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Flaky wireless connections are a fact of life for bloggers on the move. If it isn’t tortoise-slow downloads, it’s a password that never seems to “take”. If it isn’t a connection that keeps dropping, it’s a router that refuses to give you an IP address.

Okay. So the connection’s too unreliable to let you post to your blog, and your mobile contract doesn’t include tethering. Don’t let that keep you from blogging. Here are five ways you can work on your blog, even when you aren’t connected to the hive mind:

  1. Outline your next blog post. Maybe you can’t do the research you want, find the URLs of the posts you’d like to link to, or hunt down the perfect Creative Commons image to illustrate your post. But you can sketch out the bare bones, and add the muscles, organs and stylish accessories once you’re back online.
  2. Clean up your hard drive. If you’re like me, you have little snippets of blog ideas and drafts all over the place. Bring them together in one folder, or one text file (your workflow will vary), and you’ll be miles ahead of the game next time you’re stumped for a post idea.
  3. Raid your subconscious. Break out the mind-mapping software, open up your Moleskine or just scribble on a napkin ā€“ but brainstorm ideas for your next five, ten or fifty posts. Don’t try to assess them at first; just get as many down as possible. Then, once the storm peters out, pick out the best and add them to your idea file.
  4. Make a to-do list. Chances are there are things you’ve been meaning to do for your blog: add a Delicious feed, check out an e-commerce plug-in, create a promo card to hand out at conferences. Set priorities according to the effort each task will require and the impact you expect each one to have, and you’ve just built yourself a development queue.
  5. Doodle. Draw something funny, or funny-ish. Then snap your doodle with your camera phone or digital camera. Once you’re online, upload it as a blog post. Hey ā€“ it works for me.
Posted on July 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm in Noise to Signal and tagged with , , , , , . Follow responses to this post with the comments feed. You can leave a comment or trackback from your own site.


Great ideas Rob!

I really like Read-it-Later and the Byline app on my iPhone. Both allow me to read my Google Reader content offline. I can choose to share the posts or email them, which occurs once those missing bars have returned, or my flight has landed.

Photography apps are fun to mess around with when your offline too. I like Best Camera and Hipstamatic the most. I email the photos to my Flickr, Facebook and Twitpic accounts and they sit in my Sentbox until I'm connected again.

Then there's those Angry Birds to help kill time too. Be careful though they also tend to suck time away, even when you are online! :)


I'm really going to have to look into all of those. This Angry Birds app, though… is it going to kill whatever productivity I have left?

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