it was just too frustrating for me to see a great link that would be useful for the future (I’m a link packrat), and have to get out of my Tweetdeck app and email the link to myself.

But now with Evernote, I just send a quick DM (direct message) to the special account Evernote has set up specifically for this kind of thing, and the tweet gets saved. So quick, so easy!

My Husband Has Become a Blogging Machine (Or, What I’ve Been Dining On This Week)

I mentioned recently that my husband has taken over blogging at our food blog, Muse in the Kitchen (after a year of persuading on my part, I might add). And he’s loving it! My job is to edit and format his posts (he insists he’s not a good writer, but he is. He just has his own style, that’s all) and add my two thoughts in at the end of each post.

Unlike me, Ward is not a procrastinator. And since he cooks at least one or two recipes five nights of the week (the other two nights he’s teaching classes at his dojo) he’s got a lot of blog posts in the works. Every time I log on, there are three or four new draft blog posts waiting for me to edit (at least, it seems that way!)

Here’s the latest good stuff we’ve been eating this week:

Spicy Spiral Bread: perfect for the lunchbox, and it’s got a great vegetarian bean filling!

Green Tea Cheesecake: this was an unusual and not-too-sweet dessert that we served at our dinner party last Saturday (the night of the Readathon)

Grilled Sesame Baby Bok Choy: one of the first recipes Ward created, this is our “go-to” dish when we want a quick and easy vegetable entrée

Asian Marinated Flank Steak: another go-to recipe of ours, Ward tinkered with a Martha Stewart recipe and came up with this delicious and very easy flank steak

Grilled Shark and Bakes: I wasn’t here for this one, which is actually the reason Ward made it (I don’t really like shark). I can vouch for the fact that the “bakes” (grilled) are delicious, though!

Comments and Commenting

I’ve been so busy doing things (well, thinking about doing things, I guess) to get ready for my very busy November that I haven’t had a chance to respond to comments here, or to go visiting all the wonderful blogs in my Google Reader.

So I just wanted to end with a huge thank you to every one of you who’ve stopped by this week to read my ramblings! You’re what makes all this blogging stuff fun!

What are you up to this Halloween? And how’s your November shaping up? If you’re doing NaNoWriMo, are you raring to go, or feeling unprepared?

May Gift-away Winner!

My apologies for being late with this post. It completely slipped my mind – or rather, I didn’t actually realize that it’s already June. I did know it was June, but it hadn’t really sunk in, if you know what I mean.

Anyway, the winner of the May Gift-away is Anna, from Diary of an Eccentric! I’ve emailed Anna, and included a handful of books that I haven’t had time to upload to my Giftaway Shelf, so I’m hoping she’ll find five books she’d like.

I’ll be doing this again for the month of June, although I might have to extend it to mid-July because of our holidays.

Thank you everyone for all of your wonderful comments in May. I appreciated each and every one of them.